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Basic information

  • Area: 29.4 km² (11 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +30
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 81,985
  • Language: Greek
  • Time Zone: (UTC+2/3)

Chania – Overview

Chania, also known as Hania, is a picturesque port town on the northwest coast of Crete, Greece. It is the second largest city on the island, with a population of around 59000 living in the city.
A mix of modern, Venetian, Turkish histories are blended together to create an elegant modern vibrancy, with a historical legacy seen in the architecture, crafts and sumptuous delicacies.

When the Venetians settled they built a cathedral - Santa Maria, as well as a palace, theatre and houses, and the city flourished as an economical and intellectual centre. The Old Town of Chania has preserved the charm and beauty of this Venetian period, found in narrow picturesque streets, impressive churches and buildings.

Chania has no shortage of restaurants, taverns and meeting places, many open air, taking advantage of the old building s, beautiful scenery and wonderfully warm weather. Start the evening with a relaxed dinner of locally caught seafood, ntakos (a Cretan salad on rusk) or kalitsounia (sweet cheese pastries), the night can continue in any number of bars and clubs to see you through to sunrise.

The climate is dry and hot through the summer months of April – October. Winters are mild, and offer relatively little rain. The climate is perfect for beach games, walking excursions and for eating al fresco. The area is prone to occasional heat waves, so be sure to always carry plenty of water.