Experience the Magic of Chania for a Weekend Getaway

Chania is a versatile choice, suitable for both couples and families alike.

For a delightful and enriching weekend experience, history enthusiasts can explore the Archaeological Museum of Chania and visit the Venizelos Tombs situated to the east of the city.

Discover excellent diving spots close to the city at Nea Chora, Kalamaki, Agioi Apostoli, and Golden Beach, among other beautiful locations.

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Chania: The Ultimate Summer Destination

Chania: The Ultimate Summer Destination

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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

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New Archaeological Museum of Chania

New Archaeological Museum of Chania

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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.

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Venizelos Tombs

Venizelos Tombs

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The Venizelos Tombs are situated to the east of Chania city, atop the hill of Prophet Elias. This site serves as the final resting place for Eleftherios Venizelos and his son, Sophocles Venizelos.

Eleftherios Venizelos personally selected the location for the Venizelos Tombs, just a few kilometres from his residence in Chalepa. 

Next to the Venizelos Tombs stands the stone statue of Liberty. Additionally, there is a statue of Spyros Kagialedakis, who etched his name in history on 9th February 1897. On that day, he used his own body as a mast to hoist the Greek flag high when Italian shells rained down on Akrotiri. His heroic act compelled the Italians to cease their bombardment in acknowledgment of his bravery.

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Sunset Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Chania

Sunset Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Chania

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Under the guidance of Sup n' Blue's experienced instructor, you'll receive instruction on the fundamentals of stand-up paddleboarding. They will ensure your safety and build your confidence throughout the journey, all without requiring any prior experience.

As you glide along the coastline on a SUP board, you'll relish the sunset's beauty. During the journey, pause for a refreshing swim and bask in the soothing embrace of the warm sea. Take a moment to breathe, absorb positive energy, immerse yourself in nature, and feel completely rejuvenated!

This experience is ideal for couples, friends, and families – and especially for those who have a fondness for sunsets.

Genuine Traditional Sfakian Cuisine

Genuine Traditional Sfakian Cuisine

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Experience a unique gastronomic journey with authentic Cretan cuisine at Chrysostomos Restaurant.

Indulge in authentic traditional dishes cooked in the wood oven, prepared with care and high-quality ingredients sourced from Sfakia.

In a setting adorned with traditional decor, objectively portraying the everyday life of Cretans from past decades, you will experience true Cretan hospitality.

The dishes are prepared with extra virgin Cretan olive oil, and the lamb and goat are sourced from Sfakia.

You'll also be impressed by the sourdough bread baked in the wood oven, which you can pair with a drizzle of olive oil and coarse salt.

You can indulge in a variety of dishes prepared in a wood-fired oven, including ‘ofto’ lamb, ewe in greaseproof paper, lamb and potatoes, stuffed vegetables, boureki, runner beans and cured meat. Additionally, relish tasty stews such as sautéed goat (with or without ‘staka’-a traditional Cretan dairy product), mushrooms and spiny chicory, lamb and spiny chicory fricassée, beef stew, ‘kokkinisto’ rooster (cooked in tomato sauce), hare in wine sauce, as well as daily specials.


Creative Cuisine and Unique Cocktails

Creative Cuisine and Unique Cocktails

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Canale Restaurant provides a unique gastronomic experience with a rich menu of Cretan dishes, each crafted with special flair and creativity.

Savour expertly crafted cocktails and relish the ambiance and serene sea views.

The flawless service will enhance your overall experience, making it even more delightful.

Nea Chora Beach

Nea Chora Beach

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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).

Kalamaki Chania: An Ideal Beach for All Ages

Kalamaki Chania: An Ideal Beach for All Ages

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Kalamaki, situated northwest of Chania, is renowned as one of the cleanest beaches in the area. It boasts a well-organised setup and pristine fine sand, making it an ideal spot for relaxation. The beach is easily accessible and is located in Galatas village, just about 6 kilometres away from Chania city. What makes Kalamaki even more special is that it serves as a nesting ground for the Caretta caretta turtles, an endangered species.

Escape to Refreshment: Exploring the Four Beaches of Agioi Apostoli

Escape to Refreshment: Exploring the Four Beaches of Agioi Apostoli

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Located just under 4 kilometres west of Chania city, the beaches of Agioi Apostoli offer a stunning coastal experience. Situated on a small hill, these four sandy beaches provide magnificent views and are particularly well-suited for families. The area is divided into three peninsulas, forming four sandy bays. With shallow and crystal-clear waters, these beaches are both well-equipped with amenities and perfect for swimming.

Adjacent to the Agioi Apostoli beaches is a charming grove, complemented by a well-equipped seaside resort that caters to all the needs of beachgoers. With amenities such as lifeguards, sports facilities, and recreational areas, visitors can enjoy a comprehensive beach experience in this delightful coastal area.


Golden Beach: Where the Name Says It All

Golden Beach: Where the Name Says It All

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Situated near the city of Chania, Golden Beach is a popular destination cherished by both locals and tourists alike. True to its name, the beach boasts golden sand and is well-equipped with the usual beach amenities, offering a picturesque setting with crystal-clear blue waters. Its shallow and calm nature makes it an ideal choice for families with children, providing a safe and enjoyable environment to relax and soak up the sun.

Stretching for approximately half a kilometre and proudly adorned with a Blue Flag, Golden Beach presents an ideal solution for city dwellers seeking a convenient seaside escape. With amenities including sun loungers, a lifeguard on duty, and a dedicated children's playground, this beach offers a well-rounded experience for visitors of all ages.

Golden Beach is accessible both by car and public transportation. Regular bus services operate with frequent itineraries to and from Golden Beach.