CHANIA FOOD STORIES SMALL GROUP TOUR
All Year Round
Food & Culture Tour
- Wander through layers of history and cultural influences, listening to tales, myths, and legends of the Old Town
- Meet local artisans in their workshop, learn about their work and even try your own skills
- Explore the town’s century-old market with the local Cretan products and groceries
- Watch how phyllo is handmade by one of Greece’s last pastry masters
- Stroll around the old Ottoman and Jewish Quarters and discover the “Street of the Knives” as well as other off-the-beaten-path corners
- Taste local mezedes and sip raki at a historic neighborhood
Experience the unique beauty and culture of Chania by joining this amazing small group max 6 people walking tour through one of Greece’s most picture-pretty cities. Chania has everything: ancient ruins, centuries-old monuments, strong local traditions, and exquisite cuisine that you get to taste during the tour. Leave your guidebook aside and follow your local guide into traditional neighborhoods and lesser-known corners – each spot, every backstreet you’ll pass along has a story to tell!
Local impact — How you help the local community by joining this tour:
- On this tour, you meet a local greengrocer, cheesemonger, butcher, and fishmonger, and other family-owned businesses that sell their own Cretan-only products.
- Visit one of the last remaining Chania workshops with traditional handmade Cretan knives and hear stories about this tradition by the knife maker.
- During this tour, you sample locally-sourced food from Crete’s villages, farmers and stock-breeders
Since the Neolithic period when the first city’s settlement was founded a stone’s throw away from the Venetian harbour, Chania has had an extended history recorded with empires such as Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, Ottomans, and Germans trying to conquer its land. Its strategic geographical position was the reason why Cretans have always had to fight for freedom and independence, being proud of their ancestor’s land. However, this turbulent past has transformed Chania into a city with an entrancing story!
Follow this laid-back walking tour of Chania and find what makes Crete’s cultural capital so marvelous. Explore with us some of the Old Town’s best sights, and visit a mix of famous spots, historic haunts, and hidden gems while discovering the lesser-known Ottoman and Jewish quarters. Get ready to experience Chania with all your senses!
We’ll begin your Chania tour at the Dimotiki Agora (Municipal Market), which denotes the boundary between the old and new town. Established in 1913, the year of Crete’s unification with Greece, the Agora hosts more than 70 family-owned businesses selling mostly local groceries and products. Sample local delicacies while exploring the market and find out why Crete is home to one of the healthiest diets in the world.
After fulfilling your taste buds, we’ll stroll around the old town district by passing through its maze of hidden back streets and narrow laneways, visiting Venetian and Ottoman monuments, and discovering doors to secret gardens! Hear stories, myths, and legends about kings, sailors, merchants, heroes, lovers, and artists. Figure out how this city has been a crossroad between the West and East for centuries!
Next, you’ll have the unique chance to see local craftsmen producing their handmade products. Hear their stories — and possibly test your skills!
Continuing your tour, meander through the old Jewish and Ottoman neighbourhoods and learn how multiculturalism has changed locals’ life through the centuries.
Finally, after walking along the historic harbour’s promenade, you’ll relax your muscles in a local-favourite spot where you’ll enjoy an enticing table with Cretan mezedes (local tapas).
Our tour will come to an end either here where it’s the perfect place to continue your own exploration through the city, or we could take you back to the starting point. Before we part ways, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more hints and tips on how to get the best of your trip to amazing Chania.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, coffee or a soft drink, sampling of local products such as olives, honey, olive oil, local sweets, and local tapas and beverages. Food is more than enough to skip lunch!
Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide