Chania

Chania offers a large variety of places for sightseeing, exploration and discovery…

The Municipality of Chania is formed by seven Municipal Units as: Akrotiri, Eleftherios Venizelos, Keramia, Nea Kydonia, Theriso, Souda, and Chania.
The city has two major gate ways: the airport in Akrotiri and Souda harbour, which is the biggest natural harbour of the Mediterranean.
Chania is a crossroad between civilizations and continents throught its long history.
The main characteristic of the old city is the Venetian port with the Egyptian lighthouse and the Turkish mosque that have survived for many centuries and attracts the eye of residents and visitors alike. Unique architectures are the old Hellenic wall’s, Turkish houses, Roman city’s, ancient Minoan sites and rich traditions are everywhere.
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, 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.

Municipality Facts:

  • Area: 356,12 sq km
  • Population: 108,642 (17,4% of the total Cretan population)
  • Airport: Chania International Airport
  • Port: Souda

Municipality Main Attractions:

  • The Venetian Harbor
  • Chania Market (Agora)
  • Therisso Village
  • Balos Lagoon
  • Falassarna Beach
  • Samaria Gorge
  • Elafonissi Beach

THE VENETIAN HARBOUR

THE VENETIAN HARBOUR

The Venetian Harbor with its lighthouse is the city’s trademark…

CHANIA MARKET - AGORA

CHANIA MARKET - AGORA

“Agora” is the heart of Chania city…

 

THERISSO VILLAGE

THERISSO VILLAGE

A small picturesque village few kilometres outside Chania city…

SAMARIA GORGE

SAMARIA GORGE

One of the most picturesque and magnificent natural attractions in Crete…

BALOS LAGOON

BALOS LAGOON

Balos is surely the mostly photographed beach in Crete…

FALASSARNA BEACH

FALASSARNA BEACH

One of the most beautiful beaches in Crete, ideal for kite surfing lovers…

ELAFONISSI BEACH

ELAFONISSI BEACH

It is ideal for families with kids due to the warm, shallow sea…