The diplomatic, political and aristocratic hub of the late 19th & early 20th century exudes opulence and charm to this day.

Chalepa is located on the North-East outskirts of Chania city where the road from Akrotiri (Cape) comes to an end entering the city. It was and still is an affluent suburb of the city, and back in the 19th century it was considered a diplomatic hub. Opulent mansions with large lush, gardens housed the crème-de-la-crème of Chania’s society and most of the consulates where also located in this aristocratic quartier. Prime Ministers of Greece such as the Ethnarch Eleftherios Venizelos and Konstantinos Mitsotakis lived in Chalepa.

Many of these architectural masterpieces have been abandoned because of the great cost of restoration however some have been saved and transformed to boutique hotels. The consulates of Great Britain, Austria-Hungary, Germany operate as hotels, Villa Blanche (ex-French consulate is currently being restored) will become a luxury boutique and Italian consulate is operating as an elderly home.