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Chania Travel Questions - visitors ask us their travel questions and we are more than happy to help. Here are 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 - see our tips to help arrange your independent trip to Crete.
Chania Travel Questions -
the capital of this 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 lane ways, 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.
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.
To the east of Chania is the long, wide sandy beach of Georgioupolis, with the little white chapel of Agios Nikolaos in the harbour. KTEL buses travelling along the national road stop at this beach, so services are frequent.
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.
Walking to Loutro - three different paths to explore the southern coast and arrive into the idyllic harbour of Loutro.
Chora Sfakion - also known as Sfakia, this is a small village which acts as a gateway to the southern inaccessible beaches and Samaria Gorge. Take the ferry from here to many of the southern villages and Gavdos Island.
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.
Askifou Plateau - 50 km from town in the heart of Sfakia, this place has open spaces and high mountains as well as touching the historic heart of Crete.
Kaliviani - a small village surrounded by farmland close to Kastelli Kissamos town, Balos Lagoon and Falasarna Beach, with several tavernas serving local food
Plaka Village in Apokoronas near Chania sits at the base of Mount Drapanokefala (shown) over looking Almirida and Kalives Beaches and Souda Bay.
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.
Two Girlfriends on an Adventure - bring on the Goddess trip to Crete; this itinerary includes Knossos, Rethymnon and Chania.
Chania Accommodation and Elafonisi Beach - budget hotel suggestions and how to get to this pristine natural beach.
Palaiochora to Elafonisi Boat Trip - how to get to this southern village and gorgeous beach.
Beaches close to Chania town - how to choose a beach near town.
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This handy e-book is designed for those travellers that want to get away from the tourist hot spots into the real Crete, and compiled by the team at We Love Crete.
Lots of our visitors wrote to us to say 'What can I see in 5 days?' or 'I only have 5 days in Crete!'
With guides and tips for routes on back roads, this e-book can be used to plan your own trip, and go your own way, and your own time, of course we suggest taking much more than 5 days!
Together with the e-book for the east of Crete, you can combine the two routes and see both sides of the island, not compromising on major highlights, but seeing out-of-the-way places.
Buses in Crete are reliable, punctual, convenient, clean and modern. The company or cooperative that runs the buses is called KTEL.
There is a bus station in each major town with plenty of information as to how to get where you want to go, and online services too. The bus stations have luggage storage and cafes. We have travelled all over Crete by bus and never had any hiccups, quite the opposite, we found the drivers and ticket collectors on each bus are really, really helpful and it is a great way to travel to see the island.
Even tiny villages has bus services, it is just that the buses are not very frequent. Be sure to check the timetables for return buses before you leave. Here is more information about the buses in Chania region.
Many web visitors asked us how to get around Crete by bus - so we have put together these little booklets with options for 5, 7 or 10 days around the west or east of Crete.
West Crete by Bus - with a live link map, accommodation suggestions, bus information and plenty more. We sort out all the timetable guesses for you and show you how to navigate around some of the most beautiful places in Crete by local buses.
Together with the e-book for the east of Crete you can combine these trips and plan your own itinerary across the island using local buses - East Crete by Bus.
Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.
More on flights and ferries below.
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.
When you book with our car rental partners - Rental Centre Crete - you are supporting a local company with excellent service and an easy online booking procedure. We are sure you will be well looked after by the team. Choose from hybrid or non-hybrid vehicles.
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