Holidays in Chania Central Market

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Buy fresh local produce and sample traditional Cretan foods at this cross-shaped covered market, which first opened its doors in 1913.

On many days of the week Agora is one of the busiest places in Chania. Since the early part of the 20th century, this lively covered market has been selling fresh produce and Cretan specialties to locals and visitors alike.

For many years, this was a rough area on the edge of town filled with fishmongers’ stalls and seedy taverns. In 1911, the city decided to improve the marketplace and construction began on a building modeled after the covered market of Marseille. The distinctive cross-shaped edifice was completed in 1913 and opened to the public.

Whether you come to shop or to enjoy the lively atmosphere, spend at least an hour wandering through the market. Agora is home to 76 shops located in the four arms of the building. Browse stalls selling fresh fish, meats, cheeses, herbs, spices, clothes and shoes. Make it your mission to try some traditional products, including the Cretan cheese graviera and homemade honey. Drink some tsikoudia, a potent pomace brandy that is unique to Crete. Traditionally, it is offered to guests when they visit a house and after dinner.

Visit a bakery for some paximadia, a dried bread. Go to one of the market's restaurants and ask for a dakos. This is bread topped with chopped tomatoes and other ingredients, a snack similar to a bruschetta.

When you have completed your browsing or shopping expedition, relax in the public gardens, close to Agora. If there are children with you, take them to the park’s playground and small animal enclosure. Just a short walk away is 1866 Square. This important landmark features statues of local war heroes and a large Turkish fountain.

Agora is situated on Chania's main east-west street and is open every day except Sunday, from morning until early afternoon. Some of the shops stay open all day and there are extended evening hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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Kriti Hotel
Kriti Hotel
3 out of 5
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Chania Flair Deluxe Boutique hotel
Chania Flair Deluxe Boutique hotel
5 out of 5
Petrof 61 & Palaiologou, Chania
The price is AU$279 per night from 16 Feb. to 17 Feb.
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Trianon Luxury Apartments & Suites
Trianon Luxury Apartments & Suites
4 out of 5
Iroon Politechniou 43,Chania, Chania
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3 out of 5
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The price is AU$133 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
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Arkadi Hotel
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The price is AU$126 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
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Chania Flair Deluxe Boutique hotel
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5 out of 5
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Nefeli Hotel
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Palazzo di Pietro
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