5 Experiences in Chania you should not miss
South of the mainland lies the largest Greek island, at over 5150 km2 Crete is larger than Malta and is the 5th largest island in the Mediterranean. If not for the islands ties to Greek culture and traditions, Crete could be considered a country of its own.
Most tourists that visit Crete choose the region of Chania as their holiday destination. It’s no surprise, as soon as they take a glimpse of what’s to come, their eyes light up with satisfaction. From paradise beaches to beautiful buildings, the island is truly an eye-opener.
Let’s delve into the 5 best experiences the island has to offer.
There’s no escaping it. Crete is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Majestically placed, the Elafonisi beach is located 75km from the harbor town of Chania in the southwest most part of Crete. Among the sand dunes you’ll find daffodils and junipers sprouting across the entire area, and azure waters acting as worthy competition for the Caribbean itself.
If you’re not that much into horse riding, don’t worry. The highpoint of this experience is the majestic nature of the White Mountains which surround the centre of the island. Starting off at the Chania Harbor, taking the trip through twisty roads and olive groves on horseback, you’ll eventually reach the peak of the Deres estate at roughly 600m. What awaits at the end of your journey is a generous lunch made by the local staff and memorable views. A worthwhile outing on our list.
This one is for our over 18 readers. A 30-minute drive from Chania lies the Manousakis Winery. Locates in the Lefka Ori Mountains in Western Crete, the family establishment is a truly wonderful experience for wine enthusiasts and tourists wishing to sample their unique and exquisite wines.
The family started producing wines in 2007. Today they have expanded into a huge enterprise, producing 150,000 bottles of wine each year. The winery now offers not only tours and tastings but also a dining experience in their phenomenal restaurant. A perfect complement with their wine.
Old Venetian Harbour
One of the most popular destinations for tourists from across the world, the Old Harbor of Chania is full of quaint streets, inviting establishments and stunning Venetian architecture. Not so easily accessible amongst the narrow streets and crowds of visitors, we would recommend for you to visit this majestic place outside the July and August tourist peak seasons.
One of the most important historical monuments on the island. The Frangokastello Fortress was built between 1371 and 1374 to serve as a military base for the Venetian army. During those days pirate attacks were common and this was a way to create a defense for Crete. Even though the fortress was originally built by the Venetians, today the buildings and fortifications that reside inside of the fortress are of Ottoman origin and date back to the 17th century. Another monument to the eclectic history of Chania and Crete itself.
Make sure to book a stunning suite at our chic hotel, Asterion Suites & Spa. The hotel authentically celebrates the island’s unique culture and hospitality with a sense of modern sophistication.