Chania Sightseeing

Chania sightseeing
Sightseeing: 45 things to see in Chania island

Famous for the lovely beaches and the wild countryside, the region of Chania, the westernmost part of Crete island, gets very popular in summer. The list with the top sightseeing in the region could include so many places: from tiny villages and fantastic beaches to impressive landscape spots. Not to miss is the Old Town of Chania, with the Venetian port and the lighthouse on its side. Take a stroll around the town and get lost in time. Among the most wonderful beaches in Chania are Balos, Elafonissi and Falassarna. As for activities, visitors can experience hiking at the Gorge of Samaria, bungee jumping at Aradena Bridge or windsurfing at Elafonissi.

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Best Sightseeing

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Gramvoussa is a small islet off the exotic beach of Balos, western Crete. On top of this islet, there is a steep castle built by the Venetians between 1579 and 1582. The view from this castle is breathtaking.

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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.

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The Ottoman Baths are found in the Venetian Harbor of Chania Town and they used to host the Turkish Hammams. Today they are not in use but they have become a landmark of the city.

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The Gorge of Samaria is one of the largest gorges in Europe and a popular hiking destination in Crete. It extends for 17 km and gives its visitors a view of the impressive landscape. This is the home of rare species of flora and fauna and an abandoned village is seen on the way.

Location: Elafonisi
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The Monastery of Virgin Mary Chrissoskalitissa is located on top of a hill above Elafonissi beach, on the southwestern coast of Chania. Inside the monastery, there is a small museum with Byzantine icons, rare manuscripts, and folklore items.

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Built by the Venetians in 1371, Frangokastello is one of the landmarks of Crete. It is an imposing structure with an exciting and mysterious story: people report to have seen the ghosts of fighters on the beach in some dawns of May.

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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.

Location: Town

The Naval Museum of Crete is housed in Firka Tower, at the entrance of the Venetian Harbor of Chania. This interesting museum houses a collection of ship models from the ancient until modern times and other maritime exhibits.

Best villages

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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.

Best beaches

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Location: 82 km south west of Chania Town
Description: Elafonisi is a small islet with exotic water. It can be reached by boat from Paleochora as the road leading there is track and difficult.

Type: Sandy, Partly Organized, Windsurfing, Nudism Friendly

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Location: 60 km north west of Chania Town
Description: Balos is an amazing beach on the north westernmost spot of Chania Crete. It is accessed through a track road or by tour boat from Kissamos.

Type: Sandy, Non Organised, Secluded

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Location: 58 km west of Chania
Description: Falassarna is a lovely tourist resort with an extended, sandy beach. The area is filled with olive groves and other vegetation. Falassarna stands on the north western spot of Crete, pretty far from Chania Town.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Partly Organized, Windsurfing

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Location: 11 km west of Chania Town
Description: The beach of Platanis is long and sandy. This is a picturesque tourist resort close to Chania Town.

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Location: 37 km south east of Chania Town
Description: This is a popular tourist resort about an hour drive from Chania Town. It has many tourist facilities and a lovely, sandy beach.

Type: Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised, Water sports

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A wonderful day out to gorgeous Ballos and Gramvousa. This is the moment we arrive on the beautiful island Gramvousa
Fishing in Chania's harbor with a majestic view of the Venetian lighthouse.
Chania's picturesque harbor offers a perfect place for a morning stroll.
Chania harbor's crystal clear water and underlying rocks lead the eye to the historic Turkish mosque of the Janissaries, built in 1645 and the oldest Ottoman building in Crete.
The Minaret of Achmet Aga in Hatzimichaly Daliani Street Chania Crete adds some old world color to a quiet morning coffee.
Classic balcony railing in the Old Town area of Chania.