Charming Chania holidays 2020
As the second largest city on the Greek island of Crete, Chania is a stunning cheap holiday destination for those wanting to escape the humdrum of everyday life. The first thing most people hear when talking about Chania is the grand Venetian harbour and after you set your eyes on it for the first time, it’s easy to see why. This amazing site is home to many a beautifully quaint building which all benefit from having influences from both Venetian and Turkish design, making the whole area look wonderfully unique.
But Chania also has an abundance of more amazing things to explore during your stay. This beautiful island city is surrounded by numerous rich options for sightseeing, exploration and discovery, so make sure to bring some comfortable shoes with you. Samaria and many other gorges can be hiked on and there are many archaeological sites to uncover. And when you’re done with the physical activity, there are a number of beautiful beaches for you to catch your breath on while also catching some rays.
Chania at a glance
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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Things to do in Chania
As mentioned before, the Venetian Harbour is perhaps the number one sight in Chania and a visit to witness its splendour is a must for all visitors. This picturesque and historic harbour is a sight to behold and it really gives you a sense of the life and culture of the city. Cosy restaurants line the harbour streets and there is life pulsing through every part of this unique area. From the harbour you can wander to see the equally resplendent Venetian Lighthouse. This scenic walk from the harbour to the lighthouse provides you with a number of amazing photo opportunities while also filling you with the fresh sea air. Look out to the majestic lighthouse, expensive boats sailing around it and if you time it well enough, a beautiful sunset in the background.
The ancient architecture continues with the site of Ancient Aptera, here you can find some amazing Roman relics and have one of the prettiest history lessons you’re ever likely to receive. Another favourite attraction is the Maritime Museum of Crete where you can learn about the beautiful islands long relationship with the ocean and all that comes with it.
As expected with this beautiful Greek island, Chania also has some amazing beaches to match its beautiful setting. With many different options to choose from, perhaps Elafonissi Beach is the first name when deciding which to visit first. This small islet in the southwest of Crete is popular for its emerald exotic waters. These waters offer you the chance to forget about everything and relax by the amazing beach while the crystal clear waters lull you into complete relaxation.
With enough beaches to rival the Caribbean, the Greek islands are widely known for their quality sands and among them, Chania is very close to the top of the pile. In addition to Elafonissi Beach there is also Falasarna beach with its fine sand and amazing sunset. If you want to tick off even more beaches when you’re done with those two sterling options, Platanias, Loutro, Kedrodasos are also excellent beach choices really worth seeing.
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