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Top 10 places to visit in Chania, Crete

With a rich history, great food and lots of sunshine, there is so much to see and do when you come to the “island of the gods”

Top 10 places to visit in Chania, Crete




Chania, known as the “The Venice of the East” because of its wonderful historic and colourful harbour attracts visitors from all over the world. Enjoy your coffee or take a walk and find out about its unique historical character.


2. Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge is considered to be the longest gorge in Europe. If you are feeling adventurous, you can take the 6 hour walk from high in the white mountains down to the sea where a cool drink and a ferry home awaits.



3. Elafonisi Beach

One of the best beaches in the world and known for it’s crystal clear blue waters. Wade across the shallow water to the small islet and discover small coves and solitary beaches.


4. Akrotiri Monasteries

Historically significant monasteries are spread all over Crete but you can find some unique ones in the area of Akrotiri. The impressive monasteries of Agia Triada, Gouverneto and Katholiko are highly recommended due to their beautiful location and architectural interest. Katholiko, built in to a mountain side at the bottom of a gorge is well worth the extra walk.




Another beach of exceptional natural beauty and always on the best beaches lists of the world. Balos is famous for its turquoise waters, the wild natural beauty and the beautiful exotic scenery.

6. Loutro Village

Loutro is a small fishing village, dressed up in blue and white and located on the south of the island. Only accessible by boat or on foot, this village is car-free.

Picturesque beaches, hospitable people and lovely Cretan food make it a great choice for a peaceful getaway.

7. Chania Old Town

Stroll among the alleys of the old town and feel the historical past all around you.

The buildings reflect the different cultures and civilizations that have lived on the island as the narrow alleys are surrounded by Venetian mansions, Turkish houses, villas and palazzos, mosques, and small churches.


8. Georgioupolis

Located between Chania and Rethymnon, this sleepy fishing village is famous for its long sandy beach positioned under the snow-capped mountains of Crete.
It’s worth a visit just to take an evening stroll to see the small church built in the middle of the sea.



9. Aptera Castle

An impressive castle built by the Turks after the Cretan Revolution of 1866. Perched on top of a hill the view towards the Bay of Souda, the valley of Apokoronas and the White Mountains is exceptional.


10. Stavros Beach

This little bay, set under an imposing mountain was made famous when the oscar winning ‘Zorba the Greek’ was filmed there.

Chill out on the sandy beach, enjoy the calm blue waters or take a hike up to the cave above and enjoy the panoramic views.