Chania Old Town
Wander through the historic center of the city of Chania, walk the narrow streets of the old town and tour the streets and crossroads of cultures that lived in Crete over the centuries. You can also wander around the old market and the museums in the centre of Chania, admiring the Venetian port where you can find the Enetic walls and buildings. Enjoy the night life in the narrow paths of the old town!
Balos Bay - Gramvousa
Balos is famous for its turquoise waters, the wild natural beauty and the beautiful exotic scenery. Definitely, it's one of the most beautiful places in Greece and surely the mostly photographed beach in Crete, with its unique beautiful sandy beach and variety of shells. Near Balos you can also visit Gramvousa with the historical Venetian fortress, which still stands at a height of 137m, over the beach!
Falassarna is a small resort boasting one of the best-known beaches in Chania Prefecture and indeed the whole of Crete, which attracts large numbers of tourists every summer. Nowadays Falassarna is a famous Cretan destination, thanks to its beaches and also its ecological interest. Falassarna is part of the Natura 2000 network, both due to its variety of flora and fauna and as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Looking towards Falassarna from the hill after the village of Platanos, you will see many greenhouses, as the area is ideal for growing fruit and vegetables. Falassarna Beach has won prizes for being the most beautiful beach in Crete and is always one of the top ten beaches in Europe, with its wonderful, fine white sand and warm, crystal-clear water!
This island lies in the southwestern side of Crete and about 75 kilometers from the town of Chania! When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water. These beautiful sandy beaches fringed with pink coral sand and the crystal clear waters of the sea and the lagoon look like a magical dreamscape. The pink and red sand that gets deposited along the water's edge is produced by the large amount of red and pink shells that get ground up by sea action. Elafonisi is a protected area and is the home to 110 plant species, so it is a dream for anyone interested in botany!
This small historical Cretan village with the traditional architecture, is for those looking for a place to spend their holidays in nature, far away from mass tourism. It is well known for its excellent traditional cuisine! If you visit this village it worths tasting Sfakiani Pita, Mpoureki, Hohlious and Fresh fish. Its beautiful picturesque harbor and the small beach provide a distinctive charm to the landscape! Sfakia's port is associated with Lutro, Agia Rumeli, Sougia, Paleohora and Gaydos island with small ships. Except that in Sfakia, there are many hiking trails and mountainous, within the gorges of the region or seaside. You will find yourself in spots with magnificent views, that will really take your breath away!
Loutro is a picturesque seaside village which is accessible only by sea (with a boat) or from the European E4 trail that starts from Sfakia and passes by the village. If you seek for the absolute peace and tranquility in a beautiful place this is the best place to visit. You can spend the day on Loutro beach swimming in the cool waters of the bay, drinking coffee and beer, canoeing or walking as far as the Venetian and Turkish fortresses. Of course, you can also walk to Glyka Nera beach in an hour and a bit, along a narrow footpath that exists in the village!
Frangokastello is located on the south coast of Chania prefecture. There you can either enjoy the beach of Frangokastello or explore the fortress of Frangokastelo, where historic events took place during the period of the Venetian rule, as well as during the subsequent period of the Ottoman rule. One of the legends associated with the battle of Frangokastelo is that of "Drosoulites". It is said that a procession of ghosts of the Greek soldiers appears, some are on horseback and others on foot - rigged as then, who pass by the nearby monastery of Agios Charalambos towards the fort and get lost in the sea. As the legend says, these are the souls of the soldiers of Chatzimichalis Dalianis, who never buried!
Hiking through Samaria Gorge is considered one of the ‘must-do’ experiences of Crete! It is located in west Crete, in the White Mountains. It is the longest gorge in Europe, with a length of 18 kilometres! In the gorge you will find unique species protected under international law. In Samaria you can admire the forests of huge pine and cypress trees, a picture from Crete’s past. Inside the gorge you may even meet its famous inhabitants, the wild goats of Crete, which the locals call “kri-kri”!