Chania in Crete: Getting there, things to do and major attractions

'Chania' - Crete
'Chania' - Attribution: Theophilos Papadopoulos

At the western end of Crete lies the city of Chania. History is well-preserved in this area, evident by the Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman-era influenced structures and architecture in the old and newer areas of the city. Aside from this, the panoramic views of the sea and hills, charming and friendly residents, and wonderful regional cuisine makes Chania an amazing place to visit.

Tours and Attractions

A tour of the Venetian harbor and the Old Town should be on top of any traveler’s list. A camera is an essential accessory in exploring the city’s attractions, starting with Eleftherios Venizelos or the main square, which is lined with centuries-old buildings repurposed as shops, cafes, and museums. Not far from the square is the Venetian Harbor and lighthouse. Walk down the promenade and sample Mediterranean or traditional Cretan cuisine in a waterfront café or restaurant.

The New Town district represents the more modern aspect of the city. Mostly commercial and residential buildings can be found here, although there are several structures built in the 19th century with historical significance. Among them are the Old French School, the Koum Kapi district, and The Palace.

Transportation and Accommodations

Different types of accommodations may be booked in Chania. For a full experience of the city, stay in one of the restored Venetian buildings along the harbor like the Casa Delfino or the Ionas Hotel. Near the harbor and the main square are other charming hotels and lodging options that evoke the old town vibe of the city.

The Ioannis Daskalogiannis or the Chania International Airport is about 14 kilometers away from the city. The airport services domestic flights to key cities in Greece and charter flights from other European countries. Visitors coming from an international destination can book a connecting flight to Crete from Athens or Thessaloniki via the Aegean or Olympic Airlines.

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