Located on the northwest coast of Crete, Chania (pronounced as Hania) is not only the second largest city of this Greek island, but also one of the prettiest. Chania holidays are brimming with classic Greek character and contemporary charm and the region’s bustling harbours and beaches make for a perfect Crete holiday in the sunshine. Being well away from the busier resorts of Malia, Chania has a laid-back character that's great for quieter holidays. The fact it has its own airport means that holidaymakers can be lounging poolside or sinking their toes into the sand within 20 minutes after leaving the airport, too.
With a great range of hotels and beaches, holidays to Chania can be tailor-made to suit a variety of groups, families and budgets. The old town is complete with a Venetian port, Turkish mosque and waterfront fortress-turned-museum. There’s a lot to do for adventure-seekers and sun-seekers on holidays to Chania! Enjoy the crystal-clear waters on Falassarna, Balos and Pahia Ammos beaches and cruise to picturesque coves and bays on a day trip from the harbour. Try your hand at surfing on Elafonissi beach, explore the vibrant landscape and hike up the Samaria gorge (the longest ravine in Europe), visit stunning Lake Kourna or venture to the neighbouring resorts and villages for a taste of real Cretan life.
Chania is also a party town, buzzing with cafes, restaurants, bars, discos and nightclubs. Savour Cretan specialities like kaltsounia (cheese pie), gamopilafo (Cretan wedding rice), chochlioi boubouristi (fried snails) or smoked pork at popular restaurants such as Dinos, Akroyiali or Karnayio. Finish your day with a drink at El Mondo Bar in old harbour.
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