Souda (Chania), Greece
Tucked along the northwest coast of the island of Crete, Souda Bay’s deep, natural harbor is surrounded by sloping hills and broad coastal plains. It’s the sort of geography that has made it an attractive commercial and military port for centuries—from the Byzantines to the Venetians, Ottomans and, in more recent times, the British. Today, Souda Bay is your gateway to the cosmopolitan city of Chania, Crete’s second-largest city. With rows of wonderfully restored townhouses along a magnificent harbor, Chania’s Old Town has a decidedly Italian vibe, sprinkled here and there with a hint of the Near East, most notably the picturesque Mosque of the Janissaries. Take time to stroll past the harbor’s cerulean waters before stopping at a chic cafe to watch the world go by.