Northeast from the old Venetian harbour at Chania, on the
peninsula of Akrotiri, at the small church of Profitis Ilias,
are the tombs of Eleftherios Venizelos and his son, Sophoklis.
He was one of the most important Greek statesmen, dying in Paris
in 1936. He chose the burial site himself, which is a few
kilometres from his old home at Chalepa. His son, Sophoklis, was
Prime Minister of Greece from 1943 to 1952. The tombs are set in
an attractive park with breath-taking views from the hill over
the town and the endless beach. The peninsula of Akrotiri is an
ideal place for walking and hiking and the town itself has Blue
Flag sandy beaches, impressive caves, churches and monasteries.