Chania (or Hania) is located on the westernmost side of Crete. Although some places have developed into tourist resorts, most beaches and villages keep their authentic style.
The northern side is more developed and lined up with luxurious tourist resorts and organized beaches. This is where the most popular beach villages are found.
On the contrary, the southern side is secluded and more traditional, with small seaside villages and unorganized beaches.
The most impressive beaches are Balos, Elafonissi and Falassarna, while there are innumerable other amazing beaches around the coastline, from organized resorts to secluded coves.
Due to the long history and rich culture, the region of Chania keeps evident its traditional architecture. A walk in the Old Town with the intense Venetian and Turkish architecture is a walk back in time. The Venetian port of Chania Town is the most characteristic spot of western Crete.
A drive around the prefecture will also bring you to many interesting sights. Explore the Medieval Castles you will find on your way, trek the many paths along with forests and gorges, visit the small local museums that depict the history and even try a chat with the locals at the traditional restaurants.
You will frequently see them sitting in the village square and enjoying a coffee under the shade of a huge tree. Apart from relaxing on a beach resort, grab the chance to experience the famous Cretan tradition and the warm hospitality!
In this guide, you shall find all the necessary information to organize your vacations there. From Chania, visitors can also make day excursions to other regions of Crete, including Rethymnon and Heraklion. Via the port of Heraklion, tourists can also head to the Cycladic islands of Mykonos and Santorini.
Holidays in Chania combine relaxation on amazing beaches, historical visits, and experience of authentic life.