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Top Choice Museum in Hania

Hania Archaeological Museum

The setting alone in the beautifully restored 16th-century Venetian Church of San Francisco is reason to visit this fine collection of artefacts from Neolithic to Roman times. Late-Minoan sarcophagi catch the eye as…
Top Choice Historic Site in Hania

Venetian Harbour

There are few places where Hania's historic charm and grandeur is more palpable than in the old Venetian Harbour. It's lined by pastel-coloured buildings that punctuate a maze of narrow lanes lined with shops and ta…
Top Choice Seafood in Hania

Thalassino Ageri

This solitary fish taverna among the vestiges of Hania’s old tanneries in Halepa, some 2km east of the centre, is one of Crete’s top eateries. Take in the sunset from the superb setting and peruse the changing menu,…
Top Choice Cretan in Hania

Bougatsa Iordanis

Locals start salivating at the mere mention of this little bakery-cafe dedicated to making the finest bougatsa since 1924. The flaky treat, filled with sweet or savoury cheese, is cooked fresh in enormous slabs and …
Top Choice Bar in Hania

Sinagogi

Housed in a roofless Venetian building on a small lane next to the synagogue, this popular summer-only lounge bar has eclectic decor and is a laid-back place to relax and take it all in. After dark, it's bathed in a…
Top Choice Live Music in Hania

Fagotto Jazz Bar

Established in 1978, this Hania institution in a Venetian building offers smooth jazz, soft rock and blues (sometimes live) in a setting brimming with jazz paraphernalia, including a saxophone beer tap. Great cockta…
Top Choice Museum in Hania

Maritime Museum of Crete

Part of the hulking Venetian-built Firkas Fortress at the western port entrance, this museum celebrates Crete’s nautical tradition with model ships, naval instruments, paintings, photographs, maps and memorabilia. O…
Top Choice International in Hania

Pallas

This much buzzed-about hipster cafe-bar has a sweet location in an impeccably renovated former customs house from 1830 right in the Venetian Harbour. Grab a high chair, sofa or table to linger over the three-tiered …
Museum in Hania

Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Collection

In the impressively restored Venetian Church of San Salvatore, this small but fascinating collection of artefacts, icons, jewellery and coins spans the period from AD 62 to 1913. Highlights include a segment of a mo…
Middle Eastern in Hania

Well of the Turk

In an age-old stone building that used to house a hammam (Turkish baths), and flanking a quiet square, this romantic taverna specialises in richly textured dishes with a strong French and Moroccan identity, yet prep…