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The beautiful town of Chania is on the northern coast of Crete. The heart of this town is the old harbour and the Venetian and Turkish influence can be seen in the surrounding architecture. From the Firkas Fortress east around the old harbour to the Venetian Lighthouse sitting proudly on the harbour wall, the beautiful waterfront is great place to spend time. The harbour is busy with local fishermen and visiting cruise passengers throughout the summer. The cafes and restaurants buzz with animated chatter and the evenings see the harbour fill with visitors searching for the perfect waterside restaurant.

Glorious Cretan sunshine

The old town of Chania is stunning. The old streets wind their way via old churches, artisan stores and quiet tavernas. Take the chance to discover the well preserved Venetian, Turkish and Jewish Quarters. The local museums provide welcome stopping off points and give you the chance to discover a little more about the local history. The local beaches of Koum Kapi to the east and Nea Hora to the west are perfect for lazy days soaking up the glorious Cretan sunshine.

Awe inspiring Samaria Gorge

The local area is equally inspiring and worth discovering. Nearby Venizelos Graves offers an amazing view of Chania and the stunning harbour. The coastline stretching west is lined with little villages and beach after beach. Take the chance to sample some of the local hospitality and call into a local coffee house. Further south lies the awe inspiring Samaria Gorge. This 11 mile long gorge begins in the high mountains and leads you south to the Mediterranean. The views make the effort of the walk worthwhile.

Things to do in Chania

On the beach in Chania

There are two local beaches within easy walking distance of the town, Koum Kapi and Nea Hora. Nea Hora is the more popular of the two and is the perfect place to stretch out and enjoy the sunshine. The surrounding area is lined with tavernas specialising in fish and there is no shortage of places to find a cold drink or snack to keep you going. The coastline west and south is a beach lover’s paradise with a seemingly never ending list of beaches you should try and visit. The most popular is probably Elafonissi, tucked away on the west coast. This incredible beach is a protected area and therefore has a really remote feel to it. The sand can have a pink glow to it at times due the local coral and the brilliant clear turquoise water of the Libyan Sea is perfect.

Top Tip:

Take the local bus to Elafonissi and discover the amazing scenery of the local landscape as you pass through small villages and mountain top towns.

Eat and drink in Chania

The old Venetian Harbour is the place to eat, whatever your tastes or budget. The waterfront from the Naval Museum round to the impressive mosque is lined with open terraces offering wonderful local fish and meat dishes. This is a very popular area with visitors and you will find menus translated into every major language. You may also pay a premium for eating in these restaurants. Locals favour the smaller restaurants further round the harbour towards the old fortress. You will find the views equally impressive but the welcome more genuine. Away from the busy harbour lie quirky little family owned tavernas in the streets of the old town. Lively local bars serving up raki and traditional music are also popular.

Chania nightlife

A night out in Chania might start with a late meal followed by drinks before hitting the clubs until sunrise. It is not uncommon for an evening in Chania to end with breakfast! The bars around the harbour are constantly busy as they move from daytime coffee to serving up pre dinner cocktails and raki as a post dinner sharpener. Cretan traditions are strong and you will find a good range of authentic bars playing only local music and serving only local drinks. Try them out and experience life as a local. Nearby Platanios is home to several late night clubs on the beach and is a popular destination for both local and visitors.

Shopping in Chania

The Old Town is home to an amazing range of stores from the most basic souvenir stalls through to artisan boutiques selling beautiful handmade local goods. Things to look out for include Cretan knives, jewellery and a range of products made from local olive wood. For the best in local leather goods, pay a visit to ‘Leather Street’. This street (Skridlof Street) used to be home to the local shoe makers. It is now the go to place for Cretan leather boots and handbags. Fight through the crowds and grab yourself a leather bargain. Food lovers should definitely visit the Municipal Market of Agora. The range of fresh produce from fish to vegetables and spices is incredible. You will also find some places to sample the local produce inside the hall.

Top Tip:

The popular Saturday market on Minoos Street is a great way to see how local people shop and interact. You will find Minoos Street tucked in under the western side of the old fortifications.

Things to see in Chania

The town is packed with places to go and things to do. Start in the harbour by exploring the ancient fortress before moving indoors to explore the local history of the Naval Museum. The harbour sweeps around the port towards the Venetian harbour wall. You can visit the old fortress built into the harbour wall before your walk ends at the Venetian Lighthouse. A further dose of local culture is on offer at the Archaeological Museum. If this is all too much for the kids, give them a break and head to the water park at Limnoupolis. For a spectacular day out head for the rugged Samaria Gorge south of Chania. The walk starts on a high plateau before gradually descending via the river bed to the coastal town of Agia Roumeli over 11 miles away. The scenery is amazing but go prepared for all weather.

We Recommend

Kritamon Wine Bar – Restaurant

This top class restaurant is on the main road running south from the harbour – Kondilaki. The menu is limited but all food is lovingly prepared and the owner offers a wine matching service.

My Café Bar

This is a very popular bar with the locals. It opens early for coffee and breakfast and livens up as the day moves on. By the end of the day you will find a full on club experience that runs through to 6am.

Summer Festival

Every August the town of Chania hosts a series of cultural events from live music to theatrical performances. The atmosphere is special and you will find plenty to get involved in.

Fast Facts

  • Currency – EUR
  • Time Zone – GMT + (2)
  • Travel Time – Chania (CHQ) - 5 hours 20 minutes (London)
  • Transfer Time – 15 minutes (Taxi)

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10/10 Amazing

26 November 2011

Beautiful Town

Chania Town is definetly a destination I would go back. It is a lively town where you can find anything you want. Nice food, nice views, good bars and shops. During the day you can easily access lots of very nice beaches and in the afternoon just stroll around the old city of Chania. The only thing I did not enjoy was trying to find parking. Even paying for parking was not easy to find.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Very nice bay with lots to do

10/10 Amazing

08 May 2013

excellent

Beautiful place for a holiday

The best thing about my stay was ...

food and people

10/10 Amazing

27 May 2012

Chania lovely, Tavronitis very quiet.

The city of Chania is beautiful, with alovely harbour, plenty of shops and tavernas. Hotel Adelais is located in Tavronitis in the Prefecture of Chania and is a good 30 min drive from the city. Tavronitis is a small, quit village with a couple of cafes and a few shops, so if you are looking for a lively holiday this is not the place for you, however, if you are looking fot peace and quiet it is ideal.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Restaurants and bars.

8/10 Great

30 July 2012

Nice town

If you want quiet and romance book Frida apartments!!

The best thing about my stay was ...

Something for everyone

8/10 Great

22 June 2012

chania

Chania is a fantastik city :)

8/10 Great

09 July 2011

Beautiful but crowded

Chania is beautiful, but a bit crowded during the summer.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Harbour

8/10 Great

28 August 2012

beautifull city

pleasant city for familly

The best thing about my stay was ...

the center the old town

8/10 Great

18 June 2011

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2/10 Okay

16 September 2012

OUT IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

WE NEVER WENT TO CHANIA. bUS WAS AT TOP OF ROAD, AND WOULD TAKE ABOUT 40 MINUTES.

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