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Chania's harbour is magnificent. It's easy to see why the Venetians and Turks built their great and beautiful cities here. But it's not just the harbour or the best places to stay in Chania that'll impress you - looking westwards from Chania's harbour you'll see mile upon mile of beautiful, sandy beach, dotted here and there with resort facilities.
Chania's Old Town spreads out from the harbour, along a maze of narrow alleys squeezing between houses. The harbour area has been built and rebuilt so many times it's a fascinating mish-mash of architectural styles and eras, but together the impression is charming.
In addition to the beautiful Old Town, Chania also has an impressive Archaeological Museum, a Naval Museum and several other museums. And loads of interesting churches. And an olive press. All explaining why Chania is one of the best places to stay in Crete for culture vultures!
The Venetian port is one of the local highlights and one of the most picturesque ports in the country. These days the main activity here is people frequenting the little cafes, bars and restaurants, but don't be too worried this is a tourist trap, it's also a popular spot for locals, and it's a lovely place to stroll around in the evening.
Chania has a lively artisans quarter - get your Cretan rugs and blankets, jewellery, art and ceramics at Carmela, your leather on the Leather Street: Odhós Skrídhlof, and your food from the Public Market. And Chania is also known for having some of the best restaurants on Crete.
Chania is also a popular destination for trekkers and walkers because it's the closest large town to Samaria Gorge.
For the history
Chania is the ideal base if you want to visit Polyrinia, one of the most fortified towns in ancient Greece. It's also home to a historic market and impressive Archaeological Museum.
For the beaches
If you're here for the beaches make sure you include Golden Beach on your list, it's often been voted one of the best in Chania, with the golden sands and clear, shallow waters that make for great family beaches.
- One of the best places to stay in Chania for beach lovers is the Minoa Palace Resort and Spa - which is actually just up the beautiful beach from town. More than comfortable, this hotel is boxy, modern and colourful, built around a huge pool - which you may never use, as the beach is so close by and so lovely!
For a boutique break
If you're looking for somewhere really special to stay consider 17th Century Venetian mansion, Casa Delfino. Grand in the great Venetian traditions, but also opulent by modern ones, this 24 room townhouse is right in the heart of the Old Town, so one of the best places to stay in Chania if you want to be in the centre of the action.
Chania on a Budget
- If you want friendly and comfortable in the heart of town, Nostos is a good bet. Rooms are studio style, but some have galleries or balconies looking out onto the harbour. And all starting from less than £50 per night.
- Splanzia Hotel is more traditional, and almost as affordable, with lots of rustic charm. There's a cosy bar and lots of nice features in the rooms, and the courtyard is lovely. If you're looking for value chic, this is definitely one of the best places to stay in Chania.
Chania with your Family
- The choice of two of four bed suites - all which have mini kitchens, make the Pandora Suites one of the best places to stay in Chania for families. Plus the views from the roof terrace are unforgettable. Built in the 1870s this unique property is bright, light and breezy with plenty of traditional charm.
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