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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.

August 2017
Gouverneto Monastery Step back in time and revisit Chania's past with a tour of the Gouverneto Monastery. If the traditional Venetian architecture of this place doesn't capture your attention, its location definitely will. Coastally situated with access to a dramatic gorge and a ‘bear cave' (legend has it the huge stone in the cave was once a bear), Gouverneto Monastery is one to hit up if you're looking for something a little different to do with your day.

July 2017
One of the most important dates in the Greek religious (and social) calendar is 15 August. Panigiri (village fiestas) pop up all over the island and the local crowd sample souvlaki and dance until dawn. Be prepared to get dragged into the circle and, whatever you do, don't mess up those steps!

August 2017
Elafonisi Get your timings right and you could walk right across to Elafonisi beach from Chania. A tiny island separated by a narrow strait of water, the beach is known for its pretty pastel pink sands and protected nature preserve status. If quiet and tranquil is what you're after, then the trip across the water to this spot is definitely worth it, if only for the photographs you'll take here.

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