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Chania

Chania old harborChania is the capital town of the area of Chania. This beautiful city, located on the north shore of Crete, is an ideal base for exploring the whole island. The prefecture of Chania covers the west part of the island and its important towns; Souda, Agia Marina, Platanias, Kastelli, Paleochora, Kandanos and Chora Sfakion.

Chania is about 1 hour (59 km) long from Rethymno and 2 hours (137 km) long from Heraklion. It is easily accessible from Athens by three regular flights a day (45 minutes) during winter and four during summer. The International Airport is located 11km outside the city on Akrotiri. There are also two daily boats from Piraeus (Athens) to Souda.

The prefecture of Chania offers tourism services and activities of all kinds covering all demands. The city of Chania preserves all the features of the Venetian rule times. The White Mountains (Lefka Ori), rising behind the city and diving south in the Livikon Pelagos in the area of Sfakia, consist of numerous gorges for nature-lovers and enthousiastic mountaineers. The sandy beaches and the deep clear waters in them (Elafonissi, Falassarna, Paleochora, Georgioupoli, etc) are ideal for swimming. The minoan, roman and byzantine archaeologocial sites are tempting for those interested in cultural and historical explorations.

Agioi Theodoroi islet  Platanias sandy beach  Kalathas

Geographical Elements: The county of Chania covers the western part of Crete and has an area of 2.376 km2 and with a population of 140,000 residents (1991 inventory). The county is divided into 5 provinces with the capital the city of Chania (52.000 population). Since 1999 the county is divided into 23 counties and 2 provinces. The north area of the county with very welcome seas ends up to 3 peninsulas. Concerning the south side of the island towards the Libyan sea it presents the biggest amount of sunlight in Europe. North, west and south the county is surrounded by sea.

Neoria  Chania-waterfront  Chania Arsenali 2

Why to visit Chania

Chania is regarded as a very picturesque small city of Greece, with a lot of life during the summer months, friendly people, blue sea and sky, and sandy beaches. The famous old town with its small streets and the Venetian buildings, the picturesque Venetian harbour with the Lighthouse and the Firkas castle create a majestic, romantic atmosphere which can be rarely found in Europe.

Chania is an ideal destination to combine the romantic atmosphere of the Venetian Town with the touristic facilities that have been created during the last years; the well-organised sandy beaches west and east of the city, the numerous cafes, restaurants and tavernas along the old harbour and the seaside villages, the endless waterfront to the west and the east of the city, the beach-bars on the sandy beaches, the seaside clubs and bars outside the city.

Chania is also an ideal location to explore the rest of Crete since the distances are not really a big deal; you can find some of the most unique sights and natural beaches of Crete in less than 60 minutes distance in south and west Crete, the most famous archaeological sites of Knossos and Phaestos dating thousands of years ago in the nearby districts of Heraklion and Rethymnon, the remaining of the Turkish and the Venetian castles dispersed in many remote villages of the island, the existing Venetian Monasteries and Churches. Here you can also try to pass the longest gorge of Europe - Samaria Gorge, 17 km length - and visit some of the purest, traditional villages of Crete.

Sunset_1   Mosque Chania   chania_old_town_streets

elafonisi sea 2   Balos beach 3   Falassarna beach 5

Holiday Rentals We Suggest

  1. Transfers Chania in Crete, Chania

    Transfers Chania

    in Crete, Chania, from 300 / night

    We can organise a transfer from Chania airport or Souda port to your Villa or Hotel with a mini Van with an a additional cost which depends on your destination.  More...

  2. Excursions from Chania in Crete, Chania

    Excursions from Chania

    in Crete, Chania, from 26 / night

    Excursions are organised from the area of Chania to the longest gorge of Europe Samaria Gorge, the unique sandy beach of Elafonisi, Gramvousa island and Balos lagoon, the Botanical Park, the Knossos Palace, the golfe course 25 km from Heraklion airport, and Santorini.  More...

  3. Wedding in Crete in Crete, Chania

    Wedding in Crete

    in Crete, Chania, from 1000 / night

    Make a dream wedding in the beautiful island of Crete! A perfect destination for your holidays and en excellent choice for your wedding as well as. Beautiful, romantic places, sandy beaches, blue seas, bright sun, magnificent sunsets and clean mountain air make Crete a perfect choice for honeymoon.  More...

  4. Taxi Chania Airport in Crete, Chania

    Taxi Chania Airport

    in Crete, Chania, from 27 / night

    Rent a taxi from Chania airport to your Hotel or Villa or vice versa, or choose any route available in Chania.  More...

  5. Private Chef in Crete, Chania

    Private Chef

    in Crete, Chania, from 40 / night

    A local private Chef can be arranged to visit you in your Villa and prepare a lunch or dinner for all your family and friends in the area of Chania.  More...

  6. Central Suite in Crete, Chania, Chania town

    Central Suite

    in Chania, Chania town, from 50 / night

    Central Suite is a first floor cozy Suite, perfectly located in the center of Chania town, within  short walking distance to many supermarkets, cafes, a few restaurants and shops. The picturesque Chania old Harbor is only 700 meters away while the nearest sandy beach of Nea Chora is found at about 1,5 km.  More...

  7. Modern Suite in Crete, Chania, Chania town

    Modern Suite

    in Chania, Chania town, from 50 / night

    Modern Suite is a first floor cozy Suite, perfectly located in the center of Chania town. The famous public market, many cafes, restaurants, bakeries, shops and supermarkets can be found within very short walking distance. The old harbor is only 700 meters away, while the nearest sandy beach of Nea Chora is 1500 meters away.  More...

  8. Odos Oneiron Suites in Crete, Chania, Chania town

    Odos Oneiron Suites

    in Chania, Chania town, from 50 / night

    Odos Oneiron is a small traditional hotel, located in one of the most magnificent historical districts, only a few steps from the venetian harbour and the town of Chania.  More...

  9. Picturesque House in Crete, Chania, Chania town

    Picturesque House

    in Chania, Chania town, from 45 / night

    Picturesque House is a traditional 2-bedroom residence, situated next to Metropolis, in the picturesque Old Venetian Town of Chania. It enjoys a central location and is only 1000m away from the sandy beach of Nea Chora.  More...

  10. Arkadi Hotel in Crete, Chania, Chania town

    Arkadi Hotel

    in Chania, Chania town, from 68 / night

    The 3-star Arkadi hotel is located in the centre of Chania, on 1866 square. The Old Town, the Venetian port and many other places of interest can be reached within walking distance, making the hotel ideal for both leisure and business travellers.  More...