Inhabited since the neolithical ages, the old town of Hania offers its’ visitors a true journey through time, inspired by it numerous well maintained sights. Minoan-era houses and streets, Hellenistic and Byzantine fortresses, Venetian building and walls and Ottoman mosques embrace a picturesque port that acts as the centermost point of life for the visitors as well as the locals. The town extends to the outskirts of the Venetian walls, showcasing noticeable neoclassical elements, like the Chalepas quarter. Add to that, a long façade of industrial buidings starting at the east and spanning all the way to the “Nea Hora” completes this great city’s unique character.
Several authentic small villages are dispersed all around the district, keeping the traditional Cretan social identity alive. Vamos, Polyrrhenia, Fres, Elos, Palea Roumata, Askifou, Douliana, Mahairoi, Deliana, Theriso, Meskla and Gavalohori, surrounded by nature, olive groves and gardens, blend prominently with the scenery. Houses, olive mills and other structure are excellent examples of local architecture while, Christian churches, ottoman mausoleums and village central squares resemble indigenous history. Explore all of them and enjoy delicacies at surrounding restaurants and local cafes.
Crete has served as the crossroads between several cultures for centuries. The stunning scenery was alluring to many nations who have left their mark through time, either as visitors or as conquerors. The Archaeological services are in constant effort to uncover, study and conserve them. Aptera, Polyrrhenia, Falasarna, Kissamos, Kydonia and Lissos offer visitors a complete view throughout the area’s history. Temples, tombs, fortifications, reservoirs and mosaics represent the cultural importance that Crete maintained in the Mediterranean.
The District of Chania as well as the rest of the island of Crete are home to a truly biodiverse landscape. Deep Gorges, with the one in Samaria the most famous and accessible, small lakes around mountains, like Kournas, chestnut forests, as in Sempronas, the striking lagoon of Balos and other locations like Elafonisi, are there to from memorable images that will imprint on a visitor’s mind the phenomenal fashion in which Crete simply has everything.
The lasting presence of Byzantines, Genoese, Ottomans and other nationals, gave Chania a complex array of religious and other monuments. The unique paleo Christian rotunda in the diocese of Kissamos, the catholic monasteries in Aghia Triada, Gouvernetos and Gonia, the Byzantine and Post Byzantine temples in Kyriakoselia and Apano Floria, the Ottoman mausoleums in Souda, the Castles in Paleohora, Askifou, Gramvousa, the old stone olive mills, as the one in Dromoneor and the school buildings that were constructed within the short era between the two world wars, altogether craft a network of everlasting public buildings.
The district of Chania hosts several museum exhibits that showcase the local culture and the ways the local economy developed through time. The Archaeological Museum of Chania, the Archaeological collection of Kissamos, with the numerous in situ roman mosaics, the Byzantine Collection of Chania, the Naval Museum, the Fisheries Museum in Kolymbari, the Museum of Typography in Souda, the Olive Museum in Vouves and last but definitely not least the Eleftherios Venizelos Residence are there to assist visitors enjoy a genuine timeless, local, experience.
A small fishing village with a picturesque beach at the edge of the settlement with clear waters and pretty taverns.
Next to the river’s edge, it is an ideal choice for those who prefer cold waters on hot summer days.
Elafonisi is a protected, natura 2000, area on the southwest end of the island and one of the most famous Cretan beaches.
A large beach that offers a great view to sunsets is one of those you shouldn’t miss. Crystal waters and golden sand compose a unique landscape.
A pebbled beach on the eastern side of the Kissamos gulf with all desirable facilities a visitor could want.
Refreshing waters welling from underground sources and rocks “standing” over the beach create a magical scenery in the southern coast of the Chania district.
Although it is a bit hard to reach, the scenery created by the fortifications above the blue waters of Orthi Ammos and the Libyan sea, will certainly repay visitors for their effort.
Right upon the exit of the Aradena gorge, a beautiful beach decorated with rock sculptures created by… salt water!
Southern Crete’s most alternative beach definitely has its own fanbase since its ideal for peaceful trips in reality and one’s imagination.
Several beaches with exceptionally clear waters are scattered southbound and around the picturesque settlement.
The place where you’ll run into a more cosmopolitan version of the beach life style, with multiple option to enjoy a cocktail or a fancy meal.
A picturesque beach in the northern side of Apokoronos county, ready to satisfy any visitor.
The district of Chania has a rather extended network of paths and trails that enable visitors to get very close to certain hard to reach areas of natural beauty.
A mountain bike may be the ideal means of transport to stroll around orange and olive groves reach picturesque villages and enjoy the scent of every season.
The extraordinary amount of coves one can "settle" in would make sail an excellent and not even that alternative way to visit them all and enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Organized scuba centers are ever present and prepared to guide you to the special underwater spots that await to be explored.
Board on of the small vessels that will take you around the islands hard to reach beaches and enjoy Crete’s most secluded bays.
The tradition of cultivating olive trees and grapevines dates back several centuries in Cretan history. Small wineries, part of the Wines of Crete Association, and olive groves are there to visit and feel closer to the way the excellent quality local produce is made.
Every season comes with a special event that will be celebrated joyously at village squares. Traditional music meets local foods and ensure you’ll be part of unforgettable celebration.
The local cuisine, Mediterranean in nature and Cretan in character, is famed as an elixir of life. Great restaurants are absolutely not hard to find, waiting to introduce you to exceptional tastes that will satisfy your appetite.
Schools and instructors at several points of the district are available to train and escort you in a special way to explore the island of Crete unconventionally.