The seaside town of Chania is not only the most attractive in Crete, but also one of Greece’s. The Romans, Venetians and Ottomans all made it their home for long periods, leaving behind impressive architecture and monuments. Today the distinction between the Venetian quarter with its colorful mansions and the Ottoman quarter on the other side of the bay with its stone-built structures is a feast for the eyes and soul.
While the harbor offers great eateries and seafood tavernas with amazing views out to sea, the old town’s inner maze of cobblestone streets is dotted with delicious local restaurants, cafés, boutiques and bars as well.
Many of the historic houses, neoclassical mansions and heritage buildings have been transformed into boutique hotels, bed & breakfasts, and guesthouses, keeping in mind that several of Chania’s fine hotels can be booked through our site. Attractions such as the Turkish Hamam, indoor marketplace, Venetian lighthouse, Church of Saint Nicholas and the Hassan Pasha Mosque stand witness to the diversity of this lively yet relaxed town.
Several intriguing museums also await visitors, including the Maritime Museum of Crete, Chania Archaeological Museum, Folklore Museum and even a Typography Museum. Walking tours, escape rooms, art galleries, sightseeing tours, farmers’ markets, cooking tours and a beach just 10 minutes away by foot are all part of the fabric of this town.
In parallel, the greater Chania region has so much to offer as well, including the famous gorge of Samaria that’s worth hiking through. Must see spots inlcude the islet of Gramvousa with its castle and the spellbinding Balos lagoon (both a Natura 200 protected area), as well as the unique shallow pink-sand beach of Elafonisi.
Another fantastic beach near the area of Kissamos is Falasarna, which is long, sandy and simply divine, without too many people. An assortment of little hotels and a handful of local restaurants will make you feel very much at home in Falasarna.
On the southern side of the Chania region, there’s the traditional town of Sfakia with its Venetian castle, dubbed Frangokastello. Once on this side of the island, which is much less touristic than the northern side, you can hope to some quaint beaches and villages by boat such as Agia Roumeli and Loutro. Wherever you go in Chania, you’ll notice how friendly and hospitable people all.
This part of Greece is a real paradise for visitors who want a bit more than sun, sea and sand, such as culture, history, ecotourism and sublime gastronomy.
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