You are now at the traditional Splantzia district, right in the heart of the town. Around you is a part of the Old Town of Chania which is recognized by its colorful buildings, the Christian churches and the majestic Ottoman minarets, as well as the plethora of flowers. It’s a quiet neighborhood but at the same time so close to the vibrant rhythm of the town. Taking the road to the sea you will meet the Venetian Harbor and more alleys of the Old Town among with shops, restaurants and coffee shops. If you take the opposite road it will take you to the main city where the flow is faster but still beautiful.
What makes Chania stand out is the Old Town and the Venetian Harbor. Day and night, there is not going to be one hour of the day that you will not be charmed by the colors and the harmony that the harbor emits. Walk at the picturesque alleys, talk with the locals, listen to Cretan music, taste traditional flavors, drink raki, shop, take photos, continue along the harbor and end up at our impressive lighthouse, which will create one of the most romantic moments of your holidays.
Starting from the beaches closer to Deziree, the Koum Kapi beach and the Nea Chora beach are those that someone can reach on foot. But Crete has much more to offer among the wild landscape, the pure nature and the crystal waters. Moving to the North you should visit Kalathas in Akrotiri, relax under the trees, enjoy swimming at these clear waters and then eat at the local tavern on the beach. A little bit further it’s Stavros, a great beach with an imposing mountain and the place where Anthony Quinn danced the famous syrtaki in Zorbas. Another memorable destination you should definitely get to see is Seitan Limania which means “The Satanic Harbors”. There, nature created three inlets between the steep cliffs of the peninsula which makes it harder to reach but extremely beautiful. Back to Chania now and moving to the West this time, Agioi Apostoloi, Chrisi Akti, Agia Marina and Platanias are always a choice for the tourists in Crete, where you can go easily with a local bus. With lots of beach bars & clubs, organized beaches, restaurants and shops to buy whatever you might need, they always attract the travelers. If you are more adventurous though, you should travel a little further and go to Elafonisi, one of the most exotic beaches of the world with shallow waters and pink sand. Only 1km away from Elafonisi is another beach called Kedrodasos beach which means a beach filled with cedars, which also has an extraordinary beauty.
Chania offers you plenty of shops not only to buy souvenirs for your beloved ones but also buy for you clothes, shoes, jewelry, natural beauty products and traditional items of Crete. Take a walk at the alleys of Chania’s old town and live a different shopping experience. Then get in the Agora Market and find from herbs to treats that are going to extend your culinary horizons. If you are looking for something simpler, you should walk across the city and you will find familiar stores like Zara and H&M.