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Chania (regional unit)

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Regional Unit of Chania (Greek: Περιφερειακή ενότητα Χανίων) is a region on the island of Crete. It has a population of 156,585 (2011).

Settlements[edit]

Chania
  • 1 Chania (Χανιά, Haniá) — largest city of the western region
  • 2 Omalos (Ομαλός) — a high plateau notable for being at the top of the Samaria gorge
  • 3 Agia Roumeli (Αγιά Ρουμέλη) — small coastal town at the end of the Samaria gorge
  • 4 Hora Sfakion (Χώρα Σφακίων or Σφακιά, Sfakia) — tiny capital in the southwest with white houses and the ferry to and from the Samaria Gorge
  • 5 Kissamos (Κίσσαμος) — not big on tourism and most of its income is from wine, oil, and agricultural production
  • 6 Paleochora (Παλαιόχωρα or Παλιόχωρα) — small resort village on southwest coast

Other destinations[edit]

Samaria Gorge
  • 1 Elafonisi (Ελαφονήσι) — a wonderful, but very crowded islet located close to the southwestern corner of Crete
  • 2 Gavdos (Γαύδος) — the southernmost point of Europe
  • 3 Samariá Gorge (Φαράγγι Σαμαριάς or just Φάραγγας) — A most visited gorge running from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea.

Understand[edit]

Souda

Get in[edit]

By ferry[edit]

Ferry services from Athens (Piraeus port) to Chania (Hania) Crete island. Schedules here.

You have two options for ferry travel to Chania - overnight cruise (approx. 9 hours) from Piraeus on ANEK Lines; or 4.5 hour daytime high-speed ferry from Piraeus on Hellenic Seaways.

By plane[edit]

  • 4 Chania airport. This airport is much smaller and far less busy than Heraklion airport. However, short (40-50 minute) flights are available from Athens. In the high season you can find charter-flights from many European cities. Chania International Airport (Q1232348) on Wikidata Chania International Airport on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

Map of Chania (regional unit)
Falasarna

Walk: Crete is a very safe and tourist friendly island.

The cheapest option would be to take the bus (which is also very safe). Besides that, renting a car or using taxis..

See[edit]

Monastery of Chryssoskalitissa
  • 1 Chrisoskalitissa Monastery — Located along the cliff top overlooking the southwestern coast.
  • 2 German War Cemetery (Germaniko Nekrotafio) (15th km old national road Chania- Kissamos). — one of the two German military cemeteries in Greece. Most of the soldiers buried here lost their lives on Crete.

Do[edit]

Gramvoussa

Explore... The Chania's harbour area is beautiful and the lighthouse is incredible. The Maritime museum is also a great visit. The Old Town is full of all types of shops, pubs, and restaurants that are aimed at tourists. Crete is full of a number of beautiful beaches and breath taking views. For wine enthusiasts, Nostos Winery is a 20-minute drive from the centre and is a beautiful winery that offers incredible tastings.

Eat[edit]

Go where the locals go...

However, if you are looking for a cheap and quick meal you can find gyros all over town.

Drink[edit]

A must in Crete is Raki. Be careful... it packs a punch. Additionally, many local bars and restaurants give out free shots or drinks to all costumers.

Sleep[edit]

You can expect plenty of choices concerning beach and city hotels in the region of Chania.

Stay safe[edit]

Go next[edit]

You can walk to the bus terminal easily from the harbor or main market square - 5 to 10 minutes.

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