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Welcome to Chania

Minoan of origin and later under Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman rule, Chania—Crete’s second-largest city and former capital—has had millennia to accrue a rich historical patina. That heritage is evident in its Old Town, home to a Venetian port (including the Lighthouse of Chania), the Nautical Museum of Crete, and the Firkas Fortress—visiting is among the top things to do in Chania. And although the Nea Chora beach is convenient for those staying in town, it’s worth journeying to the postcard-ready Balos and Falasarna beaches; meanwhile, the Samaria Gorge is Crete at its most ruggedly beautiful.

Top 8 attractions in Chania

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Old Venetian Harbor

Old Venetian Harbor

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Venice ruled Crete for more than 400 years and built Chania’s scenic port during the 14th century. Today, the Old Venetian Harbor is the beating heart of Chania Old Town, with restaurants, bars, and stores nestled beside landmarks from the Venetian Lighthouse to the Firkas Fortress, Grand Arsenal, and Hassan Pasha Mosque.More
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Venetian Lighthouse

Venetian Lighthouse

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Perched at the end of the breakwater, the Venetian Lighthouse—constructed around 1570 when Chania was under the control of the Republic of Venice—is the most striking building on the town’s Venetian Harbour. One of the oldest lighthouses in the world, its spectacular architecture makes it one of the most photographed landmarks in the city.More
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Archaeological Museum of Chania

Archaeological Museum of Chania

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Archaeology buffs can trace Crete’s history from the Neolithic and Minoan to late Roman times at the Archaeological Museum of Chania, with its collection of treasures found during excavations around the town and across western Crete. Located in the historic Church of St. Francis, the museum is a highlight of Chania’s old town.More
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Marathi Beach

Marathi Beach

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Comprising two sandy stretches extending from either side of a pier, Marathi Beach overlooks the vivid blue waters of Souda Bay and the White Mountains of Chania. The beach is well sheltered from the elements, meaning the waters are waveless and calm. Traditional tavernas near the sand serve fresh fish to hungry beachgoers.More
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Frangokastello

Frangokastello

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Discover a historic landmark dating back to the 1370s during a visit to Frangokastello, a well-preserved castle. Built by the Venetians when their empire ruled Crete, this fort is known for its sawtooth walls and square towers at each corner. Nearby beaches are also a draw for visitors, and the small town offers peaceful seaside accommodation.More
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Maritime Museum of Crete (Nautical Museum of Crete)

Maritime Museum of Crete (Nautical Museum of Crete)

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Set in Chania’s Firkas Fortress, the Maritime Museum of Crete (Nautical Museum of Crete takes a deep dive into Crete’s nautical history with displays of models of ships from prehistoric boats to destroyers and landing craft from Greece’s modern-day naval fleet, as well as ancient navigational instruments and other sea-faring artifacts.More
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Limnoupolis Water Park (Aqua Creta Limnoupolis)

Limnoupolis Water Park (Aqua Creta Limnoupolis)

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Chania’s most popular water park, Limnoupolis Water Park (Aqua Creta Limnoupolis) offers 11 large slides, including steep “free-fall” options, plus a lazy river, a kids’ pool with smaller slides, and a big central pool with a zipline. The park also has sun loungers, a bar, a restaurant, fast-food options, and a minimart.More
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Ancient Aptera

Ancient Aptera

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The Aptera archaeological site is home to the ruins of a powerful ancient city founded in Minoan times. From its strategic position above Souda Bay, the city thrived for millennia before being brought down by invasions and earthquakes. Today, visitors can explore the remains of a fortified tower, a city gate and wall, an amphitheater, and a temple.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Chania

How to Spend 3 Days in Chania

Top activities in Chania

Crete Wine and Olive Oil Tour
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Crete Wine and Olive Oil Tour

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Half-Day Rethymno Quad Safari

Half-Day Rethymno Quad Safari

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Snorkeling and Boat Tour in Crete
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Stand -Up Paddleboard and Snorkeling Tour in Crete
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The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour – Explore East Chania Mainland
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Private Boat Trip Chania - Balos (price is per group-up to 9 people)
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Chania Old Town Private Tour

Chania Old Town Private Tour

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The Delicious Chania PRIVATE Street Food Tour
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Be a farmer for one day
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Half-Day Georgioupolis Off-Road Adventure with Meal
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