Chania managed to preserve its original colors and historical character
The city of Chania can be divided into two parts: the old town and the modern city which is the larger one. The old town is situated next to the old harbour and is the matrix around which the whole urban area was developed.
The atmosphere has a touch of Florence and Venice (a few years ago when those cities still had some room to walk), combined with the culture and character of Cretan people and traditions.
The Chania harbour is wonderful and at any particular time of day the light produces a different result, creating a "different place".
This is the best chance to see some of the old buildings - of Venetian and Turkish design, that Crete once had across the island - many It used to be surrounded by the old Venetian fortifications that started to be built in 1538; of them the eastern and western parts have survived.
From the south, the old town is continuous with the new, and from the north the physical border is the sea. The centre of the modern city is the area extending next to the old town and especially towards the south.
APOKORONAS, OUR HOMETOWN
Extends from the foothills of the White Mountains north to the coast
Apokoronas is a municipality and a former province (επαρχία) in Chania regional unit, north-west Crete, Greece. It is situated on the north coast of Crete, to the east of Chania itself. The seat of the municipality is the village Vryses.
The Apokoronas extends from the foothills of the White Mountains north to the coast, in a wide plain with rolling hills. To the east, Cape Drapanon rises above the plain and extends out into the Sea of Crete. The area is very green and fertile, unusual for rocky Crete.
This city may have been located near modern Nipos, or on the site of the Venetian fortress, Castel Apicorono, on an outcrop between Kalyves and
The major towns of Apokoronas are Vamos, Armenoi and Vryses, with police, municipal and utility offices as well as taverns and large churches;
PLAKA, OUR VILLAGE
One of the best-known and most traditional villages in West Crete
Plaka is a friendly little village, set out in a horseshoe shape on the hillside, with an excellent view of Almyrida and of course Souda Bay and the azure Sea of Crete.
The village is green with plants and largely preserves its lovely natural environment, as it is set on the slopes of Mount Drapanokefala with its verdant, varied vegetation. You can see olive and plane trees, low scrub and even organic farms, which do not detract from the charm of the area.
Plaka has about 400 permanent inhabitants, half of whom are foreigners, mainly British. The village largely preserves its traditional character,
although the locals will tell you that recent building has meant it is beginning to lose its distinctive atmosphere.
Plaka has a lovely main square which is the focal point of the village. This is where locals and visitors alike meet in the cafeterias and taverns.