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Top 10 reasons to visit Chania

Chania ● Crete ● 28 March 2017

Romantic and ageless, the town of Chania reveals itself through 10 reasons to visit it and experience its myth.

Chania port

1. The mosque

Although the Venetians left their mark in the old port of Chania, one of the most famous and photographed buildings is the Hasan Pasha Mosque. Its impressive dome dominates the scenery of the Old Town.

2. Balos Lagoon

The otherworldly beach-lagoon of Balos, which is located in a close distance to Chania Town, is crowded in August, but now, is the best time to enjoy its majesty. Take the boat to Balos and have an unforgettable experience of breathtaking view and alternative swimming.

Balos Lagoon

3. The landmark building on Chalidon Street

The landmark building on Chalidon Street, the main street of Chania (Old Town), is the central church of Saint Francis Monastery. Since 1963, the Archaeological Museum is housed there, giving you the opportunity to admire some of the most significant exhibits of the Minoan civilisation.

4. Akti Kountouriotou

Akti (coast) Kountouriotou is the busiest neighbourhood of Chania and the meeting point for all ages. There, in addition to the bars and restaurants, you will find many stores to shop local products and fashion items.


5. The local food

Crete is famous for its cuisine, and in Chania, you will have an amazing culinary experience. Taste the local flavours in the wood oven of many restaurants in the old port and have dinner with seafood near the sea.

6. The carved verses

The shops in the Old Town sell Cretan knives with carved verses. The folk poetry of Crete is famous worldwide for its verses that reflect the reality of the island and the relationships between the people.

7. Milia village

Milia village, located on the hill above Chania, offers you a wonderful view and the opportunity to visit the agro-touristic lodges, which make you feel the rural aura of the area.

8. Halepa district

In the Halepa district, is located the birthplace of Eleftherios Venizelos, one of the most famous and influential politicians in Greece.

9. The Municipal Art Gallery

Explore the culture of Chania Town in the Municipal Art Gallery, which is home to exhibitions, events, installations and happenings.

10. Daily excursions

In a close distance to Chania Town, there are many opportunities for you to make daily excursions off the beaten path. The authentic villages of Kefalas and Vamos, Samaria Gorge and ancient Aptera are only some of the places that are worth a visit.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Chania, Greece Porto Del Colombo
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Porto Del Colombo
Theofanous & Moschon str., Old Town, 73100 Chania, Greece

Porto Del Colombo is located in Old Town, Chania, close to the Old Harbour. Chania International Airport is 14.8 km away. The Port of Souda is 12.4 km away.

Hotel in Chania, Greece Akasti Hotel
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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 Hotel Idramon
8.4 10
Hotel Idramon
Mitropoleos square, 73100 Chania , Greece

Hotel Idramon is set in a traditional building in the historic center of Chania, just 500 meters away from the Venetian Port and 15 minutes walk from the sandy beach of Nea Chora. Chania International Airport is 17 km away.