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.
Potie 51 sells chess and backgammon sets of all designs and sizes. Tucked away behind the central market, it's owned by the wife of Chania's chess champion of many years (Potie 51, tel: 28210 22217).
The Battle of Crete anniversary commemorations take place around 20 May. The Battle of Crete occurred during WWII in May 1941, when Germany launched an airborne invasion of Crete. A re-enactment of the air battle takes place at Maleme airfield near Chania. See local listings for details.
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.
Don't miss the ancient site of Lappa, at Argiroupolis. There's a wonderful Roman floor mosaic from around the 1st century BC, a 2,000-year-old plane tree and an ancient necropolis. Stroll down to the lower village to see the waterfalls.