A city of many tales, ancient, old and contemporary, Greek and yet not only. Chania is one of the most appealing and worldwide popular tourist destinations of Greece, attracting every year, all year round, thousands of visitors and faithful lovers who repeatedly return to this mistress/city that has been so generously blessed by nature and densely woven by history.
A CITY OF MANY TALES
WELCOME TO CHANIA
PEOPLE & STORIES
Pavlos F. is a true-born Cretan from Chania and a 2nd generation bee-keeper, producing pure, organic thyme honey.
I am originally from Chicago, USA and I first arrived in Chania on military orders, but I decided to stay here because of the community that I became a part of.
Stranded in Chania
This is my story of how a holiday trip to Chania, triggered a second business trip in 2020 that got me stranded because of Covid 19, but led me to grow a business, fall in love and decide to move my entire life here.
Inside the lighthouse
And here comes the day that what you have always dreamt as a kid from Chania, comes true..!
The iconic Venetian Harbor is the picture-perfect, social media ‘must-share’, part of Chania city, where architecture travels you to its historical past. The exquisite monuments, along with the restored centuries-old buildings, create a one-of-a-kind setting that clearly belongs on everyone’s bucket list
JEWISH QUARTER TOPANAS
Charm in a nutshell. Once, these narrow, picturesque alleys behind the Venetian harbor constituted the Jewish hub of Chania and Synagogue Etz Hayyim was the heart of the community.
Otherwise, the Splatzia district. The area that once constituted the Turkish quarter, with Splatzia square in its center, is now a busy, bohemian neighborhood with loads of local flair.
Chania city expanded its reach, outside the Venetian fortress during the last three centuries. The architectural styles in different zones of modern Chania showcase a timeline of how different socio-economic groups settled in the city.
The Gate of Sand. This coastal neighborhood is found east of the old city, right outside the Venetian walls. Small cafes, tavernas and bars give a colorful flair to this calmer side of the old city.
The ‘new country’ of Chania city was just that, for working class religious minorities creating new settlements outside the Venetian walls. Today it boasts the closest beach to the city framed by delicious fish& seafood restaurants.
The historic and aristocratic neighborhood of diplomats and upper-class residents of the late 19th and early 20th still exudes allure and an air of nostalgia making it perhaps the most attractive area of Chania besides the Venetian harbor.
Tabakaria is eerie yet appealing; once an industrial coastal zone in the eastern outskirts of the city. Tabakaria takes after the Turkish word tabak-hane, meaning tannery and today the area is gaining popularity with new uses taking over the abandoned tanneries.
EL. VENIZELOS TOMBS
The best views for Greece’s Ethnarch. On a woody hill overlooking the entire city lay the memorial graves of Eleftherios Venizelos and his son Sofoklis Venizelos, who both served their country as Prime Ministers of Greece.
FLAVORS & SCENTS
No one can resist the deliciousness of Cretan cuisine; no one can deny the highly nutritional value of Cretan products.
DO & FEEL
In an attempt to capture the essence of Crete, one may lose oneself in a whirlwind of experiences in order to truly discover oneself. Chania is a mythical place that exercises the body, nourishes the soul, elevates the spirit and opens the heart.
Witness first-hand the world-known, iconic treasures of Chania, such as the Egyptian Lighthouse, the Venetian Shipyards(Neoria), the Yali Tzamii mosque and the Byzantine Walls.
The magical city of Chania is crowned by a collection of amazing beaches for every taste. Get to know them better and find out which are the best fit for you.
In millions of years, the circle of water has left its footprint on this enduring land, creating unique rock formations, gorges, cliffs, peaks, caves, river paths and fertile delta rivers.
The Greek Orthodox Church in Crete and across the Greek nation played an instrumental role in preserving the Hellenic identity during the Venetian and Ottoman occupation.
The villages in the municipality of Chania are like treasuries that preserve the traditional culture of Crete, making the short trip there totally worthwhile.
The history of Chania city, spanning many millennia, is too big for the size of the city. In its museums you can experience the effect this large history has in today’s culture.