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Chania Visit - Accommodation with Water Views

by Tania


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 we can't see much because of time restraints. We will probably arrive in Chania.

We would love to see Elafonisi beach. Is it worth the trip or are there any other beaches that would come close? Also if we do 4 nights should we stay in 2 places or just Chania?

We would ideally like to stay somewhere with a water view also? Interested in your feedback.

Chania, Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa

Tania, if you have a short time in Chania there is a closer beach than Elafonisi that is spectacular, with an organised day tour or boat trip. It is actually a lagoon and series of beaches. The Lagoon is called Balos and the islet is called Gramvousa.

Gramvousa info here

Balos Lagoon info here

This is one of the most beautiful, untouched beaches on Crete and much closer to Chania town. You can take a day tour from Chania town.

Day Tour Info here

You can also take the local bus to the smaller town called Kastelli Kissamos and then take the boat out to Balos Lagoon.

Kastelli Kissamos info here

Visiting Chania town is all about the old town and the quaint atmosphere by the harbour. We suggest a small hotel with harbour views, this is the essence of the character of the old town. Try Mama Nena, a small place with lovely water views.

Mama Nena Hotel - Chania

Pension Eva has beautiful coloured walls in a traditional building, with a great rooftop view. The rooms are basic and quite small. The location is perfect but rooms may not have a water view.

You can also try Hotel Helena (pictured above) which is centrally located in a beautifully restored traditional building. Be sure to ask for a room with a view as this hotel has both harbour facing rooms and those that face the lane way.

The Fagotto Rooms are lovely but not water facing, this hotel is tucked away at the western edge of the old zone, just a stroll from your morning cafe on the harbour.

Porto Del Colombo Boutique Hotel is worth consideration as it is just so beautiful, it may have some water views from the top floor rooms.

Bon Voyage! Enjoy Kriti, Kalo taxidi!

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