Second largest city in Crete after Heraklion,
Chania is also a must-see destination for tourists wishing to explore western Crete.
Strongly imbued with Cretan culture and traditions, the city also has an Italian atmosphere, a historical vestige of the Venetian occupation. Let yourself be seduced by this picturesque town built on the former Minoan site of Kydonia.
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Lounging on the beach
If the focus of your trip is lazing about, then there's nothing like lounging on one of the numerous beaches that line the island. Elafonissi, Kedrodasos, and Falassarna beaches are among the most beautiful beaches of Crete. With their fine sand and crystal blue water, you will never want to leave them!
Getting a good dose of history
A bonafide historical location, Chania has seen many civilizations go by: Ottoman, Italian, Byzantine... Each has left its mark, which you can admire by visiting the city's monuments (mosques, synagogues...). The city is also home to many museums, including an archaeological museum, a maritime museum, and even a folklore museum.
Discover Cretan handcraft
Handcrafted techniques are passed down from generation to generation in Chania. You will find many picturesque little shops there, including "marcheradikas," which specialize in knife-making. The leather market also has a big presence: boots, belts, sandals, etc. Embroidery, ceramics, woodwork and metalwork are also very much a part of Cretan know-how.
Visiting the old town
Chania is a cosmopolitan city and is influenced by many cultures. With the varied inspiration behind its buildings, the old town bears witness to that fact most breathtakingly. Quietly wander through the cobblestone streets and stop by the old Venetian port. You can also visit its old lighthouse, which dates back to the 15th century. Chania's covered market is also very popular.
Taste local cuisine
There's nothing like a trip to Chania to discover the inimitable flavors of Mediterranean cooking. The region relies a lot on olive, citrus, avocado, and even wine production. Some Cretan specialty items that are well worth the detour include: kalitsounia (a sugar and cinnamon-based dessert), koukouvayia (bread covered in crushed tomatoes, olives, and feta), and also Cretan salad, which is a must-try.