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Chania Travel

Five Fascinating Corners of Crete

Chania Travel - Samaria Gorge

Chania Travel - we share some of the best destinations in western Crete, for those who like to get away from it all and into nature.

Chania Travel - Elafonisi Beach

Elafonisi Beach - an undeveloped beach in the south-west of the island

This beach is located on the south-west corner of Crete, 72 km from Chania Town.

Elafonisi is a beautiful, remote beach, with endless white sand dunes, crystal clear turquoise waters, with islets to explore (see above) with low lying coastal plants and rocky mini coves, perfect for private picnics and lazing in the sun... 

This protected and undeveloped area is becoming better known, and many people come during the day to explore the waterways and find the mysterious pink sand... there are areas of the beach with umbrellas and chairs. It is still possible to get away from all this and wander into your own part of this paradisical seascape...

It best to drive here by car, through the dramatic gorges and stunning scenery of Chania, as outlined in our mini guide to the west of Crete...

In summer there are local buses, but be careful not to lie dosing on the sand and miss the last bus back (around 4 pm)!

See Katia's story of Elafonisi here...

Elafonisi Beach - clear azure waters of the Mediterranean - little fishing boat

Samaria Gorge National Park

Samaria Gorge - Portes - the narrowest part of the gorge

Walking the Samaria Gorge is one of the most popular activities in Crete, it is here, away from the cities and beaches, that the true character of the land can be experienced.

The Samaria Gorge National Park protects some of the island's unique ecological communities and species including the Kri-Kri (Capra aegagrus cretica) or Cretan mountain goat.

Samaria Gorge - Kri Kri

The walk is 16 km - ending at the small seaside village of Agia Roumeli.

More stories of the walk here...

Balos Lagoon

Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa Islet

This really is one of the most beautiful experiences in the Mediterranean! This remote, untouched bay on the north-western tip of Crete is perfect for lolling about in the shallows, resting in the crystal clear waters, lying on the perfect white sand.

Gramvousa Islet was the scene for pirate activity in history, and the Venetians built a fortress up there, the ruins can still be seen, but who wants to go rushing up there when you can stay in the water? Relax on the beach!

Balos Lagoon - clear turquoise waters, fishing boat

To get to Balos Lagoon - take a day tour from Chania or a boat trip from Kastelli Kissamos, or hire a 4WD jeep and drive over dirt track to the end of the peninsula. You won't be disappointed.

Chania Travel - Loutro

Loutro is a tiny, remote fishing village with a few white buildings still untouched by mass tourism. If you like the quiet and like natural beaches, come and relax in Loutro.

This really is a wonderful Greek experience, away from it all.

Located in the south coast of Chania in a region named Sfakia, the crystal clear waters of Loutro and surrounding beaches of Sweet Water, Timios Stavros, Marmara and Pervolaki will enchant your senses.

Loutro - a small whitewashed Greek village by the sea

Accessible only by walking tracks and ferries, remember to book well ahead because the small hotels do get booked out quickly in summer.

Sit at the local tavernas in the evenings for a lovely fresh seafood meal, beautiful wine and the most romantic setting watching the sun set over the Libyan Sea. 

Chania Travel - Lake Kournas

Lake Kournas - a tranquil inland lake

Lake Kournas is located 45 km from Chania Town and 25 km from Rethymnon Town in the central west of Crete.

This beautiful fresh water lake is circled by the steep rocky foothills of the White Mountains, the harsh hillsides folding down into the lake which has some vegetation around the edges, making it a wonderful nature getaway - good for a dip or bird watching or paddle boating. In summer and winter this is a fresh spot to relax and take a break to admire the colours blue, green and turquoise of the waters.

Lake Kournas - colours dark blue to turquoise and hills all around

As the lake is 5 km from the picturesque beach of Georgioupolis and then a 5 km scenic drive from the village of Kournas, this makes a lovely day drive, with lunch at one of the tavernas on the lake, perhaps a coffee in a cafe at the village and a stop at Kournas Cave, with great views back down to the lake.

Lake Kournas - bright sand and clear waters show turquoise and blue, ringed by mountains

Chania Travel - when in the west of Crete, visit these out of the way places and experience the beauty and serenity; the true character of Crete.