Crete, Destinations

Chania

Chania

The region of Chania, on the western side of the island of Crete, is dominated by the impressive Lefka Ori or Madares (The White Mountains) and its famous National Park, which occupy most of The Prefecture of Chania.

The city of Chania maintains all its charm, from the time of the Venetian domination until today.

A stroll through the labyrinthine alleyways of the old town with its beautiful Venetian mansions, fountains, small churches and well preserved historical monuments will help you to know the history of the city and take you on a journey to times gone by.

Among the great attractions of the city of Chania are the Topanas neighborhood, the Jewish quarter, the Turkish quarter, the Halepa quarter with neoclassical mansions and gardens, the old port and the lighthouse, symbol of the city of Chania.

The Chania Municipal Market is the meeting point for residents and visitors of the city since it is a market full of colors and flavors where you can taste local dishes.

The Museums, Archaeological, Historical and Maritime reveal the turbulent history and tradition of the Chania region.

South of the city is Frangokastello, a Venetian fortress overlooking the Libyan Sea … Discover the traditional settlements of the region such as Vamos and Miles, following the beautiful paths that connect the rural villages. Stroll through the green fields and orchards of the famous tangerines of the village of Agia, as well as its namesake lake.

The exotic beaches of the Chania region

Falasarna, a mile-long beach with golden sand and pink touches surrounded by mountains. Thousands of shells, crystal clear waters and a sunset that you can enjoy from the seashore …

Elafonissi, one of the best beaches in Greece, turquoise waters, fine pink sand, a virgin area with dunes and a cedar forest that reaches the sea.

Gramvousa – Balos

In the bay of Kissamos, on the west side of Chania, expect a group of small islands of exceptional beauty. Among them is the peninsula of Gramvousa, with beautiful landscapes, shallow turquoise waters, and an impressive Venetian castle at the top. The basin of Gramvoussa is Balos, a magnificent bay protected with white sands and emerald water.

Of course, a visit to Chania would be incomplete without trying some of the typical dishes of the region. Eggs with staka (traditional butter), kaltsounia (cheese cakes), lamb with herbs to honey, snails, seafood dishes, fish soups and to complement a glass of marouvas wine or a frozen “raki”.

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