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Chania Accommodation and Elafonisi Crete

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Chania Accommodation and Elafonisi Crete - a question from one of our web visitors. We have been asked many questions about travel in Kriti and we are happy to help.

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Hi, I'm heading to Crete via Athens this coming May 14. I would appreciate it if you could assist with the following queries:

1. Please recommend a budget/mid range traditional hotel in the heart of Chania, somewhat like this picture, located within the narrow lane ways.

2. We intend to head to the Elafonisi beach. We would appreciate the advice as to whether it is better to drive or to take a tour.

Many thanks in advance,



Chania pension accommodation in the old town

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Chania Accommodation and Elafonisi Crete

Yiasas Sharon,

To answer Q1 - we can suggest some lovely pensions in the old quarter of Chania, set amongst the characteristic lane ways and close to the harbour, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and jewellery studios, and very charming just like the image that you shared.

They are affordable and small, therefore we suggest that you book ahead.

Iliotropo Art Rooms
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Iliotropo Art Rooms - this is a good central affordable choice in the old quarter. With plenty of character just like the picture you chose. Enjoy true Cretan hospitality and your views from the balcony over the lane way.

Pension Eva in Chania Old Town
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Pension Eva has all the qualities of the photograph you chose, with beautiful coloured walls in a traditional building, with a great rooftop view. The rooms are basic and quite small. The location is precious and the pension has lovely ambience.

Fagotto Art Residences - located in the picturesque old town of Chania and within a close walk from the Old Venetian Harbour

The Fagotto Art Residences are in a traditional home that has been tastefully restored, each of the stone walls tells a story. Tucked away at the western edge of the old zone, near Fort Finca, this pension is just a stroll from your morning cafe on the harbour.

Porto Del Colombo Pension - a renovated Venetian building on the western side of the Old Town of Chania

The beautifully restored Venetian building housing Porto Del Colombo Traditional Boutique Hotel is located one step back from the harbour in the old zone of Chania. It is well worth consideration as it is just so full of character.

Hotel Helena Chania

Hotel Helena which is centrally located in a beautifully restored traditional building. This is a family-run hotel with wonderful personal service with the true spirit of Cretan hospitality.

Getting to Elafonisi Beach

Elafonisi Beach sometimes shows pink sand from corals amongst the white sandy shoresElafonisi Beach sometimes shows pink sand from corals amongst the white sandy shores

Chania Accommodation and Elafonisi Crete

To answer Q2 - for Elafonisi, if you are an independent traveller who doesn't like crowds, who doesn't mind hiring a car and driving on the right side of the road, along some beautiful gorges and over some mountains, it would be much better to hire a car and drive yourself to Elafonisi. It is also possible to take the local bus.

There is a lot to explore along the way to this remote beach, such as the Gorge of Topolia, and it is possible to see the real Crete behind the beaches when travelling on these back roads by yourself.

Information pages you may need for your trip are below, perhaps this will help you make up your mind whether to drive or to take a tour.

Palaiochora Beaches Crete

Another way to get to Elafonisi is to drive or take the bus to the southern village of Palaiochora. This village is surrouded by beaches and is set a little distance away from Elafonisi Beach. This is ideal because Elafonisi is a protected natural area where there is no need for development, it is best to keep it natural and pristine.

Palaiochora has many different accommodation options, loads of fun things to do, varied cafes and tavernas and lovely beaches. From here you can take a boat to Gavdos Island, or take the ferry along the southern coast of Chania to remote seaside villages.

To get to Elafonisi from Palaiochora is easy, just take a ride on the daily ferry or take a water taxi. Those who like to hike can walk one way on the E4 European Walking Path.

Small beautiful coves between Elafonisi and PalaiochoraSmall beautiful coves between Elafonisi and Palaiochora

Day Tour to Elafonisi

Experience Elafonisi on a day trip from Chania Town

Elafonisi Day Tour - visit Topolia Gorge for breakfast then witness the crystal clear waters and white sandy beauty of Elafonisi. Stay at the beach with 4 hours of free time. This is a 12 hour day tour. Pick-ups and drop-offs at your Chania hotel.

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Chania Accommodation
Other Options

Chania Accommodation - those who appreciate the narrow streets full of history in Chania will enjoy staying within the walls of the Old Town. We have included some alternative characteristic accommodation suggestions below.

Madonna Studios in the back lanes of the Old Town of Chania

Madonna Studios - small, family-run place with only 5 rooms, you will certainly get personal service here from the friendly owner, Thomais. The original building dates back to 1252, rooms have balconies and plenty of light. An excellent budget choice in the old zone.

The bar inside Domus Renier Boutique Hotel

Domus Renier Boutique Hotel - a little up market, this stylish hotel has wonderful historic aesthetics and a sense of place. With only 9 suites, it is truly a gorgeous small hotel experience in the old quarter.

Monastery Estate Venetian Harbour - a delightful restoration of an old mansion in the heart of Old Town

Monastery Estate Venetian Harbour - a boutique modern hotel within a restored mansion of a Venetian nobleman. Featuring private hot tub and steam room in your suite. The restaurant has distinctive Cretan cuisine with modern touches. This is an extraordinary stylish truly boutique experience. The restoration includes the original hammam. Distinctive and exquisite.

Casa Delfino - Chania Old Town
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Casa Delfino is our top tip for Chania Old Town. This beautifully restored mansion is the quintessential Chania experience. Enjoy the quiet courtyard just a few steps back from the harbour, with its own private bar. Enjoy the rooftop view and views over the harbour from your room.

Information Pages

Chania Accommodation and Elafonisi Crete - here are the information pages from our website which will help you make up your own unique independent itinerary for a holiday in Kriti. Our site is designed to support you with all the ideas and info so you can maximise your freedom to travel how you want and follow your own path.

Getting to Crete

Take a 1 hour flight from Athens to Heraklion with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air, with many flights available per day.

Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.

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Car hire in Crete is a really good idea as it is a large island 60 km by 260 km. There is so much to explore.

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