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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spend a morning strolling around the main city's covered market, a bustling place where you can buy anything from local cheese, cooking herbs, honey, fresh fruits and vegetables up to olive oil shops and a plethora of souvenirs. The building where it is located is an architectural marvel itself. (Plateia Agoras)
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.
Follow one of Natour Lab's tailored tours and spend a day relaxing at the blue lagoon of Elafonisi with its spectacularly clear waters. The itinerary includes a visit and an authentic Cretan lunch at Milia Mountain Retreat, an extraordinary eco lodge. www.natour-lab.gr