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Ships and Ferries to Chania Crete Greek Islands Greece

Travel information for Ferries.
Ships and Ferries to Chania - Crete Island.

Chania and the Crete island in general are connected
to the port of Piraeus. There are evening departures
to the ports of Chania (Souda), Rethymno, Heraklion
and Agios Nikolaos every day, all year long.

In addition, there are ferry connections from Crete
ferry to the Cycladic islands of Ios, Santorini, Paros, Naxos, Mykonos, Amorgos, Milos and also to the islands of Kythira, Karpathos, Rhodes, Kos, and basically all Dodecanese and East Aegean Islands via a third island.

Your trip to Crete can be with a conventional ferry boat or Highspeed depending on the day, the time and the ferry company you wish to travel with.

Your trip to Crete, Chania will last approximately 7-8 hours and to Heraklion 8-9 hours, travelling during the night, whereas the same daily trip lasts 5 and 6 hours respectively. If you decide to visit Rhodes first, you
can reach Heraklion through Sitia's port (Karpathos,
St Nikolaos) and your trip will last approximately 12
hours. From the island of Santorini the trip to Heraklion with a high speed ferry will last no more than 2.30 hours

Ferries from Piraeus to Crete run all year round on a
daily basis. However, during the summer, Easter and holidays in general there is an additional daily route
for you to choose, according to the increased demand.

1. Piraeus - Crete Chania
2. Piraeus - Crete Heraklion
3. Piraeus - Crete Rethymno
4. Piraeus - Crete Agios Nikolaos
Sitia
5. Piraeus - Paros - Naxos - Santorini
Crete Heraklion
6. Piraeus - Milos - Crete Rethymno
7. Gythion - Kythira - Crete Kissamos
8. Mykonos - Santorini - Crete Heraklion
9. Rhodes - Karpathos - Crete Sitia
Agios Nikolaos

Attention !
The above mentioned information is subject to alteration. To be sure about correct schedules, departure and arrival times of conventional and highspeed ferries check the ONLINE Booking System.

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Ships and Ferries to Chania in the Crete Island
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ON LINE Booking System for seats and tickets in real time.

Starting your reservation through the online booking system you can select to have your tickets
sent to you or to collect them from the port office on the day of departure about 2 hours
before departure simply by giving your reservation code and showing your ID card.

We wish you a pleasant trip!

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Α multileg reservation allows you
to combine 2 to 4 domestic routes
(routes within Greece) in one reservation,
even if the selected departures are
operated by different ferry companies.

Travel Guide Chania Crete Island Greece

CHANIA > ARCHITECTURE

Architecture of Crete Chania Greek Island Greece

A notable characteristic of the island is the position of the three main towns of the island, Hania - Rethymnon - Heraklion, on the northern coastline overlooking the Aegean Sea. These towns have been inhabited since ancient times and the development of the architectural styles has been continuous. The majority of villages and settlements are located on higher ground up to 800 m.

The houses located in mountainous areas are built amphitheatrically or located at the top of a hill creating a natural defence from the pirate invaders. The amphitheatrical plan of the villages follows the contours of the landscape and at the centre have: a church, a main square and a kafeneion. Some villages have closely built houses for protection, whilst others, that were not threatened, are spread out. The settlements are at one with their environment and are separated into three distinct neighbourhoods: upper village - middle village - lower village.

There were very few settlements on the shoreline during the 19th century due to the pirate invaders. Inhabitants lived within the fortified towns or in the higher placed villages. After the end of the 19th century the coastal Venetian castles were inhabited: Agios Nikolaos - Mirambello Castle, Sitia, Paleohora - Selino Castle, Panormo - Milopotamo Castle. Apart from the fortresses protecting the main ports there were additional fortifications in the form of Castelli built in strategically important locations: Kastellia Gramvoussa, Spinalonga, Frangokastelli. Significant indications of Cretan architecture renewal are the Venetian towers scattered about the Cretan countryside where their owners controlled their lands and servants.

If the fortifications, the castelli and the Venetian towers are indications of strength and leadership then the fountains, the loggias, the clock towers, the squares and monuments in Heraklion, Rethymnon and Hania are evidence of distinguished majesty. The renaissance architecture influenced the architecture of the inhabitants, the churches and monasteries: Arkadi Monastery - Holy Trinity Monastery at Akrotiri are examples. The Venetian neighbourhoods of Rethymnon and Hania have been maintained with houses, a small sample of the few that have remained in Greece. In the countryside there are a few Venetian houses, towers and villas as well as sculpted stone gateways, olive presses and farmhouses with thatched roofs in some Cretan villages.

The basic thatched houses combine all its functions in one area with a corner fireplace that is used for cooking and heating. An upper level (attic) is used for sleeping and the area below it is used for storage. The roof is made of oblong wooden planks and if the house needs to be extended a wooden wall is built to support the roof, usually this is later replaced with a stone built arch. This arch separates the house creating two rooms. This type of house can be found all over Crete. Another stage of change is the building of an L-shaped wall which turns the house into a two storey structure. This type of house can be found in Hora Sfakion and coastal areas close by. They are painted white with brightly coloured window frames, shutters and doors.

Most of the western part of the island has houses with tiled roofs, some with an external staircase to the upper level of the bedrooms. The yard is enclosed by high walls with an entrance doorway. All the openings have curved stone eaves to protect them from the rain. These, as well as the cornerstones, are the Venetian influence on local architecture styles.