Chania Town is a beautiful, historic city wrapped around a gorgeous Venetian harbour that was the capital of Crete until 1971. It’s a fabulous place for a holiday, offering everything from an enchanting old quarter packed with boutiques and cafés to some stunning beaches. The harbour is the centre of the action, an elegant ensemble of Venetian buildings overlooking wooden fishing boats and yachts. You can stroll around to the lighthouse, built to resemble a minaret under the Ottomans, or dine at one of the host of restaurants and cafés with tables on the water’s edge. There are lots of family-friendly attractions in the area, including a fun water park, and you’ll also find some fantastic hikes within easy reach.
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Your guide to Chania Town holidays
The historic capital of Crete, Chania Town is a gorgeous city, with ice-cream coloured houses arranged around a magnificent harbour. The perfect holiday destination, it offers something for everyone, whether you simply want to sprawl on golden beaches, stroll through the narrow cobbled streets, or enjoy a romantic dinner by the picturesque port. There are some fascinating museums to visit for culture buffs, and children will love the beaches and the water park. Chania Town is also a great place for nightlife, from live traditional music to lively clubs that keep going until dawn. Inland, you can escape the crowds in timeless hill villages or go hiking through gorges and canyons.
The closest beach to the centre of Chania Town is Nea Chora, located just west of the harbour. The shallow waters make it particularly good for families with small kids, and there are lots of facilities, including sun loungers for rent plus a choice of cafés and restaurants. You can take snorkelling or diving excursions out to the little island of Lazaretta, which sits just offshore. Further west is Golden Beach, aptly named for its gorgeous sands, which is also a good family option and has plenty of facilities. For something more secluded, head east to Souda Beach, which is enclosed by rugged headlands. Considerably quieter and less developed than beaches closer to the city centre, it still has sun beds and some excellent taverns specialising in fresh fish.
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