Exploring Chania Old Town on a Trikke

Chania (pronounced as Hania) is one of the important towns in Crete Island. Some of the impressive things about the town are its old town with narrow streets, the venetian port, lively harbour and many restaurants that dot the harbour.We had only less than a day in Chania, we knew we had to do something of a noval way to experience the town.  We partnered with GS Tours Chania on a  Trikke Tour around the old town.

Before I get into all the details, Trikke is a 3 wheel electric cycle that is very easy to control, no need to pedal, and is completely sustainable, environment friendly and recyclable.

The guided tour started with a bit of practice session on steering, how to stop and control the vehicle.  In 5 minutes everyone of us were ready to start.  We navigated through the busy streets, passing through narrow lanes and came near a beautiful church, a viewpoint of the harbour, then surpassing through the venetian harbour and lighthouse, before returning back.

 Old town of Chania is a pretty postcard perfect place, with plenty of maze like narrow streets lined up with houses of both venetian and turkish style,  restaurants, souvenir shops and stalls.

Starting our trikke tour just after a bit of practice

 

 

Some of the important and picturesque streets of Chania town as we passed by Agios Nikolaos church is one of the important churches in Chania town.  Originally a monastry, this church/ monastry dates back to 13th century. During the occupation by the Ottoman Turks, the church was converted into a mosque, hence a minaret was added (picture: top left), and the famous lighthouse of Chania (picture: top right)
 This large square shaped building with a huge dome is the Chania Mosque – Yiali Tzami (meaning seaside mosque) and it pretty much dominates the harbour.
Chania Lighthouse

 

What we liked about the tour
It’s one of the newest and interesting way to experience the town.  There are options to choose if you want to take 30 minute, 1 hour or 2 hour tour.  The tour guide accompanies you throughout and gives all the information about the town and places around.  Helmet is also provided to ensure safety during the journey. They also take pictures of you with trikke in some of the important places, and promptly emailed the pictures back. It’s one of the novel and environment friendly way to experience the town, and we totally recommend it.

Disclaimer:

We were hosts of GSTours Chania. We were not compensated or asked to write a positive review. We only write what we experience. As always, all the opinions are our own. 

 

One Response

  1. My Unfinished Life

    What a fun way to roam around a new place!

    http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

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