Are you an adventure enthusiast seeking an exhilarating and immersive way to discover the picturesque city of Chania? Look no further! Motorbike tours in Chania offer an unforgettable experience, combining the thrill of riding with the beauty of the Cretan landscape. In this blog post, we will delve into the exciting world of motorbike tours in Chania, highlighting the must-see destinations, the benefits of exploring on two wheels, and how to plan your ultimate motorbike adventure. So, gear up and let’s hit the road!
Discover Chania's Hidden Gems with our self-guided Motorbike Tours
Motorbike tours in Chania take you off the beaten path, allowing you to explore hidden gems that are often inaccessible by larger vehicles. From ancient ruins and remote mountain villages to pristine beaches and breathtaking gorges, the possibilities for discovery are endless. Imagine cruising along scenic coastal roads, feeling the refreshing sea breeze as you soak in panoramic views of the Mediterranean. With a motorbike tour, you can truly immerse yourself in the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of Chania.
Akrotiri Peninsula - Νοrth Akrotiri Tour - Kalathas Beach, Macherida & Stavros
A total of 1h driving (2 ways).
Avoid the sunbed tourist trap on Stavros.
Macherida attracts nudists.
The restaurant is good but on the expensive side.
Check when the sunset is and aim to be at Carte Postale to see the sunset.
Next to the small Cretan village Kalathas, one may find Kalathas Beach. Located on the Akrotiri Peninsula, only 11km from the city centre its an ideal choice for a quick get-away that can also be part of a trip exploring the north side of Akrotiri. It is a beautiful beach with fine -grained sand and crystal clear water. Situated in almost unspoiled natural surroundings with mountains, trees and small island about 120m away that you can reach by swimming. The beach is organised with umbrellas, restaurants, hotels etc. West of the main bay, beyond the rocky end, there is a secluded sandy bay. This is not organized, offering an alternative to those who do not like crowded places. In the centre of the beach you will find an almiriki , a tree that you will often see next to the Cretan seaside, offering a place to hide from the sun and enjoy the serenity.
Following your visit in Kalathas, 4km further north you can move towards Macherida. It is a small and well hidden beach inside a rocky bay. The bay faces the south and is almost always serene. In the centre, it forms a beautiful small beach with white sand and turquoise waters, surrounded by beautiful cliffs. The beach is not organised and attracts nudists.
The final stop of Stavros is found 5km further north. The captivating feature of this beach is the very steep mountain that rises opposite the port of Stavros, with the beach becoming famous due to the 1964 Zorbas film (video). The small bay has wonderful white sand and shallow turquoise waters. The beach is very well organised and provides all possible services. It is however one of the most profound tourists traps (Zorbas beach sunbeds) so our suggestion is that you enjoy the scenery and then move to the north part of the village.
Akrotiri Peninsula - East Akrotiri Tour - Seitan Limen & Holy Trinity Monastery
A total of 1h20m driving (2 ways).
Get early to Seitan, it can get very busy. The beach doesn’t have amenities, eat breakfast before you go, have water and a hat with you, have a pair of shoes to go down the beach (and flip-flops for once there).
Holy Trinity Monastery is an actual monastery. Be dressed modestly (no swimsuits and flip-flops), else you will not be allowed to enter past the hallway. But even in this case it still worths visiting.
Tavern Irene, good stuff, nothing to worry about here.
Koukouvaya (Greek for owl!), check the sunset time and try to be there at least an hour in advance to enjoy the views.
Also known as Stefanou beach, found 22km away from Chania city centre on the Akrotiri Peninsula. A small beach created by the Aegean Sea protrusion into the mainland. Inside the narrow slip between two cliffs, it has white sand reaching out into turquise waters that turn into deep blue as it joins the sea. There is a narrow steep path starting from the parking area and leading to the beach. You should expect 10-15′ hiking (video) so ensure you have adequate footwear. There are absolutely zero amenities once at the beach (you will see a cantine as you approach the beach and that is all in the area) so ensure that you pack everything that you need for the day. Consider getting there early. This beach was known only by locals a decade ago is a very popular destination nowadays, getting there early will let you beat the crowd and get a nice spot. And most importantly.. Beware the goats! The goats are walking around with such confidence and assurance as its neither the first nor the last time they’ll terrorize Seitan Limania. They will ravage your food if you keep it unsupervised, so be sure to hide it well or have someone hold onto it if you don’t want them to eat all your beach snacks.
Important Note: The road leading there has high inclination, you should avoid this trip if you are significantly afraid of hights or you are driving a 50cc scooter.
In 1611, the Venetian authorities of Chania commissioned the hieromonk Ieremias Tzagarolos (who came from a Venetian family with influence over all Christians in the region, both Orthodox and Catholic) to reconstruct it. Ieremias Tzagarolos decided to build a larger monastic complex on the spot, the plans of which he made himself. The said monk was a holder of Greek and Latin education and had knowledge of architecture and in the design and construction of the monastery he was influenced by the Italian architect of the 16th century Sebastiano Serlio. After his death around 1634, the work was continued by his brother Lavrentios, who was also a monk, but was interrupted in 1645 when the Ottomans occupied Chania. During the Turkish occupation the Monastery was known as Selvili Manastır (the Monastery with the cypresses).
During the revolution of 1821, the monastery was burned by the Ottomans and thus many relics were destroyed. Nine years later, the Ottoman authorities gave permission for the completion of the monastery church to the monks Kalliopio and Grigorio. In 1864 the bell tower was built. From 1892 and for thirteen years it operated in the monastery as a seminary, while during the revolution of 1896-97 the monastery was turned into a hospital and headquarters of the revolutionaries.
During the Second World War the monastery was initially used by the Greeks to store supplies and later, after the occupation of Crete by the German troops, the Germans installed there, in 1942, the School of Anti-Aircraft Artillery and in 1944 150 to 200 troops.
Akrotiri Peninsula - South Akrotiri Tour - Loutraki & Marathi
A total of 1h driving (2 ways). This is the most relaxed tour, ideally for spending the day by the beach. Food is overpriced and service is slow, ideally have breakfast in Chania and eat lunch at Patrelantonis (step 3)
Loutraki has 2 businesses, one is at the upper side at the grass with sunbeds with a beach bar, the other one is on your left as you arrive, more chill and family friendly. Both are good, check them both before you decide.
Marathi Beach , very relaxed atmosphere, a lot of locals bring their children here.
Patrelantonis Tavern, its one of the best in the island, it can’t go wrong. Get stuffed and go lay on the Marathi beach.
Marathi beach is a picturesque beach located on the Akrotiri peninsula near Chania, on the island of Crete in Greece. The beach boasts crystal-clear waters and fine white sand, making it a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing. It’s also a great place for families with children, as the shallow waters are safe for kids to play in. The beach is surrounded by several tavernas, where you can enjoy traditional Cretan food and drinks while taking in the stunning views of the sea. Additionally, Marathi beach is known for its beautiful sunsets, which are best enjoyed from one of the many waterfront restaurants. If you’re looking for a relaxing and scenic beach day, Marathi beach is definitely worth a visit.
Loutraki beach is another beautiful beach located on the Akrotiri peninsula in Chania, Crete. This stunning beach is well known for its crystal-clear blue waters and pristine sandy beach, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Loutraki beach offers a range of amenities, including sunbeds, umbrellas, and several beachside cafes and restaurants where visitors can enjoy a delicious meal or refreshing drink while soaking up the sun. The beach is surrounded by natural beauty, including impressive rock formations and a nearby cave. Additionally, Loutraki beach offers plenty of opportunities for water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. With its serene atmosphere, stunning views, and range of activities, Loutraki beach is definitely worth a visit for anyone traveling to Chania, Crete.
West Chania Tour - Agia Marina & Platanias
A total of 1h20m driving (2 ways)
Do your best to be at Neromilos or Cabana Mare by 10:00 – 11:00 and just relax there for hours.
You can visit both of spend the first part of the day in a single one.
Aim to be in the Drakiana Tavern by 16:00, that will give you time to visit the Harma Factory.
Aim to be at the Harma Factory by 18:00, they offer a tour and of course freshly made beer.
1) Cabana Mare
3) Eat at Drakiana – Drakiana Tavern
4) Visit the Harma Beer Factory
Platanias and Agia Marina, two quaint towns located to the west of Chania, encompass the vibrant essence of this renowned tourist destination. For those seeking a cosmopolitan experience and a respite from the serene mountains and tranquil beaches of the preceding days, we recommend embarking on a captivating day trip to this region.
During your visit, make sure to explore two notable beach bars that epitomize the charm of this area. The first is Cabane Mare, an exquisite establishment that offers not only a picturesque setting but also delectable dining options. Capture the essence of leisure as you spend an entire day relishing the captivating ambience this beach bar provides. Additionally, we suggest you immerse yourself in the inviting atmosphere of Neromilos, another beach bar that promises a delightful experience for visitors.
To enhance your journey and add a touch of contrast to your itinerary, we encourage you to venture beyond the bustling realms of Agia Marina and Platanias. Discover a hidden culinary gem, the renowned tavern of Drakiana, where authentic flavors and traditional delicacies await. Indulge in a truly immersive experience as you savor the local cuisine in this hidden haven.
Conclude your excursion by savoring a refreshing beer at the esteemed Harma Factory, the esteemed local brewery where the region’s signature brew is meticulously crafted. Here, you can enjoy the distinct flavors and craftsmanship that make Chania’s beer a renowned favorite among locals and visitors alike.
By embracing this meticulously curated itinerary, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant allure of Chania’s western towns, indulging in a harmonious blend of cosmopolitan experiences, hidden culinary treasures, and the delightful flavors of the local beer.
You can eat in both these places, and you can spend the whole day there. But we suggest you add some contrast to the trip, leave the buzzing Agia Marina & Platanias and head to a hidden gem tavern, Drakiana. Finally, wrap it all up with a beer in the Harma Factory, where the local beer is produced.
Kournas Lake, Georgioupoli, Almyrida, Ancient Aptera
A total of 2h10m driving (2 ways).
You will be in danger if you go with a 125cc or less.
The main purpose of the trip is Kournas Lake. Grab a breakfast and hit the road.
Once there, don’t miss out the opportunity getting in a paddleboat.
Our suggestions of where to eat is this one , we had some more breakfast there and we liked it. But check around, look at reviews.
You can skip Georgioupoli if you want to stay longer at Kournas.
Our suggestion is that you are at Almyrida by 15:00 and have food there.
We suggest Lagos Tavern for homemade Greek food, and Psaros for seafood.
Hidden gem – this cafe – you will be amazed by the views. Get your coffee to wake you up from all the food you ate. Be here by 17:00.
Be at Ancient Aptera by 18:00 and tour around the historic site.
Kournas Lake is a picturesque lake located in the region of Apokoronas, near Chania, on the island of Crete in Greece. The lake is surrounded by rolling hills, lush greenery, and scenic mountain views, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals looking to escape the city and immerse themselves in nature. The lake is also home to a variety of wildlife, including turtles and eels, which can be seen swimming in its crystal-clear waters. Visitors to Kournas Lake can take a refreshing swim in the lake or rent paddle boats to explore its peaceful waters. Additionally, the surrounding area offers several restaurants and cafes where visitors can enjoy a meal or a refreshing drink while taking in the breathtaking views. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day by the water or an opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Crete, Kournas Lake is definitely worth a visit. Please make sure you rent a paddleboat there, you will have the time of your life!
Next, two charming coastal towns that are definitely worth checking out are Almyrida and Georgioupoli. Almyrida is a small fishing village located on the northwest coast of Crete, and is known for its tranquil atmosphere and stunning beaches. The village offers a range of amenities, including several restaurants and cafes serving fresh seafood and traditional Greek dishes, as well as a variety of water activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving.
Georgioupoli is another coastal town located on the northern coast of Crete, known for its long sandy beach, crystal-clear waters, and charming town center. The town offers a range of activities and attractions, including horseback riding, hiking, and a picturesque harbor where you can enjoy a meal or a refreshing drink while watching the boats come and go.
Both Almyrida and Georgioupoli offer a perfect blend of relaxation, natural beauty, and traditional Greek culture. Whether you’re looking to unwind on the beach or explore the local history and culture, these two coastal towns are definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Chania.
Finally, if you’re interested in history and archaeology, a visit to Ancient Aptera is a must-see attraction in Chania. Located on a hill overlooking the Souda Bay, this ancient city was founded by the Minoans in the 14th century BC and played an important role in the region throughout the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods.
Visitors to Ancient Aptera can explore the extensive ruins of the city, including the remains of the city walls, Roman baths, and the impressive theater which could seat up to 4,000 people. One of the most notable features of Ancient Aptera is the Roman cisterns, which were used to collect rainwater and supply the city with a reliable source of water.
In addition to the impressive ruins, Ancient Aptera also offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape, including the Souda Bay and the White Mountains. The site is also surrounded by olive groves and citrus orchards, making for a pleasant and peaceful atmosphere.
Overall, a visit to Ancient Aptera is a great way to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Chania. Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking for a unique and educational experience, Ancient Aptera is definitely worth a visit.
Elafaonisi Beach, Chania, Crete
A total of 3h driving (2 ways).
You will be in danger if you go with a 125cc or less.
Elafonisi can be extremely busy during peak season, wake up as early as possible.
Yes, the sand is pink even without Instagram filters.
The last 500m leading to the beach are off road.
Its against our terms to drive off road, we understand that some customers opt to do so regardless. Know that in case of a slashed tire the road assistance might take way longer to meet you off-road.
We have several suggestions in the area but we think we should go straight to Elafonisi and spend the day there. For nearby suggestions check our Falaserna or Balos tour.
Read our post for best beaches in Chania for more information on Elafonisi and Balos.