Chania (Greece)

A seductive seaside town, Chania’s charm is too much to resist – succumb to its alluring Venetian harbor and inviting, pristine beaches.

Character, history and romance – Chania has it all

Approaching Chania by sea you might just think that you have landed on the banks of Venice; its old Venetian port tempting you to discover more. Step into a picture postcard Greek Island town complete with pastel-coloured waterfront buildings, dreamy harbor walks and old-world aura.

As Crete’s second largest town and former island capital, Chania boasts museums, churches and culture that easily satisfy a day’s sightseeing. Winding shopping streets, seaside restaurants and craft shops also make you slow down and settle into life at a relaxed Mediterranean pace.

Divided into two parts - old and new – Chania is reminiscent of Venice and Florence for its architecture, yet as you wander further along its narrow streets, you’ll sense and witness its deeply rooted Cretan traditions. And Chania’s charm doesn’t stop there: travel further along the western coast of Crete and discover some of the best, most beautiful natural beaches in the Greek Islands.

No visit to the Greek Islands is complete without dipping your toe in crystal clear water and feeling soft powder-like sand underneath your feet - and Elafonisi and Balos are exactly that. Known the world over for their bright azure water, soft white sand and secluded location, Elafonisi and Balos are heavenly beaches to sunbathe, swim and unwind with never-ending views out to the sea.

Old townhouses, Venetian buildings, Turkish architecture and a colorful harbor bring Chania to life before your eyes. Explore Crete’s only remaining synagogue, Etz Hayyim, visit intriguing museums and take the time to amble through the splendid Splantzia Quarter where the majestic Church of St Nicholas takes centre stage. Walk hand in hand with your loved one along the seafront promenade watching traditional fishing boats bob up and down, and finally relax with a drink in one of Chania’s open-air cafes to soak up its blissful atmosphere.

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