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.
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.
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.
The metropolis city of Chania is a perfect base to fully explore Crete and take in some of the islands main attractions. Chania itself offers a New and Old Town, which both offer a variety of shops, restaurants and attractive architecture to enjoy. The Venetian harbour is at the heart of the city however and perfect for a romantic evening stroll.
The Samaria National Park is a hikers paradise. With stretches of untouched natural landscape there are mountains, creeks, gorges and a plethora of forests to explore. Great for spotting wildlife or bird watching, the national park will prove a fantastic day out whilst on holiday in Chania.
Nightlife in Chania is situated mainly around the harbour near the Old Town, which comes to life in the evenings thanks to the vast amount of shorefront bars and restaurants. Watch the sunset over the boats whilst sipping on summer cocktails and tasty tapas. Or explore the various bars, each offering a unique evenings entertainment.
For sheer luxury and a truly romantic and easy stay in Crete opt for the Galini Sea hotel which boats stylish accommodation with the highest level of service. For couples on a budget stay at the Nontas Apartments for a flexible stay in a comfortable resort.
Diving is a popular past time in Crete due to its cavernous shoreline and intriguing underwater adventures. Holiday-makers at all stages of diving expertise can join one of the many guides on offer. Explore one of the underwater caves or visit a shipwreck; it’ll make your trip truly memorable.
Head towards the national park whilst on holiday in Chania if you want to spend time exploring the wilderness and capturing the beautiful landscapes. Explore mountains, gorges and forests at your leisure whilst catching some of Crete’s scorching rays. But don’t forget to take plenty of refreshments and a map, as you wouldn’t want to get lost.
The cherry festival in Karanou, Crete takes place in July and offers visitors a chance to get to grips with traditional Greek culture. Dancing, music, eating and drinking are all major parts of the merriment and will see the city bustling with locals and tourists from all over the island.
Crete is arguably Greece’s most fascinating island, with many of its cities and villages untouched by tourism and continuing to stay typically traditional. The island is scattered with medieval churches, grand fortresses, archaeological sites and museums. The best way to see everything is to hire a car and take in the vast views on your way.
Whilst on holiday in Chania, on the western coast of Crete, be sure to make time to visit the Etz Hayyim synagogue, a newly refurbished site that is dedicated to the Jewish people that used to live in the area. You can visit the synagogue daily and even attend Morning Prayer.
Chania is ideal for families who love to add a bit of adventure to their holiday, whether it’s hiking through the nearby countryside or taking a sailing boat out to enjoy the vast blean oceans and scorching summer rays. You’ll be sure to find something for the whole family will enjoy.
The harbour in Chania is vast and offers a flurry of activity throughout the day. It’s a great place to go strolling in the sun and spotting some super yachts or fishing boats as well as take rest at a nearby café and soak up your surroundings. Try the fresh seafood the harbour provides.
Ideal for families who are after flexible accommodation that is close to the beach and is reasonably priced, the Dreamland Apartments in Chania, Crete will be perfect. Offering comfortable apartments that give families the chance to use their own kitchen and a swimming pool that will be a welcome relief from the afternoon sun.