The Municipal Garden is a delightful place to walk and explore with your family. It is situated in the center of Chania between the streets Andrea Papandreou and Tzanakaki. It was constructed in 1870 under the supervision of philhellene Rauf Pasha and it was marked as the first charitable project of the city. In “Bakses”, as it was called then, were planted mainly evergreen trees. The paths were plotted according to the European standards and then layered with thick sand.
In 1918, the Garden was renovated by the arborist Konstandino Spai with new trees and plants taking its today’s form. On the northeast part of the Municipal Garden is located a remarkable Clocktower that was built in 1927 and constitutes one of the most attractive buildings of the City of Chania.
The garden consists of various trees, shrubs, fruit-bearing, and ornamental plants. a huge Bengal Ficus tree, which is about one and a half centuries old, has reached an impressive size, standing proudly at the entrance of the park. The garden also hosts a small zoo with animals from Cretan fauna. There you can find the famous wild goats of Crete, the Kri-Kri, spectacular peacocks, and a small pond with ducks.
The Kypos café or Garden Café is one of the oldest cafés in Chania and it is still very popular with the locals. It has a long history, as the building dates before World War II and it was frequented by celebrities such as Eleftherios Venizelos and Nikos Kazantzakis.
The Municipal Garden is a wonderful place for a walk with your kids because it combines a playground with swings and slides as well as a municipal children’s library. There is also an open-air cinema, which plays movies during the summer months. The Municipal Garden of Chania is a hidden gem that we highly recommend to visit once you come to Crete and stay at Althea Village Hotel.