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This town has no aboriginal human population as it was discovered around 10,000 BC. There is also no such thing as a local race here, due to its high occupation by invaders over the years, and its cosmopolitan character. Rivers here are short and dry up in the summer months, yet this area has over 2,000 plant species, of which 157 are endemic. Cultivation of the olive tree is very important to this community and excellent virgin olive oil is produced here. Other important products include oranges, grapes and vegetables. Honey, cheese and herbs are also of excellent quality and large numbers of sheep and goats are raised here. This town is equidistant from three different continents.
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Chania, Crete, Greece
Chania is pronounced “Hahn-yA” and in English the name is written as either Chania or Xania. The ‘X” sound is a hard ‘H’ in Greek as though you are attempting to clear the back of the throat. Correct pronunciation is with the emphasis on the last ‘A’.
Chania is the name of the town, Crete is the name of the island, and Greece is the country. Top sites not to miss in Chania include the Venetian Harbor with its landmark lighthouse, Maritime Museum, Municipal Art Gallery, Chania Market in Old Town, Therisso Village and Balos Lagoon. Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Constellation visit Chania and Crete on numerous Mediterranean cruise itineraries.