On the threshold between the new and old town, you’ll find Chania’s old market hall, the 4,000 square metre ‘Agora’. The cross-shaped, landmarked building is over 100 years old and was modelled on the market hall of Marseille. The first thing that catches visitors’ attention is the cast-iron, open roof structure, but then... those smells! Spices, olives, cheese, meat, fruit and vegetables, freshly caught fish and Cretan specialties can be tasted and bought at the market stands. The market hall is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., and again on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Full to the brim? The back entrance of the hall leads straight into the heart of the old town.