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Crete’s second largest city is also one of its oldest. A mix of old and new, Chania shows off its history around the beautiful Venetian Harbour where the old lighthouse looks out to sea and Firkas Fortress which was built to protect the city still stands proud on the harbour entrance. Further into the city, the open harbour turns into cobbled streets, narrow lanes and bustling squares filled with Greek tavernas and bars.

Things to Do

Apart from having a wander around Fiskar Fortress or the Venetian Harbour, take a stroll on the sand on one of Chania’s beaches. Golden Beach is the closest to Chania and the calm water is perfect for young families. For a day trip, hop on a boat and sail to Elafonissi beach or round to the must-see Samaria Gorge, where you can go hiking for the day or even just relax on the ocean.


Most of Chania’s activity centres on the harbour where restaurants are filled to the brim in summer, visitors soak up the history of Chania and art exhibitions are held in the ancient mosque. Venetian architecture is one of the main features in this city and gives Chania a distinct feel of an old-world city by the sea. There are also museums in the area which relate to the city’s nautical and historical past.

Food and Drink

If there’s a city in Crete for food lovers then Chania is it. There are many restaurants that serve up fresh Greek food and at the local Chania market, you can choose from a vast variety of local foods such as smoked cheese, dried meat and honey – perfect for the indecisive! Heading down to the harbour for a refreshing bowl of Greek yoghurt and honey is also a must do in the warm weather!


Location of Chania

Key Facts

  • Language: Greek
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Difference from UK: 2
  • Flight time: 3 hours
  • When to go: April-October

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