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Chania Travel Questions & Answers

Chania Travel - here are all the answers to your questions about visiting Chania in western Crete. So simple and easy to explore, close to the international airport at Chania, the beaches, villages and mountains are fascinating and vast, there is so much to see in this corner of Crete...



Chania Town

The capital of the region is Chania Town or Xania Χανιά, on the north coast of Crete. This is a thriving modern town, with a beautiful old zone, full of history, adding the poetry of the cross-roads of time to your visit, with narrow laneways, museums, the old harbour and hammam bath houses to explore...spoil yourself at cafes, tavernas, bars and nightclubs, boutiques and studios all at world class quality.



Beaches On the North Coast

Agia Marina Beach on the north coast of Chania

To get to the beaches along the north coast, take the local blue buses, which depart from 1866 Square, just opposite Chalidon street.

Local bus information here...

Agia Marina Beach - a busy sand and pebble beach just 10 km west of Chania town.

Maleme Beach - a pretty sandy beach 14 km west of town.

Beaches at Kastelli Kissamos - a small sized town on Kissamos Gulf with a variety of beaches both east and west.

Falasarna Beach - a wild beach on the north-west of the island, with five coves to choose from.

Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Islet can be reached by boat from Kissamos or if you are adventurous, take a 4WD along the peninsula. This is a paradise of crystal clear water with white and pink sands, turquoise hues and wide open spaces...




On the South Coast

Paleochora Beach on the south coast of Chania

Elafonisi Beach - an undeveloped paradise on the south-west tip of Crete

Paleochora Beaches - a large village with loads of characters surrounded by south facing beaches and mountains coming down to the sea.

Sougia Beach - a tiny seaside hamlet on a remote beach on the south coast of Crete.

Agia Roumeli - at the end of Samaria Gorge, or the beginning, whichever way you approach, get there by ferry or walk in via the gorge.

Loutro - a sweet little wine glass cove with just a smattering of white washed buildings dotted around a turquoise bay.

Chora Sfakion - also known as Sfakia, this is a small village which acts as a gateway to the southern inaccessible beaches and Samaria Gorge...



Explore Chania

Samaria Gorge in Chania


The White Mountains or Lefka Ori are the dominant mountains of the region, visible from Chania town and extensive across their mass, with numerous peaks, gorges and plateaux to explore.

Agia Irini Gorge - is 43 km from Chania town, walk from the village of the same name down to 

Omalos Plateau - high in the mountains on the way to Samaria, a rich fertile plateau ringed by mountains.

Samaria Gorege - the beginning of the gorge is 70 km from town, the famous walk is 16 km and ends in Agia Roumeli on the south coast, see more in our holidays Crete Q&A or Samaria Gorge Stories page....

Askifou Plateau - 50 km from town in the heart of Sfakia.



Holidays Crete - Chania Villages

Theriso Gorge in Chania

Theriso - a lovely village reached by a scenic drive through Theriso Gorge from Chania, just 18 km into the hills and you will discover a true Cretan village with a vibrant, rebellious history.


Chora Sfakion - the gateway to the beautiful southern coast, this small village is surrounded by beautiful beaches and is the starting point (or ending point) for ferry trips to the southern beaches and Gavdos Island.



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Beaches Close to Chania Town 
Are there beaches in Chania town? I would like to stay in or close to Chania but in a place where it's easy and fast to get to the beach. What do you recommend? …

Elafonisi, Balos, Falasarna, Chania and Lake Kournas in Crete 
Hi, My friend and myself are planning to visit Crete for a 5 full days and would like to ask for the best ideas how to organize it to make the most of …

Elafonisi and Balos Beaches in One Day? 
We would love to see both Elafonisi Beach and Balos Beach, but we only have one day to commit to this. Is it possible to both if we get started early (departing …

Bus Chania Town to Airport 
Hi, I would like to know if you have any map with bus stops for buses going from Chania town to the Chania airport? Bus to Chania Airport Yes …

Hiking Samaria Gorge and Staying in Agia Roumeli 
Hello, I will be travelling in Crete 28 Sept-2 Oct and would prefer not to rent a car. I am staying in Chania for the 28 and 29 before hiking Samaria …

Cheapest Nights Stay in Chania 
Hello there, Here is the situation. We (2 persons) arrive at Chania on the 6th of August, at midnight (our flight arrives at around 23:50). We are looking …

Chania Visit - Accommodation with Water Views 
Hi, We are looking to spend 4 nights in Santorini and maybe 3 or 4 nights in Crete. We love good food and gorgeous beaches and quaint towns. I know …

Elafonisi or Falasarna Beach in April 
Dear we-love-crete, Thank you for your lovely and informative website. We are going to Crete from 12 to 17 April, and we really want to see some …

Travelling the Chania Region, Crete 
Hello, we are a young couple coming to visit Crete from the 6th to the 13th of June. We are landing and leaving from the Chania airport. We land late …

Balos lagoon and Elafonisi Beach 
Thank you for this wonderful site. We are coming to Crete in September for 12 nights and are staying in Stalis. On reading more about Crete, I would …

Bus from Paleochora to Omalos 
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Chania Accomodation and Elafonisi Crete 
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