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Chania: a window to the past and Greek culture

Chania ● Crete ● 12 September 2017

Chania, the second largest city of Crete, is a destination for all seasons. Its rich history, stunning beaches, delicious cuisine and vivid nightlife have made Chania into one of the most popular destinations in Greece. The most renowned place in Chania is the eastern end of the Venetian harbour because it is the quietest and most romantic spot with a magnificent sunset. Splantzia, the central square of the Old Town, is dominated by the church of Agios Nikolaos, an architectural amalgam of civilisations and religions. Nearby, lies the small church of Agia Aikaterini and the Venetian church of Saint Rocco.


Chania is not only a place to stroll around and admire the well-preserved buildings of Chania Venetian Harbour (Crete). It is also a cultural spot full of museums and art galleries that can turn your vacations into a journey in the past and the culture of Greece.

An amazing district, which combines the natural beauty with the history of Crete, is Profitis Elias Hill, where you will get a spectacular view of Chania Bay and you can visit the graves of two prominent Greek politicians, Elefterios and Sofoklis Venizelos.

You can also be informed about the life and career of Eleftherios Venizelos, who is considered among the most influential and eminent Greek statesmen, in the Halepa district, where is located his residence. His house, where he lived almost half his life, is now an interesting museum.

The Archaeological Museum of Chania is housed in the church of Franciscan monastery from Venetian times and includes artefacts dating from the Neolithic period to the Roman era.

The Maritime Museum of Crete is situated at the entrance of the Venetian Fortress and features more than 2,500 exhibits.

The church of the former San Salvatore Franciscan monastery, located in its north-western bastion, houses the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection of Chania, comprising artefacts from the early Christian to the Ottoman era.

The Municipal Art Gallery of Chania is housed in an industrial building built in 1910, and it stages significant temporary exhibitions, events, happenings and installations.

The Grand Arsenal, a Venetian dockyard, is home to the Centre of Mediterranean Architecture and hosts exhibitions and international events.

In the industrial park of Souda, you will find the unique for Greece Museum of Typography, which includes rare old printing presses, tools, lithographs and old books.

The Yiali Tzamisi, a former mosque situated at Chania Venetian Harbour (Crete), and the Chruch of Saint Rocco, which dates back to 1630 and is located at Splantzia Square, occasionally serve as exhibition spaces.

Book now your hotel in Chania and find amazing accommodation deals during the off-season!

Where to Stay

Hotel in Chania, Greece Halepa Hotel
9.4 10
Halepa Hotel
164, El. Venizelou str., 73133 Chania, Greece

Halepa Hotel is located in the well know, quiet area of Halepa, just 1.5 km from the city center of Chania. Koum Kapi Beach is at 700 m. Chania International Airport "Ioannis Daskalogiannis" is a 15-minute drive away, while the port of Souda connecting Chania with Piraeus, Athens is at 7 km.

Hotel in Chania, Greece Akasti Hotel
8.4 10
Akasti Hotel
Kalamaki, 73100 Chania, Greece

Akasti Hotel is located in Kalamaki, Chania, just a 5-minute walk from Kalamaki beach. Chania Town is approximately a 10-minute drive away. Souda Port is 13.8 km away while Chania International Airport is 19 km away.

Hotel in Chania, Greece Megim Hotel
8 10
Megim Hotel
Paleochora, 73001 Chania, Greece

Located 70 km southwest of Chania, Megim Hotel offers accommodation in a quiet location just 5 minutes walk from the beach. The busy town of Paleochora is at 4.5 km, while Elafonisi beach is 30 km away. Chania International Airport "Ioannis Daskalogiannis" is 90 km away and Souda Port is 80 km away from the hotel.