I have been living in Chania for the last 30 years (my entire life), I work in the tourism sector and I can safely say that I know my birth city inside and out. Life in Chania is simple, traditional, and innocent and I find it very difficult to ever choose to immigrate to another place. The only period I stayed elsewhere was when I was I student at the University of Rehymno, studying at the Department of Philosophical and Social Studies. The one hour drive distance was enough for me to feel homesick and return to Chania every weekend. I love travelling and having the opportunity to discover new cultures and civilizations, however I equally love to return to my hometown.
“I find it difficult to single out my favorite feature of this wonderful place; perhaps the sea that is crystal blue? The Egyptian Lighthouse at the Venetian harbor or maybe the customs and traditions that are still kept intact at our villages? What about the incredible food or the peaceful and serene way of living? Perhaps the infamous Cretan hospitality and the warmhearted temperament of people. There are so many noteworthy features…”
Working in the tourism sector has given me the opportunity to meet and engage with visitors from many places across the globe. What and where would I recommend someone to visit if I were asked? To start with, I would suggest they had a walk around the narrow alleys of the Venetian harbor, to visit the Stivanadika quarter (leather goods market) and finish off by strolling right up to the lighthouse. I have been walking this promenade ever since I was a child and I don’t think I will ever have enough of it. I find it therapeutic for the soul. Then, I would recommend they had a swim at a unique beach such as Kedrodasos, Elafonisi or Balos. For traditional food, I would suggest they visited Kaliviani village near Falasarna beach and for afternoon drinks at the site of the Eleftherios Venizelos Memorial site for panoramic views of the entire city of Chania. If they encounter a local feast with traditional music and dances, I would strongly advise to seize the moment and join the celebrations. The experience is thrilling. Prior to one’s departure, visit the Municipal Market of Chania to shop for local products such as Cretan gruyere cheese, tsikoudia, apaki as well as souvenirs.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
The Municipality of Chania has a lot to offer. Breathtaking landscapes on the mountains and at the sea, hospitality, security, multiple experiences and it is no coincidence that every year, Chania is ranked among the top destinations worldwide. It ticks all the boxes for every taste and combines various ways of life, harmoniously.