Chania Crete

Cretans consider Chania (pop. 80, 000) to be the prettiest town of their island. It’s the second biggest city in Crete after the capital Iraklio, and attracts the most tourists.

Chania Cret

Connections Chania: The airport is 8km away, and receives many flights from Britain in the summer. Buses from Chania go to all destinations in western Crete. To get to Eastern Crete, you have to catch the bus to Iraklio which stops in Rethymno. From 6am to 8pm there is at least one such bus an hour. It takes three hours to get to Iraklio, and about one and a half hours to Rethymno.

Several buses also leave for Kastelli-Kissamos, Chora Sfakia, Omalos and Paleochora. There are also during the tourist-saison 2018 and 2024 many buses a day to the airport of Chania (about 15 km).

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There are a also about 2 buses a day from Hania to Sougia and a few buses per week to the famous beach Elafonisi.

Accommodation Chania: There is a campground (Chania Camping) 3km west of Chania (take the bus to Kalamaki beach from the bus station in Chania and tell the driver where you want to go). Sadly, Chania has no hostel. The cheapest pension is George’s Pension located in the centre, where a room should not cost more than €25.

Diana Rooms nearly is also a good choice. There are a lot of hotels in and around Chania in the mid- to high-price ranges. Cheap accommodation is harder to find – especially in the summer. A cheap and good hotel you can book in the internet is Hotel Alexis about 2 km from the centre of Chania.

Chania Crete Old Town  Coach at the Port of Chania

Food in Chania: Fast food can be found on every street of Chania, though surprisingly you won’t find a McDonalds. In the touristy port area the restaurants are overpriced rip-offs. The restaurant Doloma, 300 metres east of the port has good food at reasonable prices. Chania is also home to more bars and nightclub than anywhere else on the island. Rudi’s Beer House is an amusing place; a German-style bar run by an Austrian in Chania’s old town district. Out of season, Chania’s nightlife is dominated by American soldiers, stationed in Souda (Chania’s main port).

Online tickets and tours Chania and surroundings

Some tickets are now bought by many tourists in advance on the Internet. The queues on the spot are often long, guided tours only take place on certain days. In the following we have selected some good and important tickets for you:

1. Hiking tour Samaria Gorge: Full day hiking tour from Chania to the world famous Samaria Gorge: More info and booking

2. Tour by bus and boat to Gramvousa and Balos (very beautiful beach), full day: More info and booking

3. Bus trip to the world-famous beach of Elafonisi in Western Crete, all day: More info and booking

4. Big tour from Chania to the countryside on the theme of wine and olives: More info and booking

5. City tour Chania with food tasting: More info and booking

Sights in Chania

Old Port and Old Town: From the Market Hall you can reach the old port with five minutes walk. There are many stores and bars for the tourists, who flock here during the season. The Old Town around the port is the nicest on Crete. Great is a walk to the Hania Lighthouse. Also the Maritime Museum Chania is in the port.

Chania Waterfront  Mosque Kioutsouk Hassan in Chania

Market Hall: Open six days a week, closing on the Sunday. In the big hall it’s interesting to watch the merchants sell their produce (meat and fish). The influx of tourists to the market has lead to an increase of stalls selling souvenirs and tourists paraphernalia, which makes the market less interesting. Despite this, the market has retained its Cretan charm. Many things are still much cheaper here than anywhere else in Chania. The restaurants in the indoor market are
cheap and good.     Read more about the market of Chania

Marktet Hall in Chania  Chania Market

Chess Seller at Chania Marktet  Mountain Tea (Diktamos) Chania

Splazzia: A nice district in the eastern part of central Chania. You can walk around the smally streets, go shopping or have a quiet Greek coffee whilst soaking up the ambiance.
Archaeological Museum: containing Minoan and Roman artefacts uncovered in excavations. Open daily 10am – 4pm.

You should not miss the famous Lighthouse, the Nautical Museum Chania, the church of Agios Andreas and the fort of Fincas.

Also the Football Museum Greece is in the old town of Hania.

Souda: Around 7km east of Chania, Souda has the biggest port of Crete. The American Navy has a big base here. There are two daily ferries from Souda to Piraeus, which is Athen’s port.
For many coming to Crete from the mainland, Souda is their first glimpse of Crete. There are for sure nicer and more interesting places. Buses leave hourly from Souda to Chania and Rethymno and back.


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