A port town on the north-western coast of Crete, Chania is a quaint place which is a world away from the buzz of the Greek mainland. It’s the largest of a number of beach resorts which stretch for over 12 miles and, as a result, is the most popular with visitors from across Northern Europe in terms of accommodation and shopping.
The weather in Chania is at its warmest between April and October, reaching its peak during June and July. During that time, the beaches are normally packed with sun-seekers, and no wonder! However, the beach isn’t the only great thing about the town, as parts of its rich Venetian and Turkish heritage are there for all to see.
Some of the long and winding roads around Chania can be hard to get around in a larger vehicle, so a small and sensible supermini might do the job. It would serve you well in the centre of Chania too.
Chania Cathedral Trimartiti, on Chalidon Street, was built in 1860 during the time of the Ottoman Empire. It’s probably the greatest landmark in the whole of Chania, offering great insight into the Ottoman era. Admission is free of charge.
The Venetian port is another place where you might like to wander. One of Greece’s most picturesque ports, it’s a good part of the city to shop, grab a coffee or perhaps a bite to eat if you want to be rewarded with views of the Aegean Sea.
The Archaeological Museum of Hania, also on Chalidon Street, enjoyed life as a mosque and cinema before being converted into a museum. Here, you can see findings from ancient Chania and nearby Aptera as well as more recent exhibitions.
The main road in Chania is the E75 (A90) which goes from Iraklion to Kissamos. The old 90 road runs parallel to the highway, and is best for going through small villages.
Most of the minor roads on Crete can be hard to navigate, especially as there are a number of sharp turns which you might not see coming.
The nearest major tourist information centre is in Iraklion, so you might need to go there to find out anything about attractions in Chania.
Chania International Airport is the main airport for the western side of Crete. It’s both a civil and military airport, has one main terminal airport and six aircraft stands. Flights come to and from a number of major airports across the UK and mainland Europe. In terms of accessing the airport, it’s only 20 minutes’ drive from Chania itself. It’s within easy reach of the main road network, plus there is easy access to car hire from the main terminal building.