Chania is up there with Greece’s most beautiful resorts, which is no mean feat. Its Venetian harbour is fronted by candy-coloured buildings, a faded fortress and a disused Ottoman mosque, which look out over the water’s bobbing fish boats. Move away from the seafront and there are cobbled alleyways to explore, with Medieval churches and ancient Turkish hammams tucked around every corner. Despite its time-warp aesthetics, Chania also deals in modern times. You’ll find elegant cocktail bars and restaurants by the harbour, and swish clubs in the backstreets.
Holidays to Chania are a mixed bag. Some come for the beaches, many of which have Blue Flag status and pair vanilla sands with calm, clear waters. Others seek ancient history, of which you’ll find lots of – courtesy of the city’s museums and rich architecture. Chania’s outskirts, meanwhile, lure outdoor enthusiasts, ready to tackle the hiking trails of its surrounding forests and mountains.