The “Koum-Kapi” (meaning“Gate of Sand”) is the only Venetian gate of the walled city of Chania that remains intact. It took its name from the sandy beach that lies next to the gate. Once deserted and desolate, Koum Kapi is currently one of the most vibrant places of the city. Numerous cafes, scattered all along the coastal area, pedestrians, bicyclists, swimmers and heavy traffic congestion resembles the daily routine of this district. In 2013,
the municipality of Chania held an architectural completion, asking for the redesign and redevelopment
of the area.