One of the most important and historical places in Chania is the Halepa area. The noblemen and kings’ neighbourhood will surprise you with the 19th and 20th-century historical facts. You will walk around beautiful buildings and admire the miracle of the past centuries’ architecture.
Today, Halepa, with its imposing mansions and luxury villas, is considered the aristocratic neighbourhood of Chania. Eleftherios Venizelos’s house, one of the most important Greek politicians in Halepa, is famous as the scene of the most important political events in the 19th century. It was the site of the High Commissioner’s palace, i.e. the governor of semi-autonomous Crete during the time of the Independent Cretan State. Here also were located the consulates of the Great Powers during the same period.
You will walk by the old buildings of the “great school of diplomacy” and the French nuns’ School (girls) San Joseph guild. On Dagli Street is Agia Magdalini church (St Mary Magdalene), built in the Russian style. The church was built by Prince George of Greece in 1901-1903, when he was High Commissioner of Crete, with funds he brought from Russia. The church stands out due to its architectural style and Russian dome. There locates the new archaeological museum of Chania, an imposing modern building with terrific historical exhibits.
Halepa is also known for the big factories of leathers and the port of fishers, Tabakaria area, with the magnificent fish taverns. Optional tavern visit at the end of the tour. Remember to wear sensible shoes for the walk.
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*There is no hotel pick up for this tour. Clients have to meet us at our central offices.
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Children up to 6 years old: Free
We keep our group sizes low so you have the freedom to move around and get involved with your surroundings, as well as more personal attention from our local guides. This intimate size ensures that your group will not crowd your experience. You can expect up to 30 travelers on a trip but the average is 15-20. Check individual trip pages for maximum group sizes.
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