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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.

April 2016
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

July 2016
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)

July 2016
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

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