Holidays in

A waterfront Venetian gem

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. 


Chania is on Crete’s north coast, sandwiched between Agia Marina and Souda.

Known as Agora, Chania’s covered market dates back to 1909. Among the wares you’ll find some of the island’s best street food.

Couples love the romantic old town, families adore the beaches, and solos find plenty to do, whether it’s exploring or relaxing.


Enjoy a night out

Chania’s harbourfront is the place to enjoy rooftop cocktails overlooking the water. Afterwards, made for the side streets for all-night dancing.

Hire a car

It’s worth exploring the island under your own steam. Crete’s countryside is wonderfully sleepy, and hides age-old villages and deserted beaches.

Explore the museums

History buffs will find lots to do in Chania. Journey back in time at the Naval Museum or the Archaeological Museum.