Information & Facts
Greek is the national language, but English is widely
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents.
Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and travellers
cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are
widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient
method of obtaining euros.
The pavements in Hania are very narrow making strolling along
the streets a bit hazardous. No direct flights.
Most of the clubs and discos are centred on the inner harbour in
Haniá, but there are plenty around the outer harbour and throughout
the old quarter where holidaymakers up for a party can enjoy a
night out. Popular bars include Ta Dhyo Lux, Fraise and the Four
Seasons, and the string of terrace cafes along the Aktí Miaoúli
seafront draw the under 30s. Late night nightclubs include Ariadni
(inner harbour), Millennium, Titanic and N.RG (old town), which get
going after midnight and stay open till the early hours. More
traditional Greek music and dancing can be found at Café Kriti on
Kalergón Street. A popular hangout for the large gay community is
Ta Padia Paizei, on Odos Archoleon.
Around the harbour in Haniá, holiday visitors will find numerous
tavernas, restaurants and cafes, but with little variation in price
and menu. Dino's Taverna is one of the best choices for seafood
with a view of the harbour, or Thalassino. Away from the water are
plenty of cheaper options on Kondhiláki, Kanevárou and many of the
streets off Halídhon. For more traditional places the area around
the market and along Dhaskaloyiánnis is good. Fast food is also
widespread and there are numerous souvlaki places on Karaolí, near
the Naval Museum, across from the market and at the end of the
outer harbour. Locals and particularly expats favour Meltemi, which
is good for breakfasts and has a relaxed terrace bar, while the
main square, Platía-1821, is the traditional plaza to stop for a
cup of coffee.
Holidaymakers should visit the Public Market in Haniá for fresh
produce and a fish market, vegetable stalls, grocery shops and
butchers. Around the cathedral are some of the better shopping
areas, especially Odhós Skrídhlof (Leather Street) that is lined
with traditional leather-making shops. There are endless jewellery,
souvenir and craft shops, but for distinctly Cretan goods go to
Carmela (artworks and ceramics), Cretan Rugs and Blankets or Roka
Carpets (traditionally woven goods), and the Local Artistic
Handicrafts Association for a selection by local artisans. Orphanos
has a collection of dolls and marionettes for a different souvenir
from the island.