Chania, a beautiful port town in Crete

/Chania, a beautiful port town in Crete

Chania, a beautiful port town in Crete

Chania is a city on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. It’s known for its 14th-century Venetian harbor, narrow streets and waterfront restaurants.

The main purpose for this trip was a bachelorettes night. We were a group of 5 girls who decided to visit Chania at the end of May just to relax and have fun before the wedding. We got a direct Ryanair flight to Chania from Paphos which cost us around 65 Euros return. If you’re a group it’s worth taking a taxi to the center which is around 15 EUR or take the bus which is around 2 EUR.

We stayed at the Kasteli Studios & Apartments in the 3 bedroom house. It was wonderful. The house was clean and cozy. It’s a nice traditional place with a garden, an amazing place to sit and relax since it’s quite. Better to stay here than any other luxury hotel. The owner, Mr. Alexis welcomed us and provided us with drinks and fruit. He also answered any questions we had regarding the place and provided us information about places we can visit. Our rooms were cleaned and tidied every day. The location of Kasteli Studios is near the port and the Chania center; you only need to walk 2-3 minutes to get to the old port. I would totally recommend the place and will come back for sure when we are in Chania again.

Eat & Drink
Every morning we had breakfast in Aroma at the old port. You can get a coffee and a ham & cheese sandwich for 3-4 EUR. The best food we had in Chania was at Tamam and Chalkina. We visited Tamam, near the old port, during lunch time. I would totally recommend you to go there if you are in Chania and have the Tamam salad and the Iranian rice, awesome tastes. Both restaurants provide you with a nice atmosphere and great food.

Some other places we visited for food & drink include:

  • Barρακί (amazing place for dinner, good food)
  • To Xani (live music and lovely food)
  • Souvlaki Art (for a quick souvlaki during lunch)
  • Apothiki (drinks and good music)
  • DK Deck (drinks & clubbing)

Tips on drink & food – don’t forget to try: rakomelo, raki, staka, ntakos salad and kalitsounia.

Exploring the Old City
Although being in Chania for just a few days I loved walking around the Old City. From where we stayed we could easily reach the Venetian port. At the end of Agios Markos street, we arrive at Akti Enoseos from where you can see the lighthouse. Moving on you’ll get to see a Muslim mosque which is a principal characteristic of the port apart from the lighthouse. From there you can find a lot of cafes, bars, restaurants, clubs and shops. Moving further up the tiny street behind the port you will find the Municipal Market and the Stivanadika road which is considered one of the most popular tourist roads. There are a lot of tiny, stoned pedestrian streets where you can walk and find some small shops which sell traditional things.

Due to the fact that we visited Chania end of May and it was a bit windy, we were advised by the locals to avoid traveling to any of the beaches, Ballos or Elafonisi since we will not enjoy it, therefore I didn’t have the chance to visit one of these two instead we stayed Chrysi Akti (Golden Beach) which is near the old town.

It looks like I haven’t explored Chania as I wished I had so one day I’ll be going back and even hit the road for other towns like Rethymno. What is love about this place is the Venetian Harbour, the old port, the narrow shopping streets and the waterfront restaurants & bars. 
If you would like to read more information about Chania and its history visit explorecrete.

Don’t forget to read my post regarding the top reasons you should visit Chania.

Photos from my Trip to Chania

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Dora Christofi
I’m Cypriot, with a London touch, experimenting with photography, working in marketing, love cooking, reading books and wishing to travel the world. I currently live in Limassol, Cyprus and try to travel as much as I can. Visit the [Meet Dora] section for more.

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