Chania, Grete, Greece

Chania, located on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete, is a city known for its narrow streets, 14th century Venetian harbor, seafront full of restaurants and bars and beautiful beaches. It is the second largest city on the island and is very touristy. You will find several monuments with Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman influences and many of its history can be found in the museums of the city. Many old buildings have been restored and today they are hotels, restaurants, taverns or tourist shops. Among its most famous beaches, you will find Elafonissi (pink sand); Platanias, Agia Marina, Maleme, Falassarna and Kastelli. To see: the Old Port with its lighthouse, the mosque of Janissaires; the Splantzia district (behind the harbor); the Greek Orthodox Cathedral (1860); the Roman Catholic Cathedral; the Topanas District Synagogue; the Market Hall (1913); the archaeological museum; the Marine Museum, among others.

Tips

If you can, avoid going on vacation during the big tourist season of July-August because there are a lot of people and the beaches are very busy.

Before you venture out to the beaches, be sure to check in, especially if you are driving because the roads are not at all good and you can also go there with ferries or public buses.

Some of its beaches are completely wild without any service so if you are going to spend the day, do not forget to provide drinking water and food, a parasol and all that you deem necessary to spend a beautiful day in full nature.

There is also the possibility of making several excursions with local operators.

If you want to go to Athens, there are ferries that depart daily from Souda port.

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