Chania Crete – 5 Things To Do This Summer
Chania Crete, where’s that you are wondering?
We just got back from Chania in Crete, Greece, and had THE best time.
I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know too much about Chania until a few months ago when I was researching Greece and discovered just how many amazing beaches were around Chania. And just like that, I added it to the list.
Little did I know I would find some bargain flights and we would end up visiting so soon ? And YEP I used the number 1 travel hack that I recently shared over here – Here’s a Quick Way to Find Cheap Flights – Travel Hack alert!
Chania has so much character, it’s really quirky and is filled with hidden little gems everywhere you go. In downtown, the streets are filled with bars and restaurants with ample food choices for both vegetarian and non veg. As you wander along the streets and allyways, you come across beautiful shops and awesome markets selling anything from natural olive soap to crystals and stones to photo frames and candles to anything in between. I spent quite abit on gifts for myself and family and friends. It was hard not to ?
Chania really reminded me of Venice with it’s venetian feel through the city and even through the villages we passed en-route to many of the beaches in Crete. Mixed with Cretan tradition and culture of course!
According to Cretan mythology, the city was founded by Kydonas, the son of Hermes or of Apollo & of the nymph Akakalida, daughter of king Minos. Homer refers to the city of Kydonia as one of the greatest cities of Crete and Kydonians are considered a pre-Hellenic race. Many ancient writers consider Kydonia the “mother of other Cretan cities”.
How To Get To Chania
You can fly directly into Chania since it has it’s own airport. I would highly recommend a car rental like we did since there’s so many amazing places to visit in the region. I can’t comment on local transport since we didn’t use any local transport. If you are planning to visit during off-peak season like we did, you will definitely need a car since alot of the local boat tours and even accommodation don’t open until specific dates and so definitely do your research before you head over. Our car rental company was conveniently located between Airport and Chania itself and the company picked us up in a shuttle to the car pick up point. Handy!
So what things should you do in Chania you ask?
Chania Crete 5 Things To Do This Summer …. or whenever you may be visiting!
- Stroll around Old Town – Yep and it doesn’t cost a single thing. Well, unless you end up seeing pretty things to buy like I did. Oops! Old Town has so much character and energy that you can just wander around and get lost in it all. If you’re a photographer and have your camera with you, you will lose hours no doubt. There’s so many amazing places to take photos of and the city has so much contrast, you will be amazed
- The Lighthouse of Chania Old Port – No doubt you have seen this place listed if you have been researching Things to do in Chania but it’s really well worth the walk down. You’ll see that the sunlight really makes the Lighthouse gleam in all it’s beauty and it looks so very different from all angles in different lighting conditions. Definitely walk down and get up close because there’s alot of detail on the way which is simply stunning.
- Eat at least once by the Harbour. The views are really quite beautiful and the food is real good. We also bagged free dessert on multiple occasions during our stay there. It seems to be a thing the locals do or we are just super lucky! If you’re a foodie and haven’t tried it yet, you must try Greek Dolmades. It’s pretty amazing ? Another favourite was stuffed peppers and tomato – I’ve never had stuffed tomato before but it tasted amazing! You just have to have the fresh pastry from the local patisseries. I never knew Greece was so up on pastry, but oh man there was patisseries everywhere! I loved the Spinach combo they offered and ALL of the sweet ones. Oh man, I really miss the patisseries
- Visit the local Agora Market or The Municipal Market of Chania is the other name for it. It’s hidden with little gems and the food is to die for ?
- Go shopping for souvenirs and gifts! Yeah ok that might sound boring but honestly, the markets are so fun it’s nice to find some little gems right?!
Of course if you wanted to do more of the museums and so forth, there’s heaps of those around too! (Visit here for more information on these sights)
Here are some photos from in and around central Chania
Have you visited Chania or Greece? Any recommendations?
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