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Chania’s scenic location on the northwest shore of Crete, coupled with a fascinating history make it a must-see destination. The island’s second largest city is the site of a former Bronze Age settlement and during its long history has been ruled by the Byzantines, Romans, Venetians, Egyptians, Turks and Arabs.
Some of Chania’s eclectic past can be seen in its 14th-century Venetian Port. It was originally conceived as a commercial harbor and later built into the city’s defensive fortifications to protect against pirates. Stroll along the waterfront to visit historic monuments. Near the harbor entrance is Firkas Fortress, constructed in 1629. Next door is the Nautical Museum of Crete. Step inside and browse nautical instruments and models of ancient ships. Go up to the port’s lighthouse, one of the oldest in the world. The original 16th-century structure was neglected during the Turkish occupation and rebuilt in the early 19th century.
Your waterfront walk will also take you to the Mosque of Kioutsouk Hassan (Giali Tzamisi), a multi-domed mosque. Although, no longer a place of worship, you can visit its rotating art exhibitions. While you are in the port area, stop by a waterfront bar, café or restaurant. After your drink or meal, take one of the narrow lanes to explore the old town, which was built around the port.
Greece is known for its sunny weather, and Chania is no exception. The summer season lasts from April to October and winters are mild. Make the most of the sunshine with a visit to one of the beaches, located within a few miles of the old town. Before you go, stock up on picnic essentials from Agora (the Covered Market), a busy market open Monday to Saturday selling fresh produce.
Reach the city by flying into Chania International Airport, which has daily flights from Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as seasonal flights from other European destinations. There is also a regular ferry service between Athens and Chania. Well-maintained roads and several bus lines connect Chania to many destinations on Crete.
The ancient architecture, old town and beaches make Chania a delightful Cretan escape.
Nestled on the beach, this Agia Marina aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kalamaki Beach and Agioi Apostoloi Beach. Golden Beach and Agia Marina Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Chania Old City, this luxury hotel is steps from Maritime Museum of Crete, Chania Lighthouse, and Venetian Port. Firka Fortress and Etz Hayyim Synagogue are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Akrotiri, this aparthotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Stavros Beach and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Holy Monastery of Agia Triada of Jagarolon. Gouverneto Monastery and Katholiko Monastery are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Chania Old City, this hotel is steps from Etz Hayyim Synagogue and Venetian Port. Chania Lighthouse is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away.
Located in Kolymbari, this beachfront hotel is connected to the convention center, 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Orthodox Academy of Crete, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Afrata Beach and Ravdouha Beach. Platanias Beach and Platanias Square are also within 9 mi (15 km).
This family-friendly Chania hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Chania Central Market and Venetian Port. Chania Lighthouse is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.
This Kalivianí hotel is on the beach, 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Port of Kissamos, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Balos Beach and Kissamos Stadium. Falassarna Beach and Ancient Falassarna are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Agii Apostoli, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Agioi Apostoloi Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Venetian Port and Chania Lighthouse. Kalamaki Beach and Golden Beach are also within 15 minutes.