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Chania at a glance…

Chania is a coastal city in northwestern Crete, one of the most important ports on the island and the capital of the prefecture of Chania. It occupies an area of ​​about thirteen square kilometers and is the second largest city on the island after Heraklion.

A place full of natural beauty, history, memories and culture. The visitor will discover lacy beaches, sandy beaches, coves and islands. Exploring Chania, the visitor finds enchanting gorges, caves, rivers and green plains with olive and citrus fruits. A place with rich flora and fauna, consisting of rare plants - herbs as well as rare endemic animals.

The visitor will experience the warmth and the Cretan soul of the locals, will taste unique flavors and will feel the Cretan hospitality.

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Chania Town

Chania is a city on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. It’s known for its 14th-century Venetian harbor, narrow streets and waterfront restaurants. At the harbor entrance is a 16th-century lighthouse with Venetian, Egyptian and Ottoman influences. Opposite, the Nautical Museum has model ships, naval objects and photographs.

 

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Samaria Gorge

The Samariá Gorge  is a National Park of Greece since 1962 on the island of Crete – a major tourist attraction of the island – and a World's Biosphere Reserve.

The gorge is in southwest Crete in the regional unit of Chania. It was created by a small river running between the White Mountains (Lefká Óri) and Mt. Volakias. There are a number of other gorges in the White Mountains. While some say that the gorge is 18 km long, this distance refers to the distance between the settlement of Omalos on the northern side of the plateau and the village of Agia Roumeli. In fact, the gorge is 16 km long, starting at an altitude of 1,250 m at the northern entrance, and ending at the shores of the Libyan Sea in Agia Roumeli. 

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Balos Lagoon

The famous lagoon of Balos is located approximately 56km northwest of Chania and 17km northwest of Kissamos, formed between the Cape Gramvousa and the small Cape Tigani and below the range of Platiskinos. Balos is surely the mostly photographed beach in Crete, a very favorite subject of all tourist guides for Greece.

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Elafonisi

Elafonisi is an island located close to the southwestern corner of the Mediterranean island of Crete, of which it is administratively a part, in the regional unit of Chania.

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Chora Sfakion

Sfakia is a town on the south part of Crete, Greece. It is the capital of the remote and mountainous region of Sfakiá, and is a small town of just 265 inhabitants. It lies on the south coast near the end of the Imbros Gorge, 74 km south of Chania.

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Frangokastello

Frangokastello is the location of a castle of the 14th century, a scattered settlement, and a quiet sandy beach on the south coast of Crete, Greece. About 12 km east of Chora Sfakion and within the prefecture of Chania.

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Chania Vryses

Vryses is a village in Crete, Greece, also is the capital in the municipality of Apokoronas. It has a population of 740 inhabitants according to the 2011 census. It is now a popular tourist destination that has maintained its Cretan character

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Lake Kournas

Lake Kournas is a lake on the island of Crete, Greece, near the village of Kournas. It is in the Apokoronas municipality of Chania regional unit close to the border with Rethymno regional unit, 47 km from the town of Chania. Kournas is a fairly large village perched on a hill overlooking the lake

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Falasarna

Phalasarna or Falasarna is a Greek harbour town at the west end of Crete that flourished during the Hellenistic period

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Paleochora

Palaiochora is a small town in Chania regional unit, Greece. It is located 77 km south of Chania, on the southwest coast of Crete and occupies a small peninsula 400m wide and 700m long. The town is set along 11 km of coastline bordering the Libyan Sea

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