Chania is the second largest city of Crete, located along the north coast of the island, about 70 km west of Rethymno and 145km west of Heraklion. The seaside city is served by air from the international airport “Ioannis Daskalogiannis” CHQ, which is located near Soudas bay 14km away from Chania city center.
Chania attractions and day trips
Rent a car in Chania, Crete and explore the inner town and the beautiful beaches and natural landscapes that are nearby. The town is a sensational place to stroll around, with picturesque alleys, the medieval architecture, the romantic Venetian port, the old lighthouse, the authentic Cretan lifestyle. Chania Old Town is a maze of colorful paved pedestrian streets filled with welcoming local shops, waterside restaurants, traditional cafes for visitors to explore.
There are numerous rich options for sightseeing, exploration, and relaxation. Some of the most beautiful beaches of Greece are located close to Chania such as Balos, Paleochora, Sfakia, and Falassarna. Just 85 kilometers away from the city you can find the worldwide known beach Elafonissi, a paradise on earth with crystalline turquoise waters and pink coral sand. Besides, closer to Chania, just an hour away is the small islet off the exotic beach of Balos. On top of this islet, there is a steep castle with a breathtaking view, built by the Venetians.
Last but not least, hire a car in Chania and drive to Xyloskalo where is the beginning of the Samaria Gorge. The gorge is situated in the Samaria National park, which is home to over 400 species of plants and animals. The experience of walking the longest gorge of Europe is unique,16 kilometers and 6-8 hours needed to reach the end, down until the sea level in the village of Agia Roumeli and the Libyan Sea.