The westernmost side of Crete, Chania is a wonderful place for vacations. The Town is a romantic place to stroll around, with Medieval architecture, elegant mansions and a wonderful Venetian port, the most famous spot of the town. In close distance to Chania Town, there are many tourist beaches and hotels. However, you should not also miss excursions around the region to discover the fabulous spots of Chania: Balos, Elafonissi, Paleochora, Sfakia, Falassarna and Samaria Gorge. All beaches have crystal water and each one offers a unique experience, from the most tourist to the most secluded beach. The natural beauty of the area is breathtaking.
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Travel guide to Chania, Greece
Chania is the westernmost region of Crete. Although some places have developed in tourist resorts, most beaches and villages in Chania keep their authentic style. A walk in Chania Town with the intense Medieval architecture is a walk back in time.
Here is a detailed travel guide about Chania with information on important sightseeings, museums, monasteries, vilages, beaches and more. Also see pictures, videos, 360 photos and maps to help you organize better your trip to Chania.
Things to see and do
The region of Chania Greece or Hania is located on the western side of the of Crete island, one of the most popular Greek islands. It has amazing places to visit, from secret villages and fabulous beaches to interesting sightseeing. The most famous town is Chania Town, with the characteristic Venetian, Turkish and traditional architecture. Paleochora and Sfakia, on the southern side of Crete, are also nice villages with relaxing atmosphere. The most impressive beaches are Balos, Elafonissi and Falassarna, while there are innumerable other amazing beaches around the coastline, from organized resorts to totally secluded coves.
A drive around the prefecture will also bring you to many interesting sights. Explore the Medieval Castles you will find on your way, trek the many paths along forests and gorges, visit the small local museums that depict the local history and even try a chat with the locals at the traditional restaurants. You will frequently see them sitting in the village square and enjoying a coffee under the shade of a huge tree. In this holiday, apart from relaxing on a beach resort, grab the chance to experience the famous Cretan tradition and the warm hospitality. A very nice village close to the Town is Therissos, the birthplace of the Greek politician Eleftherios Venizelos.
In this guide of Chania, you shall find all the necessary information to organize your vacations there. From Chania, visitors can also make day excursions to other regions of Crete, including Rethymnon and Heraklion. Via the port of Heraklion, tourists can also head to the Cycladic islands of Mykonos and Santorini.
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Most luxurious hotels in Chania are found in the coastal towns of Agia Marina, Georgioupolis, Kolymbari and Platanias, on the northern side of Crete. Large suites, villas and spa resorts are spread in those areas, as well as smaller apartments and rooms to rent. The towns of Paleochora and Frangokastello in the southern side of Chania are more secluded, but have good accommodation options, mainly traditional apartments and rooms. For something more classy, Chania Town offers boutique hotels and charming guesthouses in restored Venetian buildings.
Highlights in Chania
Chania Town is among the most picturesque towns in Crete. Due to the long occupation by the Venetians, its architecture has a vivid Medieval look. Do not miss the old port with the nice restaurants.
During your holidays in Chania, do not miss a boat trip to Balos and the Castle of Gramvoussa. Located on the north western spot of Crete, Balos has gorgeous Carribean waters and paradise environment.
Among the most beautiful beaches in Chania is Elafonissi, an exotic place with crystal waters and soft white sand. It is located on the western coasts of Crete.
On the southern side of Chania is the picturesque village of Sfakia. This seaside place has nice secluded beaches to swim and gives a true side of the local character.
On the western side of Chania and close to Kissamos is the amazing beach of Falassarna. Large in size and with sandy shore, this beach is partly organized and ideal for families.
The most popular hiking trail in Crete is through the gorge of Samaria. This 18km long gorge is open from May to October and it is located in the southern side of Chania.
On the southern side of Chania, there is the Fortress of Frangokastello. This fortress is connected to the legend of Drossoulites, some ghost rebelians who are supposed to appear in early mornings of May.
The region of Chania has many museums. Apart from the interesting museums in Chania Town, there are also many folk and thematic museums in the villages. Very interesting is the Naval Museum of Crete and Askyfou War Museum.
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