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.
The Sardine Festival takes place in the evening of the first or second Monday of September at Nea Hora, Chania's town beach. Feast on free grilled sardines washed down with local wine, while enjoying traditional Cretan music and dance at this popular yearly event (check locally for 2014 date).
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
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 morning to Minoos Street and on a Thursday to Nea Hora, west of the Old Harbour.
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.