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Chania, Crete

Chania, CreteIt did not take me long to fall in love with Chania, Crete. Maybe all of ten minutes after I arrived at sunrise in late March, which is generally very early in the tourist season. So early that it is not tourist season. My friend Nikos had been urging me to come since my Crete pages were very deficient because I had not visited the island in several years. He read my pages and asked me why I didn't like Crete. I explained I liked Crete a lot but I was just not that enamoured with the whole resort movement going on there and I preferred smaller, quieter islands instead of islands with big cities and traffic. He told me to come to Chania, that it was different. He was right. Chania may be the best city in Greece. With a long history, a spectacular old city that surrounds the Venetian harbor, and located in the best part of Crete for daytrips to beautiful beaches, the famous gorges and scenic mountain villages, Chania is the place I recommend staying for anyone who is including Crete in their itinerary of Greece. This is my guide to Chania, a wonderful place to visit and maybe an even better place to live.

Hania, Crete
Introduction to Chania

Hania, Crete
The Old City

xania, crete
The New City

chania, restaurants
Chania Restaurants

West of Chania

Akrotiri/Souda Bay


Hotels in Chania

samarian gorge, crete
South to Samaria Gorge

South to Sfakia

Ferry to Chania Crete


More of Crete

Chania Photos

Western Crete Photos

Chania Taxi
Taxi Tours from Chania

Cretan Villa
Villas in Crete

Balos Beach
Fantasy Travel's Crete

Knossos-Heraklion Tour
Knossos/Heraklion Tour

Santorini Day Trip
Santorini Day Trip

Sailing in Crete
Sailing in C

Balos Beach
Balos Day Sail

Elafonisi Day Tour

Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge Day Trip

Chania Food Tour
Old Town Food Tour

Olive Oil and Wine Tour
Olive and Wine Tour

Balos Beach, Crete

Beach, Crete

You can search for Chania hotels by location, price, whether or not it has a swimming pool, and see photos and reviews by using this link to Also see Matt's Hotels of Greece Crete Page. Excellent prices and many hotels you can book and then cancel with no cancellationfee. For those who want to book without using a travel agency this is the best way to do it. You can also find villas, holiday homes, self-catering apartments and Air BnB style accommodations on Matt's Crete Villas Page. For those who want to combine Chania, Crete with other islands try my Create-an-itinerary form and find out what is possible, how much it will cost, and with no obligation to purchase.

Car Rentals
Elias Manoua is the owner of Swift Rent-a-Car in Athens and works with car rental companies all over Greece and can assist you in finding the car you want at a reasonable price. Great prices and good cars.

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Do you enjoy using my site? Have you found it entertaining as well as useful? If so please show your appreciation by booking hotels through the travel agencies and the links found on my Chania Hotels page. The small comission I make on the bookings enable me to keep working and in most cases you won't find them any cheaper by searching elsewhere. You can find hotels, apartments, rooms and even houses through's Chania Pages which also contributes to my website when you book.

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