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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Location: The traditional village of Kournas is built at an height of 250 meter and is located 5 kilometers from the beach at Paralia Kournas and 4 km from the lake Kournas. 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.
Location: 4 km south of Chania
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.
Location: 30 km west of Chania 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.
Location: 18 km south east of Chania Town
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.
Location: 26 km south east of Chania Town
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.
Location: 27 km south west of Chania Town
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.
Location: 5 km south of Chania Town
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.