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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 500 / 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. Local Cook in Crete, Chania

    Local Cook New!

    in Crete, Chania, from 40 / night

    A local cook and her cook assistant with a great experience and love for the local Cretan cuisine can prepare a private lunch or dinner for you at the comfort of your own Villa in the area of Chania for 4-10 guests.  More...

  5. Wine tasting in Crete, Chania

    Wine tasting New!

    in Crete, Chania, from 30 / night

    During your holidays in Crete, try a wine tasting tour at a local winery, get to know about the process of wine making and taste different types of local wine! We can organize a tour for you in an authentic winery of your choice such as Manousakis Winery, Dourakis Winery, Karavitakis Winery or Pnevmatikakis Winery in Crete.  More...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. Metropolis House in Crete, Chania, Chania town

    Metropolis House

    in Chania, Chania town, from 107 / night

    Metropolis House is a lovely 3-bedroom house with two bathrooms in the heart of the picturesque old town of Chania, 100 meters from the square of Metropolis church. Many cafes, restaurants, shops, and one supermarket can be found within very short walking distance.  More...

  9. Navarino Apartment in Crete, Chania, Chania town

    Navarino Apartment

    in Chania, Chania town, from 100 / night

    Navarino Apartment is a lovely first floor 2-bedroom apartment located in the picturesque old Venetian town of Chania. Many cafes, restaurants and mini markets, museums and the famous Lighthouse are found within only a few minutes walking distance whereas the sandy beach of Nea Chora is located 1,5 km away.  More...

  10. Jeep Safari in Chania in Crete, Chania, Chania town

    Jeep Safari in Chania

    in Chania, Chania town, from 0 / night

    All our guests in west Crete have the opportunity to participate in guided Jeep excursions with a 7-seater Mitsubishi Pajero, in order to exlpore the beautiful Cretan landscapes, the Cretan culture and cuisine. A variety of Jeep and hiking adventures with proffesional drivers by Chania Adventures Team are offered.  More...