Prefecture of Chania Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by Toshioohsako
  • Things to Do
    by Toshioohsako
  • Things to Do
    by Toshioohsako

Prefecture of Chania Things to Do

  • Kalathas

    Maybe your best bet for a beautiful day at the beach on Akrotiri peninsula, Crete. The beach is pretty big (and not extremely crowded) and the water is pretty clear even if the sea bottom is mostly sandy. Cold bears and snacks are in close range and you have all the necessary ingredients for a quiet and relaxing day. I have stopped here after...

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  • Stavros

    One should never miss seing Zorba the Greek before visiting Crete. Then, one should never miss going to Stavros to be actually on the beach where several scene of this classic movie were shot. The mountain on the right side of the bay is absolutely identical. The feeling is awesome.I have heard after I visited Stavros that an Oscar statue is...

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  • Kournas Lake

    Limni Kournas is the only lake in Crete. On the shore there are restaurants, hotels and shops, but the atmosphere is quiet and peaceful.

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  • Polyrinia

    Polyrinia was one of the most important cities in West of Crete during the ancient Greek and Roman periods. Its situation, on top of the mountains, 6 km South of Kissamos, made easy to see the gulf, the harbour and the road from the coast to the city. Today's Polyrinia is built on the ruins of the ancient city. The view is fantastic. Part of the...

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  • Falasarna, the ancient city

    The ruins of the ancient city of Falasarna are near the beach.As the site is not fenced and the ticket office is closed, you can enter freely.Due to earthquakes and telluric movements the coast has risen along the years, so that the ancient port is now inland.

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  • Falasarna, the beach

    Enjoy a long sandy beach on the west coast. There are restaurants and hotels nearby as well as beach facilities.

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  • the city Chania

    visit the old harbour and city of Chania. Parking can be a problem, and the cars are driving very wilde sometime.

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  • the only freshwater lake of Crete:...

    the lake of Kournas, between Rethymnon and Chania (exit from Georgioupolis), is the only freshwater lake of Creta. It's situated between the mountains, and at the shores are living many turtles. There are some taverna's and a possibility to rent a waterbike.

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  • the road through the Topolia gorge

    from Kissamos we drove through the Topolia gorge to the beach of Elefonissi. Halfway we passed the gorge Aghia Sophia.

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  • the 3 monastery on Akrotiri

    on the peninsula Akrotiri, near Chania, there are 3 monastery. Agia Triada was founded in the beginning of the 17th century and was a prominent religious school until about 40 years ago. It is well worth a visit. Following a poor but beautiful road for 4 km to the north of Agia Triada, the road ends at the 16th century Moni Gouverneto. The building...

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  • to Gramvousa and Balos by boat

    from the harbour of Kissamos we went to the island Gramvousa. We visited the fort on the mountain, and after 1 and a half hour again on the boat to the beach of Balos. it was beautiful on a very hot day.

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  • Chania Carriage

    As you walk around this town notice the signs. Many have nothing at all to do with what the shops sell. One example is the English sign "FURS" the shop sells handcrafted gift items, no furs. The postcard shop sign reads "Common."Many of the shop owners like to use english signs to attract potential patrons.There are many wonderful shops, tavernas...

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  • Lake Kournas

    Crete's only real fresh water lake, some 4km. inland from Georgioupolis. Coming from the English Lake District, we were bound not to be overly impressed by this splash of water! Not particularly deep or large, it is in a nice location, with the mountains surrounding it. The colours of the water alter according to the time of day and season and...

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  • Paleochora

    This turned out to be a disappointment, I was looking forward to Paleochora having read so much about it . It all seemed very modern and the place was teeming with people. When we stopped for a beer it was an expensive draught version complete with fancy doily. The next place was better with bottled beer at a more reasonable price. There didn't...

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  • Georgioupoli

    Another place that's lost it's identity. In 1984 the village square, shaded by eucalyptus trees, was a pleasant place to while away an hour or two. Simple tavernas lined the square, and I think there was maybe one bar where you went if you wanted to be seen. We preferred to drink at the tavernas where it was cheaper and felt more "local".We stayed...

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  • Elafonisi

    My goodness, this was a rough trek! The last 5 km. (which seemed more like 10 miles) was nothing more than a pot-holed dust track. IWe had to have the windows shut to prevent being covered in dust. By the time we got to Elafonisi, we were nearly boiled alive.A pretty place with shallow, turquoise lagoon like waters with an island and rocky outlets...

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  • Frangokastello

    A 14th c. Venetian fortress, 16km. east of Chora Sfakion. Built on a huge level plateau, it dominates the unimpressive landscape here. Originally erected to maintain order amongst the troublesome locals and keep out pirates. Those defending the castle in 1828 were all slaughtered by the Turks and are said today to haunt the place every May.All that...

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  • Chania

    Chania, in Western Crete, is Crete's second town and has a striking waterfront. Turkish and Venetian buildings crowd the harbourside. Behind are the picturesque White Mountains forming a spectacular backdrop.It's a vibrant place, full of interesting narrow streets with overhanging buildings., There is an inner and outer harbour where cafes and...

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  • Chora Sfakion

    Everyone makes this trip over the mountains and through the Imbros Gorge, whether it's on a coach or at your own leisure. Certainly the road is spectacular, with sheer drops and hair-pin bends and the lovely plains.There are not many passing places on this road so if you get stuck behind a coach there's not a lot you can do.On a clear day there are...

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  • Kalathas Beach

    Two pretty, sandy coves, together on the main road to Stavros, on Akrotiri. If you like it busy, this is where most of the locals come, at some time or another. A lot of building work going on and some plush looking tavernas.Not really our scene, but we were meeting some friends there who lived nearby.

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  • Falasarna

    OK this has already been done by lots of you but I thought I'd add my two pennorth.Falasarna has two parts, the port which is off to the left some kms. before the beach. This road we took, to be disappointed as there was no port, just a long, winding road down to a coastal plain covered in plastic greenhouses. Apparently a tomato festival is held...

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  • Stavros

    On the northen tip of the Akrotiri Peninsula. It is fairly well known for Zorba the Greek fame and it's sheltered, almost enclosed shallow bay. The beach is perfect sand, very safe for chidren.There is a little caique harbour also.High up on the barren mountainside, rising sheer from the water, is a cave where no doubt all sorts of things...

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  • Kalyves Beaches

    Kalyves has two main beaches and a beach at the harbour area. They are sandy, though the more westerly one had stones in the water in parts. Excellent digging sand for children!! These beaches can be pretty wild when the wind is blowing and care should be taken with young children in the waves. The harbour end is more sheltered.

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  • Central Kalyves

    I suppose you could say the centre of Kalyves is the square with the plane tree and the cafeneons. Up a side street in this vicinity is Kalyves magnificent church. It's pretty large and you can't miss it. Unfortunately we didn't have a look in it as we didn't feel correctly attired at the time.

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  • Ag. Sophia Cave

    This cave is sign-posted and is set high above the road. There are loads of steps to climb, up a very steep incline, so if you are not fit and it's hot you have been warned!The cave is quite large with a huge man-made star predominantly on the top.It has a small, very quaint chapel inside, built into the rock.There are the usual stalactites and...

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  • Kastelli Kissamou

    We have visited this town on two seperate occassions and have always ended up getting lost! This year we couldn't find where we had had a drink on our first visit and couldn't even find the proper waterfront. We ended up further along the road at the picturesque harbour.There were two tavernas open with seating outside. One of them had a tree...

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  • Aptera (Tues-Sun 8.30am - 3pm)

    It's worth a trip up to the Turkish castle and Roman ruins of Aptera, high above Kalyves. Aptera was once one of Crete's most important cities and worthwhile ruins remain. It is wonderfully positioned looking over Souda Bay.The castle is a little further on than the Roman ruins and is reasonably interesting.The Roman Fort was still being excavated...

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  • Kalyves

    Kalyves is a large coastal town spread out over two beaches. It's about 4 km .from Almirida and there is a coastal path between the two.Everything you may need can probably be purchased in Kalyves. There are lots of traditional food shops as well as a large co-op, butchers, bakers, green-grocers, electrical goods, ship's chandlers, ironmongers and...

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  • Elafonisi

    Elafonisi is an island that lies just off the shoreline in southwest of Crete. The waters that seperate it are shallow and you wade to reach the island.It took about 11/2 hour to drive there from Chania. This is a beautiful place with endless sand beach, green, shallow waters and mountainous background. There is a lot of people there but you can...

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  • HABOUR

    Near and around the HABOUR you ll find the best RESTAURANTS and BARS . Ther are also the SMAL AND PITOREQUE LANES .

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