The 50
Best THINGS
TO DO IN
CHANIA

Chania is a beautiful city located on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. We are a local rental business providing free tour consulting to our customers with free top notch itineraries to our customers for several years. Below we have our 50 top picks as of 2024.

2024. Written By Locals.

Things to do
in Chania City Centre
( Walking Distance )

Welcome to the heart of Chania! In this charming city center, everything you crave is just a stroll away. Lose yourself in the maze of historic streets adorned with Venetian and Ottoman architecture. Explore local shops, savor delightful cafes, and relish the stunning Venetian Harbor. From cultural gems to culinary delights, all within walking distance, Chania invites you to uncover its treasures step by step.

1 - The Lighthouse of Chania

The Chania port lighthouse, also known as the Venetian Lighthouse, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city of Chania, located on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. The lighthouse has a long history dating back to the 16th century, when it was first built by the Venetians to protect the harbor from pirates.

Rosa Nera Chania

2 - Rosa Nera​

Rosa Nera Squat is a volunteer-run social center situated in Chania, Greece. Founded in 2012, it has become a hub for cultural and social events, including film screenings, concerts, workshops, and political discussions. The squat also provides resources for local activists and community groups involved in promoting social justice.

Koum Kapi Beach Chania

3 - Koum Kapi Beach​

Koum Kapi is a small beach located in the city of Chania on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. The name “Koum Kapi” means “sand gate” in Turkish, referring to the sandy beach that was used as a gateway to the city during the Ottoman era.

The beach is located just a short walk from the city center, making it a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Despite its small size, Koum Kapi has a lot to offer, with clear blue waters, soft sand, and stunning views of the sea.

Along the beach, there are several restaurants, cafes, and bars where visitors can enjoy a drink or a meal while taking in the beautiful scenery. Koum Kapi is also a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing, especially in the summer months when the weather is warm.

4 - Nea Chora Beach

Nea Chora is a beautiful sandy beach located in the city of Chania, on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. The beach is just a short walk from the city center and is a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

Nea Chora is known for its soft golden sand and crystal-clear blue waters, making it an ideal spot for swimming and sunbathing. The beach is well-equipped with sun loungers, umbrellas, and showers, making it comfortable for visitors to spend a whole day here.

Nea Chora is also famous for its stunning sunsets, which attract crowds of people in the evenings. Visitors can enjoy a drink or a meal at one of the many seaside tavernas while watching the sun sink into the sea, painting the sky with a beautiful array of colors.

5 - Splatzia Square

Discover the historic charm of Splatzia Square in Chania’s Old Town. This crossroad of civilizations boasts a rich history dating back thousands of years. Enjoy a break at mid-budget restaurants and local-favorite coffee shops surrounding the square. The Church of St. Nicolas, with its unique transformation from a Venetian Catholic church to an Ottoman mosque and later a Greek Orthodox church, adds to the square’s allure. Shaded by ancient trees, it’s an ideal spot to relax with a drink and soak in the authentic atmosphere. Splatzia Square is a must-visit landmark, offering a delightful blend of history, culture, and local flavors in the heart of Chania.

6 - Tampakaria

For those seeking a tranquil escape away from the bustling tourist spots, Tabakaria offers a serene atmosphere. The area, now mostly derelict with a few operational places, provides a quiet retreat. You can witness remnants of the tannery trade, with hides hanging through windows of the surviving establishments. Amidst the quietude, some buildings are undergoing restoration, adding to the charm of this almost ghost town. Tabakaria is a perfect destination to unwind, offering numerous spots to sit, enjoy the scenery, and experience the unique blend of history and tranquility.

7 - Archeological Museum

Discover the rich history of Chania at the Archaeological Museum, located in the historic suburb of Chalepa. Housed in an iconic building that serves as a landmark for the city, the museum’s spacious and modern design showcases artifacts spanning from prehistoric times to the Greco-Roman era.

A visit to the Archaeological Museum is not only a walk through history but also a treat for the senses. The splendid new location is well-organized, featuring airy rooms that make strolling through the exhibits a delight. The reasonable entrance fee, with free admission for kids under 18, adds to the museum’s accessibility. Don’t miss the chance to visit the rooftop bar, offering a big terrace with a magnificent view over Chania and the sea. Indulge in delightful cocktails and friendly service, making your museum experience truly memorable.

8 - Maritime Museum

Step back in time at the Shipyards of Chania, a historic site with roots dating back to 1467 when Venice ordered their construction for ship repairs. By 1593, sixteen shipyards, including the Moro Shipyards initiated in 1607, stood on the harbor. Today, one of these shipyards houses the captivating exhibits of the Permanent Exhibition of Ancient and Traditional Shipbuilding at the Maritime Museum of Crete.

The museum houses interactive objects, including a Morse code machine, binoculars, and helmets. The sea wildlife collection, featuring intriguing yet humorously-eyed fish, adds a unique touch. Most exhibits are labeled in English, allowing visitors to navigate the museum comfortably. Consider requesting a guided tour to delve deeper into the collection, though exploring it independently takes about an hour. 

9 - Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou ( Presentation of Mary)

Nestled in a charming plaza next to the historic Chalidon street, this church is a true gem of Chania, boasting exquisite architecture both inside and out. It stands as a testament to the city’s rich history and artistic heritage.

This beautiful church welcomes visitors with open doors, offering free public access to its splendid interior. Admire the great works of art that grace the walls, showcasing the cultural and religious significance embedded in the church’s history. The ambiance is serene, making it a perfect spot for a quiet moment of reflection.

Steeped in history, the church is adorned with very old icons, each telling a tale of the passage of time. For those eager to delve deeper, guide leaflets detailing the church’s rich history are available on the left side, providing insights into its cultural and spiritual significance.

 

10 - Clock Tower

The Clock Tower, also known as “To Roloi,” stands proudly in the northeastern part of the Municipal Garden along Dimokratias Street, adjacent to the harbor lighthouse in Chania Town. Constructed between 1924 and 1927, this iconic landmark adds a timeless charm to the cityscape.

Crafted using river sand, a cost-effective material of its time, the tower was ingeniously designed by the local engineer, D. Kollaris. Though visitors can’t enter the tower, its exterior is a captivating sight, showcasing architectural finesse and historical significance.

Situated within a convenient stroll from Chania Center, the Clock Tower offers a picturesque backdrop and a glimpse into the city’s rich heritage. While there may not be extensive activities within the tower, the adjacent Municipal Garden provides a serene escape. Visitors can immerse themselves in the tranquility of the park, making it a delightful complement to the experience of exploring this charming timepiece.

11 - Back alleys of Chania old Town

Discover the charm of the historic Jewish Quarter in Chania, a quaint district brimming with tavernas, cafes, and shops offering Cretan gifts and jewelry. The main street, Kondilaki, serves as the lively heart of this small neighborhood.

A testament to resilience, the 14th-century Etz Hayyim Synagogue stands as a poignant reminder of history. Restored after severe damage during World War II, this synagogue is a symbol of endurance and continuity in the face of adversity.

12 - Skridlof Leather Market

Nestled near the harbor, this small, narrow alley has a rich history as the former residence of shoemakers and bootmakers, notably crafting the renowned “Stivania,” tall Cretan boots.

While the era of bootmakers has faded away, the bustling street is now adorned with shops offering leather products sourced from elsewhere. Despite the shift, it remains possible to place orders for handcrafted boots reminiscent of rural attire, complete with wide, baggy trousers known as “vraka” and a black head scarf. 

13 - Crepe Factory

Indulge in the delectable world of crepes at Crepe Factory, a must-visit destination for those with a sweet tooth. Renowned for its generous portions and delightful combinations, the crepes here are a gastronomic delight that leaves a lasting impression.

The ‘San Fistik’ and ‘Extreme’ sweet crepes, as described by patrons, are a feast for the senses. Remarkably huge, these crepes boast a perfect balance of a crispy yet soft texture, generously loaded with a delectable filling. Whether you opt for the sweet or savory options, the crepes at San Fistik are an irresistible treat.

Visitors are advised to share, given the substantial size of the crepes. The affordability of these culinary delights adds to the appeal, with a base cost of 1.80 euros and an additional 40 cents for each added ingredient. 

14 - Escobar Cafe

Nestled in the heart of Chania, this café stands out  earning its reputation as the locals favourite. The atmosphere is nothing short of relaxing and inviting, creating an ideal setting to unwind and savour the finer things in life.

A daily retreat for many, the café offers a menu that extends beyond just excellent coffee. Their sandwiches, described as very good and fresh, add a delightful culinary dimension to the experience. A standout item is their freshly squeezed orange juice – a sizable, delicious treat that remarkably costs only €2.5.

A special mention goes to the dark-haired lady who consistently provides stellar service, emerging as a pure gem in the establishment. For those seeking a place where every detail is crafted to perfection, this café is not just a recommendation; it’s a necessity.

15 - Gyros in Chania - Kipros 1965

Kypros 1965 has been serving delicious and authentic gyros since 1965, making it a longstanding restaurant in Chania. The restaurant’s interior is cozy and decorated with traditional Greek colors and motifs, giving it a warm and inviting atmosphere.

In addition to gyros, the restaurant also serves a variety of other Greek grills, such as souvlaki, plakoti and also salads. All of the food is made with fresh ingredients, and the portions are generous, making it a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.

16 - Traditional Cretan Restaurant - Katsarolaki

To Katsarolaki’s menu offers a variety of traditional Greek dishes, such as moussaka, pastitsio, and stuffed tomatoes, as well as a range of vegetarian and vegan options. The dishes are all made with love and care, using recipes that have been passed down through generations of Greek families. To Katsarolaki is known amongs locals for serving delicious and authentic Greek homemade food made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Things to do
in Chania Chania Area
( Up to 20 minutes Driving )

By that point you will be running out of sightseeing options in the immediate Chania Area. There are still a myriad options for restaurants and nightlife, which we cover in our comprehensive guides 20 Best Restaurants in Chania (City Centre) and Chania Nightlife pages. 

Don’t worry if you’re eager to delve deeper into Chania’s offerings, as we’re just getting started. Brace yourself for an additional 50 suggestions on activities beyond the city centre!

How to get there?

Tour companies can get you to some of these places, you can also use taxis (this option can be very expensive however). Unfortunately, public transport in Chania is somewhat limited during the offseason, as the routes aren’t in high demand, and the council is cautious about spending too much on maintenance. 

For a more convenient approach to get there, consider renting a car or a scooter from us, we are a top reviewed company offering scooter & car rentals in Chania.

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24 October 2023
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10 October 2023
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10 October 2023
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17 - Loutraki Beach

Welcome to Loutraki, a coastal paradise offering two distinct businesses for you to enjoy the sun and sea. Venture to the upper side, where you’ll find a vibrant atmosphere with sunbeds, a beach bar, and a lively vibe. If you’re in the mood for something more laid-back and family-friendly, head to the left upon arrival, where a chill ambiance awaits.

Loutraki takes the stress out of beach days with its spacious and free parking area. Perfect for sunbathing and even some snorkeling adventures. Need a refreshment? No worries! There’s a small bar ready to serve up delicious food, refreshing drinks, cocktails, snacks, or even a tropical smoothie. The prices are fair, keeping in line with typical tourist spots.

18 - Marathi Beach

This beach boasts a very relaxed atmosphere, making it a preferred spot for many locals who bring their children here for a day of seaside fun.

For those seeking a serene experience, consider indulging in an early morning swim when the beach is peacefully adorned by just a handful of swimmers. Swimming at Marathi Beach is a pleasant affair, with calm waters, minimal waves, and a gentle breeze. While it may not be the type of beach that merits a long drive, if you find yourself in the vicinity, Marathi Beach is a decent choice for a relaxing day by the sea. Embrace the tranquility, enjoy the views, and make the most of this delightful coastal retreat.

19 - Seitan Limania

Also known as Stefanou Beach – a hidden gem on the Akrotiri Peninsula, just 22km from Chania city center. Tucked between two cliffs, this small beach boasts white sands stretching into turquoise waters that deepen into a mesmerizing blue as they merge with the Aegean Sea.

Now, here’s a heads-up before you embark on this adventure. The road to Seitan Limania has a steep inclination, so if heights give you the jitters you might want to think twice about this trip. Don’t attempt on a 50cc scooter, you will get stuck.

To reach this slice of paradise, prepare for a short but steep 10-15 minute hike from the parking area. Comfortable footwear is advised! Once you arrive, you’ll find a natural haven with zero amenities. Pack everything you need for the day, from snacks to sunscreen.

Pro tip: Get an early start to claim your spot before the crowd rolls in. A decade ago, Seitan Limania was a local secret, but today it’s a popular destination.

And a word of caution – watch out for the confident goats strolling around. These seasoned beach bandits have a reputation for raiding unattended food. Keep your snacks secure, or designate a guardian to avoid a goat-induced snack crisis.

20 - Holy Trinity Monastery

The Monastery of Agia Triada, a historical gem with a fascinating tale woven into the fabric of time. Back in 1611, the Venetian authorities in Chania entrusted the reconstruction task to the hieromonk Ieremias Tzagarolos, a man of both Orthodox and Catholic influence hailing from a Venetian family.

This visionary hieromonk, armed with a Greek and Latin education, delved into the realm of architecture, drawing inspiration from the 16th-century Italian architect Sebastiano Serlio. What emerged was not just a reconstruction but the birth of a grander monastic complex, a testament to Ieremias Tzagarolos’ dual cultural background.

After his passing in 1634, his brother Lavrentios took up the mantle, continuing the work until 1645 when the Ottoman occupation disrupted the construction. In this period, the monastery wore the name Selvili Manastır, translating to the Monastery with the cypresses.

The pages of history reveal a tumultuous chapter during the 1821 revolution when Ottoman forces set fire to the monastery, causing the loss of many precious relics. Nine years later, Ottoman authorities granted permission for the completion of the monastery church to monks Kalliopio and Grigorio.

21 - Kalathas Beach

A mere 11km from the city center on the Akrotiri Peninsula, this beach is your ideal escape for a quick getaway or a part of a larger adventure exploring the northern side of Akrotiri.

In the heart of the beach, you’ll find an “almiriki,” a familiar sight along the Cretan seaside. This tree provides a natural haven, offering shade to those looking to escape the sun and relish in the serenity of the moment.

Fine-grained sand beneath your toes, crystal-clear waters stretching out before you, and an almost untouched natural haven surrounded by mountains, trees, and a small island just 120m away – a mere swim away for the adventurous.

22 - Macherida

Welcome to Macherida, a hidden gem just 4 km north of Kalathas. Tucked away in a rocky bay, Macherida is a small and serene beach that promises a tranquil escape. With its south-facing bay, the waters here are almost always calm, creating the perfect backdrop for relaxation.

At the heart of Macherida lies a picturesque small beach adorned with white sand and turquoise waters, embraced by stunning cliffs. While the beach is not organized in the typical touristy sense, it has a natural charm that attracts those seeking a more laid-back and unspoiled experience.

Macherida is a haven for nudists, offering a liberating and free-spirited atmosphere.

23 - Koukouvagia

It’s interesting to note that Koukouvagia gets its name from the Greek word for owl, which is “Koukouvagia”. The restaurant’s name is fitting as it stands tall like an owl, offering breath-taking views of Chania. 

Koukouvagia offers more than just delicious desserts. In addition to its reputation for producing juicy and flavourful treats, Koukouvagia boasts the best views of the city, making it a great spot to catch a stunning sunset. With its intimate setting and attentive service, it’s a good place to unwind. Its not easy to walk there as the pavements are non existent in some parts of the road.

We highly recommend trying their desserts. And if you’re in the mood for some cocktails, I suggest heading to Carte Postale, a nearby bar that serves some of the best drinks in town.

24 - Carte Postal

Perched on a hillside just outside the bustling city center of Chania, Carte Postal is not just a bar – it’s a charming retreat nestled alongside the iconic Venizelos landmark.

Getting here may require a vehicle, thanks to its elevated location and limited pedestrian access, but trust me, the journey is part of the adventure. Once you arrive, you’ll find yourself in a hidden gem celebrated for its exceptional cocktails, making it a hotspot for witnessing the mesmerizing sunset.

If you’re aiming for a front-row seat to this breathtaking spectacle, my advice is to show up early. Carte Postal is no secret, and tables fill up quickly as the evening unfolds. Unwind in this idyllic setting, savoring enchanting views while indulging in a refreshing beverage of your choice.

24 - Almyriki Restaurant

Nestled just opposite the picturesque Stavros Beach, this hidden gem offers an exquisite dining experience with a stunning seaside view. The establishment prides itself on its impeccable service, available throughout the day, ensuring that patrons enjoy a delightful meal or refreshing drink at any hour.

Diners appreciate the interactive aspect of their dining experience, as they have the unique opportunity to choose their own fish, which is then expertly prepared. The attentive servers go the extra mile by skillfully removing most fish bones before serving, adding a touch of personalized care to each meal.

The menu predominantly features delectable seafood options such as sea bream, prawns, and crab, elevating the dining experience to an upmarket level. However, visitors should note that the cuisine, while delicious, tends to be on the pricier side. The kitchen opens at 12:30, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely lunch rather than an early breakfast.

25 - Tavern Irene

Despite its popularity, the service here is top-notch, ensuring that you spend more time enjoying your meal than waiting for it. The menu boasts hearty and flavorful delights that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

But the surprises don’t end with the main course. Irene’s Tavern goes above and beyond by treating patrons to a delightful finale. Complimentary local sweet cake that sweetens your palate and a small bottle of spirits (ouzo) to lift your spirits. It’s the kind of gesture that turns satisfied customers into loyal fans.

What truly sets Irene’s Tavern apart is the genuine warmth exuded by Giannis and his colleagues. From the moment you step in, you’re not just customers; you’re welcomed like friends. The feeling lingers even after you bid farewell, leaving you with an irresistible urge to return. It’s not just about the food; it’s about the people and the sense of belonging that makes Irene’s Tavern a must-visit spot in Chania.

26 - Patrelantonis Restaurant

First things first, don’t let the crowded scene deter you. Patrelantonis Restaurant thrives on delivering top-notch service even in the midst of a bustling atmosphere. You’re surrounded by the lively hum of happy diners, and yet, the staff manages to make you feel like the only table that matters.

But the experience doesn’t end with just savory delights. Patrelantonis Tavern takes it a step further by sweetening the deal with complimentary desserts. It’s a thoughtful touch that adds a dash of sweetness to an already delightful meal.

Now, here’s a pro tip: indulge in the feast, and then, with a content belly, make your way to Marathi beach. Picture yourself lounging on the golden sands, the gentle waves serenading you as you soak in the post-meal bliss.

27 - Walk at Agia Marina Beach

Welcome to Agia Marina and Platanias, the buzzing heart of Chania! Nestled along the coast, this tourist hotspot offers a delightful blend of sun, sand, and sea. Take a leisurely stroll from one end of Agia Marina beach (Stalos) to the other (Platanias), soaking in the vibrant atmosphere. Feel the warm sand between your toes and take in the breathtaking views of the clear waters.

Agia Marina boasts a lovely, long sandy beach that captures the essence of relaxation. Visitors praise the inviting sands, comfy sun beds, and the delightful clear water with just the right touch of surf. It’s the kind of place where you plan to explore a couple of other areas but end up enchanted by the convenient daily walks, making it hard to leave.

Agia Marina and Platanias beckon with their charm. It’s a place where the only question is not whether to return but why can’t we just stay a little longer?

28 - Cabana Mare

Cabana Mare offers a choice between the pool area and the beach area, but let me spill the beans – the pool area is where it’s at. There’s something about the Cretan beaches, but the pool here is a must-try.

Now, let’s talk cabanas. Yes, you read that right. Rent a cabana for the day around the pool, some even come with their own personal hot tub and cover. Talk about a VIP experience! And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, surprise – there might be a concert by the beach in the evening. Cabana Mare knows how to keep the vibes right.

Sure, it’s not the cheapest joint in town, but hey, quality comes at a price. The dinner dishes are top-notch, living up to the reputation of being ‘the place to go’ for the younger to mid-age crowd. So, if you’re up for a nice treat and don’t mind splurging a bit for a fantastic time, Cabana Mare is your ticket to a luxurious yet laid-back experience on the vibrant island of Crete.

29 - Red Havana

Welcome to Red Havana, where beach vibes meet culinary delights in a little slice of paradise on earth. This beach bar is more than just a spot to catch some sun – it’s an experience that’s all about comfort, good eats, and a touch of Havana atmosphere.

Convenience is key, and Red Havana nails it. Not far from the center with easy access from the main road and a large parking space, it’s a breeze to get to. Family-friendly? Absolutely. This place caters to all ages, making it a recommended spot for a day out with the whole crew.

The music sets the perfect tone, and with not one but two pools, you’re in for a treat. Lazy sofas and that unmistakable Havana atmosphere add the final touches to this small paradise. Whether you’re a beach bum, a foodie, or just looking for a good time, Red Havana is the kind of place that lingers in your memory as a blissful escape on the vibrant island.

30 - Drakiana Restaurant

Hidden under the shade of trees by a gentle river. This gem is all about a calm and delightful experience, offering high-quality Cretan food that’s a treat for your taste buds.

Let’s talk portions – not too big, just the right size, leaving enough room for the grand finale: dessert. And for those with specific dietary preferences, Drakiana has got you covered. Vegan and gluten-free options are clearly indicated on the menu, ensuring delightful dining for all.

Service here is as fast as it is friendly, adding to the overall charm of the place. If you’re up for a taste of traditional Greek food, you’re in for a treat. Customers rave about the quality of the food and the overall service, making it a go-to spot for those seeking an authentic experience.

Big portions, good food, and excellent service – that’s the winning combo at Drakiana Restaurant. Whether you’re a food enthusiast, a nature lover, or just looking for a calm retreat, this place checks all the boxes for a memorable dining experience in the heart of Crete.

31 - Charma Cretan Brewery

Charma Cretan Brewert is where good beers meet even better food in a setting that’s all about enjoying the finer things in life. This spot is a must-visit for those seeking a unique tasting experience, with a few quirks to make it memorable.

Let’s start with the stars of the show – the beers. Customers rave about the quality, and for some, it’s a repeat performance with the Cretan ale. But here’s the kicker – it’s not just about the drinks. The food steals the spotlight, and a terrific tasting for two is an experience that will leave your taste buds dancing. Hot and delicious pita bread with Tzatziki and a beer meze spread that’s simply irresistible.

So, if you’re looking for a place where the beers flow, the food delights, and the atmosphere is just right, Charma Cretan Brewery is calling your name. Don’t miss the chance to savor the flavors and create memories in this unique corner of Crete. Cheers to good times!

32 - Theriso Gorge

Theriso Gorge, where a fantastic scenic drive unfolds into a breathtaking experience. The sight offers not just a drive but a journey through dramatic landscapes, flowering trees, and towering cliffs that define the charm of Crete.

The drive from Chania to Theriso is magical, with towering cliffs on either side and a shady, tree-lined river in the ravine. After around 20 minutes, you emerge in the village, which holds historical significance as the cradle of Cretan resistance to occupation. 

As you ascend the dramatic mountain road, passing stunning flowering trees, you’ll find yourself at the top, in the village of Zouvra. It’s here, by chance, that Emilia’s Taverna beckons with the promise of a perfect lunch and an unbeatable view. 

33 - Kapilio

This place is a jewel, a true find for those who appreciate good food, friendly vibes, and fantastic value for money. The authenticity of the dishes sets Kapileio Tavern apart, making it a favorite among locals and, surprisingly, almost devoid of tourists.

The atmosphere on the terrace is buzzing with life, filled with local people of all ages, from groups to families. It’s a true community gathering, and the friendly locals create an ambiance that adds a special touch to your dining experience.

In a nutshell, don’t miss a dinner at Kapileio Tavern; it’s just amazingly good. With fantastic food, traditional Greek cuisine, great service, and unbelievable value for money, this tavern stands out as a must-visit for anyone looking to savor the true essence of Cretan dining.

34 - Kafeneio Tis Kaitis ( Kate's Coffee House )

A charming spot that has been winning hearts for years with its warm hospitality, stunning views, and a touch of quaint charm. This kafeneio is not just a coffee house; it’s a haven that beckons visitors to unwind and savor the beauty of Crete.

As for the ambiance, imagine a blissful kafeneion with stunning views across Souda Bay, nestled in its own beautiful garden surroundings. Kaiti’s personal touch in decorating the place adds a brilliant and quaint charm that sets it apart. The place is a little paradise, inviting you to stop for a frappe or something stronger, accompanied by the friendly chatter of Kaiti and Iannis.

Now, let’s talk about Kaiti, the heart and soul of this coffee house, and her son Yannis. Warm and welcoming, they go the extra mile to make you feel at home. It’s not just about the coffee; it’s about the connection, the sense of belonging that Kafeneio tis Kaitis effortlessly fosters.

35 - Malaxa

Malaxa, a quaint village perched on an elevated plateau at the feet of the White Mountains of Crete, just 8 km south of Chania city and overlooking the scenic Souda bay.

The village is a testament to the rich history of the region. During the Greek revolution of 1821, Malaxa played a pivotal role as a stronghold for the revolutionaries. In response, the Ottomans constructed the Malaxa Tower around 1860 to defend the area. Fast forward to the Battle of Crete during World War II, and Malaxa once again became a focal point for fierce battles between German paratroopers and Greek and allied forces.

Despite its historical significance in times of conflict, Malaxa today stands as a serene and peaceful village, casting aside the shadows of its tumultuous past. What makes this village truly special is its magnificent view over Souda bay, a picturesque panorama that captivates visitors.

36 - Botanical Park

Step into a world of variety and beauty at this enchanting place, where nature unfolds in all its splendor. Contrary to some reviews, this haven isn’t exactly wheelchair or buggy friendly, but the 2.5-hour walk through this picturesque landscape is undoubtedly worth every step.

Even with a lively 2-year-old toddler in tow, the experience remains engaging and manageable with a bit of support on the steep stairs and towards the end of the trek. For the little ones, the highlight is the lake and the delightful array of animals, especially the majestic peacocks that add a touch of whimsy to the surroundings.

In summary, this park is a welcoming surprise, living up to its claims and offering a unique blend of adventure and education. It may be different from what you’d expect in Crete, but it’s a recommendation for those seeking a memorable and enriching experience. 

37 - Ancient Aptera

Discover the history ofthe Aptera Archaeological Site, a gem that promises a journey through time against the backdrop of breathtaking countryside.

The well-preserved ruins provide a fascinating glimpse into ancient civilizations, and the lack of crowds allows for an unhurried exploration of this archaeological treasure. The cistern and theatre buildings, in particular, stand out as beautiful remnants of a bygone era.

But it’s not just about the physical structures; the Aptera Archaeological Site provides an in-depth look into the history of the region. The evidence gathered and the detailed explanations contribute to a rich tapestry of the past. The incredible views that surround the site only add to the overall allure, creating a perfect synergy of nature and history.

38 - Lake Kournas

Kournas Lake, a charming destination that captivates visitors with its beauty, rain or shine. The view is nothing short of amazing, creating a picturesque backdrop for a memorable experience.

For those looking to add a bit of adventure to their visit, hydrobikes are available for rent. Whether you’re a duo seeking a romantic ride (€10 for 2 persons) or a group of friends looking for some shared fun (€20 for 5 persons), exploring the lake on these watercrafts is a must. The tranquility of the lake, surrounded by lush green nature, adds to the allure of this popular spot.

For the more leisurely explorers, don’t miss the chance to pedal across to the other side of the lake. There, you’ll be rewarded with the sight of carp and turtles, adding a touch of wildlife to your experience.

Whether you’re a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or someone looking for a peaceful escape, Kournas Lake has it all. The absolute beauty of the lake, coupled with the variety of activities and shops, makes it a destination worthy of spending a day. So, if you find yourself in the area, make sure to include a visit to Kournas Lake in your itinerary – it’s an absolute gem waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

39 - Almyrida

Almyrida Beach, where the sun, sea, and sand come together to create the perfect setting for a laid-back and enjoyable day. This wide and long beach, cradled in a bay, offers more than just a scenic view – it provides an easy and welcoming entry into the sea.

The bay’s sheltered nature means you’ll encounter fewer elements to disrupt your beach day. The sandy shore invites you to stroll along the water’s edge without the worry of rocks or sea urchins, ensuring a hassle-free beach experience. The gentle waves add to the tranquility, making it an ideal spot for a relaxed swim.

Almyrida Beach is not just about the natural beauty; it’s about convenience too. With cafes and restaurants just seconds away, you can easily turn your beach day into a culinary adventure. Picture yourself enjoying a refreshing drink or a delicious meal while soaking in the Mediterranean vibes.

One of the highlights of Almyrida Beach is its user-friendly sea conditions. The water is not deep, allowing you to venture about 50-80 meters from the shore and still be able to touch the ground. This makes it a great spot for both novice and experienced swimmers.

Things to do
in Chania Chania
( Day Trips )

Hey fellow reader! If you’ve exhausted the local scene in Chania, the real magic lies a bit further out, especially with those top-notch beaches. Picture this: turquoise waters, golden sands, and the kind of tranquility that makes every page of your favourite book even more captivating.

If beaches is all you are after, you can also have a look at our picks for the 20 Best Beaches in Chania.

Now, to make your exploration seamless, you can hop on a tour bus for the popular hotspots. But, if the idea of setting your own pace appeals to you, consider cruising around in your own wheels. We’ve got some of the best rental deals in Chania —affordable and hassle-free, so you can focus on creating your own adventure novel.

Cristy
Cristy
4 November 2023
Absolutely top notch rental outfit. Nice scooter and helmets. Easy rental process and reasonable price. Website is amazing and full of very detailed route suggestions. It’s obvious that a lot of time and attention was given to its creation. Highly recommend!
Cyber Funk
Cyber Funk
29 October 2023
Smoothest process ever had at a rental agency. G is very knowledgeable and his service goes way beyond the expected. We had additional demands and everything was managed SUPER professionally. HIGHLY recommended.
Jess Charwin
Jess Charwin
28 October 2023
Super organized rental shop - one of the best I have been to in many countries. The bikes and helmets were in perfect condition and the owner did a great job orientating me. Everything you need to know, including great tour reccomendations, are sent via a convenient WhatsApp message.
Andrew S
Andrew S
24 October 2023
George is the absolute best. After a bad experience at nearby competitor, George went out of his way to get us a perfect scooter, new helmets, lots of information and directions and was really a pleasure to work with. He is enthusiastic, considerate of time, and made the whole process a pleasure. PLEASE GO HERE FOR YOUR VEHICLE RENTAL!!!!
Lau Gonzalez
Lau Gonzalez
18 October 2023
Very good service! They recommended us the best places to go on the island. Google map links for the way, they were very fast and efficient throughout the process and above all friendly. The motorcycle we rented is in super good condition. We were able to enjoy one of the best days on the island! thank you 🙂 Pd: the way for to going from Chaina to Elafonisi is incredible and the beach so beautiful.
Artery Gunman
Artery Gunman
18 October 2023
Exploring Chania area Crete on a 300cc Piaggio scooter was the best choice we made our whole trip, since tours and buses and timelines are not really our thing. We saw so much beautiful scenery on our own schedule and were able to stop for food, photos, or a beach dip whenever we liked. The scooter handled amazing, was not expensive, and George was so flexible and friendly and informative. I can't imagine a better rental experience in Chania. Rent4Wheels made for incredible memories of this gorgeous place.
C. S.
C. S.
16 October 2023
Brand new motorcycle , very friendly owner, great price. I loved it! Thanks for the great time I had with your rental bike!!
earth97
earth97
16 October 2023
Renting from George was such an easy experience - he set me up with a great 150cc moped, and even had some preplanned itineraries which were helpful in figuring where to go.
Emma Brassington
Emma Brassington
10 October 2023
Easy, fast, friendly, warm- just perfect. We decided late in the morning to rent a bike and George’s was available on whatsap and then with us in moments. We told him our rough plan and not only did he rent us the bike, he offered best routes for the way there, the way back, the best sunset spot and best eatery on the way. He was super friendly 10/10 service
Samuel Bellamy
Samuel Bellamy
10 October 2023
Perfect rental experience, super efficient and friendly, Georgios gave us some good recommendations, and was very kind with great communication. Bike was spot on, cheap rental, great location.

40 - Elafonisi Beach

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41 - Chrisoskalitisa Monastery

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42 - Voulolimni

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43 - Stomio Tavern

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42 - Falasarna Beach

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43 - Kourtaliotiko Gorge

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45 - Hora Sfakion

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46 - Marmara Beach

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47 - Kitchen Stories

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48 - Loutro Beach

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49 - Glyka Nera

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50 - Orange Blue

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“We don’t just rent vehicles. We have driven all over Chania. We can suggest day trips, where to drive, where to swim, where to eat. With high attention to detail, we will provide you with a safe, clean, modern and reliable vehicle to get you there.”

– R4W Chania 2024

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