Mournies

Mournies is a town located at an altitude of 51 meters above sea level and is located four kilometers south of the city of Chania.

The name of the settlement Mournies, actually means berries and comes from the tree that makes the berries. In the Cretan local dialect, the berries are called mourna.

Mournies is the birthplace of the politician Eleftherios Venizelos from Chania, while in this district there is also the family home, where he spent his holidays as a child. Today, it operates as a museum, has exhibition of historical photographs and the cradle of Eleftherios Venizelos. The museum is open to the public and visitors of the area. It differs from the house “Venizelos Residence”, which is located in Chalepa of Chania and was the town house of the family.

Very close to Mournies are situated still the Byzantine monasteries of Chrisopigi and St. Eleftherios, dating from the 15th and 17th century respectively and which the visitors can visit.

Mournies haa a permanent population of approximately 7,500 residents, who prefer the area as it is located very close to the city of Chania and has immediate access to it.