Destination guide

Chania Region: Greece at its very best

The Chania Region covers the westernmost part of the Greek island of Crete. The capital of the same name is centered around a sweeping stone Venetian harbor and lighthouse. Away from the waterfront, you can amble up through a maze of narrow streets, lined with boutique shops, in the old town. Beyond the city you'll find a wild landscape of deep gorges criss-crossed by footpaths and ridiculously beautiful beaches like Elafonisi Beach, a strip of powdery sand flanked on both sides by shallow azure waters. Return back to one of the white-washed fishing villages and settle in to your Chania Region vacation rental.

Things to do

Layers of Venetian history in Chania Region

Away from the hiking trails and beaches, you can delve into Crete's cultural and historical attractions. The perfect introduction is a walk around Chania's Venetian harbor and lighthouse. If you're interested in maritime history, the superb Naval Museum chronicles Greece's seafaring past. Even if you're not an archaeologist, the Archaeological Museum is fascinating. On the eastern side of the city is the leather tanning and production district of Tabakaria – while most of the houses have closed down, some are still operational today and the old buildings are well worth a look.


Hike Europe's longest gorge in Chania Region

For a first-timer in Crete, it would be unthinkable to skip a hike down Samaria, the longest gorge on the continent. The 16-kilometer steep-sided gorge takes around 6 hours to walk, time well spent along its winding trail. It's utterly spectacular, particularly in the sunny spring and summer months. The rugged Cretan landscape lends itself to lots more adventures – mountain biking and road cycling, horseback riding and all sorts of water sports. If all that just sounds like too much effort, some of the island's best beaches sit just down the road from your Chania Region vacation rental.


Bask on the summer beaches in Chania Region

Between the summer months, low-cost airlines from all over Europe usher in eager families looking for guaranteed good weather and plenty of beach time. The sizzling temperature can be glorious when accompanied by refreshing dips in the ocean, but if you're looking to escape the crowds, it might not be the time for you. May to June are considerably quieter and with the island bursting into color with carpets of blooming wild flowers, also one of the most scenic. Later in fall, the temperature can also be very agreeable and with a drop in Chania Region vacation rental prices, an attractive time to go.

Natural features

Look out for the wild goats in Chania Region

As Crete is an island, it lacks the large predators found on the mainland. For instance, you're not going to spot a bear or hear the howl of wolves. That said, the rocky landscape is home to some unique critters, the largest being the horned Cretan wild goat, which is now thriving after hunters almost drove them into extinction. Badgers are sometimes spotted rustling around in the woodland, as are martens and brown hares. If you're in luck, you may even spot an extremely rare Cretan wild cat, which slinks around in the deep gorges.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Neriana

Fly into Chania (CHQ-Ioannis Daskalogiannis), the closest airport, located 18.6 mi (30 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Chania Region?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,475 vacation rentals near Chania Region. From 1,800 Villas to 733 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Chania Region for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Chania Region?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Chania Region. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Chania: 2,383 vacation rentals
  • Old Town: 290 vacation rentals
  • Kastelli Kissamou: 843 vacation rentals
  • Elafonisi Beach: 432 vacation rentals
  • Apokoronos: 2,521 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Chania Region! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Chania Region?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Chania Region:

  • Chania: 2,383 rentals
  • Kastelli Kissamou: 843 rentals
  • Apokoronos: 2,521 rentals
  • Platanias Town: 1,066 rentals
  • Plaka: 1,036 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Chania Region?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Chania Region. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Elafonisi Beach: 432 rentals
  • Falassarna Beach: 911 rentals
  • Chania Central Market: 2,539 rentals
  • Balos Beach: 856 rentals
  • Agia Marina Beach: 2,595 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Chania Region listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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