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Chania

Crete, Greece
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Crete's quiet Venetian port

Crete’s most romantic destination offers an irresistible sense of charm. Chania’s Old Town is undeniably captivating, with winding alleyways lined with charming boutique stores, fragrant jasmine trees and bougainvillea, and picturesque squares dotted with local taverns serving Cretan delicacies. The Venetian harbor opens up to panoramic views of the Aegean and the striking Egyptian Lighthouse, which once guided ships safely into the harbor. Traces of centuries of conquests are evident in the amalgam of cultures that intertwine in the cobblestone streets and historical districts of this enchanting town. 

The district of Splantzia is lined with reminders of the town's Ottoman period. In the afternoon, take a walk along the marina, lined with yachts and Venetian boathouses reborn as exhibition spaces and cafes. At sunset people gather by the harbor to witness the magical sunset or simply stroll along the esplanade, which is home to Chania's oldest mosque, Yali Tzamisi, which hosts many cultural events. 

The surrounding area is a place of wild beauty, with a rugged landscape dotted with historic villages, and the peaks of the Lefka Ori ("White Mountains,") where you can still see snow in May. Nearby are some of Greece's most compelling beaches. By the island's westernmost tip, you can find the breathtaking Balos Lagoon, with jewel-colored waters. To the southwest is the heavenly Elafonissi Beach, with crystal-blue waters and pink sand. Crete's canyons, such as the Samaria Gorge, are equally dramatic, and have found places in legends and history.

Things to do in Chania

A lifetime is not enough to discover all of Crete. The diverse landscape, hundreds of mountainous villages with special traditions, and the island's seductive coastline, are just a few examples of what a journey to Crete entails. We’ve selected a few tours that will give you a glimpse of Crete's lifestyles. Tales of the conquests and influences that have shaped Chania are just part of the draws of a local walking tour. Visit the covered Municipal Market, situated in the heart of Chania’s Old Town, see places only locals know and sample some of Crete’s best delicacies. Visit Rethymnon, one of the island most well-preserved medieval settlements, with its picturesque alleyways, ancient fountain, Egyptian lighthouse, and artisanal workshops. Head to the island's monasteries to soak in their views and long histories, or enjoy cooking classes. Spend a day in the mountains, taking things slow as you meet with shepherds and savor a delicious home-cooked meal, then learn the art of drinking raki, a spirit central to the local culture. Crete is good for all of your senses!

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