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Chania: Combination of beauty and history ...

Welcome to the county of Chania! Here the incredible natural beauty is combined with its popular beaches, its rich history and multicultural character. Starting from the magnificent town of Chania, you will explore not only an important part of the modern Greek history, but also of the Ottoman occupation, while you can visit interesting landscapes and routes to the south Crete, to enjoy beaches getting out from a dream! Chania promise you that you will be enchanted!


Historical retrospective with its starting point the Old City

Alley in the Old City of ChaniaThe Old City of Chania is surrounded by Venetian walls and is embraced by the modern city of Chania. Exploring its alleys, one discovers centuries of history, since Chania have been conquered by the Romans,the Byzantines,the  Saracens, the Venetians and,  of course,the Turkish. This is observed by the architecture of the preserved buildings, which witness  different influences and periods.

In the Old Town you will find the Hill of Kasteli, which stands over Yali Mosque next to the Venetian harbor. The Hill was the first point inhabited in Chania since the Neolithic era, because there was the Acropolis of Kydonia.

Starting your walk in the Old Town, you will pass by the Municipal Market of Chania and then you will be directed to Stivanadika, the most commercial street of ​​the city. In the center you will come across the Archaeological Museum, with exhibits covering the whole history of the city. Continuing towards the port, the road will lead you to the Eleftherios Venizelos Square and then to the Virgin Mary Trimartiri, the Cathedral of Chania.

The Venetians’MasterpiecesExhibit at the Maritime Museum Chania

The Old City of Chania lies parallel to the old Venetian Port. At its entrance is the characteristic lighthouse of Chania, as well as the Fortress of Firka, which today houses the Maritime Museum. On the Eastern side of the Harbour you will see the Arsenalia, or otherwise the Neoria, shipyards built by the Venetians in the 15th century to protect their fleet. Today the Mediterranean Architecture Centre is hosted in the Great Arsenali. At the end of the walls to the east the Gate of Ammos lies, or else Koum Kapi, leading to the settlement just outside the walls. It is considered one of the most beautiful areas of Chania, with lively nightlife!

A short tour in Akrotiri

The Perivolitsa beach in AkrotiriAkrotiri of Crete is the peninsula east of Chania, where the International Airport and the port of Souda Bay are found. In  Akrotiri, and more specifically on the Hill of Prophet Elias, are the tombs of Venizelos, the two prominent men of modern Greece. Continuing, the road will lead you to the Monastery of the Saint Trinity of Tzagarolon, on the foot of the Mountain range Cross. The monastery, built around in 1640, is an architectural gem. In Hersonissos you will also find the Gouverneto Monastery, one of the most important monasteries in Crete. It is said that the monks living in the region, wanting to protect themselves from the pirates’ attacks, started to build the monastery in 1537. It is apparent, however, from its architecture, as it resembles a fortress, with walls and bastions surrounding  it. Your journey will end  up to the cave of Panagia Arkoudiotissa. At  the entrance of the cave there is the small Church of Virgin Mary.

The most famous gorge in EuropeTrail in the gorge of Samaria

The Samaria Gorge, the most famous in Crete and the largest in Europe, is 43km away from the city of Chania. The length which covers is 12.8 km, while in some places it reaches 3m of  width and 300-700m  of depth! The routes in the canyon are unique while they vary in duration and distance, with the highest one taking 8 hours.

The Mainland of  Sfakia and Frangokastello

The FrangokastelloSouthern, and specifically the Mainland(Chora) of Sfakia is 75km from Chania, built on the ending of the gorge of Imbros. Starting from Chora,you can explore the mountainous trails in the White Mountains or the coastal trails along the Libyan Sea. Just 13km from the town, visit the Venetian Fortress Frangokastello which was built in 1371 and has been preserved almost unchanged until today.

The lakes of ChaniaThe lake of Agia

The lake of Agia is located very close to Chania and consists of 450 hectares of protected area. The whole city is supplied with water by itself.The lake Kournas, covering 579 acres, reaches at certain points 22.5m of depth! This is a natural lake of unique beauty worth visiting!

Explore the beaches of the county

Elafonissi, turquoise waters and white sandChania, apart from anything else, is famous for its beaches provided. Set as a starting point the nearby Saint Marina and Stalos, located within walking distance and Platanias,as a center of entertainment!In the west you come across the magnificent lagoon of Balos at Gramvousa cape, accessible by boat from Kissamos. Another magic beach of Chania is Falasarna, consisting of small sandy coves and a larger coast, 3km in length, which has been proposed as one of the best in Greece. Of course, it could not be mentioned, Elafonissi, a small islet 200 meters from the shore, surrounded by a turquoise lagoon with white sand and is considered one of the most famous beaches in Crete. During the summer it is daily visited by over 2,500 visitors.

GastronomySfakia pie

The Cretan cuisine is one of the most famous worldwide. Based on pure products of local production, creating simple, yet delicious recipes. The treating with raki and dakos,served with sour cream cheese and tomato is the trademark of the Cretan hospitality. The wild vegetables have the leading place, often combined with meat.
The Sfakia pies, a native recipe of Sfakia, with pork meat called ‘apaki’ are famous flavors of the region.

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