Cheap flights to Crete Chania
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.
Showcasing the island's nautical traditions and history, the Nautical museum is an ideal option for a rainy day. There is a permanent exhibition of ancient and traditional ship building, as well as a collection of nautical instruments, war relics, historical photographs and paintings. Akti Kountourioti, Venetian Port, +30 2821091875
Explore the winding narrow back alleys of Chania's charming Old Town and the Venetian harbour. You can even stroll out to the lighthouse along the walkway, then enjoy a relaxing meal or drink at one of the many harbourside cafes and restaurants.
Chania's farmers' markets sell an array of fresh produce, wine, raki and cheeses, as well as clothes, shoes and more. Venture out on a Saturday to Minoos Street and on a Thursday to Nea Hora, west of the Old Harbour.
Join Terra Creta's Olive Oil Experience Tour to learn about one of the most important elements of the Cretan cuisine. This guided tour includes a harvesting demo at the olive grove, a visit of the olive mill and extra virgin olive oils tasting. An olive oil shop is also available on site. www.terracreta.gr