is Crete’s old capital, built around a picturesque harbour with Venetian houses, churches and quaint old streets. The old city with its narrow lanes and small side streets are filled by small shops and craftsmen making their traditional wares from the past. Chania is never far from the sea and has now largely been taken over by the tourist trade.
Halidhon is a well-known commercial street, walk down here passing the archaeological museum and down to the harbour Square. The area called Kastelli is the oldest part of Chania, accessed from the harbour square.
Chania is a beautiful and charming old town, colourful, historical, cultural with a good and varied selection of accommodation. Great choices of cafes, bars, and restaurants but not just around the busy Venetian harbour area. Nightlife is fairly intensive.
The old town – don’t miss it, leads down to the harbour with its well-known harbour building Kioutsouk Hassan Mosque. There are two town beaches, Koum Kapi beach, and Nea Hora beach. The Lighthouse was constructed by the Venetians at the end of the 16th century, has a hight of 21m, (height from sea surface 26m), its light reaches a distance of 7 miles. Its base is octagonal, the middle part has 16 angles, while the top part is circular.
The Maritime Museum of Crete is housed at the Venetian Firka fortress, placed at the entrance of the old harbour in Chania The old town of Chania with the various district using its own character and style. An endless number of narrow lanes to explore, shopping, tavernas, cafes and so on. The opportunity to admire the architecture and buildings from previous historical Venetian, Ottoman times.
Sleep in Chania
For the independent traveller, where the beach is not the first priority, they choose to stay in Chania town. There are many Boutique hotels, apartments, up-market rooms to rent, B&B’s in old houses and villas. Here are a few of our favourites.
Housed in a 16th Century Mansion is where we find Monastery Estate Venetian Harbor. Located in Chania Old Town. Monastery Estate Venetian Harbor boasts a spa center with an original Turkish hammam and an indoor pool.
A Venetian Manor house, Cretan Renaissance The hotel also offers bike hire and car hire. Firkas Fortress is 200 m from Cretan Renaissance, while Archaeological Museum of Chania is 300 m away
Aelios Design Hotel This is not just one of my favourite stay. Just outside the old town. Firkas Fortress 300 meters. The Nautical Museum and Maritime Museum, the walking distance around 500 meters. Aelios Hotel is a new hotel, that provides all the comfort and amenities for the demanding visitor
Villa Archondisa Chania
Great Value! Villa Arcondisa, rooms featuring free Wi-Fi, a balcony, a seating area, and a fireplace. Private facilities. Kitchenette with a fridge.
If you prefer to stay on the beach
choose west of Chania. Many resorts here along the busy main road with a more or less endless sandy, pebbly beach. Glaros beach, Aghia Marina and the
largest resort Platinas are in our opinion the most pleasant. All of the resorts are fairly close to Chania (local bus service runs every 30 minutes).
If you are looking for a luxury holiday resort Minoa Palace Resort & Spa might be what you are looking for. Built within a 35,000-m² area of landscaped gardens, in Platanias 15km from Chania Old town, the beachfront Minoa Palace Resort & Spa features 4 pools and a wellness center. It offers a variety of dining options. It’s a 5-star hotel resort.
How to get to Chania
Chania Airport (CHQ) located in Akrotiri, just under 14km east of Chania town. Daily flights from Athens. From March/April until end of October several European charter flights and low fare airlines fly to Chania airport which is named after Ioannis Daskalogiannis a Sfakian hero.
Ktel, the local bus service from the airport, info here.
Local and International car hire service, Good choice of taxi service, here is one Chania Greece that takes bookings online.
The ferry port is located in the bay of Souda. Daily connection with Pireus via ferry. Chania is also a NATO naval base here in Souda Bay.
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