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Chania - Capital city of the Municipality of Chania

Chania - Capital city of the Municipality of Chania

Chania is the capital city of the Municipality of Chania, consider being the most poetic city of Crete when you walk through it leaves you with a pleasant taste of beauty. Chania are built at the site of the ancient town of Kydonia, it has seen and survived many invaders, but has also tasted civilizations that left their marks on building faces, castles, walls, antiquities, monasteries and churches. In modern times name was given by the Arabs. Chania is a city of unique beauty and has a rich cultural heritage. Ancient and modern monuments, the Venitian Harbour and the Old Town, colourful neighbourhoods, a traditional lifestyle and the friendly inhabitants warmly invite you on a step by step journey to become acquainted with the city, promising you unforgettable moments.


The old city - The Venetian port

The old city - The Venetian port

The Venetian port picturesque any time and season is attractive to visitors and locals, for it's beauty and for it's choices of entertainment for all tastes and demands. The old city "intramural" districts preserve their Venetian nobility. Narrow paved alleys are surrounded with tasteful renewed houses, from various ages, are offered for a pleasant walk. Many neoclassic houses are also saved in districts which "neighbor" with the city of Chania, like Halepa. The public market holds a master place in the center of the city, a brilliant cross-shaped building that was completed in 1913. Near the city center the Public Garden awaits you next to the "Peace and Friendship of the people" park. The gardens are the prettiest in Crete, and also the public garden offers a small zoo with animals from Cretan fauna.

The "Old Town" consists of the old Venetian harbour and the small Venetian blocks located behind the harbor; it is characterized by narrow and picturesque alleys - similar to an enchanting labyrinth - full of life, and the plentiful remaining Venetian and Turkish buildings. The Lighthouse, the Fortress of Firka, the Mosque of Kioutsouk Hasan, the Great Arsenali and the Neoria have become landmarks of the city.


Chania Airport - Port of Souda - Apokoronas

Chania Airport - Port of Souda - Apokoronas

Chania city has two entrances: the airport of Akrotiri, and the port of Souda, the largest in the Mediterranean. Between Chania and Rethymnon, in the beautiful rolling foothills of the White Mountains and only a short distance from the northern Cretan sea, is the traditional area of Apokoronas, with a rich cultural heritage. Widely known as a destination where someone can become immersed into the real authentic Crete, relax and combine holiday entertainment with cultural pursuits.


Europe's most popular holiday destination

Europe's most popular holiday destination

Crete is an island with an exquisite 1,000 kilometer-long coastline dotted with numerous coves, bays and peninsulas, which afford a multitude of soft, sandy beaches along the beautifully blue Mediterranean Sea. After all, it's among the finest in the world and has established Crete as one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations. And, of course, the island's historic importance in today's world as the home of the Minoan civilization with important archaeological finds at Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys, is evidenced by the tens of thousands of visitors to these sites each year.

However, Crete is the largest island in Greece - the fifth largest in the Mediterranean - and, within its diverse area of more than 8,000 square kilometers, there are many other jewels just waiting to be discovered by the more adventurous explorers of holiday treasures.


The most poetic city of Crete

The most poetic city of Crete

Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania prefecture. It lies along the north coast of the island, about 70 km west of Rethymno and 145 km west of Heraklion. Chania consider being the most poetic city of Crete when you walk through it leaves you with a pleasant taste of beauty. Chania are built at the site of the ancient town of Kydonia, it has seen and survived many invaders, but has also tasted civilizations that left their marks on building faces, castles, walls, antiquities, monasteries and churches.


Chania in modern times

Chania in modern times

In modern times name "Chania" was given by the Arabs. Chania is a city of unique beauty and has a rich cultural heritage. Ancient and modern monuments, the Venetian Harbor and the Old Town of Chania, colorful neighborhoods, a traditional lifestyle and the friendly inhabitants warmly invite you on a step by step journey to become acquainted with the city, promising you unforgettable moments.


Halepa - Eleftherios Venizelos

Halepa - Eleftherios Venizelos

In the outskirts of the town, on the way to the airport there is the Halepa district. Halepa is a historical suburb of Crete where many diplomatic activities have taken place. The house of Eleftherios Venizelos, one of the greatest politicians in Greece, is located here.

A little further from Halepa there is the hill of Profitis Elias with the Tombs of Venizelos family. The small park offers gorgeous views on the Chania city, especially during the sunset. There are two lovely cafes next to the Tombs, Koukouvagia and Ostria, which you could visit for a while.


Lovely sandy beaches

Lovely sandy beaches

The visitors of Chania should go for swimming in one of the endless lovely sandy beaches west, east and south of the city. They could also visit the remote unique sandy beaches of Chania prefecture with green-blue chrystal waters, and white-pink sand.

If you are a fan of nature then the passing of the longest gorge of Europe is a must. The Samaria Gorge is located about 50 km from Chania and it leads to a lovely small village with crystal waters, Agia Roumeli. In case you also like swimming in lakes or enjoy the lakes then the lake of Kournas worth seeing. It is located about 40 km east of Chania with many lovely tavernas with traditional food next to it.


Akrotiri Peninsula

Akrotiri Peninsula

In the Akrotiri Peninsula, about 10 km from Chania the visitor can see three of the five monasteries of Chania: Gouverneto, Agia Triada and Gonia. The Chrissoskalitissa Monastery and the Gonia Monastery (Kolymbari) worth also seeing in case you like this kind of sightseeing.Click here for the cheapest car rentals in Chania.

See also Apokoronas, Kalives, Almirida, Chania, Souda, Kavros, Rethymno, Georgioupolis.

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