Chania travel guide

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You're Going to Love Chania

Chania is a Cretan gem. This coastal town at the west end of the island retains Turkish and Venetian influences, has some spectacular natural sights as well as beaches nearby and has enough restaurants and nightlife to keep anyone happy.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Chania

1. Fascinating Historical Sights

Chania was Turkish and Venetian before it became Greek and the city has an array of historical sights, from the atmospheric harbor and the Venetian Church of Agios Nikolaos to the ramparts of Firkas Fortress.

2. Engaging Museums

Chania's long history has been presented in a cluster of great museums, including an excellent Archaeological Museum and the unique Cretan House Folklore Museum.

3. The Samaria Gorge

Not far from Chania, the Samaria Gorge cuts through southern Crete and is simply stunning. It's one of the most breath-taking hiking spots in Europe.

4. Ancient Minoan History

Well before the Venetians or Turks arrived, the Minoans ruled Crete and you can get a great sense of their achievements at the site of ancient Kydonia or on a tour of the Minoan ship in Chania harbor.

5. Stunning Beaches

If the heat is too much, you can always get away to a nearby beach. Standouts include Elafonissi, with its emerald waters, and Platanias, not far from the city.

Where to Eat in Chania

Some of the best tavernas in Chania - and there are plenty - include Chalkina by the harbor, Prassein Aloga (which also hosts live music most nights), and the slightly remote but superb Thalassino Ageri, where fish is the specialty. Prices vary, but a meal will typically cost around EUR15.

When to visit Chania

Chania in September
Estimated flight+hotel price
£228
2 travellers
Flight to Chania
3 nights at hotel
Chania in September
Estimated flight+hotel price
£228
2 travellers
Flight to Chania
3 nights at hotel

Summer is a good time for beach lovers and the Chania Cultural Festival takes place in August. If you can't stand 100+ degree heat, try October or between April and early June.

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How to Get to Chania

Plane

Daily flights from Athens touch down at Chania International Airport, as do seasonal flights from the UK. Airport buses cost EUR2.30 and take around 20 minutes.

Car

Those driving from Heraklion need to take the E75 along the coast to Chania, while the E65 runs from Kissamos to the west.

Bus

KTEL operates daily buses from Cretan cities like Rethimno and Heraklion. The bus from Heraklion takes 3 hours and costs around EUR15.

Airlines serving Chania

Lufthansa
Good (1,045 reviews)
KLM
Good (259 reviews)
Air France
Good (271 reviews)
British Airways
Good (745 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,540 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (288 reviews)
Iberia
Good (529 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (456 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (149 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (329 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (255 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (1,007 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (64 reviews)
Finnair
Good (341 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (175 reviews)
Vueling
Good (223 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (25 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (86 reviews)
easyJet
Good (271 reviews)
Eurowings
Good (50 reviews)
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Where to stay in Chania

High-quality resort hotels near Chania include the Grecotel Kalliston and Cretan Dream Royal Hotel, while good options in town include Casa Delfino and the Ambassadors Residence.

Popular neighbourhoods in Chania

The Old Town - Around in some form since 3,600 BC, Chania is certainly old. The Old Town is a beautiful neighborhood filled with alleys, lanes and endless tavernas.

Splantzia - Known as the Turkish neighborhood, Splantzia is full of Ottoman mosques and fountains.

Ovriaki - Once the city's Jewish neighborhood, Ovriaki is a bustling commercial center, particularly around Kondilaki Street.

Where to stay in popular areas of Chania

Most booked hotels in Chania

Artemis Village Apartments & Studios
Excellent (9.7, Excellent reviews)
£50+
Kavos Hotel
Excellent (9.3, Excellent reviews)
£77+
Kydon The Heart City Hotel
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
£93+
Royal Sun Hotel
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
£62+
Elia Agia Marina Hotel
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
£101+
Dore Hotel
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
£133+
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How to Get Around Chania

Public Transportation

Chania Urban Buses runs a local bus network. Single tickets cost just EUR1.20 and fares are paid when you board.

Taxi

Expect taxis in Chania to charge around EUR3 for the first mile, then EUR1.50 or so for every mile after that.

Car

You can rent a car of your own from the local branches Avis and Flisvos. Daily rates should be around EUR10-15.

The Cost of Living in Chania

Shopping Streets

Kondilaki, Zambeliou and Halidon in the center of town are the main shopping streets, but check out the Agora (covered market) as well. The city is particularly famous for its leather goods, so there may be some bargain accessories to be found.

Groceries and Other

Local supermarket options include ΣΥΝ and Carrefour. Expect a gallon of milk to cost around EUR4.80.

Cheap meal
£8.24
A pair of jeans
£65.83
Single public transport ticket
£1.38
Cappuccino
£2.51
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