Chania promises to get tough on illegal buildings

Illegal buildings in Chania

The mayor of Chania, on the island of Crete, vowed Friday to knock down illegally built dwellings surrounding the city's old Venetian port, a key tourist attraction in the area.

Mayor Tasos Vamvoukas said the buildings will be knocked down after the end of the tourism season, after meeting with Coast Guard officials.

Chania ranks among the areas in Greece with the highest amount of illegal buildings, after cities such as Athens and Thessaloniki, according to some estimates by engineers.