Venetian Port of Chania Disappears Under the Waves (Photos)

Extreme weather conditions in ChaniaViolent waves hit this morning on the Venetian port of Chania, on the Greek island of Crete, creating these surreal images in this tranquil harbor of the Mediterranean.

Extreme weather conditions in Chania
The lighthouse of Chania.

Intense gusts of wind and heavy rain battered the northern city of Chania during the last couple of days. These severe weather conditions forced the organizers of the Santa Run traditional Christmas solidarity celebration to postpone the event until next Tuesday.

While rain also affected the rest of the island, snow fell on the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) as well as the on Psiloritis, in the nearby prefecture of Rethymno. Flights suffered delayed departures and ferry schedules have been modified, passengers of ANEK Lines, Blue Star Ferries, and Minoan Lines are requested to call the local Port Authorities in order to check if ships will depart or not.

Extreme weather conditions in Chania
Firkas fortress hit by the sea.

The photos show the violence of the waves hitting the Old Town of Chania, especially the port and the lighthouse, the walls of Firkas fortress and the rest of the rocky coast of the city.

According to the weather forecast, temperatures will go up slowly in the following days while the sun is expected to shine again on the city on Christmas day.

Extreme weather conditions in Chania, Crete
The Venetian port hidden by the waves.

Pictures are a courtesy of CretePost (photo Mbouzis Chania)