Crete, the birthplace of Zeus, is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
Crete has a long and rich history, dating back to 130,000 years ago. It is the place where the first European civilisation, the Minoan civilisation, emerged and thrived during the Bronze Age. The island is full of Minoan remains and sites, which are worth visiting. Chania is the main site of the Minoan settlement, which was called Kydonia and features in Homer’s Odyssey due to its strategic importance and involvement in key geo-political developments of the time.
Crete is a melting pot of cultures from Europe, Asia and Africa as it has come under the occupation of the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman empires and the Venetians. Remnants of the Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman and Hellenic structures can be found literately everywhere simply by strolling around.
Chania is the second largest city of Crete. It is as lively and colourful as its residents and evidence of Crete’s rich multicultural heritage, which takes shape through its unique architecture, poetry, dance, music, artisan’s work and of course its delicious cuisine.
Crete and particularly Chania is very diverse in geographical terms, dominated by mountains, gorges, rivers, caves, lakes and valleys. Its wild landscape, natural wonders and pristine waters will leave you with an unforgettable experience.
We have put together recommendations for things to do in and around Chania to get you into the Greek summer mood and get you to slow down your pace to the heartbeat of the island. Enjoy!