Chania is Crete’s most evocative city, with its pretty Ve-
netian quarter, crisscrossed with narrow lanes, culminat-
ing in a magnificent harbour. Remnants of Venetian
and Turkish architecture abound, with old town houses
now restored, transformed into atmospheric restaurants
Chania is one of the oldest cities in Crete, with a rich
and tumultuous history. Today it is the second most
populated city on the island, a city that has preserved
its traditional architecture and most of its monuments.
The Venetian harbour with its lighthouse and the old
town in the centre have bestowed on Chania the repu-
tation of the most picturesque city in Crete, welcoming
thousands of visitors each year.
Chania does not lag behind in modern developments
too, as it is home to the Technical University of Crete
and other educational establishments. It also offers
many and varied cultural events and entertainment.
It could be said that Chania consists of two towns, the
old and the new, which co-exist harmoniously. The new
town embraces the old and spreads outwards ever
wider. Its layout is fine near the centre and it’s easy to
find your way around. This changes somewhat in the
suburbs where it’s easy to get lost. It is often said that it is
very easy to find your way into Chania but much harder
to find your way out. Of course, you may not actually
want to leave at all, as Chania is certainly a city that will
The prefecture of Chania combines a cosmopolitan at-
mosphere, exotic beaches, nature, coastline & moun-
tains, beauty and history. The White Mountains, or ‘Lefka
Ori’, occupy a sizeable area in the centre of West Crete
and are the main feature of a region which also offers
numerous beaches. The stretches of sand range from
the Blue Flag beauties in Agioi Apostoloi and Gerani to
the chic bar-lined strip in Agia Marina.
Chania - The city that will enchant you...