What an adventure you'll have in Chania! If you don't fall in love with its picturesque Mediterranean scenery, you're not looking closely enough. The second largest city in Crete, Chania is filled with incredible sights and ancient ruins if you're keen to unleash your inner explorer - or perhaps you only want to discover the chic cosmopolitan cocktail bars and boutiques? Whatever type of holiday you're looking for, you'll have an unforgettable time in Chania.
If you enjoy relaxing in glorious sunshine, you'll be delighted by the glorious summer temperatures in Chania, which can get up to 25°C - so dress lightly for long days of soaking up the waterside city life. The Old Town is the heart of the city and definitely worth exploring, or take a leisurely stroll through the Jewish Quarter and admire the superb architecture and historic buildings. Afterwards, you can discover the Agora food market and pick up a few local Greek delicacies such as olive oil and spices, or hit the main shopping streets to discover local designers and international brands.
The pretty harbour is a focal point for the city, but if you crave a beach trip on your Chania holiday, you'll be pleased to know that Falassarna beach is less than an hour away from the Chania. It's one of the most popular beaches in the area and with gorgeous turquoise waters, it's hardly surprising.
A holiday to Chania would be incomplete without a day trip to one of Greece's most breathtaking views, Samaria Gorge National Park. You can go on an adventurous walking trail and take in the beautiful scenery. For a cultured afternoon, why not visit the Archaeological Museum of Chania and learn more about the region's history. Or, you can go to the outdoor theatre for a truly cultured end to your evening. Because there's such a fascinating variety of things to do in Chania, there's something to suit everyone in the evening, from live music traditional dancing to lively discos the city is famous for.
Chania is the perfect place to be if you're looking for outstanding food. There's a fantastic selection of restaurants where you can indulge in the finest Greek cuisine, including feta salad, hummus and moussaka. Finish your evening with a glass of Greece's national tipple, ouzo, or try the delightful wine from the Chania region. Or, why not take a leisurely stroll by the harbour before stopping by a local restaurant for fresh seafood with a magnificent view of the coast.
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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.
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