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Chania Region

Chania Hotels

Amalthia Beach Resort

Amalthia Beach Resort

Amalthia Beach Resort

Geraniotis Beach Resort

Geraniotis Beach Resort

Geraniotis Beach Resort

Iolida Beach Hotel

Iolida Beach Hotel

Hotel complex in the heart of Agía Marína

Panorama Hotel

Panorama Hotel

Panorama Hotel

Porto Platanias Beach Resort

Porto Platanias Beach Resort

Porto Platanias Beach Resort

Porto Platanias Village Resort

Porto Platanias Village Resort

Porto Platanias Village Resort

Thalassa Beach Resort

Thalassa Beach Resort

Thalassa Beach Resort

Chania Boutique Hotels

Aloe Boutique & Suites

Aloe Boutique & Suites

Aloe Boutique & Suites

Andromeda Boutique

Andromeda Boutique

Andromeda Boutique

Aisha Petite

Aisha Petite

Aisha Petite

Casa Delfino

Casa Delfino

Casa Delfino

Fatma Boutique

Fatma Boutique

Fatma Boutique

Fortino Boutique

Fortino Boutique

Fortino Boutique

Metohi Georgila Boutique

Metohi Georgila Boutique

Metohi Georgila Boutique

Serenissima Boutique

Serenissima Boutique

Serenissima Boutique

Spilia Village Boutique

Spilia Village Boutique

Spilia Village Boutique

Chania Villas

Aeriko Villa

Aeriko Villa

Guests: 8 | Bedrooms: 4

Anemeli Villa

Anemeli Villa

Guests: 12 | Bedrooms: 5

Angels Villa

Angels Villa

Guests: 18 | Bedrooms: 8

Anton Villa

Anton Villa

Guests: 8 | Bedrooms: 3

Amelia Villa

Amelia Villa

Guests: 8 | Bedrooms: 3

Athinais Villa

Athinais Villa

Guests: 8 | Bedrooms: 3

Casa Di Verde

Casa Di Verde

Guests: 6 | Bedrooms: 3

Casa Stella

Casa Stella

Guests: 6 | Bedrooms: 3

Charlotte Villa

Charlotte Villa

Guests: 10 | Bedrooms: 5

Conte Marino Villas

Conte Marino Villas

Guests: 6 | Bedrooms: 3 per villa

Cretan Mansion

Cretan Mansion

Guests: 10 | Bedrooms: 5

Daratso Group Villas

Daratso Group Villas

A Collection of 2 Villas

Delfini Villa

Delfini Villa

Guests: 12 | Bedrooms: 6

Despina Villa

Despina Villa

Guests: 9 | Bedrooms: 4

Dimi Villa

Dimi Villa

Guests: 8 | Bedrooms: 4

Divine Villas

Divine Villas

Guests: 8 | Bedrooms: 4 per villa

Emilia Villa

Emilia Villa

Guests: 12 | Bedrooms: 5

Epimenidis Villa

Epimenidis Villa

Guests: 4 | Bedrooms: 2

Estel Villa

Estel Villa

Guests: 7 | Bedrooms: 3

Falassarna Group Villas

Falassarna Group Villas

A Collection of 2 Villas

Filira Villa

Filira Villa

Guests: 6 | Bedrooms: 3

Fortino Deluxe Villa

Fortino Deluxe Villa

Guests: 6 | Bedrooms: 3

Fortino Superior Villa

Fortino Superior Villa

Guests: 6 | Bedrooms: 3

Ianira Villa

Ianira Villa

Guests: 8 | Bedrooms: 4

Galiatsos Villa

Galiatsos Villa

Guests: 6 | Bedrooms: 3

Geraniotis Villa

Geraniotis Villa

Guests: 6 | Bedrooms: 3

Golden Hill Villa

Golden Hill Villa

Guests: 10 | Bedrooms: 5

Hill House Villa

Hill House Villa

Guests: 6 | Bedrooms: 3

Iasonas Aphroditi Villa

Iasonas Aphroditi Villa

Guests: 8 | Bedrooms: 4

Iasonas Argo Villa

Iasonas Argo Villa

Guests: 6 | Bedrooms: 3

Iasonas Natali Villa

Iasonas Natali Villa

Guests: 6 | Bedrooms: 2

Katakis Villa Group

Katakis Villa Group

A collection of 2 Villa

Kiara Villa

Kiara Villa

Guests: 6-7 | Bedrooms: 4

Koukos Villas

Koukos Villas

Range of 3 Villas

Kyma Villa

Kyma Villa

Guests: 10 | Bedrooms: 4

L2 Villa

L2 Villa

Guests: 7 | Bedrooms: 3

Marina Mare Villa

Marina Mare Villa

Guests: 8 | Bedrooms: 2

Maria II Villa

Maria II Villa

Guests: 6 | Bedrooms: 3

Niba Villa

Niba Villa

Guests: 9 | Bedrooms: 4

Oleander Villa

Oleander Villa

Guests: 10 | Bedrooms: 5

Panareti Villa

Panareti Villa

Guests: 6 | Bedrooms: 3

Petra Villas

Petra Villas

A Selection of 2 Villas

Poseidon Villa

Poseidon Villa

Guests: 8 | Bedrooms: 4

Phaedra Villa

Phaedra Villa

Guests: 14 | Bedrooms: 7

S&K Villas

S&K Villas

Guests: 8 | Bedrooms: 4 per villa

Traditional Stone Villa

Traditional Stone Villa

Guests: 8 | Bedrooms: 3

Veggera Villa

Veggera Villa

Guests: 12 | Bedrooms: 6

Verekinthos Villa

Verekinthos Villa

Guests: 6 | Bedrooms: 2

Youphoria Villas

Youphoria Villas

A Selection of 9 Villas


About Chania

Chania city or ‘Little Venice’ as it is also known is said to be the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the towns and resorts of northern Crete. It lies on the north-west coast of the island and was the capital of the island until 1971. Chania has played host to many visitors and occupants over the centuries including Minoans, Arabs, Venetians and Turks together with the many tourists who visit the island today. It is this mix of ancient and modern, of European and Asian that gives Chania its unique atmosphere. Many of the buildings erected over the centuries remain today.

The Venetian Harbour

The Venetian harbour with its Egyptian lighthouse and massive fortification is undoubtedly the city’s focal point and one of the city’s main attractions. The lighthouse was built by the Venetians in 1570 but in 1830 -1840 and after a period in which it had been allowed to fall into disrepair the Egyptians reconstructed it to its present form. It was restored again to its present glory in 2004 by the citizens of Chania. This beautiful harbour fronts the old town and is full of restaurants, tavernas and bars which offer a wide variety of dishes mostly using local produce. Traditional Greek and international menus are on offer, and local residents and tourists take full advantage of this very special setting to while away a sunny afternoon or evening.

Firka Fortress & History of Chania

The end of the quay is shadowed by the Firka Fortress which was once the Muslim quarter as many of the local Cretan inhabitants converted to Islam during the Ottoman occupation. Meandering through the old town you’ll come across cosy restaurants and cafes in the pretty characteristic narrow streets. The ancient Mosque of the Janissaries was built in 1645 and has recently been renovated and exhibitions are held at time to time throughout the summer. The castle or fortress itself was used by the Venetians as a place of incarceration for Greeks who had been condemned to death. Here the Greek flag was hoisted for the first time in 1913 in official recognition of the unification of Crete with Greece. It consists of a group of buildings, the first of which houses the Naval Museum where you’ll find a collection of nautical instruments, historical documents, and models of ships together with pictures showing the activities of the Greek Navy since 1821.

Further to the east in the harbour area are the Venetian arsenals that were built in the 15th century and originally there may have been around twenty three of them. The large Galley ships of the ancient sea faring nations would have been repaired here but during the Second World War they were used to store supplies. Today one part is used as an exhibition centre.

Shopping in Chania

The shopping experience continues as you wander towards the commercial centre of Chania with many shops that sell variety of goods. A visit to the local ‘agora’, which is Greek for market, is a good bet. The indoor market in Chania was built in 1911 and is situated at the entrance to the old fortress of the town. It is built in the shape of a cross and like all markets it is divided into specialist areas. Here you can buy traditional Cretan products including herbs and spices as well as cheeses, dried fruits and nuts, fruit and vegetables, local honey, olive oil, and of course olives. Local cheeses include feta and the seasonal ‘mizithra’, a soft low calorie cheese, not to mention ‘graviera’ cheese.

The Koum Kapi Area

The Koum Kapi area is by the sea in Chania itself and has become very popular with the younger generation as they hang out in the waterfront cafes.

Leather Lane

One of the most popular places to visit for holidaymaker is the famous ‘Leather Lane’ at Skridlof St. where you’ll find quality leather goods at realistic prices.

Eleftheriou Venizelou Square

Only a short walk from the Agora is the Eleftheriou Venizelou Square. Once the centre of social and business life it is now the site of the present day courthouse. Enjoy a coffee or a light lunch in the sunny square where palm trees grow, or perhaps enjoy dinner at a pavement restaurant on a hot summers evening. The buildings and houses still bear evidence of their ancient Venetian and Ottoman builders.

Chania city is one of the most popular cities in Greece and part of its popularity is due to the appealing local areas of the town.

The Beach at Nea Chora

The beach at Nea Chora is the other side of the city. It has a pretty little fishing port and a lovely sandy beach which is popular with holidaymakers and locals alike. The waterfront is lined with waterfront cafes and excellent fish tavernas.

Nightlife in Chania is varied and can start with dinner followed by a few drinks, and finish with dancing away into the early hours, finishing with watching the sunrise and an early morning breakfast should that be your desire! A visit to the city of Chania is a memorable experience and once you have been you will want to return time and time again. The Chania region is to be explored. You will find mountains, plains, villages, beautiful beaches, deep gorges, and so much more.

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The prefecture of Chania covers the western quarter of Crete and borders only one other regional area, Rethymno to the east. The western part of Crete is lapped by the waters of the Cretan Sea to the north and to the west and south by the Mediterranean Sea. This prefecture also includes the southernmost point of Europe, the island of Elope Gavdos which can be reached by ferry from the southern port of Hora Sfakia.

The visitor to this part of Crete has an array of spectacular resorts and beaches to enjoy. Several resorts lie to the west of Chania town, each with its own character.

Nea Chora

Nea Chora is just a stone’s throw away from the western end of Chania harbour. It has a fine beach and several waterfront cafes and tavernas, as well as a pretty little fishing port. It is also popular with locals for winter swimming! Just 4km further to the west is the resort of Chrissi Akti which is well known for its golden sands and quiet, clean beaches. The beach at Chrissi Akti has been awarded Blue flag by the EEC. It is a peaceful coastal village with several hotels and apartment accommodation. Parts of the beach are organised and other parts not.

Iguana Beach

Iguana Beach, which is also situated in the Chrissi Akti area, has a popular golden sandy beach and beach bar. It is very popular with visitors and locals who can be seen enjoying the beach and its facilities, including beach sports such as volley ball.

Kolymbari

Further along the coast you will find the small pretty fishing village of Kolymbari famous for its fish tavernas.

These are just a few of the many resorts which are situated on the Bay of Chania, each offering its own character and uniqueness. However, what they all have in common is lovely beaches, warm Cretan sea, long hot summers, and that special Cretan hospitality.

Agia Marina & Platanias

Next we come to the café bars, restaurants and shops of Agia Marina and Platanias. Platanias in particular is the hub of life both night and day in the summer months. The Greek hospitality is still apparent, and both pretty resorts have excellent beach facilities with long stretches of golden sands and warm inviting waters that can be enjoyed by young and old, families, couples and lone travellers alike.

Maleme

The coastal journey continues to the resort of Maleme which was once the site of Chania’s very first airport and the site of the first attack during the German airborne invasion of 1941. Indeed the German War Cemetery is a reminder of this great conflict of the 20th century. Today Maleme is far more peaceful and almost sleepy - an ideal place to chill. There is a handful of seaside tavernas and restaurants which serve excellent food and wine. Call in at the pottery shop on the main street where you can buy hand crafted goods. A road runs along the waterfront where you can stroll quietly and perhaps take in a romantic view of the sunset. The beach is a mixture of sand and pebble and is organised in parts.

Kalamaki Resort

A little further west is the quiet resort of Kalamaki with a lovely long sandy bay and a couple of cafes and tavernas that serve good local fayre.

Beaches around Chania

You can explore further to the west coast where the beaches of Elafonissi and Falassarna are nothing short of awe inspiring. Elafonissi with its pink sands and palm trees is truly memorable as is the beach at Falassarna with its huge expanse of sandy beach and deep blue waters which break onto the seashore.

Inland of Chania

Inland from the resorts there is verdant countryside, natural parks, hills and valleys that can be walked, and traditional Cretan villages to be discovered. The area is rich in history and relics of the past. A late Minoan Tholos tomb dating back to 2500-3500BC has been discovered not far from Maleme where indeed a veritable treasure trove of discovery awaits. Lastly, don’t forget the historic village of Theriso which is to the south of Chania. Residents love it as it is situated in the mountains and offers cooler temperatures in the summer months. It is also famous as the birthplace of the mother of the Cretan patriot, Eleftherios Venizelos. The 14km drive up the gorge is impressive, and could provide an alternative to the strenuous Samaria Gorge which is further south. It also boasts a handful of excellent tavernas.