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.
Chania's Summer Cultural Festival offers a rich programme of musical evenings, theatrical performances, art exhibitions and concerts. Taking place throughout July and August, venues include the public park, the Old Town and the Eastern Moat Theatre. chaniatourism.com
Explore the old Turkish Quarter of Splanzia, behind Chania's central market. Here, the narrow alleys house fascinating Venetian and Turkish buildings, including Chania's two remaining minarets.
Visit the charming old town of Rethymnon (bus from Chania bus station every hour), where you can explore the quaint cobbled streets and independent shops, climb up to the Venetian fortezza and museum on the seafront hill and lunch at the harbour.