Chania – Tradition

The entire region of Chania is one of the few places on earth, where so many different civilizations have left their mark. Ancient Greek ruins, spanning from the Minoan to the Classical era, Byzantine monuments, Venetian castles and monasteries, buildings and mosques from the times of the Turkish and Egyptian rule, as well as contemporary monuments – this is the unique cultural mosaic of Chania.

Some of the cultural attractions are the monuments, such as the Tombs of Venizeli, the building of the Municipal Market of Chania, Splantzia, the Venetian Port, the Santrivani, etc. The religious monuments that adorn the town, like the Dominican Temple of Agios Nicholaos, Agios Rokkos, the Virgin Mary of Miracles, the Cathedral of Chania and the other contemporary churches and monasteries, are all elements of the region’ s culture.

The archaeological sites are strewn all over the region of Chania, from the inland to the shores, bearing witness to the antiquity of the region’s culture: ancient Irtakina, Eliros, the ruins of ancient Kydonia are just some of the excavation sites, findings from which are exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Chania, as well as other museums.

All the invaders that passed from Chania built their own castles, whose ruins show the visitors the culture of that era. From the Turkish castles to the Byzantine bastions and the Venetian walls, all wanted to preserve the beauties of Chania in the best way possible.

Another element of the culture of Chania are the lighthouses, with the main one being the Egyptian Lighthouse, the trademark of the Venetian Port of the town.

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  • Greens

    The greens of the Cretan land is a treasure of flavor that grows everywhere in Chania.

  • Traditional Dances

    Traditional dances are an integral means of expression of the tradition and the emotions of the Cretans.

  • Cheeses

    The many types of cheese are a key component of the Cretan diet.

  • Tsikoudia

    Tsikoudia - the transparent alcoholic drink that is produced from the distillation of grapes.

  • Vine Harvest

    The process of gathering the grapes after curing to produce must.

  • Tampachaniotika

    The tampachaniotika songs of Chania have their roots in Asia Minor.

  • Stivania

    The stivania are traditional boots worn by the Cretans.

  • Snails

    Snails are an essential "ingredient" in dozens of traditional recipes, most prominently that of "chochlioi bourmpouristoi".

  • Rizitika Songs

    Rizitika are traditional songs of Crete that accompany each expression of life on the island.

  • Rakomelo

    Rakomelo is a hot alcoholic drink that combines raki, honey and cinnamon.

  • Pies of Chania

    The pies of Chania, sweet or savory, are main dishes of the traditional cuisine of the island.

  • Traditional costume

    The traditional costume of Crete is still worn today, especially in the villages, while the traditional dance groups wear them for their performances.

  • Ofto – Antikristo

    Ofto or antikristo is called the meat that is cooked facing the fire without using a grill.

  • Ntakos

    Ntakos is a great dish by Cretan barley nut in shape of coil.

  • Musical instruments

    The traditional musical instruments in Chania that provide the melody for the traditional sounds of the Cretan music.

  • Cretan Honey

    Cretan honey is famous for its taste and nutritional value.

  • Knife of Chania

    The steel knife of Chania is a symbol of honor and friendship, you will still find today in knife stores of Chania.

  • Mushrooms

    Wild mushrooms are an essential ingredient of traditional Cretan cuisine.

  • Cretan Wedding

    The Cretan wedding is celebrated today in Chania in keeping with all the traditions - the wedding festival is going to be unforgettable for its guests.

  • Meat

    Meat has a special place in the Cretan cuisine: singlino, apaki, sausages and omathies, you will definitely try in the traditional taverns of Chania.

  • Wine

    Wine has been produced on Crete for millennia. The secret lies in the suitable climate and extensive sunshine.

  • Serenades

    The serenades of Chania are still sung today, dating back to the Venetian era, with Erotokritos, standing out as an unsurpassed masterpiece.

  • Olive

    The fruit of the olive tree from which olive oil is produced, is also the raw material for soap and for fuel.

  • Olive oil

    Olive oil is a key ingredient to the Cretan diet and the local economy of the island.

  • Traditional Desserts of Chania

    Xerotigana, kaltsounia, lichnarakia, spoon sweets are just some of the traditional desserts of Chania!

  • Gamopilafo

    Gamopilafo - rice with meat that used to be served only at the festivities after the wedding.

  • Aromatic plants

    Aromatic herbs and spices of a great variety grow everywhere on Crete.

  • Sheep shearing

    Sheep shearing - the process of cutting of the fleece of the sheep.

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