Chania Travel Guide

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Chania Things to Do

  • Municipal Market-Agora, Chania

    Municipal Market-Agora

    We visited the market's bakery when we were passing through it, tryed the greek cheese pie or ( tyropita), otherwise the market is a great place to try fresh fish as well and buy spices and olive oil. There are many other traditional cretian handmade products, it is a must-see place.

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  • Akti Miaouli - Koum Kapi, Chania

    Akti Miaouli - Koum Kapi

    The beach at the north part of Koum Kapi (means Sand Gate in Turkish) neighborhood (which is the area east of the Old Town below Miaouli coast) must be full of people during the warm summer months. But that morning in April the 1km long sandy beach was completely empty. Later I’ve heard that for some years swimming was prohibited here due to the...

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  • Elafonisi, Chania

    Elafonisi

    A bit over an hour's drive from Chania, but quite scenic,passing through some quaint villages, a gorge and through a tunnel. There is a large parking lot at the end, right at the beach. You won't have far to walk before you are in the water. There is a long stretch of beach... kind of an island where you can keep walking and get away from people....

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  • Balos Beach, Chania

    Balos Beach

    You drive a rough road, go up high, park and climb down--60 floors of mostly stone steps. It is a heck of a climb out, not recommended for oldsters, but once the trail has rounded a rock outcrop you see what paradise really is. Amazing. The water colors, the white sand, the beach which only has a few people. This is a NOT TO MISS beach. One of the...

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  • Venetian Harbor, Chania

    Venetian Harbor

    One of the most picturesque corners in Crete and obviously in Chania town itself is the Venetian Harbor. A beautiful colorful area that is full of tourists of course but that’s no surprise. Which leads us to the second problem, most restaurants there (if not all) are tourists traps. Of course you can find great and affordable prices all over the...

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  • Old Town, Chania

    Old Town

    The best area of Chania is the Old Town which is actually the area behind the Venetian Harbor (a highlight on its own). Put your map inside your bag and get lost in the maze of small alleys and narrow street there, walk through the Jewish neighborhood and see buildings that were build centuries ago, some of them renovated and changed purpose/use...

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Chania Restaurants

  • Akrogiali, Chania

    Akrogiali

    5 out of 5 stars

    I have visited Crete several times, and of all the restaurants I went to, I never tasted anything like Akrogiali´s Schrimp salad. The view speaks for itself, lying next to the beach, with complete wall windows, the restaurant is bright and you feel like sitting next to the water, even inside. The service is great.

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  • Municipal Market - Kentriki Agora, Chania

    Municipal Market - Kentriki Agora

    August 2006. Jawnuta & Santo NO RESERVATIONS If you are hungry for lunch (or breakfast for that matter) and you happened to pass by Cross Market in Chania don't forget to stop at one of the best seafood joint in Crete. All food is cooked by husband and wife, flies are flying around (it is next to the fish stall), beer glasses are slightly sticky,...

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  • Glositses, Chania

    Glositses

    We had our last dish here at this cute little restaurant at the Venetian Harbour. It has a great view and delisious food. We tried the octopus risotto and the traditional pie and absolutely loved it!Everything was freshly made and delicious, also service was very good. They serve raki and a dessert made from halva mixed with orange also some fruits...

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Chania Nightlife

  • One of the friendyest bartender and..., Chania

    One of the friendyest bartender and...

    Ababa cafe bar Ababa barAbaba bar an amazing place with friendly staff,Dimitirs the owner is pretty friendly and always have big smile you can see that he offers free shots.I do remember the saff name as well gorgeous girls with big friendly Olga,Angiliki,Margarita and Zwi unfortunetly I did not see Zwi hopefully on my next visit.The owner and the...

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  • Koukouvagia (Owl), Chania

    Koukouvagia (Owl)

    It is situated at the tallest part of the city, at Akrotiri, it offers the best view of the town of Chania. You should try to find one of the tables situated at the main veranda and order chocolate cake with ice cream.

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  • Chania - party town all night long, Chania

    Chania - party town all night long

    If you are young, like party and took something more than khaki shorts on your trip to Chania, you must go to eastern part of Chania at night.Just start at the Old Venetian Harbour and follow harbour boardwalk for about 10-15 minutes (off course only at night. ----------SEE MAP!!!---------You will find yourself surrounded by thousands of young...

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Chania Transportation

  • how to go there, Chania

    how to go there

    Chania is located in western part of Crete, at the north side of Chania prefecture.By ferryThis is the most common way to reach Chania. We took a ferry from Piraeus (Anek lines) and after 9 hours (in summer there are some faster options with Hellenic Seaways) Olympic Champion reached Souda port in Chania (one way ticket in 2014 was 35euro +83euro...

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  • how to move around, Chania

    how to move around

    WalkWe walked everywhere with no problem, the Old Town is pretty compact and lovely to be walked, especially in the maze of small alleys behind the Venetian harbor. BusThere are numerous local buses but we didn’t have to use any of them, at the front panel you can see the final destination but apart from the airport bus (for obvious) reason it’s...

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  • City Bus: Souda port to Chania, Chania

    City Bus: Souda port to Chania

    We caught the City Bus between the cruise ship port at Souda and the nearby harbour town of Chania during a Royal Caribbean cruise in October 2012.The following information was correct as of that date and may be useful for any travellers who find themselves on a ship that docks at Souda and who want to avoid the costly excursions offered by their...

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Chania Shopping

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  • Dimotiki Agora, Chania

    Dimotiki Agora

    I love markets in every city I visit so the Central Municipal Market (Dimotiki Agora) was high on my list from the beginning. It was built in 1913 by the local civil engineer K.Drandakis on the site of the former main Piata Forma bastion and became the central fish and meat market of the town. It was a modern structure for that time and actually...

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  • souvenirs and local crafts, Chania

    souvenirs and local crafts

    With so many visitors it is no surprise there are dozens of souvenir stores in Chania, two of the most popular streets for this are Skrydlof and Betolo, two parallel streets off Halepa street.Skrydlof is also know as the Leather Lane because traditionall y this was always the center of manufacturing of leather goods, for centuries men were buing...

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  • INKA market, Chania

    INKA market

    INKA is a chain market that can be found in most big towns of Crete. We used the one at Iroon Polytechneiou as it was just a block away from our room. It was pretty handy for us as it had everything we needed for supplies (local cheese, green, fruits, beers, milk etc).As an alternative we used numerous small green stores all over the town or the...

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Chania Local Customs

  • "Meet & Eat in Crete": Dine and Wine..., Chania

    "Meet & Eat in Crete": Dine and Wine...

    "Meet & Eat in Crete": this magnificent small guide book about Dine and Wine, was my best travel companion throughout Crete!This small sized guide book (less than 70 pages), is distributed FREE OF CHARGE, in all the major Cretan cities and villages, major travel agencies, tourist offices, restaurants, cafes and hotels.It contains vital and...

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  • Odos SARPIDONOS Street, Chania

    Odos SARPIDONOS Street

    If you want to meet the locals and NOT tourists, the name is: SARPIDONOS Street!A street, at the western side of the Old Venetian Harbour that does not "sleep", day and night!More than 15 cafes and bars are there, giving a special colour to that steet.It is the meeting point of all the local young and less young people, as well as of students or...

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  • "TEMENIA Soft Drinks", Another Local..., Chania

    "TEMENIA Soft Drinks", Another Local...

    Once you have tried GERANI Soft Drinks, it is about time to try the second "institution" in soft drinks from Chania: the TEMENIA ones!Some people claim that they taste even better!The good thing about TEMENIA soft drinks is that they started as a family business and their factory is 63 kms away from Chania, in Selino district, in a height of 850...

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Chania Warnings and Dangers

  • Chania parking, Chania

    Chania parking

    Be aware of parking situation in Chania. When we were in Chania we stayed in the Old Town so it was very convinient for us to park our rented car on teh parking lot next to the Fortezza. What looks like half empty parking during the day it becames a zoo at night. Everybody cames to Chania after sunset, and the parking lot is a one big chaos. People...

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  • the WORST thing it can happen to you on..., Chania

    the WORST thing it can happen to you on...

    The worst think it can happen to you on Crete is if you have a nice bottle of Ouzo, or any other fantastic local alcohol and you are sitting at the table on one of Chanias street. As you know, (or you will know sooner or later) most of chania's streets are going up or down the hill. So if you position your chair on the wrong side of the table and...

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  • Flirting!Traffic!Parking!, Chania

    Flirting!Traffic!Parking!

    Well i cant think of any serious dangers!FlirtingExpect some flirting From Greek males! Usually this comes in forms of looks, pick up lines but essentially its harmless fun and most seem to respect the boundaries if you are clear that you are uncomfortable or not interested.But if you are a female, expect some of that!Traffic! Well its a bit crazy!...

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Chania Tourist Traps

  • Not for a Capitan Nemo!, Chania

    Not for a Capitan Nemo!

    I can't believe we fell for it!!! There is a submarine type of boat in Chania. A nice looking, yellow vassel that for 15 Euro ( or more ) takes you inder water to see all the imazing sea life in the Venetian Harbour of Chania. YEAH, RIGHT! First of all there is NO SEA LIFE in the Harbour, only man made rock (yes, concrete). Second, the submarine is...

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  • Tourist train near the Venetian Fort, Chania

    Tourist train near the Venetian Fort

    For 4 Euro/adult (children for free) this tourist train will take you on a half hour tour showing you ... absolutely nothing! For 3€70 Ktel will take you all the way to Kissamou Kastelli in a comfortable airconditioned bus giving you a good impression of what Crete is really like.

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  • Chania Airport, too much expensive, Chania

    Chania Airport, too much expensive

    As a local of Hania, 2 tourist friends visited me on September 2004. They wanted to hire a car, and we were at the airport. i told them :lets hire a car from the airport, airport has five hire offices. We went there and noone had a car available!!!!!!!! JESUS CRIST!!! We found.Finally we found a small car at 60 euros!!!!!!!!!!!! i told to my...

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Chania What to Pack

  • Get your bag ready for Crete!!!, Chania

    Get your bag ready for Crete!!!

    Take a bag with the wheels. Some streets are for pedestrains only. Take a sandals and a nice summer dress (black is a Greek white, so if you like black it will be perfect on Crete) for the night out in the town.During the day, unless you really hike in the wilderness I prefer a short skirt and a small top. You will sweat a lot, so shorts can...

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  • Packing list, Chania

    Packing list

    Not mpore then the airlins say so Good to walk a lot.................... Its there if youy need it. Try to have the latest...........................Lol If you het to drunk you can stay on the beach........BUT......................................................

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Chania Off The Beaten Path

  • Street names, Chania

    Street names

    As in most greek town the street names are written in the typical blue signs not only in greek but also with latin letters so non greeks to be able to read/pronounce them.The difference in Chania was that they included a small inscription below the name specifying if it is a place, person, feast etcPic 1. Daskalogianni. Hero 1770Pic 2. Skrydlof....

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  • Prisons, Chania

    Prisons

    Getting busted is definitely off the beaten path, isn’t it?! I noticed the prisons on my way to check the Petros & Pavlos church. I didn’t see the interior of course as this requires to do something illegal to have the privilege to get inside :) The prisons located on the hill above the Courts (convenient I guess) so you won’t have much to see...

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  • Saint Sophia Cave, Chania

    Saint Sophia Cave

    Just climb up 10minutes from the main road, you will come to a very interesting cave. Its small but is amazing. You can take nice pictures of mountains from there, too.

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Chania Favorites

  • Crete - the beautiful, Chania

    Crete - the beautiful

    The blue sea, beaches, mountains, villages and people - they are all beautiful. Our eyes speaks better than our words,

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  • Koum Kapi Bay, Chania

    Koum Kapi Bay

    Beautiful, deep blue water. This is where you will find the "cool" people, both tourists and locals. The "really cool" people will tend to be sipping iced coffee, playing backgammon, and surreptitiously watching the common people. We common folk may play backgammon, although I cannot abide iced coffee in Chania nor elsewhere, or we may shop, eat at...

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  • Attios Travel Agency for Your Trips, Chania

    Attios Travel Agency for Your Trips

    I can sincerely recomend Attios Travel Agency for your trips around Chania. They offer professional customer care, good services and accept credit cards.As far as I know Attios offers decent (comparatively low) prices but you should better check before you make any decision.Contact : KOTRONAKIS MANOLIS Address : CHANIA-OLD TOWN - CENTER 85,Halidon...

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