Chania is the second largest city in Crete with a population of about 60,000. It is considered the most beautiful city in Crete and, undoubtedly, this is the place you should visit if you went to the western part of Crete.
The city extends far beyond the old city. Most attractions are located within the Venetian harbor in the old town.
The Venetian harbor has countless bistros and restaurants, historical centers, museums, churches, excavations of the Minoan civilization, narrow alleys with picturesque houses, the famous lighthouse and shops.
Since Chania is the capital of western Crete, it is open to tourists all year round . Travelers should be aware that some hotels and shops close during the winter season from November to March. The largest concentrations of people form in late spring, especially at night on the ocean. Evening temperatures make it a very attractive place.
According to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the best time to visit Chania is from March 19 to June 10 or from September 17 to December 9. These months have an ideal climate , temperature and humidity.
Chania's historical significance is related to its location as a port. The curved harbor built by the Venetians is the main center of Chania. The city is full of wooden fishing boats and is surrounded by cozy restaurants and a bistro. In summer, the night city captivates guests with its atmosphere . Balos, Elafonisi and Falasarna are the main attractions of Chania.
Balos is one of the most impressive beaches in Crete. Boat excursions are available for trips to the charming white sandy beach. It extends into a stunning emerald green lagoon . From there, across the ocean you can go to the small islet of Gramvousa, crowned by a 16th-century Venetian fort. The beach looks best after 5 p.m. when sightseeing boats depart and you can enjoy the beach without crowds.
Elafonisi Beach is about an hour away by boat from Chania on the isolated southwest coast of Crete. The trip itself is worth it: the sea is turquoise blue, and the sand consists of tiny pieces of shells and corals, which acquire pink undertones in a certain light. The beach is ideal for families with children because of the warm, shallow sea. You can swim through it to the islet, which is the habitat of migratory birds from Europe to Africa.
Like Elafonisi, Falasarna is popular with day walks because of its stunning beaches and the clear turquoise sea. Located on the west coast of Crete, it consists of several sandy beaches. This is a great place for a boat trip , with the opportunity to see a beautiful sunset and visit the remains of a fortified Hellenistic harbor.
The beauty that the city has to offer is endless. The best way to see all this is to rent a boat. This is a good opportunity to visit all the islands. Fishing, boat trips, kayaking, scuba diving and motor boats are available for adventure lovers . Boat trips in the famous port of the city are ideal for private and public events.
Near the Venetian port is the Chania Yacht Club, where you can practice all kinds of water sports. The club is also known for organizing various rowing activities such as regatta.
Chania has a lot to offer. This is a great place for groups with various interests. From water-related ones, such as parasailing, kayaking, fishing tours and dinner walks around the city, to non-water-related ones like shopping and eating at city restaurants.
Hassan Pasha Mosque is an interesting building that is worth seeing while walking around Chania. Chania's Venice lighthouse is another attraction you won't want to miss. The view of the city from the lighthouse is amazing.
Another great idea that you should not miss if you want to go ashore is to visit the local apiary and bee garden in Chania. This is your chance to learn how the famous Cretan honey is made.
Chania's most famous marina is the Venetian port in the northwest. It is a small and shallow port. The marina, with its rich history, offers mooring services for 60 boats up to 15 meters long. Floating pontoons are designed for small boats, however, they also have a well-protected area with fixed pontoons for large boats. This port has a small ramp for light boats, which provides basic services such as water and electricity. You can also perform minor repairs if necessary. In addition, the Chania Yacht Club is located near the hotel and has access to many free services. Be sure to visit the restaurants and various water activities that are available in Chania.