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About Chania

Chania is the capital city of the beautiful and picturesque Chania Prefecture, situated by the north coast of west Crete. Here you will find a perfect blend of stunning beaches, small fertile plains, towering mountains and sprawling gorges like the Samaria Gorge. Chania Prefecture is the greenest part of the island, as the range of the White Mountains ensures the highest rainfall in Crete.

Chania is one of Crete’s oldest cities, boasting a long and turbulent history. Despite being the second most populated city on the island today, it has still managed to preserve its traditional architecture and many of its Venetian and Turkish monuments. The beautiful harbour with its lighthouse and the old town at its centre make Chania one of the most visited cities in Crete.

Chania is a seemingly effortless blend of two towns – the old, and the new. It’s easy to navigate through its central area, while its outskirts can get confusing. But it doesn’t deter from Chania’s charm! This captivating city is so enthralling that many find it difficult to leave.

Chania’s old town is its beating heart. Its charming, winding streets and historic buildings provide the perfect backdrop for romantic strolls. Many of these sites have been converted into small hotels, eateries, stores or homes.

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Experiences and Things to do in Chania

Chania offers a captivating blend of ancient history, vibrant culture, and scenic beauty. With its Venetian harbour, winding old town alleys, and pristine beaches, there’s an abundance of experiences awaiting every traveller. Whether you’re a history buff, a food lover, or an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll find that the things to do in Chania are as varied as they are fascinating. Dive into the diverse offerings of this Cretan gem; here are the list of things to do in Chania.

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Explore the Best Beaches near Chania

To the west of the Chania Old Harbour, a leisurely 800-metre stroll from the Maritime Museum, lies Nea Chora – a sandy city beach fringed with an array of fine fish restaurants, less than a kilometre from the town’s heart. Venture a bit further, about 2 km from Chania, and you’ll discover Golden Beach, also known as Chrissi Akti, a well-equipped and organized stretch ideal for beachgoers looking for comfort and convenience. Slightly more to the west, 5 km from Chania, Agii Apostoli unfolds into serene coves and sandy retreats, complete with a picturesque chapel on the peninsula and the relaxing Notis beach cafe, embodying the quintessential Greek summer atmosphere. Below is your gateway to the list of beaches near Chania town, each offering its own unique slice of Cretan paradise.

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Gorges for you to explore near Chania

To immerse yourself in these natural wonders, consider renting a car or joining an organized tour for convenience. Just a stone’s throw away, you’ll find the enchanting Cyclamen Gorge, merely 7 km north of Chania, offering a serene escape. A little further lies the majestic Therisso Gorge, a six-kilometre canyon fringed with towering cliffs and lush vegetation, situated just 15 km from Chania. Not to be missed is the picturesque Sarakina Gorge in Meskla, 20 km from Chania, offering a canvas of Cretan beauty. For those willing to venture farther, the renowned Samaria Gorge awaits, one of Europe’s longest gorges, located 42 km from Chania town. Each of these destinations promises an unforgettable adventure. Here is the list of gorges near Chania town for your next exploratory expedition. F

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Most frequent asked questions

Where is Chania located?

Chania is the capital city of the Chania Prefecture, situated on the north coast of west Crete.

What can be found in Chania Prefecture?

Chania Prefecture offers a perfect blend of stunning beaches, small fertile plains, towering mountains, and sprawling gorges like the Samaria Gorge. It is also the greenest part of the island, with the highest rainfall in Crete.

What is the history of Chania?

Chania is one of Crete’s oldest cities, boasting a long and turbulent history. Despite being the second most populated city on the island today, it has still managed to preserve its traditional architecture and many of its Venetian and Turkish monuments.

What is the old town of Chania like?

Chania’s old town is its beating heart. Its charming, winding streets and historic buildings provide the perfect backdrop for romantic strolls. Many of these sites have been converted into small hotels, eateries, stores, or homes.

Is Chania easy to navigate?

Chania’s central area is easy to navigate, but its outskirts can get confusing. However, this does not detract from Chania’s charm.

Why is Chania a popular tourist destination?

Chania’s beautiful harbour with its lighthouse and the old town at its centre make it one of the most visited cities in Crete. Its captivating city is so enthralling that many find it difficult to leave.

What is the average temperature in Chania city?

The average temperature in Chania city ranges from 15°C (59°F) in winter to 30°C (86°F) in summer.

Which is the nearest airport to Chania city?

The nearest airport to Chania city is Chania International Airport (CHQ), which is located about 14 km (8.7 miles) east of the city centre.

What are some popular attractions in Chania city?

Some popular attractions in Chania city include the Venetian Harbor, the Old Town, the Archaeological Museum of Chania, the Maritime Museum of Crete, and the Agora Market.

Are there any beaches near Chania city?

Yes, there are several beaches near Chania city, including the popular beaches of Balos Lagoon, Elafonisi, Falassarna, and Stavros.

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