Location

The Destination of Chania

Crete is an island with an exquisite 1,000 kilometer-long coastline dotted with numerous coves, bays and peninsulas, which afford a multitude of soft, sandy beaches along the amazingly blue Mediterranean Sea. Crete is the largest island in Greece - the fifth largest in the Mediterranean - and, within its diverse area of more than 8,000 square kilometers, there are treasures waiting to be discovered by the guests.

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The atmosphere in Chania has a touch of Florence and Venice, combined with the lively streets, the culture and the special character of the Cretan people and their traditions. It is certain that In Crete, the visitor will never be disappointed by the diversity of the landscape - the rugged mountains, the endless beaches and the turquoise colored seas.

Most of the biggest Greek islands can be suitable places to hold business and other events but Chania City, combines incredible natural beauty with rich history and remarkable cultural tradition making it the ideal place to host a conference.

Chania city is located in northwestern Crete Island, being the second largest city after Heraklion offering spectacular panoramic views onto the Aegean. Built on the site of Minoan “Kydonia”, Chania city developed after the Byzantine Era and it was fortified with a wall to provide protection. In the following years, the city became a big castle. The island's historic importance in today's world as the home of the Minoan civilization with important archeological findings at Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys, is evidenced by the tens of thousands of visitors to these sites each year.

Chania lies along the north coast of the island, about 70 km (43 miles) west of Rethymno and 145 km (90 miles) west of Heraklion.

Walking through the Old Town of Chania is a trip back in the history of architecture. Venetians, Turks, Egyptians developed and influenced the area from the 13th until the 19th century. Today the Old Town’s buildings have been restored and suitably rearranged. The visitor may find a great variety of monuments of exceptional cultural interest to visit. Monuments from the Byzantine period, the Venetian period, the Ottoman period as well as the modern History are worth seeing. Museums like the Nautical Museum of Crete, the Archaeological Museum of Chania, the house of El. Venizelos, the War Museum of Chania will help you explore the rich history of this blessed island.  The Old City and the Old Venetian Harbor will blow your mind with the special Venetian character giving you the taste of past times. The delicious traditional Cretan cuisine will surprise the visitor but also there will be a chance to choose from a multitude of bars, intense night life and incredible sandy beaches especially on the southern coastline of western Crete bordering the Libyan Sea!

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Highlights of Chania

Wonderful place for nature lovers too, as soon as you visit Chania you will be enchanted by the beauty of the golden beaches, the green-blue canyons and all the ancient and modern monuments.

The most famous highlights of Chania are without a doubt: the Venetian Harbor, the old port, the narrow shopping streets and the sea view traditional restaurants. Food in Chania is offered in great variety.  There are many restaurants and also cafés to relax and enjoy tasty food or traditional sweets and coffee.

Chania city offers numerous options for sightseeing, exploration and discovery. Mountain villages provide a breathtaking view. The Samaria and many other gorges can be hiked, along with many archaeological sites. Explore the waterfront and streets just behind. Walk along the harbor wall to the Venetian Lighthouse.

Visit the wonderful Naval Museum (Maritime Museum) - it delivers a superb introduction to the History of Crete. The Archaeological Museum on Halidon Street is smaller however it is well worth visiting.

Visit the west side of the port and walk along the port till “Arsenali” where the “Arsenali Centre of Mediterranean Architecture” is situated and organizes exhibitions and has as primary goal to promote the Mediterranean arts. Then, the Venizelos Graves, which offers magnificent views from amongst the trees, on a hill above Chania, across the town.  “Tabakaria” a district with old leather processing houses found on the rocky eastern side of the city of Chania.

The municipality hosts cultural events around the town, including the ones taking place in the public gardens and at the open air-theatre on the outskirts of the town walls, with various music and theatrical performances.

Unique beaches & Other Activities in Crete

The nearest beach for Chania is 500m away, Aghii Apostgolli Beach, and the famous long beach of Agia Marina, 7km away. Or maybe you prefer the enclosed waters of Marathi bay, on the Akrotiri peninsula.

Outside Chania: trips to the many Monasteries, the Samaria Gorge (take a bus to Omalos or a tour as you will walk the Gorge, take a ferry from the end at Agia Roumeli to Sfakia and then a bus back to Chania).

On Akrotiri peninsula, beyond the airport, there are two very impressive Monasteries, inhabited by a few monks and both are open to visitors in the morning and late afternoon, Agia Triada or Jakaoron and the historic Monastery of Gouvernetou the most remote which resembles a castle.

If you are looking for more quiet beaches, Falasarna, is a very long beach that is located on the west part of island. What makes this beach so unique, is its length. You can also drive 2 hours southwest to Elafonisi, or 1 hour west the well-known Balos Beach.

Samaria Gorge is the longest gorge in Europe. Walk through this gorge for an unforgettable experience. It is a long gorge, 16km, and you need about 6 hours to pass it.

The Therissos Gorge, Kolymbari and its monastery, the wide sweep of Falassarna beach, the boat trips to Gramvousa & Balos, a longer and most scenic trip to Elafonissi and all the villages en route, are sites that will fill your trip up in the most exciting way.  

Chania Useful Phone Numbers

Chania Telephone Area Code

+30 28210

Municipality

+30 28213 41600

Airport

+30 28210 83800

General Hospital

+30 28110 22000

Police Station

+30 28210 25856

Port authority

+30 28210 98888

Tourist office

+30 28210 92943

Souda's port authority

+30 28210 89884

Taxis

+30 28210 98700

Bus service (KTEL)

+30 28210 93305

Bus service (urban)

+30 28210 27044

Archaeological museum

+30 28210 90334

Nautical museum

+30 28210 91875