Explore Chania & Old Town
Explore Chania and Old town of Chania is considered as one of the most beautiful spots on Crete, with its jewel – the Old Venetian harbor of Chania, ideal place for a morning coffee, sightseeing, romantic walks in the evening, shopping and nightlife.
Also you can find picturesque wagons with horses to ride you to the old city of Chania. The harbor was built by the Venetians during their colonization in Crete and specifically between 1320 and 1356. It was an important center, serving the Venetian military ships, as well as one of the most important commercial ports of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. In the 16th century, due to a perceived Turkish threat, the harbor was included to the new fortification plans of the city of Chania. A fort constructed next to the entrance of the harbour and enhanced with bastions even on the breakwater.During the period of the Turkish rule, the port continued to be a trade center. Much later, the19th – early 20th century, the largest ships at that time, had to anchor outside the harbor and reach the pier by boat.
Thus, the port gradually abandoned and used the large natural harbor of Souda, which serves the passenger and commercial traffic of western Crete until today. On the other hand, the old harbour of Chania hosts small boats and yachts, in its eastern basin.
Natural Environment Shaped by artistry
Chania beaches will make you feel as if you’re a world away from the city. Chania have some of the best beaches not only in Greece but also in the world!
Balos lagoon is located in the northwest of Crete, at Cape Gramvousa, 55 km from the city of Chania and 17 km from Kissamos or Kastelli white and pink sand, as well as in Elafonissi, and the incredible vibrant turquoise waters of the lagoon, have brought it to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and every year it figurines in the corresponding lists. If you do not like crowds, it is preferable not to visit it in July and August because this period is actually flooded by a crowd of visitors who come to admire the wonderful beach.
Elafonissi is located in western Crete, 75km southwest of Chania. is a small island 200 meters from the shore and surrounds the shallow lagoon at a depth of 1 meter. It is 75 kilometers from Chania and it will take about 1.5 hours to get there.
On the road you will find the monastery of Chryssoskalitissa, 5km away from Elafonisi, which stands out from afar being white washed and built high on a big rock. Celebrate for a glorious pilgrimage to this historic monastery and look for the golden step, which as the myth says, only true believers see it.
The sand in Elafonissi is white, but in many places it has a pink hue from the thousands of broken shells it contains. The waters are transparent and with their blue-green color will remind you of exotic paradise.
Falassarna is located on the west side of the prefecture of Chania, about 53 km from the city of Chania. It is one of the best beaches of the prefecture of Chania. Today, anyone who refers to Falassarna has in his mind the beach, and not unfairly …crystal clear waters, blue-green sea and fine golden sand are what characterize them. Falassarna has been included in the Natura 2000 program because of the variety of flora and fauna in the area, but also because of its particular natural culture.
Seitan Harbors are located on the northeastern side of the Akrotiri peninsula in western Crete, 20 km from the city of Chania. Sea strips penetrate between the steep rocky coasts of Akrotiri, creating small bays. One of them is the well-hidden beach.
The site is known as Seitan Harbors. The word Seitan is Turkish, which apparently has been left since the Ottoman rule in Crete, and is translated as a devil. Therefore the Seitan Ports are translated as the Devil’s.
Loutro is a place for those people who want something different. A small picturesque fishing village in south west Crete, not yet spoilt by mass tourism. For example there are no big hotels with swimming pools. There are no overcrowded streets, restaurants and beaches, there are no cars! The only access is by boat or as you wish, by foot (1.5-2 hour trekking from Chora Sfakion). There are daily ferries to/from Chora Sfakion, Sougia, Gavdos island, Paleochora and Agia Roumeli. Glyka Nera (meaning “sweet water”) is one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete, with deep blue water color and nice pebbles. In 2003, the beach was ranked among the best 20 in Europe by London Times. This is located 43km west of Chora Sfakion and 75km south of Chania. This is called like this because of the fresh water that gushes from the pebbles!