Cretans consider Chania (pop. 80, 000) to be the prettiest town of their island. Itís the second biggest city in Crete after 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.

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 Georgeís Pension located in the centre, where a room should not cost more than Ä25. 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 Ė 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 wonít 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. Rudiís Beer House is an amusing place; a German-style bar run by an Austrian in Chaniaís old town district. Out of season, Chaniaís nightlife is dominated by American soldiers, stationed in Souda (Chaniaís main port).

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.

Chania Waterfront  Mosque Kioutsouk Hassan in Chania

Market Hall: Open six days a week, closing on the Sunday. In the big hall itís 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.

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 Ė 4pm.

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

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 Athenís 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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