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CHARACTERISTICS of Chania, Crete island:
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Area: The city of Chania lies around 40 km (25 mi) from the west end of Crete. By road, the distance is approximately 52 km (32 mi).

Climate: Chania enjoys a typical mediterranean climate with sunny dry summers and mild rainy winters. During the period between April and October, clear-sky weather is almost an everyday feature. The atmosphere is always warm, but fierce heat waves (temperatures above 38 °C) are not very common, since the prevailing "Meltemia" winds blow from northern directions and pleasantly moderate the conditions. Intervals of sunny days are frequent during the windy and rainy winter as well.

Culture / Location: The cultural background of Chania is very rich, first of all due to the town's long history and its interaction with many diverse civilizations in the past. Furthermore the location of Crete (immediately connected to Athens, situated between Europe, Asia and Africa) as well as the cosmopolitan atmosphere that tourism creates, have generally kept the town up-to-date with modern advances in art and knowledge. Currently, there are several museums, art galleries, theatre and music groups, educational and research institutions within the city.

Economy: Two main sources of wealth in Chania are agriculture and tourism.
A big portion of the city's residents (not necessarily farmers) own from few to many decares of agricultural land where several plants are being cultivated, the most popular ones being olive trees and citrus. Other important products include wine, avocados, olive oil etc. Apart from the traditional ways of cultivation, some of the producers have concentrated on practicing new successful methods in order to promote organic food.
On the other hand, tourism has developed rapidly during the last decades, starting from the early 1970s. Nowadays the tertiary sector is becoming more and more important for the locals, since an increasing number of them are participating in the business.
Agrotourism and ecotourism are forms of tourism which are significantly developing lately..

Health care: The main health center in the city is the General Hospital "Agios Georgios". Other institutions include the Crete Naval Hospital, the branch of the National Centre for Emergency Medical Care (E.K.A.B.) and the Clinic of Chronic Disease. The Chania branch of the Organisation Against Drugs (Ο.ΚΑ.ΝΑ.) opened in 2003. There is also a number of private clinics (e.g. Iasis and Central Clinic of Chania) as well as medical centers specializing in various areas within the town..

History: Chania is the site of the Minoan settlement the Greeks called Kydonia, Greek for quince. It appears on Linear B as ku-do-ni-ja. Some notable archaeological evidence for the existence of this Minoan city below some parts of today's Chania was found by excavations in the district of Kasteli in the Old Town. Chania during the Venetian era was a blend of Byzantine, Venetian, and Classical Greek cultural elements. Many of the important buildings of the town were built during this era and the intellectual activities (written word, music, education) were also promoted. Chania (or Hania)after that period earned one of the most popular names as "The Venice of the East".

Population:
The official population of the municipal Chania (the former municipality) is 53,910, while the municipality has 108,642 (2011) inhabitants. This consists of the city of Chania and several other towns and villages.

The city of Chania can be divided in two parts: the old town and the modern city which is the larger one. The old town is situated next to the old harbour and is the matrix around which the whole urban area was developed. It used to be surrounded by the old Venetian fortifications that started to be built in 1538; of them the eastern and western parts have survived. From the south, the old town is continuous with the new, and from the north the physical border is the sea. The centre of the modern city is the area extending next to the old town and especially towards the south.
Chania city (and Chania region with its small villages) is in the west end of Crete island in Greece. Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. It lies along the north coast of the island, about 70 km (43 mi) west of Rethymno and 145 km (90 mi) west of Heraklion.
A cretan city that has always been a cross road to civilizations between Europe and Africa continent, reborned in the ruins of the ancient Kidonia city. The city of Chania has the bigger mediterannean port, Soudas Port and the traditional town port is called as the "East Venice". Chania beaches with crystal water, the rich geological treasure, the good climate of the island are all those clues that made this place blessed from Gods. So don't waste any more time...Explore Chania old town and its magnificent villages right away... !!!


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Chania: Local and Traditional products in Chania!
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In Chania you will find: Local Wine, traditional tsikoudia, cheese and extra virgin olive oil:

· Local wine in Chania:
A walk on the covered Dimotiki Agora (Municipal Market) of Chania will give you a full picture of the local products. Chania wine, famous wine selection:
- Archanes wine: Red dry wine
- Dafnes wine: Red dry and red sweet wine
- Peza wine: Red dry wine and white dry wine,
- Local Lasithi wine: Dry white wine, roze dry wine, red dry wine and red demi-sec wine.

· PURE Olive oil selection in Chania:

Crete island is famous for its pure - hight quality - olive oil Don't waste your time and taste it in cretan salads (dakos) or even take a bottle with you back home. To buy olive oil you can go to many rural cooperatives on the island or to browse at selected stores and contact the SEDIK, the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities. Very good olive oil quality you can also buy in: www.bioparadosi.gr

· Chania and Cretan cheese:
Try the famous cretan cheeses that you will find as well in Chania town and in the rest Cretan island. Special cheeses are:
- Anthotiro cheese,
- Galomizithra cheese,
- Cretan Graviera cheese,
- Chania cheese "Piktogallo",
- Κefalotiri cheese,
- Μalaka (a good cheese with a bad name. Don't call like this anywone in Greece),
- Μizithra cheese,

- Xigala cheese from Siteia,
- Xinomizithra cheese,
- and Τirozouli cheese.

· Chania local tsipouro / tsikoudia or Cretan raki:
Every autumn after grape harvest, various wine festivities begin throughout Greece. A few days later, on the island of Crete the "Celebration of Tsipouro" takes place. Tsipouro also famous in Crete as "Tsikoudia" tastes like the Turkish Raki that is a strong distilled spirit containing approximately 37 per cent alcohol per volume and is produced from the must-residue of the wine-press. But in the Cretan tsikoudia when a shortage of residue started, spirits from abroad were imported and processed with aniseed.

· Chania / Cretan traditional knife:
Cretan traditional knife has been the symbol of the Cretan gallantry and the spirit of Crete's resistance against all conquerors. Cretan knifes engraved mandinades (Mantinades: singular mantinada, Greek: μαντινάδα, μαντινάδες is the art of musical declamation - recitative -in form of a narrative or dialogue, sung in the rhythm of accompanying music. It is prominent in several parts of Greece, especially on the island of Crete where mantinades are performed in accompaniment of the Cretan lyra and Cretan laouto - a stringed instrument resembling lute. The word is derived from Venetian matinada, "morning song".) You can buy those traditional knifes in the local market or you can learn more about this tradiotional product in www.cretanknife.com.

Also in Chania is worth to taste:
From the menu of a restaurant where you will defenately notice the Cretan local recipe of stamnagathi, the tradiotional/local tsigariasto (usually goat meat cooked with tradiotional Cretan recipe), apaki or siglino (smoked pork), Chaniotiko boureki ( pie with layers of zucchini, potatoes and mizithra cheese among them), staka (a spread made with butter milk) and of course bourmpouristous chochlious ie snails. All this is meant to be accompanied by local wine and abundant Cretan raki. Other traditional products that you will find in the cretan market are traditional leather boots and other leather goods as well as ceramics products.

Chania: Old town, the modern & other traditional villages:
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Chania: The old town / city:


The old town of Chania despite of being heavily bombed during World War II, is considered as the most beautiful urban district on Crete, especially the crumbling Venetian harbour. The borders of the Old Town are the mostly destroyed old Venetian wall and this has been the cradle of all the civilizations which were developed in the area. The central part of the old town is named Kasteli and has been inhabited since Neolithic times. It is located on a small hill right next to the seafront and has always been the ideal place for a settlement due to its secure position, its location next to the harbour and its proximity to the fertile valley in the south. Nowadays it is a bit more quiet than the neighbouring areas of the west part of the district. The Splantzia quarter (next to the east part of Kasteli) is also largely untouched and very atmospheric. A plan for its future development is now under consideration. The main square of the Old Town (next to the west end of Kasteli) is the Eleftherios Venizelos Square ("Syntrivani"). It is the heart of the touristic activities in the area. Next to this (on the west side) lies the Topanas district, which used to be the Christian part of the city during the Turkish occupation. Its name comes from the Venetian ammunition warehouse (Top-Hane in Turkish), which was located there. The Jewish quarter ("Evraiki" or "Ovraiki") was located at the north-west of the Old Town, behind the harbour and within the borders of Topanas. The whole Topanas area is generally very picturesque, with many narrow alleys and old charming buildings, some of which have been restored as hotels, restaurants, shops and bars. This makes it a lively and colourful place especially during the warm period (April–October). In the winter, it still remains a center of activities (especially for nightlife) but in a more quiet and atmospheric way. Finally, a very distinctive area of the Old Town is the harbour itself and generally the seafront ("akti"). Akti Tompazi, Akti Kountouriotou and Akti Enoseos (marina) all feature several historical buildings and a thriving nightlife.


Chania: The modern town / city:

The main street that combines the modern town with the old town is Halidon Str.
The modern city of Chania is where most locals live and work. It is less traditional than the old town, but there are still areas of charming beauty or of some historical interest. The oldest district (early 18th century) of the modern city is Nea Hora (meaning "New Town") which is located beyond the west end of the old town. It is a developing area, but also a very picturesque one, with narrow old lanes leading to a small fishing harbour. During the same era the district of Halepa begun to grow to the east of the city and used to be home for the local aristocracy.
Some of the historical buildings of the area (including old embassies of foreign countries) had been destroyed or abandoned during the later decades of the 20th century, and it was only recently when some interest was shown for the restoration of the remaining ones.
Other historical buildings in the area include:
Eleftherios Venizelos’s House (built 1876-1880),
the old French school (now property of the Technical University of Crete,
housing the Department of Architecture),
the Church of Agia Magdalini (built 1901-1903),
The “Palace” (built 1882, house of Prince George during the period of the Cretan independence)
and The Church of Evangelistria (built 1908–1923).
Part of the marine area of Halepa is called Tabakaria, where a unique architectural complex of old leather processing houses is situated.
The district of Koum Kapi (the Venetians had first named it "Sabbionara", which means "the Gate of the Sand", the same as "Koum Kapi") situated beyond the walls at the eastern part of the old town, was also one of the first places to be inhabited outside the fortification walls. Initially, it was home for the "Halikoutes", a group of Bedouins from North Africa who had actually settled there since the last years of the Turkish occupation.
Nowadays it is a developing area with many trendy cafes, bars and restaurants on its lovely beach.



Chania's area traditional villages to visit
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Chrissi Akti village and area (Chania): Chrissi Akti beach (i.e. Golden beach) is 2.5km west of Chania town and a few meters east of Agii Apostoli beach. Stretching for over one kilometre, Chrissi Akti has golden sand and shallow waters, safe for children, umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, volley ball courts, children’s playground, parking, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, super markets and taxi station.
Kalives village (Chania)
: less touristic village from any other of the villages between Chania and Maleme. A real Cretan village with traditional "cafeneia" (places served greek coffee for older people) and a lovely beach.
Stavros village (Chania): Stavros located only 14 klm from the modern town in Chania, is not actually a village but more a conglomeration of houses built in the last two decades and more recently a fair number of small hotels and apartments. A breathtakingly beautiful little bay (this is where the beach scenes in the movie Alexis Zorbas were filmed) as well as a longer, almost deserted sandy beach. We suggest to rent a car in Stavros village to move easily all over the place.
Agia Marina village (Chania): Agia Marina in Chania, is one of the largest touristy resort of Western Crete and its located about 12 km from Chania town, 23 km from the airport and 17km from Souda port. Agia Marina is built along a beautiful sandy beach and it is located on the main coastal road. Agia Marina has everything all kind of accommodations from luxury quality hotels with excellent services, complexes to simple, family owned rooms for rent to simple rooms, lots of restaurants and many bars, clubs a big variety of night life. You can warm yourself with the Cretan sun and local hospitality! Many restaurants, Greek traditional taverns, bars, clubs and shops can be found in Agia Marina village.
Agia Marina also enjoys an interesting nightlife and a peaceful village atmosphere at the same time.
Paleochora village (Chania): Paleochora's location is 70 klm far fron Chania city. Not a very touristic village, with a clean beach and traditional small greek tavernes (restaurants) ideal for any visitor who wants to enjoy not so crowded holidays in Chania.
Sougia village (Chania): Sougia village is located 75 klm from Chania city, at the end of a long valley in the south-west of Crete. Many people come to Sougia in order to have a quiet time and enjoy its beautiful beach. Public transport to Sougia is very limited. Sougia has seven restaurants competing for custom and preferably repeat customers. The result is that all of them serve excellent food at prices below the Cretan average. All these restaurant have their specialities so it is well worth trying them all if you stay in Sougia for a while. Taxi is a frequent option (but make sure that you book it in advance).
Agia Irini village and the Gorge of Agia Irini (Chania): This village is located 40 klm from Chania. The importance of Agia Eirini lies in that constitutes the north end of the gorge that takes its name from this village. The gorge (far less crowded from the gorge of Samaria and very beautiful) is popular with trekkers, bringing tourists north from the beach resort of Sougia where it ends. The valley itself continues some distance north of the village to the watershed dividing north and southern Crete. After pausing at Agia Eirini, the walk continues east to Omalos.
Omalos village (Chania):
Omalos, Chania - Crete, is a tiny village (you shouldn’t expect too many touristic amenities for the traveller) in the middle of the homonymous Omalos plateau, located about 40 kilometers south of Chania city. Omalos is one of the most especial places in the island of Crete, ideal place to spend the night, if you want to get up early in the morning and descend through the famous Samaria Gorge apart from the tourist crowd.
Agia Roumeli village:
A small village at the exit of the Samarias gorge (The gorge is a popular tourist destination in Crete, the longest gorge in Greece, and one of the longest in Europe, measuring 18 km.) on the south shores of Sfakia in Crete, with unique beauty and interresting historical background. According to one local (unconfirmed) source the origin of the name Agia Roumeli comes from the Arabic words 'Maya' meaning water and 'Roumi' meaning Greek, meaning 'Greek Water'. Agia or Hagia also means Saint or Holy in Greek..
Loutro village: Quiet, seaside village located at a distance of about 71 km. south of Chania, at the end of Cape Mouri. Consists of a small seaside village with some archaeological ruins, a few houses, small hotels and tavernas. Loutro is car-free; cars must be parked in Sfakia village or Paleohóra. It is believed that this was the site of the ancient city of Finikas, and was the port of ancient Anopolis. Enjoy walking in the scenic, unspoilt mountain countryside with its valleys and gorges. of course you never think about the weather forecast, the weather is almost always warm and sunny.
Sfakia village: Popular village in Chania area with a lot of people. Sfakia could also be described as a mountainous area in the southwestern part of the island of Crete, in the Chania regional unit. It is considered one of the few places in Greece to never have been fully occupied by foreign powers. There are many beaches in Sfakiá which do not see the numbers of tourists of the northern coast. More adventurous visitors can follow the European hiking footpath E4 which crosses Crete through Sfakiá's mountains. The coastal villages are not connected by a coastal road, but can be reached by ferry boats. Not far east from Hóra Sfakíon is Frangokastello, literally "Frankish castle". The Venetian fortress here was built in 1371 to deter pirates and unsuccessfully, to control Sfakiá. It is largely ruined but is picturesquely set on a wide sandy beach with the towering White Mountains behind. Daskalogiannis was captured here in 1771.

 

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Chania: Useful telephone numbers in Chania, Crete
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· Souda Port
Address: Souda, Chania Port Authority
Tel:
(0030) 28210 to 89240


· Port of Chania
Address: Coast Tombazis 21, Chania-Crete
Telephone for information:
(0030) 28210 98888 Harbour Master Office phone:
(0030) 28210 to 98388

· Information services Urban Bus Chania
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Address: 1866 Square, Chania Telephone for information:
(0030) 28210 93024

· Information services intercity bus Chania:
Address: Cydonia 73-77, Chania
Telephone for information:
(0030) 28210 93306/93052

· Municipality Police in Chania Address: 23, Irakliou Avenue, Chania - Crete
Τelephone contact number: (0030) 28210 28734

· Police station in Chania
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Urgent phone: 199
Address: Grigoriou Ε' & Karaiskaki street, Chania, Crete island.
Τelephone contact number:
(0030) 28213 41650

 

· Police station in Chania airport, Akrotiri - Crete Τelephone contact number: (0030) 2821 0 63033

·Τourist Police department
Address: 23, Irakliou Avenue, Chania - Crete Τelephone number: (0030) 28210 25931

 

·Traffic Police Chania Address: 23 Avenue Heraklion, Chania - Crete Phone: (0030) 2821 0 28 758

· Tourist Info office in Chania - Crete: Address: 53 Milogiani street, Chania town Τelephone contact number: (+0030) 28213 41665-6

· EOT Greek Tourism Organization,Chania:
Address: 40 Kriari street (Suare 1866), Pantheon, Chania Τelephone contact number: (0030) 28210 92943

· Chania Airport "Daskalogiannis"
Switchboard airport: (0030) 28210 83800/83805
Chania airport site

· Aegean Αirlines info desk Chania Airport:
Address: Airport of Chania Akrotiri - Crete
Airline Phone:

(0030) 22 410 27706 &
(0030) 22410 75134

· Radio Taxi Chania
"HERMES"
Address: Koronaiou 1, Chania Telephone:
(0030) 28210 98700 / 28210 98770
"KYDON' radio taxy
Address: Margouniou 76, Chania Phone: (0030) 28210 94300


Museums, monuments, monasteries, attractions and events, traditional celebrations and local festivals!

Attractions in Chania - Local Traditions and events:

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  • Archaeological Museum in Chania:
    Address: Halidon 21 street, Chania city.
    Tel: (0030) 28210-90334 / e-mail: keepka@culture.gr
    Opening hours: Everyday from 8.30 to 15.00 / MONDAY CLOSED
    Entrance fee: 2,00 €


  • BYZANTINE & POST-BYZANTINE COLLECTION in Chania:
    The aim behind the presentation of this material is to sketch the historical and artistic personality of the county of Chania during Byzantine and post-Byzantine times. The exhibits have been divided into groups based on the kind of object: mosaics, funerary inscriptions, wall-paintings, icons, architectural sculptures, ceramics and items of minor arts, and coins. The objects in each unit are presented in chronological order. Maps and explanatory panels inform visitors about the provenance of the items on display and the historical background of their period
    Address: Theotokopoulou 78 street, Chania city, Crete
    Tel: 28210 - 96046
    Opening hours: everyday from 8.30 to 15.00 / MONDAY CLOSED
    Entrance fee: 2,00 €

  • FREE WAR MUSEUM OF CHANIA:
    War Museum of Chania is a museum in Chania, Crete, Greece, annex of the War Museum of Athens. It was founded on July 1995. The museum exhibits photographs, war artifacts and other items from the national wars and revolutions of the Greek History. It is housed in a building, built in 1870 and designed by the Italian architect Makouzo, which in the past has been used as barracks by the Italian Army during World War II.
    Address:
    Tzanakaki Str. Chania
    Tel: 28210 44156
    Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 09.00 to 14.00.
    Entrance fee: Free.

  • Byzantine collection in Chania Museum
    Address:
    78 Theotokopoulou street, Chania
    Τelephone contact number: (0030) 28210 96046

  • THE HOUSE OF Elefterios VENIZELOS in Chania city:
    Is the house where Eleftherios Venizelos spent his youth, he got married and had his two children, and where his wife died. He was staying in this house when the Revolution of 1897 broke out and when he left for Therisso, in 1905; he returned to this house before moving to Thessaloniki in order to participate in the movement of National Defense, in 1916, and he left from the same house after the movement's failure, in 1935. He lived there for almost half of his life and this house established his strong bonds with his homeland and his family.
    Address:
    Elena Venizelos Plateau
    Tel: 28210 -56008 / e-mail: info@venizelos-fountation.gr
    Opening hours: everyday from 11.30 to 13.30 and from 18.00 to 20.00 (except weekends) (1/11/09 - 30/6/2010 )
    Entrance fee: 2,00 €.


  • Kastelli Byzantine fortress in Chania town:
    Here stood the acropolis of ancient Kydonia, the Minoan Chania. On the same position of Kydonia, which continued to preserve its strategic importance on the hill of Kasteli, a Byzantine fortress was later built, which in many parts intervenes in the ancient wall and has been constructed with the remains of ancient Kydonia. The Venetians established their headquarters there in 1252, building the Rector’s Residence (the Rector was the Governor of Chania), while the same site was the seat of the pashas during the Turkish Occupation. During the last years of Turkish rule, the Christian aristocracy lived inside the Kastelli. Unfortunately most of the district was destroyed by bombing during the Second World War, and its medieval aspect was lost forever. Today only the base of the north wall remains. There is also the main road that once ran through the Kastelli, modern-day Kanevaro Street with its imposing mansions. .


  • The venetian port in Chania - old town:
    The town with its picturesque Venetian harbor and narrow streets will enchant you from the start. In it you will find the area called "Macherado" where you can find traditional shops that specialize in the manufacture and sale of traditional Cretan knife engraved with famous Cretan couplets. Just a perfect souvenir of your visit to Chania. The picturesque Venetian port of Chania gathers a large number of visitors and local people, especially during the summer months. The Venetian port provides pleasant promenades through picturesque streets and attracts many tourists throughout the year. There are also many bars and restaurants lengthwise to the coastline to offer you a pleasant time and entertainment. The districts of the city outside the walls still preserve their Venetian nobility. Narrow passages surrounded by elegant houses built in different historical periods offer visitors pleasant routes to discover. Many neoclassic buildings are also preserved in neighboring districts, such as in "Halepa". Its lighthouse is the trademark of the city of Chania.


  • SAMARIA GORGE:
    Samaria or Samaria Gorge that took its name from the old church of Osias Marias (14th century) thats is in its way, is one of the main attractions not only in Chania but in all the Cretan island. Every tourist or visitor of thiw blessed island haw heard for the beauty of Samaria gorge, that is the longest gorge in Europe with a length of 18 kilometres(!). Samaria Gorge is in the west side of Crete island and starts at Xyloskalo village (1227 m. above sea level) on the Omalos Plateau and runs down to the seaside village of Agia Roumeli on the south coast of Crete. In case you want to explore it be prepare for a long walk with comfortable-athletic or hiking shoes. In the half way of the gorge you will find the Samaria village that is abounded from the year 1962, when all the area was declared as a National Park. Samaria village is a great opportunity to admire the local cretan architecture and get rest for a while. In Samaria National Park you will find unique plant species (more than 450 kinds) and unique animals, all protected under international laws. The Samaria's gorge is officially open from mid-April to the end of October with a cheap ticket but you can walk through only if th weather is good. Μore useful information for Samaria's gorge you can only get from the kidfull local Cretans, who are always willing to offer you the best advise for anything you need. Its lighthouse is the trademark of the city of Chania.


  • Gramvoussa, Chania area – Cretan wedding:
    The Gramvoussa festival is a set of cultural events beginning in August and going through to the first ten days in September. The programme of events has been organized for the past 25 years by the Gramvoussa Association and has taken its name from the far west peninsular on Crete. It consists of such events as volleyball games, races, cycling, chess tournaments, literacy, artistic and folklore evenings as well as concerts at the stone amphitheatre in Nopigia. The highlight of the festival is the impressive staged Cretan wedding where two young local people will represent the bride and groom. Dressed in traditional costumes the couple and their entourage make their way through town on magnificent thoroughbred Cretan horses in an impressive parade with accompanying music. There follows a large feast with traditional music and dancing, food, wine and raki that goes on long into the night and early morning.
    An excellent video work of the traditional cretan wedding is here: vimeo.com/29010688

    Some other cretan traditional events and celebrations are:
  • Chrisoskalitissa Assumption of the Virgin - August 15th
  • Sirikari Assumption of the Virgin August 15th
  • Voulgaro Assumption of the Virgin August 15th
  • San Falassarna Photis August 11th
  • Rodopou St. John Gonia August 28th
  • Nopigia St. Pandelemon July 27th
  • Nopigia Virgin Myrtidiotisa September 24th.


CHANIA BEACHES: Best beaches in Chania, Crete:
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The most popular beaches for swimming in Chania region

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Some of the most beautiful beaches in Chania:

  • Εlaphonisi beach:
    Ideal beach for surfing (beach with sand and rocks, 70 km south-west of Chania, with a shallow lagoon. Elafonisi is a small island just 200 meters from the coast ) .

  • Ballos beach, Chania region:
    Sandy beach with shallow waters and many shells. Located 55 km northwest of Chania and is considered as one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean sea.

  • Sougia beach, Chania region:
    Long, quiet beach in front of the village in the same name, located 70 km south of Chania.

  • Agii Apostoli beach, Chania region:
    A good organized beach - three bays with crystal clear waters, just 7 km west of Chania town.

  • Loutraki beach, Chania region:
    Beautiful beach, ideal for families with small children with shallow waters and fine sand.
    Located 12 km east of Chania.

  • Marathi beach, Chania region:
    Well organized beach with sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach Loutraki.

  • Ravdoucha beach:
    Pebble beach and rocky bottom, ideal for fishing with snorkeling. Located 33 km west of Chania.

  • Gerani Beach:
    One of the most beautiful beaches in Chania, quite close to Platanias village (distance only 12 km from Chania) with a fine sand and clear water. In this beach you can also find some eggs from the protected sea turtle "caretta - caretta".

  • Agia Marina beach, Chania region:
    Clean, Ideal beach for surfing, 9 km in the west side of Chania.

  • Stallos beach, Chania region:
    Stalos village beach - 7 km in the west side of the city of Chania A nice, clean and good organized beach with sand in the area Kato Stalos ".

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