Chania is a coastal town of northwestern Crete, one of the most important harbors and the capital of the prefecture of Chania. It occupies an area of approximately thirteen square kilometers and is the second largest city on the island after Heraklion.
A place full of natural beauties, history, memories and culture. Loose beaches, sandy coves and islets. Tall, but gorgeous canyons, caves, rivers and green plain with olives and citrus trees will meet the visitor. Rich place on animals and rare plants and endemic. The visitor will taste unique flavors and experience Cretan hospitality. Wherever he is found it will awaken memories of the past, moments of legend, history and glory.
The city of Chania is built according to archaeological research on the ruins of ancient Kydonia, which Kydon founded according to mythology and is mentioned by Homer as one of the most important cities of Crete, while Kydonas are considered pre-Hellenic. Chania is a beautiful blend of Eastern-Western cultures.
During the ancient times and the newer world history, the old harbor, as a crossroads of the five continents, inspired Minoan air around 3,000-2,800 BC. Also in this harbor lived and one of the most important cities of ancient Crete, the ancient Kydonia until the 7th century AD, was created and was often trampled by Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Turks, Jews, Egyptians and Arabs, until the late 19th century when it was liberated.
Finally, in 1913 and with the crucial help of the great Greek politician Eleftherios Venizelos, Chania – like the rest of Crete – united with the rest of Greece.
|1. Old harbour||6. Fragkokastello|
|2. Samaria Gorge||7. Vryses|
|3. Ballos / Gramvousa||8. Lake Kourna|
|4. Elafonisi||9. Fallasarna|
|5. Sfakia||10. Palaiochora|