Life Here Revolves Around the Waters Edge
At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived in Italy rather than the Greek island of Crete, as the charming Chania (pronounced Hania) boasts Venetian architecture at every turn. Narrow alleys appear cluttered with street cafes and water side restaurants offer a place to rest and watch the world go by. Byzantine churches, Minoan ruins, a Turkish minaret and 17th century lighthouse add to the ‘old world’ charm, however the shops, bars and discos soon bring things right up to date on holidays to Chania.
It’s not all about street life in Chania though, as the town boasts a gently shelving beach, perfect for soaking up the Greek sun, and it’s lined with snack bars and tavernas so you never need to wander far during the day. It’s pretty much the same by night as life revolves around the waters edge again and as the sun fades, the harbour comes to life. Whether you prefer to party or people watch, Greek music fills the air, as does the aroma of many local delicacies and the bright harbour lights shine brightly against the midnight blue sea.
Choose from all inclusive Chania hotels or customary bed and breakfasts; however don’t let the confines of all inclusive resorts stop you from exploring this fascinating area. The surrounding countryside is dotted with ramshackle villages and there’s a whole host of hidden coves to explore along the coast. Take a trip to one of Crete’s major attractions in Samaria Gorge, or visit the nearby towns of Elounda and Rethmynon.