Charming Holidays to Chania
Situated on the north-west coast of Crete, Chania, the second biggest city on the island, is the definition of enchanting. This picturesque resort has an alluring blend of both bustling city and sleepy seaside lifestyles, and is perfect for families or couples in search of a break with equal measures of beach and culture. Chania holidays couldn't be better for sun worshippers, as even in winter the refreshing meltemi breeze keeps any wisps of clouds moving swiftly along and stops temperatures rising too high. Whether you want to delve into Greece's rich history or just splash in the sea, this resort will deliver time after time.
At a glance
- Time Zone: GMT +
- Average flight time: 4h 30m
When to go
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Things to do in Chania
Visiting Chania and not discovering its enthralling history would be a missed opportunity like no other. The old harbour's fortifications are a must visit, as is the Naval Museum which is housed in an old Turkish prison. The old mosque, a relic from the town's Ottoman days, is worth visiting, too.
If history doesn't float your boat there are plenty of other things to do in Chania. Soak up the sights, sounds and smells in the expansive, covered Agora market which is a great place to spend an afternoon even if you don't want to shop.
Picture Perfect Port
Chania is a busy port city, so if it's peace and quiet you're looking for, you'll be happiest staying just west of the town centre. The newest and biggest accommodation choices line the coast here, and it's where the best beaches are too. If being in the heart of the action is more your style, the Venetian quarter of the town is a mesmerising tangle of atmospheric streets, all of which lead to the historic harbour. For Chania holidays that boast the best of both worlds, visit Nea Hora, the closest beach to the town centre at just a ten minute stroll.
Chania is steeped in history and remnants from the past are everywhere. The intriguing architecture dates back to when the Venetians and Turks conquered the town, and although the historic buildings remain unchanged on the outside, many have now transformed from ancient shipyards and townhouses into boutique hotels, authentic restaurants or cosy tavernas.
Foodies will be well catered for during Chania holidays as artisan culture is booming. Traditional tavernas open late into the night and are not only an excellent opportunity to mingle with the locals, but they also offer the perfect chance to try some typical Grecian cuisine. The 'kafenion', or coffee shop, is the heart of any town in Crete where local patriarchs spend the day drinking raki and playing tavli, a Greek variation of backgammon.
Like almost anywhere else in Greece, the town is surrounded by historical and archaeological sites that are sure to keep any history buff pleased. There are a selection of museums that explore the town's rich tapestry of a past. If all else fails however, there are always plenty of hidden coves and golden beaches to lounge on. The real beauty of the island is its size which means resorts like Hersonissos and Heraklion are within reach, and make for a nice change of scenery.