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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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.