Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Enjoy the old city and harbour of Chania... with your dog

We have a cameo appearance in today's blog from Betty, a 3 year old Kokoni. Betty was adopted from a Cretan dog shelter by some friends of mine. She pretty much goes everywhere with them these days.
Betty at my friend's art exhibition in the Giali Tzamisi Mosque, Chania harbour
Although based in Heraklion, Crete, she recently spent quite a bit of time in Chania at my friend's art exhibition which was housed in the 17th century Giali Tzamisi Mosque, on the harbour. An article, in Greek, about his work and exhibitions can be found here:ένας-αυστραλός-ήρθε-στην-κρήτη-κι-έμεινε
Looking out towards Chania harbour lighthouse
from the mosque
Being quite a bit smaller than Sage, and white and fluffy, it is probably true that places which would turn a blind eye to Betty coming in might not tolerate larger, more conspicuous dogs.

Betty has stayed at the Morfeas Nest Rent Rooms, near to the old harbour, on two occasions.
The rooms look nice, there is a roof terrace with views of the old town, free Wi-Fi, and they advertise on their website that:
Pets are allowed on request with no extra charges. 
Prices vary according to season, so best to contact them for more information.

I have also been around the old town in Chania with Sage. One afternoon in September we sat outside at the last cafe around the Venetian Harbour, opposite the lighthouse. This is the quietest, calmest part of the harbour, and a little easier to find an out of the way spot. I'm not sure how it would be, however, to walk along the harbour in the height of summer with a Sage-sized dog.

I would really appreciate any suggestions of dog-friendly hotels/hostels/rent rooms, as well as tavernas and bars in Chania. Please add a comment, and I'll go and investigate this summer with Sage.

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