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Chania, also known as Khania, facing the Aegean Sea on the north western coast of Crete is a stunning location for the perfect sun-soaked holiday. With 415km of coastline in the surrounding Chania region alone, there is no shortage of pristine beaches and plenty of opportunities for a wide range of exciting water sports. Visitors can try their hand at scuba diving, sea kayaking and cruising, or head inland for scenic rock-climbing and hiking.

Chania also hides some beautiful archaeological sights from the island’s ancient Greek heritage, these include the ancient harbour-side Fort Firkas. The town boasts a fascinating naval museum and if you’re looking to pick up a souvenir head to the church of San Salvatore of the Francheskan Monks, which plays host to small stalls offering locally crafted handiwork. Try traditional Cretan food at the Municipal Market, including home-made cheeses and wines. In terms of accommodation, there are a variety of campsites in the area and a number of hotels surrounding the coast and beautiful beaches, so pick the price range that suits you. 

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Sightseeing


Gouverneto Monastery Step back in time and revisit Chania's past with a tour of the Gouverneto Monastery. If the traditional Venetian architecture of this place doesn't capture your attention, its location definitely will. Coastally situated with access to a dramatic gorge and a ‘bear cave' (legend has it the huge stone in the cave was once a bear), Gouverneto Monastery is one to hit up if you're looking for something a little different to do with your day.


Chania Jazz Festival. Get yourself to Vamos village and see Greece's very best jazz musicians in July. www.vamosvillage.gr

Key Areas


One of the most important dates in the Greek religious (and social) calendar is 15 August. Panigiri (village fiestas) pop up all over the island and the local crowd sample souvlaki and dance until dawn. Be prepared to get dragged into the circle and, whatever you do, don't mess up those steps!


Hard-core potter? Or simply wanting to dip out of the sun for a few hours? Get hands on with some Cretan ceramics at the home of Mr Chalkiadakis, a 70-year-old potter keen to share his skills with anyone who happens to drop by. Spend the morning drinking home brewed coffee while you watch him at work then make your own souvenir pot. Drop him an email in advance info@greekceramics.gr.

Day Trips


Elafonisi Get your timings right and you could walk right across to Elafonisi beach from Chania. A tiny island separated by a narrow strait of water, the beach is known for its pretty pastel pink sands and protected nature preserve status. If quiet and tranquil is what you're after, then the trip across the water to this spot is definitely worth it, if only for the photographs you'll take here.


Botanical Park of Crete Fournes ,Chania ,Crete 17th km from Chania, Fournes, Omalos Get to the heart of Cretan nature and slip off to the island's very own Botanical Gardens if you're after a break from the beach. The sun-shy will take great pleasure in dipping into the shady Mediterranean fruit gardens and vineyards. Expect donkeys, peacocks and goats. Find it 20km out of Chania. Buses run daily.

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