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Dominated by impressive white mountains Chania is a city on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete and is ideal for a private villa holiday. This picturesque town is both a family friendly and romantic destination with exotic beaches, amazing landscapes, enthralling nature and great gastronomy. It’s known for its 14th Century Venetian harbour, narrow streets and waterfront restaurants. Just some of the main highlights include Elafonissi beach, Ballos beach, Falassarna beach, Sfakia village, Fragocastello fortress and Samaria Gorge.

Things to do from Chania

Chania’s not only popular for the beautiful beaches but also for its famous National Park. Easily accessible from your Greek private villa,  Chania provides tourist services and activities of all kinds, satisfying people of all ages. Chania is a paradise for food and wine lovers, you can taste the famous Cretan cuisine with a glass of excellent Cretan wine in one of the local restaurants. Don't miss the opportunity to visit one of the many wineries in the area, where you will get to know the vine varieties of the Cretan terrain, the special local gastronomy and not to forget the outstanding Cretan hospitality on offer.

Chania, Crete
Chania Harbour

History and Culture in Chania

Wandering around the old town’s maze-like alleys, you’ll come across noble mansions, Venetian fortresses, museums, fountains and churches, that ooze a unique charm.  Admire the different architectural styles presenting the historical route of the city. At the harbour entrance is a 16th Century lighthouse with Venetian, Egyptian and Ottoman influences. Opposite is the Nautical Museum home to model ships, naval objects and photographs. You can also enjoy a visit to the former monastery of St. Francis which now houses the Archaeological Museum of Chania.

Family holidays in Chania

In addition to simply enjoying the amazing beaches in the area and the town itself, there are ample day trips from Chania you can take in order to see more of the countryside and sample a little of Cretan life.  

Experience the best of the island's underwater world on a glass-bottom boat tour or keep the whole family entertained on a charming mini train ride along the coast. Travelling through fishing towns, gorges and olive groves, you’ll see a mix of local attractions and hidden gems. Our family villas are chosen to create the ideal home from home and they are the perfect base for your exploration.

Adventurous activities in Chania

Set out on your own adventure, as you walk around the four distinct areas of Chania, each with its own look and feel. Kastelli is hilly with narrow, twisty walkways. Topanas is set back from the old port and has narrow roadways. The Jewish District is easily identified by its wider streets and the Splantzia District has the greatest number of outdoor cafés and restaurants, mostly located around a huge plane tree in front of the Church of St. Nicolas. Alternatively, take to the water for an adventure of a different kind, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and cave diving are all possible from here.

Romance in Chania

The perfect destination for a romantic villa holiday, Chania is a wonderful place to lose yourself in its charms for an afternoon that could easily stretch into an evening dinner at a romantic restaurant overlooking the Venetian harbour. An evening stroll hand in hand at sunset is one of the simplest ways to make the most of your time away together, before enjoying a meal for two under the stars with stunning views across the sea.

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