Rent a car at Chania
The Town of Chania
Chania is a popular holiday destination in Greece and known for its Mediterranean climate. It is the second biggest city of Crete with an International airport, located just 14 km from the city center. Certainly, you can rent a car at Chania and receive it at the airport. The town of Chania stands proud for its appeal and nobility. There are the old and the new town of Chania, each with its respective beauties and characteristics. The new city is a modern urban center, with all of the amenities of every predominant city. As you walk through the picturesque streets of the old city and look at the architectural characteristics of the neighborhoods you may see signs of the cultures that marked the history of the location and the lifestyle of the people.
The walk through the city of Chania is like a fairy tale. In each corner of the streets, you will discover architectural and natural beauties. The old town of Chania is built on the hill of Kissamos above the ruins of ancient Minoic Kidonia. The town is full of historic neighborhoods inhabited by people of various nationalities, cultures and religions. All the historic monuments give Chania a unique character. Walking along the cobblestone streets, you will see old Venetian mansions and Turkish houses from the old times. Somewhere there you will find the Firkas Fortress.
Wondering around the narrow streets you’ll locate shops with conventional hand-crafted textiles and folk art. Another thrilling neighborhood is the Jewish Disctrict. There is the Jewish Synagogue, the temple of St. Francis and the Archaeological Museum of Chania. A characteristic monument of the town is the mosque of Hasan Pasha that is well preserved at the port of Chania, and of course the Venetian Lighthouse.
Kasteli District and other points of interest
On the east aspect of the port there is the Kasteli district, where you can find the historical fort of Kydonia. Furthermore, archaeological excavations have revealed that this place has been inhabited continuously since the Minoan years. Close to Kasteli is the district of Splantzia, which used to be a Turkish neighborhood. Also, there is the church of Saint Nikolaos and the Byzantine church of Saint Rokkos. Outside the walls of the old town, on the east side we find the historic Qum-Kapi district. There, within the 18th century, Bedouin employees had settled and constructed a small village. Today this vicinity is one of the hangouts of youth.
In the Halepa district you will locate a number of the most important monuments of recent history. There is the house of Eleftherios Venizelos who lived there, and the palace of Prince George. The town of Chania is of a great interest. Both for exploring its many monuments and for the many leisure and amusement alternatives it offers. Theaters, cinemas, bars, live music taverns, whatever you are willing to do, you find it in the city of Chania!
Popular Beaches in Chania
The exotic beach of Balos combines the beauty of the Greek nature with the exotic beauty of a pacific island. It is located between the cape of Gramvousa and the cape of Tigani and features turquoise waters with sandy beach, surrounded by a rocky landscape. A dreamy beach which makes you love it at first sight. To visit Balos, you can rent a car and drive the national road of Chania-Kasteli for 46km and continue on a dust road for about 8 km, then you will have to walk about 20 minutes downhill. Alternatively, you can book a daily cruise from Kissamos port.
60km from the city of Chania you will find the beach of Falasarna. Crystal clear water, sandy beach and an enormous coastline are the characteristics of Falasarna. For the fans of waves it will be your favorite! Visit Falasarna beach driving the national road to Kisamos and towards Platano. Then follow the signs to Falasarna Beach.
A golden beach with the pink element of sand as a result of Mother Nature. Furthermore, you will definitely enjoy the crystal clear shallow water and the sea shells. The drive over there is quite adventurous as there are many turns. To go there you must drive towards Kisamos and follow the signs to Elafonisi Beach. It will take you about one and a half hour but it definitely worths it!
Eating in Chania
The Cretan gastronomy is full of surprises and delicacies. You will find a number of traditional taverns and Cretan restaurants around the old city and the port. First of all, we recommend not to miss local dishes like the lamb “Tsigariasto” or goat in “staka”, apaki and of course all the fresh fish. Snail is very popular in Crete and you may want to try. Don’t miss to try the Sfakia Pie with cheese and honey and the local Raki. Raki is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Crete. They usually offer you a free shot of Raki as soon as you sit on your table!
Planning your next trip to Chania?
Rent your car in Chania with HellasCar and achieve the best rates for renting a car. Plan today your car rental from Chania Airport and be assured! A member of staff will wait for you at the arrivals holding a sign which your name is written and arrange to get on your rented car, hassle free. Learn more about Chania Airport by visiting their website.