The city of Chania can be divided in to two parts: the old town and the modern city. The old town is situated next to the old harbour and was surrounded by Venetian fortifications that started to be built in 1538; of them the eastern and western parts have survived. The main square of the old town, the Eleftherios Venizelos Square is the heart of the tourist activities in the area.
Chania is a family orientated town, traditionally Cretan, but it does offer a lively night life. There are many Greek tavernas, many of them serving traditional Cretan specialities and a number of foreign cuisine restaurants. A large proportion of them are in the old town as well as in Nea Hora and Koum Kapi, the coastal areas of the town. The old town also offers many galley bars and cafes, carved into the cliff side and the ancient Venetian buildings. Many offer music ranging from jazz to indie and to traditional Greek. The area of Koum Kapi offers a variety of choices for mainstream cafes and restaurants. There are some clubs in town, which are usually closed in the summer, as the beach resorts of Agia Marina and Platanias offer the major clubs.Chania is also known as Hania.
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