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Situated in northwestern Crete, 19 km away from Panorama Village, Chania is an administrative, financial, commercial and communication centre. Besides, this melting pot of cultures at the crossroads of 3 continents has a long history, natural beauty, unique architecture and rich tradition.

The Venetian Port with its distinctive Egyptian Lighthouse is the city’s landmark

History and culture
of Chania

The old town embodies a great part of Chania’s long history. Its colourful neighborhoods are full of charming alleys, monuments and architectural gems from the Venetian, Ottoman and neoclassical period.

What to do in Chania (Activities)

Ski touring

Explore the White Mountains by ski touring on their snowy slopes. You can even take part in the annual Pierra Creta open ski mountaineering race.

Surfing & windsurfing

at nearby Chrysi Akti and Stalos beaches.

Mountain biking

With this up-and-coming and fun sport, you can discover the beauty of Cretan nature while exercising in one of the 20 best MTB-trails around Chania.


Nature is ever-present, thanks to the nearby White Moauntains with its lakes, caves, canyons, and several coastal trails.

Traditional celebrations

The most famous local celebrations are the Feast of Tsikoudia, the Sardine Festival and the Feast of Klidonas.

Festivals and exhibitions

The city offers very attractive cultural activities, especially in summer. Chania Festival, also known as “Cultural Summer”, features a variety of cultural events such as theater, dance and music performances.


Nature is ever-present, thanks to the nearby White Moauntains with its lakes, caves, canyons, and several coastal trails.


Crete is the largest and most populous island in Greece. It stands out for its natural beauty, fertile land, local products and the famous Cretan diet, main component of the Mediterranean diet. Greek hospitality and an award-winning gastronomy are inextricably linked to Crete. All of the above, as well as Crete’s location and accessibility, have turned this island into a unique destination for both visitors and businessmen from all over the world.

Air Travel

• Chania International Airport
“Ioannis Daskalogiannis”

• Heraklion International Airport
“Nikos Kazantzakis”

• Sitia Public Airport
“Vitsentzos Kornaros”

Sea Travel

Different cities around Crete operate as terminals for passenger ships, with daily connections to the ports of Piraeus and other islands, such as Santorini and Mykonos.

Souda Port (14km from Chania): ferries to Piraeus

Rethimno Port: ferries to Santorini and Milos

Heraklion Port: ferries to Santorini, Mykonos and other islands

Kisamos (Kastelli) Port: ferries to Kythira and Antikythira

Direct flights to Crete from numerous countries

(Average Flight Time)

France 3:30h
Great Britain 4:00h
Norway 4:00h
Denmark 3:30h
Sweden 4:00h
Finland 3:45h
Poland 3:00h
Germany 3:00h

Belgium 3:45h
Austria 2:30h
Netherlands 3:45h
Cyprus 1:30h
Italy 2:00h
Romania 2:00h
Ireland 4:30h
Czech Republic 2:45h
Hungary 2:15h
Switzerland 2:45h

Bulgaria 1:45h
Lithuania 3:15h
Serbia 2:00h
Estonia 4:00h
Iceland 5:20h
Latvia 3:35h
Israel 2:00h
Belarus 3:00h
Russia 3:45h 

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