Tabakaria area is located at the rocky coast of ​​the eastern part of the city of Chania. This particular district was developed on the rocky coast line in the early 19th century between 1830 and 1840 during the period that the Egyptians had conquered Crete.

The place was chosen for leather processing because it was near the commercial center of the city of Chania, in a location with abundant groundwater, brackish water, next to the shallow sea, appropriate for the first stage of leather processing.

Tabakaria is an integral part of the history of Chania and is an architectural monument of the industrial age. The old leather processing buildings of Tabakaria are arranged in a row and are interrupted only by very narrow steep passages with stairs to the sea, creating a unique architectural ensemble.

The leather processing buildings which are still in place, are built with stone and tile roofs and they are two or three floors high. Adapted to the natural inclinations of the landscape, the leather processing buildings of Tabakaria have groundfloor entrance from the street and sea side view . The district extends to the coastal front of the area and is organized in two parts, the Vivilaki street area and Agia Kyriaki area.