Dive into Delight: A 3-Day Adventure in Chania

Embark on three days of endless diving in Chania, immersed in the beauty of this charming city!

Start your adventure by strolling along the Venetian harbour, taking in the picturesque scenery. Marvel at the iconic Chania lighthouse and then bask in the sun at Koum Kapi Beach.

Make sure not to miss the Archaeological Museum of Chania, showcasing its precious treasures.

On the following day, delve into the world of navigation at the Maritime Museum of Crete.

Head west towards Nea Chora Beach, offering a stunning view of the Lazareto Islet.

For the third day, treat yourself to Agia Marina, a destination that can fulfil your every desire!

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

DC suggests

discover crete

3 days

Chania: The Ultimate Summer Destination

Chania: The Ultimate Summer Destination

Destinations

VIEW MORE

ABOUT

Many say that ‘Chania is love’

Chania, the second-largest city on the island and the capital of the Chania prefecture, emanates a timeless coastal charm, brought to life by its iconic old port and the charming centre of the Old City. 

In Chania the narrow streets adorned with local shops serve as the true gems of the city. Exploring these charming streets allows you to immerse yourself in the magnificence of the medieval city. 

Chania offers an abundance of culinary delights with local flavours, providing a wide array of options for excellent food, refreshing drinks, and entertainment. Moreover, Chania's strategic location allows it to serve as a convenient base for visiting renowned and picturesque beaches like Elafonisi and Balos, located both in the vicinity and further south in the Chania prefecture.

Photo 1 by Marina Vernicos

Photos 2 - 5 by @nick.haji

Photos 6-9 incrediblecrete.gr

Venetian port of Chania

Venetian port of Chania

Ports & Marinas

VIEW MORE

ABOUT

The Venetian port of Chania stands as the most iconic monument in the Old Town of Chania and western Crete. It was constructed by the Venetians between 1320 and 1356, primarily for trade and as a defence against pirates.

The port was utilised by the Venetian military fleet and stood as the largest commercial port in the Eastern Mediterranean.

During the 16th century, a fortress was constructed, reinforcing the port with bastions, even at the breakwater.

During the early 20th century, ships would anchor outside the port, and passengers would approach the pier by boat.

Since then, the port of Souda has been utilised as a natural harbour for ships.

Today, the old port accommodates yachts and tourist boats, and during the summer, the surrounding tavernas and cafés bustle with life.

Photos: Incrediblecrete

The Egyptian Lighthouse: A Landmark of Chania's Cosmopolitan Port

The Egyptian Lighthouse: A Landmark of Chania's Cosmopolitan Port

Lighthouses

VIEW MORE

ABOUT

The Egyptian Lighthouse stands proudly as the iconic symbol of the cosmopolitan port of Chania. Initially built by the Venetians in the 16th century, this architectural marvel was originally situated on a rock. However, it underwent reconstruction by the Egyptians in the 19th century. With its imposing height of 21 metres, the lighthouse is an impressive sight and remains one of the most photographed landmarks in the city.

Photos 1 - 3 by @nick.haji

Photo 4 incrediblecrete.gr

Kum Kapi: A Charming Beach by the Old Venetian Harbour

Kum Kapi: A Charming Beach by the Old Venetian Harbour

Beaches

VIEW MORE

ABOUT

Nestled beside the Old City of Chania, overlooking the beach and the eastern coast, lies the distinctive district of Kum Kapi (also known as Koum Kapi). This charming area, situated slightly lower than the coastal pedestrian street, comes alive during the summer months, transforming into a vibrant hub. 

Amidst the lively atmosphere, you'll stumble upon Kum Kapi Beach, a small, unassuming stretch of sand with no parasols or beach loungers. 

This means it is free for all to use. With its shallow and invigorating waters, the beach attracts a youthful crowd who enjoy its laid-back ambiance. Alongside the beach, you'll find a variety of delightful cafés and tavernas, perfect for indulging in local treats while taking in the vibrant surroundings.

Photo by Evangelos Mpikakis on Unsplash

New Archaeological Museum of Chania

New Archaeological Museum of Chania

Museum

VIEW MORE

ABOUT

Its exhibits offer a timeless portrayal of the cultural history of the Prefecture of Chania, spanning from the Neolithic era to the years of Roman rule.

The exhibition is divided into two main sections. The eastern part showcases artefacts from the late Neolithic era and the Bronze Age (Minoan times). In the western part, you can explore antiquities from the Iron Age (historical times). The artefacts are organised and presented through excavation sets and thematic units.

The museum's collections encompass a wide array of artefacts, including Minoan findings from the city of Chania, prehistoric discoveries from caves, Minoan artefacts from different regions of the prefecture, items from tombs dating back to the geometric period, historical era findings from Chania and various other cities within the prefecture. Additionally, the collections feature coins, jewellery (both from prehistoric and historical times), sculptures, inscriptions, columns, and mosaics.

For more information: here.

Information Municipality of Chania

Maritime Museum of Crete

Maritime Museum of Crete

Museum

VIEW MORE

ABOUT

It features ship models, a diverse range of nautical instruments and devices, including gauges, barometers, anemometers, route or speed planners, torpedo firing discs, magnetic compasses, meteorological instruments, sextants, anti-torpedo boat helm or steering instruments, and more.

The Maritime Museum of Crete has an additional location at the opposite end of the old Venetian harbour in Neorion Moro. This site houses the Permanent Exhibition of Ancient and Traditional Shipbuilding, which features the Minoan ship ‘Minoa’. This ship is a meticulously reconstructed and historically accurate representation of a prehistoric rowing vessel from the 15th century BC, belonging to the island's shipbuilding tradition.


  • Accessible to people with disabilities
  • Email: mar-mus@otenet.gr
  • Opening times: 01/11 - 31/04 Daily 9:00 - 14:00, 01/05 - 31/10 Daily 9:00 - 17:00, Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

More information: here

Photo by Pexels

Wine, Gastronomy and History with a Castle View

Wine, Gastronomy and History with a Castle View

from 35€/person

Restaurant

VIEW MORE

ABOUT

Uncover gastronomic pleasure and the world of wine at Oinoa Wine Restaurant and Wine Bar.

Nestled within a stunning neoclassical building dating back to 1908, offering breath-taking sunset vistas and situated adjacent to the castle, this locale evokes a feeling of serenity and beauty.

Savour exquisite dishes paired with fine wines, serenaded by the melodies of quality music. Embark on a distinctive gastronomic journey that seamlessly blends the pleasures of food and wine with the enchanting backdrop and ambiance of Chania.

Nea Chora Beach

Nea Chora Beach

Beaches

VIEW MORE

ABOUT

Nea Chora Beach is situated west of Chania, approximately 1 kilometre from the Venetian Harbour.

It is an extensive beach with sandy shores and shallow waters, meticulously equipped with all the necessary infrastructure.

Surrounding the beach, there are tavernas and restaurants offering food and drinks.

It's worth noting that opposite the beach lies the islet of Lazaretto (or Lazaretta).

Lazaretto Islet

Lazaretto Islet

Nature & Outdoors

VIEW MORE

ABOUT

The islet of Lazaretto (also Lazareto) is situated opposite Nea Chora, and in the 17th century, the Venetians used it as a quarantine centre for Chania. It acquired its name from Lazarus, the patron saint of lepers in the Catholic Church.

The island boasts a beach with sandy and rocky seabed, and in certain areas, fragments of World War II bombs have been discovered.

Additionally, graves and remnants of buildings demolished by the Ottomans have been unearthed on the islet.

Photo Wikipedia

Agia Marina, Chania: A Marvellous Tourist Resort

Agia Marina, Chania: A Marvellous Tourist Resort

Destinations

VIEW MORE

ABOUT

Discover the allure of Agia Marina, a charming coastal settlement within the Municipality of Chania.

This wonderful tourist resort captures your heart with its inviting sea, perfect for engaging in thrilling water sports.

Just opposite lies the picturesque island of Agioi Theodoroi.

Renowned for its luxurious amenities and upscale hotels, Agia Marina offers visitors everything they could desire.

Explore a small cave south of the village, known as Anthropotripa, where artefacts dating from the Minoan era, spanning from early to late Minoan times, as well as pottery from the Roman era, have been discovered.

Agia Marina Beach: A Popular Coastal Gem in West Chania

Agia Marina Beach: A Popular Coastal Gem in West Chania

Beaches

VIEW MORE

ABOUT

Agia Marina Beach stands out as one of the most beloved beaches in northern Chania, attracting both families and visitors of all kinds. With its golden sand, gentle slopes, and award-winning, crystal-clear waters, it offers a serene and family-friendly atmosphere. This comfortable beach is well-equipped with all the usual beach amenities and has become a go-to option for both locals and tourists alike. The surrounding area is highly developed and caters to tourism, with the main beach of Platanias located in close proximity.

Raeti taverna restaurant

Raeti taverna restaurant

Tavern

VIEW MORE

ABOUT

Raeti Taverna Restaurant is situated in a charming spot in Agia Marina, Chania, and provides a truly welcoming atmosphere for you to savour your meal.

Focusing on well-cooked food, Raeti Taverna Restaurant offers a diverse selection of traditional Greek dishes. Additionally, the taverna boasts a wood oven for crafting delicious pizzas, adding a unique twist to its menu.

The courteous and efficient staff at Raeti Taverna Restaurant is always on hand to provide you with prompt and professional service.

A Delicious Voyage into Traditional Cuisine at Raeti taverna restaurant

A Delicious Voyage into Traditional Cuisine at Raeti taverna restaurant

Tavern

VIEW MORE

ABOUT

With your friends and family by your side, why not choose Raeti Taverna Restaurant for your next meal and relish the genuine flavours of Greek cuisine, just as it's meant to be enjoyed?

If you're eager to explore genuine flavours and explore the scenic Agia Marina area in Chania, why not pair it with a dining experience at Raeti Taverna Restaurant?

The welcoming ambiance of the taverna and the friendly and efficient staff eagerly await your arrival.

Its wood-fired oven adds a distinct element to your experience, yielding pizzas brimming with flavour and aroma.