Chania Travel Guide

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Chania Things to Do

  • Fish and spices at Chania Market

    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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  • Chania Archaeological Museum

    The little museum is in a re-purposed barrel vaulted monastery, making the building an intrinsic part of the display. The entry in 2011 was 2 Euro. The well arranged and lit displays include richly painted Minoan sarcophagi, a restored roman floor mosaic, and delicate pottery.A fine coin collection, busts of Roman emperors rounds out the...

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  • Visit Kalives Beach East of Chania

    If you want to take a drive from Chania and visit a nice beach, consider the beach at Kalives. The beach is made of sand and stretches along the village from the car park located on the eastern side of the village all the way several kilometers west. You will find many tavernas at the beach, and some that are at the car park feature free umbrellas...

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  • Holy Monastery of Gouverneto

    We drove past the Holy Trinity Monastery in order to reach Gouverneto, but when we arrived we found it to be closed that day. I am posting the sign that is outside the gate so that you can make sure you will know the rules.It is closed on Wednesdays and Fridays.Some history of the monastery is that it is reputed to be the oldest one on Crete...

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  • Holy Trinity Monastery at Kourmares

    One of two monesteries located near Stavros, this is the first one you find, a5 kilometers from Chania on the road past Kourmares.It is still being used as such and is in fairly good condition considering how old it is. Originally this monestery was smaller, but was destroyed by the Turks and rebuilt thereafter. They have a very nice library which...

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  • Navigational Items To See

    At the west wall as you enter the hotel/shopping/restaurant area you can see some items the city has put on display. Most of these are in front of their Navigational/Marine Museum found along the wall.

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Chania Restaurants

  • At the Venetian Harbour

    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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  • East Of Chania On Nice Sandy Beach

    East of Chania past Souda is a great beach at the village of Kalives. The taverna, Akrogiali, is located on the most western edge of the village. Stairs lead you down to a nice sandy beach with fewer tourists than further east. This taverna is a great find, with ample seating and you can't beat the view. Everything is very clean, efficient and...

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  • Greek Specialties

    This taverna looks small from the street, but once inside you wander through a larger indoor area and out the back to an pleasant outdoor setting. Further on, there is another area that is outdoor but covered where you can dine further from the other diners.The food here is better than average, and does not have the feeling of fast food, which one...

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Chania Nightlife

  • 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)

    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

    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

  • 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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  • Bus from Airport to the city centre

    Bus from the airport to the city centre.it comes every half an hour.and it takes about 20min to the city centre the last stop is city cenrte just 5 min walk from the old town.the price of single ticket is ONLY 2.30 euros.You can buy the ticket from the driver.

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  • Blue Star Ferries

    Blue Star Ferries is the comany that I used to leave from Hania to Athens. They are generally really good, and clean ferries. But, it did seem like I lucked out having the newer ferries of the fleet. I have heard some horror stories about Greek ferries, but I can not say that I had a bad experience with any of the companies I used. Blue Star does...

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  • City Market of Chania

    There is a small parking lot in the back of the city market, and if you are patient you might find a spot. This is difficult, but the wait is worth it as inside the market you will find lots of home made items, crafts, local made foods, shoes, wood decorations, cheeses, bakery items, and more.If you are going there in the summer, go early as it...

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  • Honey By Monasteries

    When you visit a monastery in Crete, and even when you are shopping in a city like Chania you will find honey produced from bees owned by monasteries. This is how they make their living, and if you want to bring a good souvenir home, this might be the way.You can see from the photos below, the monks have plenty of bee hives placed in the hills. I...

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  • Support Local Crafts!

    Street sellers hope that you will support their efforts and keep alive customs handed down by their ancestors. As you walk along the port edge there will be many sellers, and also when you walk up and down the small streets there will be some nice shops.Historical Note....The Streets look like they are Venetian... and they are. You will see a lot...

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Chania Local Customs

  • "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

    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...

    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

    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...

    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!

    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!

    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

    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

    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!!!

    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

    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

  • Village of Therisso

    In this village you will find a museum set aside to commemorate Greek resistance against invaders in the past. You will find photos and displays concerning the revolt against the Turks, and the most recent resistance to the Germans during WWII. Expect to spend about 1 hour at the museum and then walking through the village going up to the monuments...

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  • Trip to Vamos

    If you are tired of touristy busy Chania Restaurant I strongly recomand trip to Vamos. Vamos is located about 20 min east of Chania (right before Georgioupoli). It is a small village located among deserted Cretan hills. The village is preserved by local comunity (co-op) and it has a geat taverna "Sterna tou Bloumosofi" run by the Vamos Co-operative...

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  • 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

    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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  • A Country and City of War

    st cities of Crete, Hania was conquered in 69 BC by the Romans. It was under the control of the Byzantines in 961 AD, and it became a Venetian colony in 1252. Venice's influence can still been seen today, seen in the great wall surrounding the city. In 1646, the city fell to the Ottoman Empire. And in 1913, at the end of the Ottoman rule, Crete was...

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