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Posted by demi55 on
Category: Chania Town
A short visit in Chania some years ago left me with the best memories. The old town is so charming and romantic with historical elements and lively atmosphere. I think June and September is the best period if you want to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and the chilly days. In July and August it is way too hot for me in Greece. Chania is an interesting place with Venetian mansions and beautiful stone churches. I personally love Crete because people are warm and friendly and they always cater to the needs of tourists. I was quite lucky to stay at a friend's house, a beautiful old building in the middle of the town where we could enjoy many walks around. Without exaggerating, in Chania you will taste the most amazing food, in every delicious bite, homemade dishes and mezes. A bus from Chania Town will get you to many nice places in the region. We visited Rethymnon Town, also beautiful and picturesque, Kissamos and Paleochora. Also there are many nice beaches close to the town. In August, they get very windy, but in other months they are very enjoyable.
Posted by marialen22 on
Category: Chania Paleochora
My grandmother was from Paleochora, a village in Chania. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to travel there, till last summer, when my cousin and I decided we should go. We arrived at the port of Chania early in the morning, the weather was so nice that day. We found out that the buses for Paleochora leave every hour from early morning until the evening. Luckily, we didn't have to wait at all, we got into the bus (for some reason it wasn't the best bus to catch) to Paleochora.
The ride lasted about 2 hours, passed through a dozen great villages. As soon as we got off the bus we had a little stroll around a beautiful beach where the bus left us. The truth is that we were exhausted from the trip so we started walking until we found our hotel. It was only a few meters away from the sea and we had the best views from our balcony. We waited for the sun to set, it was very hot that day, and we were ready to explore the village.
We were impressed by the whitewashed houses, the pathways and small streets full of flowers. The town has all kinds of amenities and that is why it is based in tourism and agriculture (tomatoes and olive oil). We tried to find our grandmas house but unfortunately it was all ruins. We sort of expected it because no one had taken care of it. We went to several beaches, Pachia Ammos, a long beach on the west of Paleochora, Votsala, a pebble beach with crystalline waters and Gialliskari. We loved the taverns that they were near the beach, enjoyed the seafood and the local deserts. Had a great time! Wish to go back soon!
Posted by stahl on
Category: Chania Sfakia
The unspoilt and tranquil atmosphere of Sfakia amazed us. We had booked ourselves into a simple, yet comfortable accommodation at the port. After unpacking, we took a walk around the small pedestrian street in Sfakia lined with taverns, coffee places and little shops right next to the sea. It was an absolutely wonderful experience to sit under the pergola on the waterfront with a coffee, while watching the goings-on at the little harbor. We found a lovely pebble beach in the village front, but there were a few remote beaches that were absolutely gorgeous with its crystal clear waters, and some of them were nudist friendly, too. The next day, we visited Frangokastello with its famous Venetian castle (there were only a few stone walls remaining!) and then we traveled up to Anopolis, a traditional village with its winding roads and an ancient bridge on the outskirts. We stopped at a bakery for some delicious cheese pies and pastries. The views over the mountains were simply amazing and so was the ellinikos coffee we had.
Posted by binst on
Category: Chania Town
The first thing that comes to you when you arrive at Chania is its rich past, occupied as it was by Turks, Arabs and Venetians, all of who have left an incredible mark on this city. The Venetian Harbor, the old lighthouse, the narrow alleys lined with shops and the waterfront restaurants are so full of the old world charm that it is difficult to alienate Chania from its long history of occupation. I spent hours looking at knick knacks and local products in the numerous craft shops in the Old Town.
We woke up in the morning and went directly to the Old Port to have a coffee and see the living of the people. It was October when we went to Chania so obviously we were not opting for the beaches, but for the local life and the beautiful nature of Crete. The Archaeological Museum was nice but exhibits should be better labelled. The Folklore Museum was also very interesting and we were happy to see a totally different culture from us before our eyes!!
Rent a car for a couple of days and drive around Chania to the lonely beaches of October and the mountainous villages with the rural authentic life. On the way to the villages, we frequently saw kiosks selling traditional products, like honey, herbs, cheese and wine.
Posted by themi on
Category: Chania Town
Chania town is probably the most beautiful town in Crete. Keeping all the Venetian culture and architecture, the buildings give a strange, forgotten and romantic feeling. The Old Town of Chaniais divided in many neighborhoods and districts, with many mansions, churches, squares, cafes and restaurants. Walking to the the port of Chania, the sea view is fantastic.
The place is great by day and by night. During the day, there are many restaurants and tavernas with traditional Cretan food. If you have the opportunity to try raki, do not miss the chance! If it is not too hot, ask the waiter to get you hot raki. It is better than cold but it will warm you up, so be careful if it is August and the sun is burning. Cretans are famous for their drinks and for their hospitality.
Posted by edward56 on
Category: Chania Sfakia
I had heard a lot about Sfakia from my grandfather, who was a Cretan emigrant in Australia. When I was young, I kept listening about the hard Cretan men who get too angry once they are offended, who abduct their woman and who do anything to protect their honour.
At first, I didn't believe him. I thought that all these stories were told with a lot of enthusiasm from him and maybe with a bit of excess. When we visited Sfakia this summer with my wife, we saw nothing more than a small, seaside village with smiling people and many hotels. Indeed, some men looked furious with their big moustaches but that is how most of Cretan men look.
People in Sfakia were very easy to talk to and we even started a conversation on my ancestors and how life used to be there in the "old good times". In my surprise, I heard similar rough stories about men defending their honour in any way.
From my whole trip on Crete, I understood that these stories were true, since Sfakia has the fame of a brutal and rough place many centuries now. It appears that the area was somehow isolated from the rest of Crete because transportation was not easy throught the high, rough mountains that exist in the middle of the island. So, when a crime happened, it would either take the judge a lot of days (even months) to come and punish the guilt, or he wouldn't come at all.
Those were difficult and dangerous times, as there was a war between the Cretans and the Turks and also many thiefs were threatening travellers along their way. So, the people of Sfakia decided not to lay to the formal justice but solve their problems with their "own laws". That is how they developed such a brutal and hard attitude. Now the connection of Sfakia with the rest of Crete is easy but this brutal attitude is still existing at some point. Pretty interesting story, isn't it?
Posted by rosaff24 on
Category: Chania Town
Chania is the most picturesque town of Crete to me. You will find a lot of beauties there and many things to do. There are many beaches around to swim and many cafes at the seaside to relax. The best way to explore this lovely town is of course walking!! Go to the Arsenals and the war museum, take a photo of the impressive turkish hammams and see the sunset from the lighthouse, right on the edge of the port. Your eyes will be filled with new pictures and you will have nice moments to remember when you leave.
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