Chania Holidays 2015

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Kick Back in Chania

Holidays to Chania give you the opportunity to experience a culture unlike anywhere else in the Mediterranean. This beautiful city is located in west of Crete, the southernmost Greek island and is a city with a captivating past. With a long history involving the Minoans, Byzantines and the Ottoman Empire, you can see where they left their marks on Chania holidays, especially when strolling down its promenades and Old Town for reminders of the past round every corner. It boasts an exciting combination of both traditional and Modern Greek culture that is coupled with the memories of other European cultures and fun-loving locals, ensuring that Chania is an unforgettable destination for a holiday, just you try.

The Old and the New

Upon entering the city, keep in mind that it has been divided into the Old Town and the New Town, which is known as the Nea Hora. As the name suggests, the Old Town contains the most traces of foreign domination. The heart of this area can be found around the Venetian harbour, which has many beautiful 16th century buildings that were designed for shipbuilding and repairing vessels. To fully appreciate the picturesque splendour of this part of Chania, it is recommended to follow the sea wall around the harbour until you come to the lighthouse. After absorbing this view, you can stop at one of the traditional Greek tavernas and restaurants, and enjoy watching the bustling yachts and fishing boats bring the harbour to life.

Feta and Beaches, Please

Whatever you are seeking in Greece, whether it is a bit of Greek history or the hot Cretan climate, the cosmopolitan city of Chania will provide you with what you want. The Archaeological Museum is not to be missed, and you don’t need to be a historian to appreciate the rich heritage of the city, dating over 5,000 years ago. Grab some local souvenirs along the main shopping streets perpendicular to the Old Harbour, and let yourself be coaxed into a tavern of live music and energetic dancers as you watch the golden light fade on the calm port waters.

There are many fine beaches within walking distance of the city if you feel like lazing the day away. The beach of Nea Chora is a fine sandy beach to the west of the Venetian wall and offers many facilities such as umbrellas, sun beds and waterside cafes where you can cool off from the sun and order a refreshing drink, like an ice frappe or Greek coffee. The beach of Chrissi Akti, which literally means Golden Beach, is another beautiful beach with fine golden sands and it is especially safe for children because of its shallow waters – perfect for family holidays to Chania.

However, the main attraction of Chania holidays is the proximity to the stunning Samaria Gorge, a reasonable daytrip to the south, and the western beach resorts like Kolymbari, Phalasarna, and the expat-friendly town of Kissamos. All are easily reached by the local KTEL buses, though renting a car and heading south along the far west coast to Elafonissi is something you will not regret! You may be incredibly sandy, though.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Greek (English widely spoken)
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +2 hours
Local airport: Chania
Flight time: 4 hours 25 minutes

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Attractions

The city of Chania isn’t far from a few of Crete’s stunning sandy beaches that will allow you a lazy day spent under the sun. Nea Chora is situated to the west of the Venetian wall and offers a variety of water sports, seafront restaurants and sun beds to relax on. Chrissi Akti, which literally means Golden Beach is a stones throw away also and it's child-friendly due to its shallow waters.

Activities

Because of its close proximity to various beaches, a holiday in Chania, Crete wouldn’t be complete without taking part in some water sports within the crystal clear blue seas. Kids will love the pedalos whilst adults will love the paragliding. Alternatively, the weather in summer is usually consistent so spread on the sunscreen and soak up the rays.

Best beaches nearby

Agia Marina is one of the coastal villages close to Chania. Here you’ll find a flat stretch of sandy beach overlooking endless views of the ocean. Another beach close by is Platanias, and you can hop on a bus from the centre straight here. Platanias has a thin stretch of sand with plenty of watersports and restaurants to keep your day busy.

Hotels

Several family friendly hotels scatter the coastline in Elondus and all offer reasonable rates for a weeks stay. Book through lowcostholidays.com to get a great deal on either the Galini Beach and Eden Hotel or the Castro Beach Hotel. Both ideal bases for a family beach holiday.