What to see in Chania Region Crete

view from Gramvousa Island in Crete
view from Gramvousa Island in Crete

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The island of Crete is the largest island of Greece and the 5th largest in the Mediterranean. One of the most beautiful areas of Crete is the Chania county. It is situated on the west side of the island and is the greenest one. It has pristine beaches, beautiful landscape and nature like the Samaria Gorge and the White Mountains, a picturesque town with a Venetian port and lovely village. The food is great and the people very friendly. Chania is the ideal place for your holidays.

Here are just 5 things to see in Chania Region, Crete

Thing to see in Chania # 1 The Town of Chania

venetian port chania crete
venetian port chania crete

You should visit the old town of Chania which is considered one of the most beautiful in Greece. Stroll the narrow cobbled streets of the town and buy some souvenirs and traditional Greek products from the shops. Then head towards the Venetian Port, visit the lighthouse, the nautical museum and sit in one of the seafront restaurants and bars to enjoy the beautiful view. One of my favourite restaurants in the centre of the town is Tamam. You will find at the narrow roads behind the venetian port.

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Thing to see in Chania # 2 The Samaria Gorge

me at Samaria Gorge
me at Samaria Gorge

The Samaria Gorge is situated in the Samaria National Park in the White mountains. It opens to the public in early May and closes in October. A certain degree of fitness is required in order to pass it because it is long and the terrain is tough (16km until the village of Ayia Roumeli). It will take you between 4 to 7 hours. The gorge is home to 450 species of plant and animal, 70 of which are endemic to Crete. I was a bit reluctant at first if I could manage to hike the Samaria Gorge. At the end it wasn’t that difficult and it was one of the most rewarding experiences.

Book here your Samaria Gorge Tour from Chania

Thing to see in Chania # 3 Lake Kourna

Lake Kourna Chania
Lake Kourna Chania

Lake Kourna is the only freshwater lake in Crete.The lake is fed by streams from the nearby mountains and hills. It is the ideal place for an afternoon walk. If you are traveling with children they will love it. You can stroll on the banks of the lake, eat in one of the restaurants overlooking the lake, swim or just ride a pedalo and feed the ducks. You will also find shops selling traditional pottery.

Thing to see in Chania # 4  Balos Gramvousa Cruise

view from Gramvousa Island in Crete
view from Gramvousa Island in Crete

One of the most famous beaches in Crete is Balos. You can either reach the beach by 4X4 vehicle ( the road is bad) and then descent for around 15 minutes to get to the beach or by one of the cruises starting from Kissamos port. The advantage of taking a cruise ship is that it will take you to the island of Gramvousa. There you will have time to climb to the castle where you will enjoy one of the most breathtaking views. You will also be able to  swim in the pristine beach of Gramvousa before heading to the exceptional Balos Beach.

Book here your Balos- Gramvousa Cruise

Thing to see in Chania # 5 The beautiful village of Loutro

Loutro village Chania Crete
Loutro village Chania Crete

The picturesque village of Loutro is situated south of Chania in Libyan sea.  Loutro can be reached from Chora Sfakion either on foot through the European path E4 (6 km, around 2 hours) or by boat (15 minutes). The beautiful village offers some basic accommodation along with some restaurants and cafes. You can either swim in Loutro beach or take a boat to Glyka Nera beach(Sweetwater beach) or Marmara beach. I consider Loutro to be a hidden gem that shouldn’t be missed.

 

Have you ever been to Chania? What did you like the most?

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11 Comments

    • Free camping in Balos is illegal but a lot of peope do it. Rememeber if you want to camp you must access 4X4 car and then decline around 15 to 30 minutes depending how much you carry and how fast you go. There is a taverna open there until I think 9 at night and then nothing, So you must be prepared.

  • It looks incredibly beautiful and even though I lived in Greece for a while I never made it over to Crete. I am thinking of returning and this may just be the place to start…although the article on Milos was also inspiring.

  • This looks so beautiful! I unfortunately missed this place when I was in Greece and along the islands! I love the look of it 🙂

  • Lake Kourna would definitely be on my list – this year I’ve started to think I prefer a day swimming in a beautiful lake to a day at the beach!

  • I have heard of this place from people. But the photos that go with these words make me want to take a gander over to the greek islands. Now adding to the list of places for 2015 😉

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