Chania Villages

Chania villages

Apart from the picturesque Town of Chania, this prefecture of Crete has many beautiful mountainous villages and seaside settlements. Kissamos, Paleochora and Sfakia are the most famous. They have all managed to escape mass tourism and keep their authenticity.Many hotels are located around these beaches.
Many hotels and accommodation are located around these villages.
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Guide to 35 villages

Discover our guide to 35 Chania villages. They are all presented with detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Chania. For the most popular ones, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.

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Location: On the northern side of Crete
Description: Chania Town is the capital of the prefecture and one of the most beautiful towns in Crete. Its architecture has Venetian and Ottoman elements, while its most picturesque spot is the old port with the lighthouse.


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Location: 72 km south east of Chania Town
Description: Chora Sfakion, or just Sfakia, is a historical place for Crete, as many fighters of the Cretan Revolution came from there. The wild landscape and the calm beaches offer a great place for holidays.


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Location: 80 km south west of Chania Town
Description: Paleohora is the most popular resort on the southern side of Chania Crete. It has developed tourism without losing its traditional character. From Paleochora, boats go on close excursions.


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Location: 41 km west of Chania Town
Description: Kissamos is the second largest town in the prefecture of Chania. Located in the western side of Crete, Kissamos is a nice excursion base for the beautiful beaches and mountainous villages of the area.


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Location: 80 km south east of Chania Town
Description: Frangokastello is a lovely tourist resort on the southern side of Crete. It is mostly famous for the strong fortress that stands right on the beach.


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Location: 24 km west of Chania Town
Description: Kolimbari is a lovely seaside village on the way from Chania to Kissamos. It has developed over the last years as a relaxing tourist hamlet.


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Location: 20 km south east from Chania Town
Description: Kalyves is gradually developing as a family tourist resort. It has a lovely beach and an intense island style.


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Location: 11 km west of Chania Town
Description: Platanias is a picturesque tourist village with many tourist activities, even a golfland. It gets very popular in summer.


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Location: 84 km south of Chania Town
Description: Anopolis is a traditional mountainous village located on the southern side of Crete. The nearby bridge of Aradena is a popular bungee jumping site.


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Location: 10 km east of Chania Town
Description: Akrotiri is not actually a village but a peninsula that lays east of Chania. This is a region with beautiful, sandy beaches and it gets pretty crowded in summer.



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Judging by the weather outside, summer is almost here and this reminds me of sea and sand. So I decided to delve into the archives and found this. 

The story behind the shot:

Chania is a beautiful town - famous for its characteristic venetian-style houses and the pretty anutique harbour (as well as for being the capital of one of the four Cretan prefectures). A paradise for the photographer - if you have weather on your side.

When I was there the sun was bright and high in the sky and the sky itself was dull blue. Normal people totally fall for this kind of weather - after all, it's warm, it's nice to be outside and the sky is spotless. Not me, though. Because photographers are NOT normal people and need some drama. 

So, while I was strolling around the harbour and taking pictures I saw those two sitting on a bench. Shots of people are not my exactly my element but I couldn't resist capturing this. 

For the record - the lighthouse in the background is a famous building - there are several almost identical buildings all over Crete - one in Rethymno, for sure. Chania is famous with that one, though (as well as with a few other buidings I'll show you some other time). 

Photoadvice:
The Venetian harbour is crammed with tourists, carriages and all kinds of people so you'll have a harder time getting a shot WITHOUT people in it than the other way round. The harbour is really picturesque in the late afternoon or after the sun goes down but you'll have to find an accommodation in the area.
Springtime Balos - on a 'thin clouds filtered' afternoon