Charming Chania holidays 2021
Crete’s most enticing city has old world charm, fascinating architecture and a chic, sophisticated vibe after dark. There’s lots to love about holidays to Chania, whether you’re after a beach break or a history lesson.
With a Venetian Harbour at its core, backed by a warren of tightly-packed lanes where traditional tavernas spill out onto the streets and independent boutiques sell unique wares, Chania is a gorgeous holiday destination. With temperatures sitting in the 20s for eight months of the year, it’s a brilliant place for autumn sunshine, and it gets sizzling hot in the height of summer.
Shopping in Chania
Chania’s Old Town is an atmospheric place for a stroll, but one of its main draws is its leather boutiques. Skrydlof Street (also known as Leather Lane) has a history of leather making, as tens of traditional workshops used to fill the alley with noise. Today, they have been replaced by leather shops selling everything from handmade boots to beautiful bags. This is the spot for some retail therapy in Chania.
Why book Chania holidays
Discover the best beaches
The choice is yours when it comes to Chania's beautiful beaches... there are even Blue Flag stunners too!
Must-visit historical sites
Walk around Chania Town for a chance to discover old architecture and Venetian buildings
Sample the local food
Chania's harbour area is perfect for dining with views
Explore the local markets
Chania's covered market is the best spot to grab yourself some famous Greek olive oil
Keep fit with a hike through the stunning Samaria Gorge
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Top 5 things to do in Chania
Package holidays to Chania needn’t centre solely around the beach – there is so much to see and do in this exciting city.
- Holidays to Chania are about simple pleasures and a coffee or cocktail in one of the bars in its Venetian Harbour is a perfect way to start your trip.
- For the best views of the city, stroll out to the 16th-century lighthouse where you can gaze back across the water to the harbour.
- With influence from so many cultures and religions over the years, Chania has plenty of fascinating holy sites. Visit the Ottoman Mosque of Kioutsouk Hasan, see Venetian Church of Agios Nikolaos, and stop in at the 15th-century Etz Hayyim Synagogue.
- Sports fans will love the Greek National Football Team Museum, which despite its size manages to cram in 2,000 pieces of Greek football memorabilia.
- Take a glass-bottom boat tour with Captain Nick – a Chania stalwart. Sailing out onto the Sea of Crete in his glass-bottom boat, you’ll meet fish, turtles and octopus up close.
Historic highlights in Chania
Built on the Roman city of Kydonia, Chania has a fascinating history. These museums and historic sites make for a compelling holiday to Chania.
- Set within a 16th-century Venetian church, Chania’s Archaeological Museum is the place to go for an extensive history on the region. Artefacts include late-Minoan clay baths, jewellery and ceramics, as well as Roman mosaics and sculptures.
- Wander around the Firkas Fortress, the best-preserved section of the Venetian fortifications built in the 1500s, and climb its walls to get brilliant views over the city.
- Inside the Church of San Salvatore is the Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Collection, where coins, jewellery and icons spanning from AD 62 to 1913 offer insight into the many empires that ruled and invaded here.
- A celebration of all things seafaring, the Maritime Museum of Crete features impressive model ships, naval equipment and historical maps. Look out for artisans creating new model sips in the workshop.
- Get an insight into Cretan culture at the Cretan House Folklore Museum. Crafts such as weavings and paintings make up the exhibits, while a handful of rooms are made up in the style of a traditional Cretan home.
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The best time to visit Chania is July through August, when the weather is hottest and driest. For a slightly cooler climate, visit in the shoulder seasons of early spring and late autumn.
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