Chania Greece

The Old Town

Chania Greece – The Old Town

The old town of Chania shows the architecture of its mixed history, Venetian mansions next to Turkish baths and cathedrals next to mosques. Highlights of the old town:

  • The narrow streets and lane ways
  • Local craft and art studios
  • Boutiques and jewellery studios
  • The small Venetian harbour
  • The Venetian Lighthouse
  • Fort Finca
  • The Mosque of the Janissaries
  • The Great Arsenal
  • The Fortezza
  • Restaurants by the Venetian harbour
Chania Greece - back lane ways of the old zone (image by Irene Shin)

One of the most interesting crafts of Chania is knife-making. Knives are interwoven with the history of Crete, and until very recently every proud Cretan man carried a knife, and some of the women too, and plenty still do! So keep a look out!

The intricacy of design and carving of the hand-crafted daggers and knives can be found on maheradika or "knife lane" in Chania.

Chania Hotels - The Old Town

Mosque of the Janissaries and the old harbour

There are some marvellous hotels in Chania, one of our favourites is the restored mansion Casa Delfino, another is the Charming Mama Nena Hotel (left).

An affordable pension within the walls of the old town is Pension Eva. Also in the old town are Hotel Helena and Madonna Studios representing good value for accommodation close to the limani.

Many of the small boutique hotels or pensions are located on Odos Zambeliou. This is a lovely location as it is in the heart of the old town, close to everything yet set a little back from the harbourside.

More on Chania hotels...

Dining in Chania Greece

There are plenty of choices for dining in Chania, especially in the atmospheric old town. One taverna which is easy to miss and is personally recommended by the We Love Crete team is the delightful Tamam.

Sitting by the bay before or after dinner, you will be able to relax looking out over the yachts and the marina, past the lighthouse to the Mediterranean, from  Nama Cafe Bar.

See our dedicated page for more information on Restaurants in Chania...

Chania Airport

Chania International Airport is 15-50 minutes drive from the centre of Chania, there are bus, taxi and transfer services available.

More details about the airport here

How to choose your Crete Airport here...

Exploring Beaches in Chania

Paleochora Beach (image by rgfoto)

Chania Greece is the most western prefecture of Crete, the capital is located on the north coast. All around this beautiful region of Crete you will be able to discover many beaches, from busy town beaches next to Chania, to wild beaches with no permanent development. 

· Elafonisi Beach

· Falasarna Beach

· Gramvousa

· Balos Lagoon

· Paleochora

· Sougia

· Maleme

· Agia Marina

· Agia Roumeli

· Loutro

· Souda Bay

· Frangokastello

See our dedicated page about the beaches of Crete...

Exploring Inland in Chania

The White Mountains of Crete

All around this magnificent land covered with rolling hills, high mountains, rugged gorges, high plateaux and everything in between, there are tiny villages to explore, each rich in local customs and history. 

· Theriso Village

· Chora Sfakion

· Lefka Ori - The White Mountains of Chania

· Samaria Gorge

· Agia Irini Gorge

· Omalos Plateau

· Askifou Plateau

See our page about rural guesthouses in Chania...

Video of Chania...

Here is a charming video featuring the old town of Chania Greece, the White Mountains, Balos Lagoon, Samaria Gorge and many other beautiful characteristic places of this western province of Crete...