Chania, Greece

Chania, Greece

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A Grecian getaway to Chania

Perched on the north-west coast of Crete, Chania is brimming with charm. The captivating city is anchored by a 14th century Venetian Harbor, fringed by waterfront restaurants and sun-dappled cafes. Venture inland and you'll find yourself in a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets, lined with handsome Ottoman townhouses. Today they house boutiques, trattorias and artisan leather stores. Want to stay in a slice of history? Housed in characterful old buildings, Chania vacation rentals promise a unique stay in one of Greece's most evocative cities.

Soak up the scene in Chania's Venetian Harbour

Few places in Greece live up to the splendor of Chania's Venetian Harbour. A string of pastel buildings overlook the marina, which was once a target for pirate raids. Today visitors flock to devour seafood and sip on raki at its waterfront tavernas. The atmosphere is fantastic, so why not stay local? From morning coffees, to sunset cocktails, there's no better place to relax than the deck of a harborfront Chania vacation rentals villa. Foodies will salivate over Chania's smorgasbord of offerings. Think craft cocktails at trendy bars, creamy Cretan cheeses sold at the Agora market and flaky "bougatsa" pastries hawked by local bakeries.

Discover Chania's seafaring past

Housed in the Venetian Church of San Francisco, the Chania Archaeological Museum showcases a treasure trove of artifacts. From ancient Minoan sarcophagi, to gleaming Hellenistic jewelry, history lovers will be in their element. Next up is the Maritime Museum of Crete. It's located in a wing of the mighty Firkas Fortress and houses model ships, sea battle memorabilia, nautical artifacts and more. At sunset, take a stroll out to the photogenic Chania Lighthouse. It's been watching over the mouth of the Venetian Harbour since the 16th century and commands sweeping views of the waterfront.

Four seasons of sunshine in Chania

Summer is high season in Crete and Chania is no exception. Temperatures hover around the 80s, which makes for dreamy beach weather. Be sure to book Chania vacation rentals in advance, as they're snapped up fast. If you want to beat the summer rush, consider visiting in late spring. As well as clear skies and sultry temperatures, the island explodes with wildflowers. Fall sees crowds taper off, which makes it a great time for those in search of a laid-back, local atmosphere. Even in winter, Chania lures its fair share of Mediterranean vacationers, with highs drifting around the 60s.

Descend into Chania's Samaria Gorge

Chania sits on a natural harbor on the north-west coast of Crete, Greece's largest island. It's surrounded by a mix of sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, with the interior dominated by the White Mountains. Mount Ida is the most famous peak, with Ideon Cave cited as the birthplace of Zeus. Head south from Chania and you'll hit Samaria Gorge, a World Biosphere Reserve. A scenic hiking trail descends into the chasm and winds past wildflowers, ancient stone churches and herds of endangered wild goats.