City in Crete

Its Old Greece architecture makes this town a treasure of sights and photography. Experience the old town on foot and don't miss local delicacies.

Attractions & Things to Do in Chania

Old Venetian Harbor of Chania

Bearing architectural elements of the Venetian era, it's one of the most photographed and picturesque places on Crete.

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Küçük Hasan Mosque

«Giali Tzamisi»

An Islamic monument that stands on the old port and reminds the Ottoman past of the city.

↗ NE
< 1km

Archaeological Museum of Chania

Its collection includes excavation findings of the broader area, while a visit helps towards the construction of an image of the local history.

↘ SE
< 1km

Cathedral of Chania


The main church of Chania that during the centuries has accompanied the life and the history of the city, while it is hosted in a structure of 1860.

↘ SE
< 1km

Municipal Art Gallery of Chania

With a remarkable collection of 700 paintings and engravings, it plays an important role in the cultural life of the city of Chania.

↓ S
< 1km

Municipal Market of Chania

Old covered market that keeps an authentic traditional character, is still in use and among others serves as a trademark of the city.

↘ SE
< 1km

Venizelos Graves

On a spot famous for its majestic view, it is a monument of the political leader with a significant role at the creation of modern Greece.

→ E
≈ 5.1km

Port of Chania, Souda

Main Chania port with daily connection with Pireaus at the mainland. It's also a significant commercial port & accommodates large cruise ships.

↘ SE
≈ 8.3km

Chania International Airport

«Ioan. Daskalogiannis»

Bearing the name of a Greek rebel against the Ottoman rule, is a new-renovated getaway to Western Crete with domestic and international fights.

→ E
≈ 16.2km

Port of Kolymbari, Chania

The recent renovations aim to the transformation of this small port into a contemporary shelter for fishing boats and tourist-vessels.

← W
≈ 30.5km
The ferry boat is approaching the pier of Agia Roumeli of Chania.
photo: I C / CC BY-SA 2.0

Agia Roumeli Jetty, Chania

At the end of the Samaria Gorge, its dock is approached by ferries that link this coastal village with Sougia, Paleochora, Sfakia, & Gavdos.

↓ S
≈ 45.3km

Port of Kissamos

It offers boat day-trips to Balos Lagoon, boat rental & private tours as well as a route to Kythira, Antikythira & the Greek Mainland.

← W
≈ 48.2km

Port of Sougia, Chania

Its small port offers ferry-routes to Loutro, Paleochora, Agia Roumeli, & Gavdos, while during the summer there are day-trips to nearby beaches.

↙ SW
≈ 49.9km
A panoramic picture showing the ferry boat approaching the coastal settlement of Loutro, Chania.
photo: Maesi64

Loutro Marina, Chania

The unique bay of Loutro with crystal-clear waters & picturesque scenery has a ferry connection with Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Sfakia, & Gavdos.

↓ S
≈ 50.2km
photo: AWI / CC BY 3.0

Port of Sfakia, Chania

The port of this remote and rugged area hosts routes to Loutro, Agia Roumeli & Gavdos, while it also offers day excursions to nearby beaches.

↓ S
≈ 51.9km
A picture showing a part of the old port of Rethymno.
photo: Miltof / CC BY 2.0


The old town is adorned with Venetian and renaissance architecture and monuments. Top favorite is a walk in the old harbor and local restaurants.

→ E
≈ 61.8km

Port of Paleochora, Chania

At the south coast of Crete island, it includes connections to the ports of Sougia & Agia Roumeli as well as to the island of Gavdos.

↙ SW
≈ 62.6km

Questions & Answers about Chania

Why Visit Chania?
  • Its unique architecture reveals a multicultural notion related to its different rulers.
  • Combining superb beaches, great landscapes, and distinctive Cretan hospitality.
  • One of the biggest tourist destinations in Greece with superior infrastructure.
What is Chania, Greece?

Chania is the second largest city of Crete and is located 70 km (44 miles) from Rethymno and 145 km (87 miles) from Heraklion. Its population is approximately 60,000 inhabitants and is a particularly important economic, cultural, and tourism center for the entire island.

How was Chania during history?

Archaeological excavations demonstrate that the broader area hosts human activity since the Neolithic era with the first settlements developed in ancient Cydonia, a particularly important Minoan city. The city flourished in the Greco-Roman and Byzantine periods. Then it was ruled by the Venetians, the Genoese, and the Turks.

When was the union between Greece and Crete.

In 1898 Chania was released by the Turkish occupation and with the whole of Crete was declared independent. After the efforts of the great Greek politician, Eleftherios Venizelos in 1913 Chania become part of Greek territory by achieving the union with Greece.

How someone can reach Chania?

Someone can reach the city of Chania by frequent ferry services linking it to mainland Greece or alternatively through the airport from which there are flights to multiple domestic and international destinations.