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.
After you have seen the best Chania villages, you can also find information about the best beaches.
Guide to 35 villages
Discover our guide to 35 Chania villages. They are all presented with a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Description: Kalyves is gradually developing as a family tourist resort. It has a lovely beach and an intense island style.
Description: Platanias is a picturesque tourist village with many tourist activities, even a golfland. It gets very popular in summer.
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.
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.
Description: Alikianos is a small village in close distance to Chania Town. The stone bridge of river Keritis is found outside Alikianos.
Description: Deres is a tiny village in the inland of Chania, on the way to Sougia. Surrounded by lush greenery, this village is a wonderful natural spot.
Description: Elos is a small traditional village on the way to the Monastery of Chrissoskalitissa and Elafonisi. It is surrounded by lush greenery.
Description: A small village in the mountains, Epanochori is surrounded by wild scenery and lush greenery.
Description: Gavalochori is a lovely village close to popular tourist places east of Chania Town. Women of Gavalochori have long tradition in lace needling.
Description: Kalami is a lovely village in close distance to Chania Town and Souda. On a hill next to the village, there is the strong Fortress of Izzedin.
Description: A lovely village surrounded by lush greenery, Kandanos is located on the southern side of Chania, on the way to Paleochora.
Description: A small village in the mountains, Kefali is surrounded by lush greenery and gives a true view of Cretan landscape.
Description: You have a beautiful seeview at the northside of the village and south of Kournas you are overlooking the valley at the foot of the first White Mountains.
Description: The mountainous village of Mournies is the homeland of Eleftherios Venizelos, the most important Greek prime-minister. The surrounding region has many olive groves and monasteries.
Description: A small village in the mountains, Papadiana is located in the southern side of Crete, on the way to Paleochora.
Description: Ravdouha is a small mountainous village in close distance to Kolimbari, a tourist village in western Chania.
Description: Rodopos is a small mountainous village north of Kolimbari, a lovely tourist resort in western Chania.
Description: Rodovani is a mountainous village with traditional architecture and surrounded by wild scenery. It is located on the southern side of Chania.
Description: Souda has a lovely beach and an impressive fortress at the entrance of its port. It is located very close to the Town.
Description: Spilia is a small village in close distance to Kolimbari, west of Chania Town. It depicts an authentic Cretan style and it is surrounded by wild nature.
Description: A lovely village surrounded by lush greenery, Stylos gives a clear view of rural life in Crete. It has stone houses, an ample square, plane trees and running water.
Description: A lovely village in the inland of Crete, Topolia is surrounded by wild nature and some greenery.
Description: Although Vamos is so close to Chania Town and some popular villages in the region, it has not been affected by tourism and keeps its authentic Cretan character.
Description: Voukolies is a lovely village built on the west banks of Tavronitis River. Every week, a bazaar takes place in the main square selling local products.
Description: A lovely village with plane trees and running water, Vryses is a nice place to visit east of Chania Town.
Description: Loutro is an authentic seaside village in close distance to Sfakia. It can be reached only on foot or by ferry from Agia Roumeli.
Description: A small village surrounded by amazing greenery, Prases is located on the southern side of Chania, on the way to Sougia.
Description: Therissos is a picturesque village built on the slopes of a mountain range. This is the homeland of many Cretan fighters in the 19th century.
Description: The small village of Neokouros is located in close distance to Chania Town. It has very few inhabitants and its location is convenient for excursions in the region.