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Chania (Greek Χανιά, also transliterated Hania or even Khania) is a beautiful port town on the north west coast of Crete, with an atmosphere reflecting its Venetian and Turkish past. Highly livable spot.


Chania and the long row of beach resorts stretching 20 km west along the beaches of the Chania Bay is a well visited destination for Scandinavian charter trips. Chania is an attractive destination for sightseeing and shopping for many tourists. There are plenty of opportunities for eating and drinking at Greek tavernas and modern cafés that are open into the night.

The old town is centred around the harbour, a maze of alleys and houses that stood for hundreds of years, were rebuilt, ruined and rebuilt again with details from different epochs. Old Town is full of souvenir, art and crafts shops. The new quarters house the regular span of shops, where you can find most of your needs for hiking and other adventures. The beaches begin not far from Old Town, the nearest one being Nea Hora, a 1 km walk from the west end of Old Town.


Summer season (April to October) is hot and dry with clear skies. Dry, hot days are often relieved by a seasonal breeze from the north, Meltemi. There are occasional heat waves. Winters are mild with relatively little rain and rare frosts but with a high level of humidity that drops the relative temperature.

Get in

By plane

  • Chania International Airport (CHQ IATA) (on the Akrotiri Peninsula a bit northeast of the city), ☎ +30 28210 83800. The airport is named after Daskalogiannis, a Sfakiot hero who was skinned by the Turks in the 18th century. It is rather small with 6 gates.

There are several daily flights from Athens, via Aegean Airlines and Olympic Airlines. From April to early November, there are many direct charter flights to Chania from the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and other European countries.

By ferry

Ferry services from Athens (Piraeus port) to Chania (Hania) anchor at the nearby port of Souda. Daily ferries, one ordinary with ANEK and one fast catamaran with Hellenic Seaways.

By bus

Chania is connected to the rest of Crete by regular bus lines operated by the KTEL company [1]. The coaches are modern, comfortable and air-conditioned. Fare is reasonable. Public transportation is fairly frequent and timetables trustworthy. Bus services along the north coast and towards the south coast are excellent, reliable, frequent and cheap.

By car

Highway E75 (A90) goes along the north coast of Crete from Heraklion to Kissamos. It goes by the southern outskirts of the town. The old road, that still has the name 90, is parallel to the new highway and is the main road through all the small resorts west of Chania.

Get around

If you are on Crete to see the 'real Crete', as opposed to the night clubs, then visiting the villages of the island is a must. All Cretan culture can be seen, heard and tasted in the villages. The Cretans at work or at leisure will always welcome visitors and show you how to do things the correct way. All villages have a central kafenion (coffee shop) which is where all people eventually end up. The kafenion, apart from being a place to meet friends for a coffee, raki or a game of tavli (backgammon), is used as the main information centre of the village. Be aware, however, that the kafenion is still very much a male dominion and women are generally not welcome inside (as opposed to a kafeteria or regular cafe). Most villages have war memorials and the locals will willingly fill in any missing information. Gavalohori has a wonderful folklore museum where much about village life can be learned.


  • 1 Etz Hayyim Synagogue, Parados Kondylaki, 730 11, HaniaCrete, Hellas (GR) (The synagogue can be reached by walking up Kondylaki Street from the harbour and taking the second turn to the right (also check the map icon below). This street is only about 25 m long and leads to a cross street with no other exits. Upon reaching that intersection, the stone wall and entrance to the courtyard of the synagogue are directly in front of you.), ☎ +30 28210 862 86, e-mail: info@etz-hayyim-hania.org. 10:00-18:00. Until 1999 Etz Hayyim was a house of prayer that remained the sole Jewish monument on Crete after the destruction of Crete's Jewish community in 1944. Essentially it stood as a monument to the success of the Nazis in obliterating 2,300 years of Jewish life on Crete. Between 1996 and the year of its rededication in 1999, the structure was painstakingly restored. The philosophy that directed this work is summed up in the Hebrew Am Israel Hayy: 'The people of Israel live'. Until recently it was still mentioned on the World Monument Fund's list of most endangered sites. 2€ (suggested).
  • Samaria Gorge is an easy and popular day trip from here.
  • The Archaeological Museum of Hania is well worth a visit.
  • Maleme village, Old national road Chania Kissamos (15 km after Chania town). See the German cemetery on Kaukales hill at Maleme, the historical airport battlefield, the beach of Gerani where the sea turtle Caretta Caretta is preserved.



  • Mpourakis in Kounoupidiana presents delicious traditional cuisine. From Kounoupidiana centre take the road on the right go towards Stavros, 100 m on the right side.
  • The Roadhouse Bar & Grill (Mike's Roadhouse), Kounoupidiana, Akrotiri (Go 7km east on Leoforos Venezelos (Main Road) out of Hania towards the Akrotiri Peninsula.), ☎ +30 28210 64072. Everyday 19:00. Is a bar & grill serving cheeseburgers and chili. The owners speak fluent English, Bulgarian and German. Has Karaoke. $$.
  • Mike's in Maleme, 17 km west from Chania. Home-style cooking .
  • Pinaleon in El.Venizelou. Good tavern which serves tasty Cretan cuisine.
  • Theo Restaurant, Paparigopoulou & Nikolaou Xilouri, 99 (2 km out of Chania, on Parigoria Hill), ☎ +30 2821093733, +30 6979151577. 18:30. A new restaurant serving traditional Greek and Cretan dishes. The food is very fresh with very large portions. Their patio seating has fantastic views of the sea and city. 6-12.
  • The Well of the Turk, Kallinikou Street 1-3 (Olde Town, historic Turkish district of Splanzia (Rouga Sq)), ☎ +30 2821054547. Dinner until late. The cooking is excellent, and the atmosphere is casual and welcoming, The inside rooms are perfect for cooler evenings. Previous winner of Gourmet's award for the best ethnic food in Crete for the last two years. Open daily for dinner except Tuesdays. Moderate.
  • 1 Gramboussa (Restaurant), Gramboussa Kissamou (Kaliviani). Traditional Cretan cuisine in quiet surroundings. Moderate.
  • Restaurant Kariatis (Old Venetian Harbour), Katechaki Square, Chania (Next to the Arsenali, Old Harbour), ☎ +30 28210 55600. Daily 18:00-midnight. Situated among the beautiful Venetian ruins of Chania old harbour. Open for dinner all year round. 12-30 euros.
  • Italian Restaurant Zafferano (Platanias, Chania), Platanias - opposite the Minoa Palace Hotel (14 km west of Chania situated on the old coast road.), ☎ +30 28210 38180-1. May-Oct daily 18:00-midnight. Stylish Italian restaurant set on a beautifully decorated, spacious roof piazza overlooking the coastline of Platanias. Fresh seafood, pasta, risotto, succulent fillet steaks and wood-fired oven pizza. Open every evening in summer for dinner and take-away. 12-30 euros.



Chania and environs has a range of accommodation ranging from hostels to 5 star hotels. The historical backstreets by the old harbour in Chania are full of old Venetian houses that have been renovated into hotels, some of which are very well priced with a unique atmosphere, friendly proprietors and, obviously, an excellent location. However, most of these are not advertised online, so unless you are going at the peak season (June–August), consider not making a reservation and shopping for accommodation once there.

Chania city

  • Iro Apartments, fax: +30 2821074269. 36 K. Paleologu Street, Tel./. Small hotel combining vicinity to the centre of Chania and the old town (within 900 m) as well as the sandy beach of Nea Hora (30 m away). Great atmosphere.
  • Hotel Helena - Lovely hotel, €35/n for a single and €55/n for a double. A very friendly and chatty proprietor who was always available to provide advice or assistance. Just two streets down from the seafront..
  • Ontas Traditional Hotel, ☎ +30 28210-27691. Epimenidou and Ikarou, - in the old town.
  • Vilelmine Hotel, 32 Betolo St, ☎ +30 2821 0 46048. &. Quaint, clean, centrally located in the Old Town.

Further afield

  • Esthisis suites and maisonettes, ☎ +30 694 8581232. Fully equipped suites and maisonettes of one, two and three bedrooms equipped with modern comforts.
  • Blue Beach Apartments, ☎ +30 28210 39404, fax: +30 28210 39406. In Stavros - Akrotiri - Chania. The spotless, well appointed, villas and apartments which can accommodate 2 to 6 people, come complete with private bathrooms, kitchenettes and balconies with wonderful view. The villas and apartments vary in style and location. All are within two minutes from the beach and provide clean attractive accommodation.
  • Alexis Hotel, Parigoria (just 2 km from the city centre), ☎ +30 28210-93733. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. A family run hotel, with friendly and helpful staff who really want their guests to be happy. It's near the national road which is important if you want to easily go on an excursions and explore the island. It is close to the beach and the rooms have fantastic sea views. Booking a room with breakfast and dinner is a good thing to do. The hotel restaurant is called Theo. 28 euro/night low season.
  • 1 Villa Anna Maria (holiday villa in Gerani). a holiday villa in Gerani that accommodates up to 8 persons
  • 2 Yakinthos Beach Hotel (Near Chania), ☎ +30 2821033456. Check-in: 12.30, check-out: 12.00. 3-star beach hotel in Chania prefecture, right near the beaches of Agii Apostoli and Glaros.
  • Hotel Phaedra Studios & Apartments (Hotel Phaedra), Kato Stalos (7 km from Chania), ☎ +30 28210 60690. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Family beach hotel with swimming pool, on the beach, awarded the “Blue Flag” of the European Union and supervised by lifeguards. It consists of 22 apartments and studios with private balcony or patio with sea view. A bus-stop is close to the hotel.

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  • Knossos.

Chania in 3 Days (Travel Guide 2018): All you need to know before you go to Chania, Crete, Greece: Where to stay, eat, go out. Best Things to See. Detailed itineraries. Online Maps and local tips.

Guidora Team

Enjoy the best things to Do in Chania in 3 Days as a First-Time VisitorWe have been in your shoes! We wanted to visit Chania and got lost into spending tens of hours looking for valid information at Lonely Planet, TripAdvisor and on the Internet. And then, we couldn't put it all together, to create a perfect plan for visiting Chania in 3 Days.Guidora is the only publishing house building Travel Guides for you like no other does.We provide specific 72-hour plans with only one and best choice on where to stay, what to eat, what to see. It's an easy travel path that you just follow and spend the 3 best days of your life in Chania! If you are wondering What to Do in 3 Days in Chania and What are the Best Things to See, look no further.We have built an excellent 3-days plan for Chania, with information on what to do every time of the day. All the information is provided by local experts and travel bloggers. Since they live in Chania or visit there often, they know the best that the city can offer to you.By getting this travel guide to Chania, you will get:- Exact information on what to do every hour of the day.- Where to Stay: Discover the best places to stay in Chania without breaking the bank.- Where to Eat: What are the best restaurants that locals go to. - What Food to Try. A simple culinary guide with the top 10 dishes and drinks.- Where to Go Out in the evening. Only the top suggestion for each day for one bar or a club.- How to move from the airport to the center with the most budget-friendly way.- What to See. Best things to see and tourist traps to avoid.- Which Tours to Book, to save time and money.- Best things to do in each one of the 3 days. By getting this guide, you will feel like having your best friend in Chania, showing you around. If you are looking for the encyclopedia of travel guides for Chania, this is not your guide. This is a quick, easy to read and exact to the point guide with what you need to know before you go to Chania. Without any unnecessary information, just to fill in more pages.We hope that this guide will save you time and money and help you enjoy Chania in a stress-free way.Contents:•Useful Information•Transportation•Tips for your Trip to Chania•Where to Stay in Chania•Where else to stay in the region•How to get from the airport or port to the Center of Chania•TOP 10 beaches in Chania•Our favorite Dining Place in Chania•1st Day in Chania - Itinerary•1st Day in Chania - Map•ZoomTip 1.2: Information on the Monuments•2nd Day in Chania - Itinerary•2nd Day in Chania – Map•Zoom Tip 2.1: Information on the Monuments•3d Day in Chania – Itinerary•3d Day in Chania – Map•ZoomTip 3.1: Information on the Monuments•Eat like a Greek•TOP 10 bars and nightclubs•Daily excursions and activities•Chania MapGet this Guide Now and enjoy your trip to Chania!Authors: Written and researched by Guidora's team of travel bloggers and local experts in ChaniaAbout Guidora: Guidora Team writes guides on "What exactly to do in a destination in +72 hours". Guidora provides well-researched travel itineraries, written by local experts and local guides. It also operates a travel itinerary marketplace at http://www.guidora.com and holds a popular blog on travel related subjects.

Greater Than a Tourist – Chania Crete Greece: 50 Travel Tips from a Local

Dimitra Papagrigoraki

Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you. Greater than a Tourist- Chanai Crete Greece by Dimitra Papagrigorakis offers the inside scoop on Chania. Most travel books tell you how to sightsee. Although there's nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series, this book will give you tips from someone who lives at your next travel destination. In these pages, you'll discover local advice that will help you throughout your trip. Travel like a local. Slow down and get to know the people and the culture of a place. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.

Chania & Sfakia Travel Guide (Unanchor) - Chania & Sfakia, Greece & Great Day Trips Nearby (5-Day Itinerary)

Nikoletta Lamprou

Chania & Sfakia, Greece & Great Day Trips Nearby (5-Day Itinerary)Chania is one of the most beautiful destinations in Greece. A perfect mixture of exotic beaches, natural beauties, and great history.You can't go to Chania, Greece without visiting:- The Old Venetian Harbour and the scenic alleys of the Old Town.- The beautiful Koum Kapi area and the historic district of Halepa.- The panoramic view of the city from Venizelos Tomb's in Akrotiri.- The only natural lake in Crete, Lake Kournas, just an hour away from Chania.- Falassarna Beach has been previously voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.In this Chania itinerary, you will also find detailed information about:- Restaurants, beaches, cafes, and bars.- Sightseeing in museums, ruins, old churches, and fortresses.- Public transportation information, photos, and maps.- Local tips that you can't find in travel books.- Tips for great day trips around the city and much more...Is this Chania guide for you?- Are you visiting Chania alone, for a short business trip, with your partner for a short vacation, or with your family? Chania is the ideal place for everyone and for all ages!- Best season is from April until October.- Three days are not enough to take a full taste of Chania. However, if this is your first time in this beautiful city, and you only have three days to explore it, here you will find all the "must see" attractions, but from a local's point of view.- For those who had visited Chania in the past, it's time to see many more than the Old Venetian Harbour and the beaches around the city.- This itinerary is a combination of amazing landscapes next to the sea and delicious food based on traditional Cretan products, part of the Mediterranean diet that has been studied and noted by leading scientists as one of the healthiest in the world.GuaranteeIf you are still unsure, my email is provided in the itinerary. I will be happy to answer any questions.At $6.99, the itinerary will pay for itself the first time you follow the advice on dining and traveling destinations. If you are unhappy with the itinerary for any reason, Amazon provides a full refund. What are waiting for? Get this guide and go explore Chania, Greece!Have an amazing vacation!

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Frommer's Athens and the Greek Islands (Complete Guide)

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The recent economic crisis in Greece has, paradoxically enough, created better conditions for tourism. The Greeks are painfully aware that tourism is their best-functioning remaining industry. They value the visitor as never before, treat them with a warmth and courtesy that exceeds what you’ll find in other parts of Europe. And more people are therefore coming here in unprecedented numbers.To bring the current message of Greek tourism to a reading public, we've called upon the research and writing talents of one of America's foremost travel journalists. Stephen Brewer has been writing travel guides for almost three decades. As an editor and writer, he has focused not just on the Frommer guides but on European coverage for such magazines as Esquire, Connoisseur and Geo.In Frommer's Athens and the Greek Islands, he brings tremendous insight into how to best approach and understand both the famed and lesser-known (but still fascinating) historic sights of Athens and the adjoining Peloponnese, as well as the recreational resorts and life of the enchanting Greek islands.The book contains:-Helpful maps, including a handy pull-out map-Exact pricing so there’s never any ugly surprises-Opinionated reviews of historic sights and other attractions, hotels, restaurants,

Hiking & Walking in the Island of Crete/Kriti Map 1 (West) Detailed Topographic Map Atlas 1:50000 Western Crete Chania, Rethymno Greece Aegean Sea: ... Map (Hopping Greek Islands Travel Guide Maps)

Sergio Mazitto

Updated 2018 edition. Most geographic names in both English and Greek. Detailed topographic map 1:50.000 & 20 meter contours for hiking and trekking, printed as an atlas book (with overlapping pages). Covers the western part of the island of Crete (Kriti), Greece. Includes the area around Chania, RethymnoPlatanosKissamos, Paleochora, Hora Sfakion and other villages and towns. Most names are shown in both Greek and English. 20 meter contour lines, road network, trails & paths, transportation, food, campsites, shelters, guest houses & hotels. Mercator projection with both UTM and WGS84 coordinate grids. The map scale of 1:50000 (1 cm = 500 meters) provides a wealth of detail while keeping low the weight of the atlas itself. The large page format of 8.5x11in minimizes page count and along with an overlapping map design allows for comfortable navigation. The details included in the topographic maps of this atlas were specifically selected to be useful for trekkers, hikers and walkers of all interests, and make it easy to plan and enjoy both short excursions and hikes as well as long multi-day adventures along the main marked routes and/or adjacent trails and paths, which are also shown on the maps. With this ultralight atlas you will always have a detailed, reliable, information-rich, battery-independent, shatter-proof map for your adventure.

Blue Guide Crete

Paola Pugsley

E-edition of the Blue Guide to Crete. More than just a guide to sea and sun, Blue Guide Crete has in-depth coverage of the whole island, exploring archaeology, landscape, history, architecture, wine and food.

City Maps Chania Greece

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City Maps Chania Greece is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Chania adventure :)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Crete - Top 10 Crete Travel Guide (Includes Chania Town, Heraklion, Knossos, Malia, More)


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“Top 12 Places to Visit in Crete” is an easy to use, no-nonsense travel guide showing you the 12 best destinations Crete has to offer. Packed full of interesting and useful information for each place, this Crete travel guide is the ultimate travel accessory for discovering this iconic island!

Inside Atsons “Top 12 Places to Visit in Crete”: Crete’s top 12 best places to visit listed in order of importance.High quality photos of the top 12 places. Easy to digest descriptions of every place. Essential historical information to provide you with a better understanding of each destination.Recommendations of attractions and activities to give you a better visiting experience. The best places to visit include Chania Town, Heraklion, Knossos, Samaria Gorge, & Hersonissos. “Top 12 Places to Visit in Crete” Travel Guide features:Easy Navigation: Effortlessly jump from one attraction to another using the interactive contents. Add notes to the guide for a more personal guidebook. Use bookmarks to save your favourite pages. A Map of Crete  showing the location of every destination. FAQsThere are lots of travel guides for Crete, why should I get this one?If you are looking for an easy-to-read and straight-to-the-point Crete travel guide, then this is for you. All the destinations listed contain high quality pictures, historical and background information, attractions and activities, and are listed in order of importance ensuring you’ll know exactly which place you want to visit when discovering Crete!I’ve never been to Crete, will this guide help me?If you’ve never visited Crete or plan on visiting but don’t know where to go then this Crete travel guide is the perfect starting point. Crete has so many interesting and unique places that it can often be difficult to decide where you want to go. This guide is here to help you with that decision by giving you 12 breathtaking destinations to choose from, with the added bonus of the guide being a top 12 list so you'll know exactly where to start your journey.

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