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Attractions, Sights & Things to Do in Chania

A view of the old port and the promenade of Chania in Crete.
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Old Venetian Harbor of Chania

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

The exterior of the Küçük Hasan Mosque in the old port of Chania.
↗ NE   < 1km

Küçük Hasan Mosque, Chania

« Giali Tzamisi »

An Islamic monument that stands on the old port and reminds the Ottoman past of the city.
The front side and the main entrance of the Archaeological Museum of Chania.
↘ SE   < 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.

The front part and the main entrance of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary Cathedral in Chania.
↘ SE   < 1km

Cathedral of Chania

« Trimartiri »

The main church that during the centuries has been identified with the life and the history of the city, is housed in a structure of 1860.

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.

The front side and the main entrance of the Municipal Market of Chania.
↘ SE   < 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.

An image showing the Venizelos Graves and the amazing view of Chania city in the background.
→ E   ≈ 5.1km

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.

A passenger & vehicle ferry boat anchored at the Port of Souda on Chania.
↘ SE   ≈ 8.3km

Port of Souda, Chania

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

A photo showing travelers checking in at the departure lounge of Chania Airport.
→ E   ≈ 16.2km

Chania International Airport

« Ioannis 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.

A part of the Port of Kolymbari on Chania.
← W   ≈ 30.5km

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.

The ferry boat is approaching the pier of Agia Roumeli of Chania.
photo: I C / CC BY-SA 2.0
↓ S   ≈ 45.3km

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.

The Port of Kavonisi at Kissamos (Kasteli) of Chania.
← W   ≈ 48.2km

Port of Kavonisi, Kissamos Chania

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

The small port of Port of Sougia of Chania.
↙ SW   ≈ 49.9km

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.

A panoramic picture showing the ferry boat approaching the coastal settlement of Loutro, Chania.
photo: Maesi64
↓ S   ≈ 50.2km

Loutro Marina, Chania

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

Photo displaying the Port of Sfakia, Chania.
photo: AWI / CC BY 3.0
↓ S   ≈ 51.9km

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.

A picture showing a part of the old port of Rethymno.
photo: Miltof / CC BY 2.0
→ E   ≈ 61.8km


The medieval atmosphere dominates the old town & the renaissance attractions compose a gorgeous destination of authentic Cretan hospitality.

An overview of the Port of Paleochora of Chania.
↙ SW   ≈ 62.6km

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.

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.