The second city in Crete, Chania is a scenic place with a vibrant, Mediterranean atmosphere. Relax by the pretty harbour with seafood restaurants, or marvel at the city’s varied architectural delights. There’s plenty of shopping and nightlife too, as well as an outdoor theatre. Chania holidays are a delight for culture vultures, but it’s not all about city life – head just out of the city and you’ll find some of the island’s most beautiful, unspoilt beaches. If you’re looking for a beach break within close proximity to all Chania has to offer, consider a stay in one of the neighbouring seaside resorts – Platanias, Gerani and Agia Marina are all popular choices. The western coastline of Crete is peppered with private villas, luxury hotels and charming guesthouse. With so much to offer, it’s easy to see why holidays in Chania are a big hit with solo travellers, families and couples.
Chania is packed with interesting sights, especially architectural gems, which include byzantine churches, medieval fortresses, ancient ruins and a Turkish minaret. If its beach life youre looking for, you wont have to head far there are beautiful stretches just to the west of the city. And a little further afield, youll find beach resorts offering all the shops, watersports and scenery you could wish for from a holiday in the Cretan sun.
Theres plenty of fun to be had after the sun sets in Chania. From the outdoor theatre to late night discos, theres something to suit everyone. Try one of the citys glamorous cocktail bars, go to a Greek show with traditional dancing (and possible platesmashing,) listen to live jazz in the open air. Chania holidays combine all the buzz of a city with the charm of island life, meaning theres something for everyone.
There are hundreds of places to eat and drink in Chania. Start with the harbour, where you can enjoy fresh seafood with a dazzling view. Elsewhere, theres a good mix of restaurants (most with outdoor seating, of course.) Do Chania holiday would be complete without dinner in a Greek Taverna, where you can enjoy local favourites like feta salad, hummus and moussaka. Greeks national tipple is ouzo, but the wine in the Chania region is also especially good.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.