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Crete’s second city and arguably its most beautiful, Khania, or Chania as it's also known, offers a seaside getaway and city break in one. From the winding narrow streets of its Old Town flanked by elegant Venetian architecture, to sunny sandy beaches, traditional tavernas and the romantic restaurant-lined harbour – here you’ll find a diverse palette of pleasures. Foodies in particular will enjoy some of the island’s finest eateries, whilst history enthusiasts, culture junkies, shoppers and wanderers will all find their vices too.

Things to see

Set before the warm blue Mediterranean waters, Golden Beach reclines just west of the city. The aptly named stretch is a favourite among swimmers and sun worshippers, and includes a playground for the kids. Dating back to the 1300’s, the Old Venetian Harbour is one of Khania’s greatest historical gems. Lined with cafes, bars and restaurants, it’s especially enchanting come evening, when the lamp-lined promenade lights up and tantalizing food smells waft with the sea breeze. Day or night, you should be able to see one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks, Chania Lighthouse. At the east end of the harbour you’ll find the Nautical Museum of Crete. Detailing the region’s seafaring heritage, the museum displays a collection of model ships, nautical instruments and other artefacts, dating from the Bronze Age to modern times. Nearby, gently bustling Mitropoleos Square is home to another of the city’s proud historical monuments – the Neoclassical Greek Orthodox Cathedral Church of Chania.

Hotels in Khania

Whether you’re after a romantic getaway or a family escape, the hotels in Kemer cater to every type of stay, with most properties located on the beachfront. Those seeking luxury lodgings can choose from chic private villas or lavish 5-star hotels, many geared towards pampering guests with full-service spas, posh eateries and every creature comfort under the sun. The more modest hotels in Kemer all aim to please too, and count swimming pools, gyms, restaurants, and kid’s clubs among their features. Those looking for a thriftier stay will find plenty of budget hotels in Kemer, ranging from no frills hotels to cheap and cheerful self-catering apartments.

Where to stay

Centred on the Venetian harbour, Old Town is among its most popular areas, with its characterful architecture and local hidden gems. If you prefer just a little more modernity, ‘new town’ Nea Chora is just a 10 minute stroll away. Still dating back to the 18th century, the area features its own sandy beach, along with some top seafood restaurants and plentiful amenities. Around 9 kilometres west of central Khania , a hotel in Agia Marina will suit those seeking a peaceful seaside holiday. As well as beachfront accommodations you’ll find plenty of eateries, bars and shops, all catering to tourists.

How to get to Khania

The city’s main gateway is Chania International Airport, situated a convenient 14 kilometre drive away. A well-connected hub, it serves destinations throughout Europe year-round, with most services operating during the summer months. Once you’ve landed it’s just a 20 minute journey into the heart of the city, which can be done by private or public transport. Buses provide a direct link from the airport to the city multiple times a day, whilst taxis offer a quicker door-to-door service. Some hotels in Khania also offer private airport shuttles, with prior arrangement. Ferries regularly dock at nearby Souda, with services arriving daily from Piraeus in Athens.