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Situated in the most western part of Crete island, Chania is considered among the most picturesque cities of the island due to its beautiful architecture. It is a crossroad of many civilizations that have left their trails on the island. Chania has truly amazing places to visit, from secret villages and fabulous beaches to interesting historical sights. The most impressive beaches are Balos, Elafonissi and Falassarna, while there are innumerable other amazing beaches around its coastline, from organized resorts to totally secluded coves.

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Chania Town blends the characteristic Venetian, Turkish and traditional architecture. Having as an emblem a beautiful Venetian lighthouse it is a romantic place to walk around, combining medieval architecture, elegant mansions and a wonderful Venetian port which is the most photographed spot of the town.

From Chania, visitors can also make day excursions to other regions of Crete, including Rethymnon and Heraklion. Via the port of Heraklion, tourists can also head to the Cycladic islands of Mykonos and Santorini.

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Chania Town with its jewel Venetian port and its picturesque alleys is a must-see, so start from there. Wonder around the town and its many sights, taste local cuisine and lose yourself in the narrow alleys. You will love every bit of it!

Chania boasts globally known beaches such as Balos, pink sand Elafonissi and Falassarna. Other popular seaside villages are Paleochora and Sfakia, with a vivid Cretan tradition and crystal clear waters. The diversity of the beaches offers a unique experience, from the most tourist to the most secluded beach. The natural beauty and landscape variety of the area is breathtaking. Samaria Gorge is the place no hike lover should skip; it is the longest gorge in Europe with breathtaking views. This 18km long gorge is open from May to October and is located on the southern side of Chania.

Family fun in Chania

The possibilities here are truly endless from historical sightseeing to enjoying a lay back day at the beach or the great waterpark of Limnoupolis. Take your children to the zoo to meet the Kri Kri goat, exclusive to the island of Crete. Just explore the many possibilities that this place has to offer.

Things to do in Chania

Chania holidays is a very interesting and versatile experience. A drive around the prefecture will introduce you to many interesting sights. Explore the Medieval Castles you will find on your way, trek the many paths along forests and gorges, visit the small local museums that depict the local history. Live like a Cretan for a day and enjoy a coffee in the village square traditional kafeneion.

Cretan cuisine is among the most popular in Greece with truly fresh and high-quality ingredients. So either try a gastronomical trip to time in a village nearby or enjoy a tasty meal in the many seaside restaurants. In this holiday, apart from relaxing by the sea, grab the chance to experience the famous Cretan tradition and the warm hospitality.

During your holidays in Chania, a boat trip to Balos and the Castle of Gramvoussa will leave you speechless. Located on the northwestern spot of Crete, Balos has gorgeous Caribbean waters. Among the most beautiful beaches in Chania is also Elafonissi, an exotic place with soft pink sand (smashed porphyra shells) and crystal waters.

The most popular hiking trail in Crete is through the gorge of Samaria, yet there are other smaller gorges such as Agia Irini and many more.

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