Find out everything about your holidays in Chania Greece on our travel guide! Discover the best things to do in Chania, fantastic beaches, top hotels, and restaurants, as well as a wide selection of breathtaking photos of Chania!

At the westernmost side of Crete, Chania is a wonderful place for vacations. It offers a beautiful medieval town, some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece and some sights of high interest.

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Chania in Crete is located on the westernmost side of the island. Although some places have developed in tourist resorts, most beaches and villages in Chania keep their authentic style. The northern side is more developed and lined up with luxurious tourist resorts and organized beaches. This is where the most popular beach villages of Chania are found. On the contrary, the southern side is secluded and more traditional, with small seaside villages and unorganized beaches.

Due to the long history and rich culture, the region of Chania keeps evident its traditional architecture. A walk in the Old Town with the intense Medieval architecture is a walk back in time. The Venetian port of Chania Town is the most characteristic spot of western Crete. Holidays in Chania combine relaxation in amazing beaches, historical visits and experience of authentic life.

The region of Chania Greece, or Hania, is located on the western side 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. The most impressive beaches are Balos, Elafonissi, and Falassarna, while there are innumerable other amazing beaches around the coastline, from organized resorts to secluded coves.

Chania holidays is a very interesting experience. 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 with 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.

In this travel 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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The most popular way to reach Chania is by ferry from the port of Piraeus, in Athens. Chania can also be reached by plane (International airport).

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Discover the best things to do in Chania! From Chania sightseeing to activities, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate Chania holidays experience!

  • Picturesque town
    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.
  • Venetian lighthouse
    The lighthouse of Chania is found in the Venetian Harbour and this is the symbol of the town. Originally built by the Venetians in the 16th century, the lighthouse was reconstructed by the Egyptians in the 19th century.
  • Balos beach
    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.
  • Elafonisi beach
    Among the most beautiful beaches in Chania Crete is Elafonissi, an exotic place with crystal waters and soft white sand. It is located on the western coasts of the area.
  • Sfakia village
    On the southern side of the region is the picturesque village of Sfakia. This seaside place has nice secluded beaches to swim and gives a true side of the local character.
  • Falassarna beach
    On the western side of Crete 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.
  • Samaria gorge
    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.
  • Frangokastello fortress
    On the southern side of the area, 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.
  • Lake Kournas
    Lake Kourna is the only lake with fresh water in Crete. It is situated in a magnificent location, just 4km away from Georgioupolis Chania. The lake is surrounded by a greenery environment with rare plants and trees.


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