All about Chania


A Venetian pearl with a Turkish soul on the Greek Crete. The complicated history and multiculturality have caused that today China can boast an incredible atmosphere. The Venetian port is situated next to a mosque with traditional Greek street markets on the nearby streets.

Chania is not just the atmosphere of the city, but also wonderful nature. The city is situated in the shadow of mountain Lefka Ori, where there lies the tremendous Samaria Gorge. In this part of Crete, there is also an incredible coast with beautiful beaches like Laguna Balos.

The greatest attractions of Chania


Laguna Balos

READ MORE
cena
FREE

Venetian Port

READ MORE
cena
FREE

Samaria Gorge

READ MORE
cena
30€

Cathedral of Eisodion

READ MORE
cena
FREE

Firkas Fortress

READ MORE
cena
FREE

Topolia Gorge

READ MORE
cena
FREE

What can you find in the city?


The city offers many well-stocked marketplaces, where local sellers offer regional delicacies, wine, freshly-caught fish and interesting handicrafts. It is visiting, among others Mercato Agora di Chania, and Laiki, a traditional street market in Chania.

Chania attracts enthusiasts of extreme sports. Enjoy a solid dose of adrenaline during a paraglider flight, off-road car rides through the surrounding nature reserves and submarine trip, organised by one of the local tourist offices.

When visiting the port of Chania, it is worth seeing the Venetian arsenal (Neoria) and the old shipyard, which is now a museum. Here you will learn about the history of ships built during the Venetian occupation (1204–1669) and admire traces of the presence of Venetians in Crete.

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Laiki

COST: FREE

Maritime Museum of Crete

COST: 2€

Attractions in the region


About 19 km southwest of the city centre, in the small village of Skordalou, there is a botanical garden, famous for its oldest olive plantations in Europe. This beautiful and well-kept park is the perfect place for a family trip or picnic with friends. You can buy fresh olives, olive oil and home-made preserves in the local shop. Transfer by car from Chania takes about 25 minutes.

When you get bored of sunbathing, be sure to go to the Limnoupolis Water Park in Varipetro, about 8 km from Chania. Enthusiast of water madness are awaited by a series of attractions: giant slides, wild river, ‘black hole’, children’s pools, restaurants and many more. A daily ticket costs around EUR 25 per adult and EUR 18 per child up to 12 years old. An unforgettable experience guaranteed!

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Skordalou

DISTANCE: 19 km

Limnoupolis Water Park

DISTANCE: 8 km

Cuisine


Great monuments, fantastic beaches and delicious food – this combination is the determinant of a successful holiday. The Cretan cuisine is simple and healthy. Aromatic salads, filling meat dishes and delicious fish and seafood conquer the hearts (or rather palates) of visitors at an instant. Crete is famous for the production of delicious cheese (not only feta), bread (not just pita bread), sweet snacks and delicious snails, served with wine and bulgur wheat.

The high-percentage Greek specialty is ouzo (Greek anise flavoured vodka) and crayfish, also called tsipouro (liquor produced from grapes). Crete is a true vegetarian paradise. Maturing for the entire year, fruits and vegetables form the basis of many aromatic dishes, which combined with olive, feta and seaside scenery taste delicious.

What should you try?


Dakos, or toasts topped with tomatoes, olive oil, feta cheese and herbs,will work great as a quick snack ‘on the go’. For dinner, try grilled lamb, served with tzatziki and freshly baked bread. Musaka and papoutsakia are popular meat dishes with eggplant in the leading role. For dessert, you simply must taste karpopita – a nut cake with a distinct spicy-orange flavour.

MENU


Dakos

toasts with tomatoes, olive oil, feta cheese and herbs

Souvlaki

grilled lamb with tzatziki sauce and freshly baked bread

Musaka

eggplant, tomato and minced meat casserole

Karydopita

nut cake with spicy spices soaked in orange syrup

Where to visit?


To Maridaki restaurant located in the centre of Chania serves delicious seafood. Enjoy traditional Greek dishes in To Mikio or Serenissima taverns. You can also try the delicious nut cake at Koukouvagia. For a great experience, stop at Tholos restaurant for a romantic dinner, famous for its truly Greek atmosphere.

RECOMMENDED PLACES

Serenissima

DINNER: 30€

Koukouvagia

DESSERT: 5€

Weather


Chania is a Greek port city, located on the north-western coast of Crete. The village is situated in the Mediterranean subtropical climate. The average temperature in the hottest months of July and August is 26°C. January is the coldest, when the average temperature fluctuates between 11-12°C. The average annual rainfall is 640 mm, and the richest falls take place in January.

THE COLDEST MONTH

January

14°/ 8°

Average temperature day/night

THE WARMEST MONTH

August

30°/ 21°

Average temperature day/night

AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE

in the year

22°/ 14°

Average temperature day/night

When is the best time to fly to Chania?


The dry summers and mild winters make it possible to fly to Chania at any time of the year, but those who are not fans of hot weather should beware of the high season. In July and August, the temperature often exceeds 40°C. The best month for a holiday in Crete is May, when you can admire the flourishing vegetation and optimal weather conditions favour active relaxation.

Chania is around
8100 km from New York.
The flight is 11 hours and 40 minutes

Chania is around
2600 km from London.
The flight is 3 hours and 45 minutes

Chania is around
2100 km from Berlin.
The flight is 4 hours and 55 minutes

How to get from the airports to the city centre?


The Chania International Airport ‘Daskalogiannis’is located on the west coast of Crete, about 14 km from the centre of Chania. The airport handles both low-cost and regular airlines. Every year, it hosts nearly 3 million travellers.

You can reachthe city centre from the Chania Ioannis Daskalogiannis by KTEL bus. Coaches run between 6.00 am and midnight. A one-off ticket costs about EUR 2-3. The journey takes less than 30 minutes. You can also get there by cab.

CHANIA

Ioannis Daskalogiannis

14 km

From the city centre

CHQ

Bus

3€ (30 min)

TAXI

24€ (15 min)

How to get around the island?


There are intercity coaches like KTEL running through Crete. You can easily get to every corner of the island from Chania. The approximate cost of traveling from Chania to Rethymnon by air-conditioned coach is about EUR 6.5, and to Heraklion – approx. EUR 14. Tickets can be purchased at bus stations, directly via the carrier’s website or from the driver.

Traveling by car in Crete is the perfect solution –especially if you are planning to explore the whole island. You can also rent a car at Chania airport or at local rentals available in all cities. The island’s road infrastructure is well developed and the views during the journey are fantastic!

Prices in the city


The prices in Chania, similar to the entire Crete, are quite moderate. Costs of accommodation and basic food items are relatively low. It is also worth doing shopping at local street markets which offer amazing local delicacies for little money. Prices of street snacks and meals at restaurants are also at an acceptable level.

Currency

euro

Coffee

2€

Dakos

4€

Lunch at the restaurant

12€

Best flight deals


Więcej na naszym blogu


Podane ceny mają wyłącznie charakter orientacyjny i uśredniony, mogą różnić się od cen w sklepach oraz lokalach.

All prices shown are indicative only and may differ from actual market prices.