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Chania town, located a short drive from the beach house, claims the title of the island’s cultural capital. Make your way through its colourful neighbourhoods to visit the most important sites, such as the Venetian harbour, the Archaeological Museum, the lighthouse and the covered market, and gain an understanding of how the city’s multilayered history has unfolded. Do take the time to also include in your explorations some of the exciting, hidden spots off the beaten track, that reflect the eclectic mix of influences that has given Chania its very unique atmosphere.
Chania’s hinterland claims the prize for the most spectacular mountain and coastal scenery. Away from the crowds, the sweeping beauty of the island will captivate you. Head for the Lefka Ori Mountains to walk down some of its dozen limestone gorges – of which Samaria Gorge is the longest, best-known and most spectacular. Follow rugged coastal paths along the south coast and visit the laid back coastal resorts of Paleochora, Sougia, Sfakia and Elafonissi. Take leisure drives through the countryside, dotted with picturesque villages, farming land, chapels and scattered ruins.

Spots of interest

Monuments in Chania town: the covered Municipal Market, the Venetian fortifications, the Egyptian Lighthouse, the Synagogue, the Fortress of Firkas, the Mosque of Giali Tzamisi, the Arsenals, the Orthodox Cathedral.
Small typical villages: Polirrinia, Deliana, Therisso, Vamos, Gavalochori, Macheri, Douliana, Fres, Vafes.
Beaches: Falassarna, Balos, Elafonissi, Paleochora, Sougia,
Natural monuments: Samaria National Park and the gorge, Agia Irini, Imbros, Aradena and Syrikari, the lagoon of Balos and the island of Gramvousa, Elafonissi.
Archaeological sites: Aptera, Polyrinnia, Falassarna, Lissos, Diktynna, Fort of Itzedin, Phalasarna
Museums: Chania Archaeological Museum, Nautical Museum, Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Collection, Historical Archive of Crete, the Folk Art Museum of Gavalochori,

Monasteries: Agia Triada of Tzagarolon, Gouverneto, Gonia, Chrysoskalitissa, Chrysopigi, Katholiko in Akrotiri, Saint George in Karydi.

The west coast of Crete is considered to be one of the most admired regions of the island as it combines magnificent sandy beaches, pure, wild landscape, rich flora with unique herbs and flowers as well as all the particular elements of the Cretan tradition.

Besides from all those natural beauties, visitors can taste the traditional cuisine in a variety of small local taverns which can be found around the beautiful villages, savor wine and tsikoudia, the well renowned cretan drink in the company of locals or go fishing and enjoy trips around Western Crete.