Things to do in Chania, Crete
The old town and Venetian port of Chania
Every stroll down its colorful alleys is an experience. Take a photo next to the picture perfect lighthouse or walk among the impressive 16th Century buildings with magnificent architecture. Visit the Kusuk Hasan mosque, the Grand Arsenal, the Splanzia square and Kum Kapi at Miaouli Beach. You’ll feel as if you’re in a different era.
East of Chania, in the Akrotiri peninsula, walk to the monastery of Agia Triada Tsagarolon (17th century), the Gouverneto monastery (16th century), the ruins of the Catholic monastery the oldest in Crete (11th century). Its altar is hidden in the dark of the Bear Cave, named after a the bear-shaped stalactite. Its religious history takes you back to ancient times.
Top Beach attractions: Falasarna, Balos and Elafonissi
These top rated beaches will take you to exotic locations where you will be coming back for more.
Beautiful Cretan Villages
The villages of Vamos, Apokoronas, Kefalos, Gavalohori, Armeni, Kefalos and Agios Pavlos only 20 minutes outside of town, are some of the most beautiful villages in Crete, and promise to be a great culinary journeys. Here you will experience authentic Cretan cuisine, sampling local recipes such as lamb with yoghurt, boureki, kalitsounia, pilafi, dakos, as well as all sorts of delicious grilled meat such as lamb chops and pork with thyme honey.
Samaria Gorge, a top destination in Crete
Just a few kilometres outside Chania is the world renowned Samaria Gorge, the largest and most famous gorge on the island. The 18 km hike takes you to the fishing village of Agia Roumeli where you’ll be rewarded with a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan sea.
In Chania you will see why the local cuisine has gained worldwide fame. Eat at the fish tavernas, rakadika, and historic cafes. For a more innovative food experience, try Chania’s gourmet restaurants, where local chefs have elevated the island’s traditional cuisine, winning many awards in the process (try some creative Cretan Cuisine at the Theodosi restaurant, www.theodosirestaurant.com a food experience on its own).