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Chania is an ancient city in Greece, located in the north of Crete. Until the beginning of the 70s of the last century, Chania was the capital of Crete, and today it is the second most populated city on the island.

Today it is a great place for a beach and sightseeing vacation. Here you can see archaeological ruins, the intersection of Christian and Muslim cultures, magnificent natural monuments, etc.

In the middle of the XIII century, the Venetians seized Crete, having bought it from the crusaders for 1,000 marks with silver. But a decade later, they were driven out of the island by the Genoese. After 20 years, the Venetians managed to return and take him back.

Under the Venetians, Chania became the capital of the island and the most important trading city, while Crete itself flourished. Relations between the Cretans and the Venetians were positive, although the former were Orthodox and the latter Catholic.

In the middle of the XIV century, Constantinople fell, and many scholars, artists, religious figures found refuge in Crete. It was during these times that the island formed a unique mixture of cultures of Byzantium, Venice and Cyprus.

In the middle of the XVII century, Ottoman Turks captured Crete. Christian churches turned into Muslim mosques, the Temple of St. Nicholas, belonging to the Order of the Dominicans, became the main mosque. Turkish baths appeared in the city, and oriental fountains opened.

At the beginning of the 20th century, after a long liberation struggle of the Greeks against the Turks, Crete officially became part of Greece, and the Turks fled from Crete to Turkey. Since then, the island has significantly Europeanized. But Islamic monuments are preserved.

Promenade

This promenade was built during the Venetian period of the history of Chania. For her sake, tourists from all over the world come here, because the Venetian embankment is among the five best in Greece. Thanks to her, the city is often called Southern Venice.

The promenade, built by the Venetians in the middle of the XIII century, gives this coastal city a special charm and sophistication, like nostalgia for Venice. Every day in the High season along the long path there is a promenade of thousands of tourists.

Around you can see picturesque colorful houses, cafes, restaurants, shopping arcades, souvenir shops. The old city lighthouse, Renaissance mosque, etc., are especially attractive for vacationers.

Kuchuk Hassan Mosque

This mosque is one of the main attractions of the Greek Chania. She stands on her Venetian embankment and invariably attracts a lot of tourists. The mosque was erected at the beginning of the XVII century, and is a symbol of Muslim art.

This building with a foundation and cube-shaped walls, a large hemispherical dome located on stone arches, as well as several smaller domes, is always interesting for architects.

The mosque was designed by a famous Armenian architect. It remained almost unchanged, except for the minaret, it was destroyed at the beginning of the XX century. Pasha and Janissaries who ruled and lived in Chania were buried in the courtyard of the mosque.

Old city

This historical and cultural center of the city was built by the Venetians. In those days, Chania was the trading and financial center of Crete, rapidly developing, expanding and flourishing. The old town is located on the ancient hill of Castelli.

During the war, the Old Town was surprisingly extremely little affected by the bombing. Today it is simply magnificent and is rightfully one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean.

Walking along the narrow streets of the Old Town, you will feel yourself in the era of the High Middle Ages. The architecture of some buildings of this place was also influenced by New Time. This interweaving of styles made the Old Town even more beautiful.

Samaria Gorge

This gorge is one of the most beautiful natural attractions of Chania and all of Crete. There are many caves and gorges, but it is the most picturesque, amazing and long - more than 16 km.

There is a European diploma, according to which the Samaria Gorge is recognized as a place of special beauty. It was admired by ancient authors with admiration, worshiping the local flora and fauna.

In honor of the ancient Greek gods several thousand years ago, temples were built in the gorge, but today only ruins remain from them. During the Turkish yoke, the Greeks hid in this gorge, who fought with the Ottoman Turks.

Monastery of St. Trinity

This monastery is a must see in Chania. In Greek, it is called Agia Triada Dzangorolon. The monastery was built at the beginning of the XVII century, and today belongs to the Orthodox Church of Constantinople.

It was built by the Venetian brothers Zangaroli on the eve of the Turkish yoke throughout Crete. During the construction of the Orthodox monastery, a magnificent Byzantine style was used, the facade is decorated with columns.

The monastery previously operated a theological seminary. Then for a long time it was destroyed by the Turks, and after the Greek revolution it was restored. Today, a museum and a large library with ancient icons are opened with him.

Cathedral

This cathedral is located in the eastern part of Chania and is a three-nave church with a bell tower. In the XI century, the small Vvedensky church stood in its place, but it was destroyed by the Venetians, who preached Catholicism.

At the end of the 17th century, the Turks who conquered Crete built a soap factory on the site of the Orthodox Church. But in the middle of the XIX century, the vizier Mustafa Pasha gave this plant to the Orthodox community of Crete and gave money for the construction of a new church.

A decade later, the church was built and consecrated. Today it acts, believers come there. The cathedral is also accessible to tourists who like to explore ancient Greek icons.

Archaeological Museum

This museum is definitely worth a look in Chania. It was founded in the 60s of the last century, and is located in the center of the Old Town. In the museum you can learn in detail about the history of Crete from the Neolithic to Ancient Rome.

Today, the Archaeological Museum itself is a historical monument, which during the Turkish yoke was a mosque. Then before the war there was a cinema, and after - a warehouse of military equipment.

Today, any visitor can get acquainted with the exhibits of the Minoan civilization, the era of the development, greatness and fall of Rome, see artifacts relating to the history of Chania: ceramics, sculptures, coins, weapons, jewelry, sarcophagi, etc.

Guverneto Monastery

This monastery was built in the middle of the 16th century, originally in the Venetian style, and later, individual baroque elements were added to its architecture. It was intended not only for worship, but also for defense.

There are 50 cells in which the brethren previously lived. And in the monastery courtyard there are many sculptures depicting various monsters. Historians claim that in the XVI century the monastery was under the control of a Venetian monk.

At the beginning of the 19th century, Turks attacked Guverneto; they brutally killed the monks and plundered the monastery. During World War II, it was destroyed by the Nazis. Today, Guverneto is recovering, three monks live in it.

Balos Beach

This is one of the most beautiful places in Crete near Chania. Here the three seas of the Mediterranean join together and a comfortable lagoon forms. Balos Beach is famous for the purest white sand and turquoise sea water. The depth of the sea near the beach does not reach one and a half meters.

It is an ideal place for bathing children. The water is steamy, clean and very calm. Hundreds of turquoise shades change throughout the day. In some places, the sand is not white, but pinkish; these are thousands of seashells broken over centuries.

On Balos, you can go diving to the depths and see the unique nature of these places: marine life, which you will not meet anywhere else. You can also examine plants that have acquired special forms due to the uniqueness of the local climate, etc.

Venetian harbor

There are few places where the charm of the history and grandeur of Chania is felt more than in the old Venetian harbor. Pastel-colored buildings lined the coastline - they are woven into the labyrinths of narrow streets filled with shops and taverns.

On the eastern side of the harbor rises the Kuchuk Hassan Dome Mosque, which is currently used as a venue for exhibitions.

And a few steps further east is the beautifully restored Grand Venetian Arsenal. The building now houses the Center for Mediterranean Architecture, which regularly hosts all kinds of thematic exhibitions.

Address: Old Venetian Harbor, Agiou Markou 8, Chania 731 32, Greece.

Maritime Museum of Crete

This museum is located on the territory of the massive Firkas fortress, built by the Venetians at the western entrance to the port. The museum exposition acquaints visitors with the marine traditions of the island of Crete. Among the exhibits are ship models, nautical instruments, maps, marine-themed paintings, photographs and memorabilia.

One of the halls is dedicated to historical naval battles, and on the second floor there is an impressive exposition about the Battle of Crete during the Second World War.

Address: Maritime Museum of Crete, Akti Kountourioti, Chania 731 00, Greece.

Museum of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art

The museum occupies a thoroughly restored building of the Venetian church of San Salvatore. Its small but incredibly interesting collection includes artifacts, icons, jewelry, coins and covers the period from 62 to 1913.

Among the most valuable exhibits are fragments of floor mosaics from the basilica of the era of early Christianity, the icon of St. George killing the dragon, and a painting recently attributed to El Greco.

Address: Byzantine Collection, Theotokopoulou 82, Chania 731 31, Greece.

Church of St. Nicholas

One of the most interesting buildings of Chania is the church of the Venetian era, which has a bell tower and a minaret with two balconies (it was built instead of the second bell tower during the period of Turkish rule). In the interior, particular attention is drawn to the bronze chandeliers hanging from the vaulted coffered ceiling.

Address: Church of Agios Nikolaos, Rousou Vourdoumpa 5, Chania 731 32, Greece.

Cretan Botanical Park and Gardens

Thanks to the warm and sunny climate, as well as the rich, fertile soils in Crete, olives, grapes and even tropical fruits such as avocados and bananas are grown. The carefully maintained park is located at the foot of the White Mountains, and its winding two-kilometer path with signs passes through a wonderful garden planted with exotic flowers and fruit trees from around the world.

There are many shady places where you can relax on benches, enjoying the aroma of herbs - sage, mint and thyme. The café-restaurant serves traditional Cretan dishes made with its own seasonal produce grown in the park.

Address: Botanic Park & ​​Gardens of Crete, Skordalou, Greece.

Firkas Fortress

The fortress rises on the northwestern edge of the old port of Chania. This is the best preserved part of the massive fortifications erected by the Venetians to protect against the invasion of the Turks and looting pirates.

Despite the defenses, the Turks nevertheless invaded Chania in 1645 and began to use the fortress as a barracks and prison. Currently, part of the premises of the fortress is occupied by the Maritime Museum of Crete. The tops of the ramparts offer stunning views of the harbor.

Address: Firka Fortress, Chania 731 31, Greece.

Walls Bastion Schiavo

Of the massive external fortifications in the old part of Chania, the western walls, which stretch from the Firkas fortress to the Schiavo bastion, are best preserved.

Once it was one of the four bastions completing the construction of the defensive complex, begun in 1538 by engineer and architect Michele Sanmikeli, who also designed the defenses of Heraklion. The bastion offers scenic views of the old part of the city and the sea.

GPS coordinates: 35 ° 30’53.9 ″ N 24 ° 00’57.5 ″ E.

This lighthouse at the mouth of the Venetian harbor is one of Chania's main attractions. It sparkles at sunset, and after dark it emits light. The stone structure 21 meters high was built by the Venetians in the 16th century, but over time it underwent many changes.

This is a great place for walking and shooting scenic shots with a view of the promenade.

Address: Lighthouse, Chania, Greece.

Synagogue Etz Chaim

The only remaining synagogue in Crete, dating from the 15th century, was seriously damaged during the Second World War and was reopened in 1999. Here you will see a ritual bath - a mikveh, tombs of rabbis, as well as a memorial in memory of the Jews of the city who were killed by the Nazis.

Today the synagogue is open to visitors, and services are regularly held here. The synagogue is located in a small side street, accessible only from Kondylaki street.

Address: Etz Hayyim Synagogue, Chania, Greece.

Big arsenal

Carefully restored from ruins, the 16th-century arsenal is the last of 17 shipyard docks in the Venetian harbor of Chania. At different times, the premises of the arsenal were used as a Christian school, hospital, city hall.

Today it houses the Center for Mediterranean Architecture, which regularly hosts all kinds of exhibitions and events.

Address: Grand Arsenal, Michail Afentoulief, Chania 731 32, Greece.

Municipal Art Gallery

With its interior, the Chania Gallery of Modern Art resembles a marine vessel. Three exquisitely designed and brightly lit floors regularly host temporary exhibitions of works by contemporary local and foreign artists.

Address: Municipal Art Gallery, Chalidon 98, Chania 731 32, Greece.

History Museum / Archive

The Chania Historical Museum and Archive is located approximately 1.5 km southeast of the old harbor. Through exhibits, the museum acquaints visitors with the entire history of the Cretan state, including periods of devastating wars and the struggle against the Turks.

In addition, the exhibition features a folklore collection, as well as personal items of Eleftherios Venizelos (1864-1936) - a national hero, famous politician and Prime Minister of Greece.

Address: Historical Archive Of Crete, Ioannou Sfakianaki 20, Chania 731 34, Greece.

Chania Municipal Market

The market is located in the center of the old part of Chania, where the main defensive fortifications of the city once stood. The market was officially opened in 1913 by the Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos.

This is one of the most impressive covered markets in the Balkans - on its territory there are 76 stores and shops, including meat, fish, grocery, pharmacy and many others.

Address: Old Chania Market, Chania, Greece.

Holy Trinity Monastery

The Holy Trinity Orthodox Monastery is one of three located on the rocky peninsula of Akrotiri, 10 km east of Chania. The temple, also known under a different name - Agia Triad - was founded in 1612. It is located in the center of a closed courtyard, surrounded by well-groomed olive groves and orange gardens.

Here you can buy olive oil made by monks. The Guverneto Monastery, built in 1537, is a short drive from Agia Triad. From here, the path leads past the cave of Arkoudiotissa (Bear Cave) down 140 steps to the abandoned monastery of Catholicos, built in a rock.

Address: The Monasteries of Akrotiri Peninsula, Moni Agias Triados ton Tzagkarolon 731 00, Greece.

Elafonisi Beach

This amazing beach is about two hours drive from Chania (about 73 km), on the southwest coast of Crete. The combination of colors here is simply amazing - the sand is pink in color (it acquires it under certain lighting, as it consists of the smallest pieces of shells and corals) and the bluish-turquoise sea.

Directly by water, you can reach the nearby islet - a conservation area where birds migrating from Europe to Africa last stop. This beach is ideal for families with children - a shallow, warm sea, sun loungers for rent, a snack bar.

Address: Elafonisi Beach, Kissamos, Greece.

Museum of Printing

The museum was created by the founder of a local newspaper in early 2005.

Here you can find various typewriters and other equipment. In addition, the museum has rare copies of books, newspapers and other paper items. And in 2012, the museum expanded its collection.

During the tour you can independently print the text on one of the old typewriters.

PistaPark Racetrack

Chania offers its tourists the largest kartodrom of Crete, which is only ten minutes drive from the city. The track is 1.1 kilometers long and 10 meters wide, while it has good lighting. Thanks to what you can ride even at night.

Kartodrom offers its visitors various types of transport. Both beginners and experienced drivers can take advantage of them.

Museum of Archeology

Despite the fact that the museum is located in the old part of the city, it was created only in the middle of the twentieth century. The building itself has a rich history, and has survived many destructions. The exposition can introduce tourists to the history of ancient civilization with the help of various artifacts. It is known that in our time the museum is gradually replenished. This fact undoubtedly attracts both tourists and local residents.

The ancient city of Aptera

Once upon a time, the city of Aptera played a significant role. It was one of the main objects of commercial and military use. But after one of the destruction the city could not recover. And now only ruins remind of its former greatness. These are the remains of a fortress, a local theater and a temple. For lovers of history, the ancient city will be one of the best options for excursions.

Qurna Lake

Kurna Lake is famous not only in the city, but also throughout the island. Qurna is the only freshwater lake that has its own unique history and ancient name. According to historical information, there was a temple on the shore of the lake that has not survived to our times.

The infrastructure around the lake is well developed, so you can easily relax in a small cafe or lie down on the beach.

Agia Irini Gorge

A place that is perfect for walking on fresh air is the Agia Irini Gorge. Everyone can visit it, regardless of age and physical fitness. There is almost always a shadow in the gorge, and every kilometer in the gorge there are toilets and sources of water for drinking. You just need to bring a bottle with you.

What sights to see in Chania in one day

When you have only one day at your disposal, and you want to visit the surroundings of the resort in Crete, you should do the following. It is possible to go on a group sightseeing tour on a bunk bus. From the upper floor it will be easy to see and photograph everything, the lower floor will be no less comfortable. In addition, tickets for such excursions are inexpensive and are valid throughout the day.

In the case when it is possible to explore the city for two days, you can go on a big sightseeing tour. It includes a full visit to two cities: Chania and neighboring Rethymnon.

In Chania, you can combine relaxation with the sea and sightseeing

At the same time, you can visit some unique places located along the road. For example, museums, monasteries and much more. If you have time, you can drive to Agios Nikolaos or Heraklion. This tour is individual (thanks to which the route can be changed at the request of the tourist), and movement is carried out in a comfortable jeep. Cost may vary significantly.

You can explore the city and its attractions on your own, without the help of a guide. For example, various museums, temples or a karting track. One has only to get a map of the city so as not to get lost. For independent excursions, you can use local transport, taxi or take a walk.

In the case of trips out of town it is better to use the services of a guide. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, there is no need to solve the issue of transport. Secondly, guides can tell you much more interesting information than you can read on the Internet. Thirdly, they guarantee tourists complete safety and do everything to comply with it.

What's interesting to see in Chania

Although the most significant sights of Crete from Chania are located at some distance, this does not mean that having arrived in Greece at this resort, you just have to walk through the bars and lie on the beach.

Area E. Venizelos

The new, rather vast part of Chania looks like most modern European cities, while the old part is unique in its beauty and is even known on the island of Crete and in Greece as a beautiful urban area with many attractions.

Kuchuk Hassan Mosque

Since ancient times, many interesting things have been preserved here, for example, the old Venetian harbor, the Kuchuk Hassan mosque and one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. On a small hill, very close to the promenade, is Kasteli - the so-called colorful center of old Chania. To the east of this quarter is the quarter of Splanzia, where the Church of St. Nicholas rises. And in the western part of the old city, the Topanas quarter is located - it is there that the ancient Firkas fortress is located. The alleys of the Topanas quarter smoothly merge into the narrow street of Zambeliu, where the old houses braided by bright bougainvilleas literally lean on each other. Nearby is the Agora - the famous indoor city market famous throughout Greece.

It’s not necessary to take a guide for excursions in Chania, because you will have to listen carefully, because of which there will be absolutely no time left for exploring the territory. The best option is to take a guide book, a navigator, and explore the sights of Chania on your own. What deserves attention in the first place?

It’s best to start exploring the city of Chania from the port, his address: Agiou Markou 8 / Akti Tompazi.

The length of the walking area is about 1.5 km - on the one hand it is limited by an old lighthouse, on the other - the Firkas fortress. There are many low buildings on the embankment, decorated with colorful shutters and door knockers. There are many restaurants, taverns, bars - there is always a place where you can have a good time and eat deliciously.

If it is summer outside, then it is better to go for a walk in the morning before 9:00 or in the evening after 19:00 so as not to languish in the heat. By the way, the place is crowded and very noisy, especially in the evening. If you don’t feel like walking, you can ride a horse-drawn carriage, which is worth a lot here waiting for customers.

On the spit, 1.5 km from the port of Chania, is the Egyptian lighthouse (address: Old Port, Chania, Crete, Greece). This is not just a landmark of Chania - it is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world; it was built by the Venetians at the end of the 16th century.

It is advisable to organize a walk to it in the daytime, and even the heat will not be a big obstacle: the main part of the path passes along the sidewalk along the breakwaters, where a cool sea breeze always blows. After about 2/3 of the way there is a small terrace from which you can observe beautiful views of the bay.

The lighthouse reaches a height of 21 m, and for its construction the Venetians used the same material as for the construction of all the main fortifications in the city. The base of the lighthouse has the shape of an octagon, the middle part is made in the form of a hexagon, and the upper part is round.

The water in the bay is also worthy of attention: it is very clean, and a large number of fish are clearly visible in it. And large and small crabs sit with pleasure on boulders protruding from the water.

In the north of Topanas (address Old Harbor, Chania, Crete 731 31, Greece) the walls of the old Venetian fortress of Crete - Firkas - are preserved. Anyone can see this attraction, access to it is free.

Although now there is not much left of this powerful structure, in ancient times the fortress protected the narrow entrance to the port of Chania. Now guns are installed here, although not original, but quite worthy entourage!

Amazingly beautiful views of the Venetian port of Chania open from the walls of the fortress - the photos turn out like postcards! But, of course, you should not constantly run around with the camera at the ready, it is better to enjoy the surrounding atmosphere.

The territory of the fortress Firkas now belongs to the Maritime Museum of Greece.

Coast Kountourioti, Akti Kountourioti, Chania, Crete 73110, Greece is address of the next attraction in the city of Chania. We are talking about the Maritime Museum of Greece.

It is impossible to walk past this building located in the city port: it is red, on 2 floors, a huge anchor and a ship propeller are installed in front of the entrance.

Only 3 € - and numerous exhibits open to the eyes of visitors:

  • a very small room simulates a submarine’s cabin,
  • models of ships and naval weapons introduce the history of navigation,
  • The model of Chania of the 17th century introduces the structures of the time
  • detailed exposition of the battle of Crete.

You can visit this attraction of Greece at such times: from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00, on Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. There are no queues here, since few people rush to get acquainted with the history of the Greek fleet. But boys and sailors will definitely be interested.

Not just a historical landmark, but an Orthodox shrine, the current church of St. Nicholas, is located at this address: 1821 Square, Chania, Crete, Greece.

Inside there is a rather traditional interior, but outside there is not a very unusual detail: the minaret, preserved from an ancient mosque, which was converted into an Orthodox church. And this shrine is well known throughout Greece by the fact that the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker are stored in it.

To the right of the facade is a church shop. They sell icons and candles, for 3 € you can buy a charm bracelet woven by the monks of a mountain monastery.

The Cathedral of the Three Martyrs is well known not only in the city of Chania, but also on the island of Crete. It stands on the Athenagoras square (Pl. Athinagora), not far from another attraction - the Venetian harbor.

The Cathedral is operational, anyone can enter.

The facade of the building is decorated with sculptural pseudo-columns, cornices and arched openings. The bell tower rises from the northwestern side of the temple. The interior design is very beautiful and rich, there are many masterpieces of famous Greek artists.

There are many interesting sights to visit on the island of Crete, in Chania, one of them is the Agora market. His address: Nikiforou Foka Street, Chania, Crete 731 32, Greece.

The building of the city market has the shape of a cross, oriented to 4 cardinal points. The market is universal and interesting enough even to just walk around and see, feel all the local flavor.

You can see almost any product on the shopping arcade: fresh seafood, cheeses, goodies, vegetables, fruits, meat products, seasonings, souvenirs, books. For bottling you can take a good grape brandy at 5 € per liter. Excellent home-made olive oil is priced at 7-8 € per liter, depending on the beauty of the package.

If you go from the market towards the embankment of Chania, you can see the building with a cup in the window - this is a museum of football. Accurate address of this attraction: 40 Tsouderon, Chania, Crete 731 32, Greece.

The museum is private, admission is free.

This is a very interesting place, and for men in general, paradise - everything here is literally saturated with the history of the popular sports game! Among the exhibits are unique T-shirts of Ronaldo, Platini, Zidane. And most importantly, the owner of the museum allows you to try on any T-shirt, and take a photo with the European Champions Cup - about a vacation in Chania this will be the best memory for true fans.

Chania beaches - which is better?

The resorts of the island of Crete are a real kingdom of clean warm sea and golden sand, and the resort of Chania is no exception. Many of Chania's beaches are constantly honored with the EU's blue flag for cleanliness and environmental friendliness. Rest on them is absolutely safe, because from morning to evening, rescuers are on duty here.

Agii Apostoli beach (Agii Apostoli, Chania, Crete, Greece) is located in a beautiful bay, to the right and left, closed from the winds and ox by magnificent cliffs. These rocks are not only a natural defense, but also a decoration of the landscape. The beach is sandy, the sea is clean, the entrance to it is very convenient for children - you need to go about 50 m to a full depth.

There are only 2-3 showers on the whole fairly large beach, and a foot tap is generally one in the very center of the beach.

For active recreation, good volleyball and tennis courts, playgrounds for playing the "rocket" (as the national beach sport is called in Greece), you can rent a bicycle. Those who like to soak up the sun can rent an umbrella and sun loungers.

The beach is really very comfortable and safe for families with children. There is a special children's fenced area: you can put on inflatable arm ruffles on the child and watch him swim from the shore.

Iguana Beach (located: Agii Apostoli, Chania, Crete, Greece) is located a little away from Agii Apostoli Beach.

This beach is not closed by a cape, so the waves here are more frequent and stronger. The beach, although small, but more "adult" than the neighboring one.

Changing rooms, toilets and several showers are, however, with fairly cold water. The price for renting an umbrella and 2 sunbeds is a little high - 7 €.

Nea Chora Beach is located in the western part of Chania, at Akti Papanikoli.

This beach is sandy, although in some places there is small pebble. The water is very clean, entering the sea can be called ideal: the depth begins at a distance of 4 m from the coast. If a high tide occurs, some areas are completely covered by water.

The beach is well equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. For 5 € you can rent an umbrella and 2 sunbeds. Cafes and restaurants are nearby.

Chrissi akti beach situated: Agion Apostolon, Daratsos, Crete 731 00, Greece.

This beach of Chania, like all the beaches of Crete, is clean, with clear, warm water. Although sometimes waves still rise here, and swimming is a bit problematic.

The beach is equipped, there is everything for a good holiday. There are many restaurants nearby, and the most delicious food at the most affordable prices is offered in the nearest Ippo-Campus cafe.

Chania: features of accommodation

The resort of Chania on the island of Crete is a rather lively place, but mainly tourists from the UK, France, and Germany rest here. The fact is that rest and accommodation in Chania is a bit more expensive than in the area near Heraklion or Rethymnon.

A double room in Chania can be found for an amount from 70 € in an economy hotel, a room in a 3 * hotel will cost about 100 €, you will have to pay from 100 € or more for apartments.

Based on customer reviews and hotel descriptions on booking.com, you can easily choose the most suitable option. For example, a rating of 8+ was received by such hotels in Chania:

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How to get to the resort of Chania

10 km from the city of Chania is the international airport. Ioannis Daskaloyannis. Throughout the year, he takes flights from Thessaloniki and from the capital of Greece - Athens. From the beginning of May to the end of October (tourist season), charter flights from many European countries are added to them, the schedule of which must be found out on the eve of each tourist season. Important: if occupancy is low, a charter flight can be canceled even when it is part of the sold tour!

From the airport to Chania can be reached by bus, taxi, rented car.

The bus stop is located near the exit of the airport terminal, to the central bus station of Chania the bus leaves 7 times a day.Public transport timetables can be viewed on the airport website, but can be changed at different times of the season. Travel time is only 20-30 minutes, the fare is 2.3 € and you can pay this amount directly to the driver.

A taxi from the airport to the center of Chania will cost around 30 €, and it does not matter how many passengers will travel in it. Taxis can be taken immediately on the spot - cars are at the exit of the terminal, or you can order in advance on the airport website.

As for renting a car, you need to arrange it in advance, and upon arrival you will only have to pick up the car in the parking lot.

Prices on the page are for May 2018.

Chania Weather Conditions

Chania (Greece) has a temperate Mediterranean climate. In summer, the air warms up to +25 - +30 ° С, in the winter months the temperature is in the range +13 - +18 ° С. The water temperature in the sea during the summer months, at the peak of the season, rises to +25 ° C. In summer it rains very rarely.

You can come to rest in Greece, at the resort of Chania, all year long. Of course, in summer the conditions for a beach holiday are more suitable, and in winter you can completely devote time to sightseeing.

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Agia Triad Monastery

Agia Triada, or the monastery of the Holy Trinity - one of the richest, most beautiful and well-groomed monasteries of Crete. This landmark of Chania, surrounded by olive groves, orchards and vineyards, is located 15 kilometers from the city on the Akrotiri Peninsula.

The construction of the monastery was started in 1611 by the brothers monks Jeremiah and Lavrenty Tsagarolon, their surname is often added to the name of the monastery complex. During its existence, the monastery was rebuilt several times - first after the Turkish invasion, then - after the Greek revolution.

Agia Triada - one of the richest and most well-groomed monasteries of Crete

Today, Agia Triad occupies a rather large territory on which the Cathedral, the Church of Christ the Savior, a library, a museum, a seminary, monastic cells, as well as an oil mill and a winery are located.

The inhabitants of the monastery have long been producing excellent wine, olive oil and aromatic honey - you can buy them in the monastery shop, open from 8 am until late in the evening.

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