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Located only a few kilometres from the main town of Chania, the small but lively resort of Platanias offers something for everyone to have a fantastic holiday experience, from great sandy beaches, to a wonderful array of tavernas, bars and cafes. A good public transportation service runs through the resort into the charming town centre of Chania; here you can explore the towns beautiful history and local cultures, along with experiencing the funky, chic bars around the harbour.
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Crete boasts a number of fantastic local cuisines including dakos, kaltsounia, sarikopitakia, dolmades and traditional Greek salad to name a few.
Platanias has a lively nightlife. Ruin is 200m west of Platanias Village and is a café covered with flowers and plants, providing a naturally relaxing environment right in the heart of the busy town. Most of the bars and clubs open at around 10pm, the most popular being Rock House and Club Utopia.
Dourakis Winery can be found in between Rethymno and Chania near to the village of Alikambos – providing wine tasting and tours of the vineyards.
Various boat excursions can be taken from Chania’s town harbour which explore Crete's northern coastline.
Various sports events including: Beach Volleyball, Beach soccer and Beach Handball take place from May-September in the Nea Kydonia Municpal Unit in Chania.
Head south into the hills and mountains from Chania and you’ll be transported into Crete’s natural beauty.
Samaria Gorge is one of Greece’s most well-known areas of Natural Beauty, which can be found near the southern part of the island to the south of Chania.
Gramouvsa is a small island off the north-west coast of Crete and is one of Crete’s hidden gems – access is easiest via a boat from Kissamos Kastelli Port.
The Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete, can be found 18 kilometres south from Chania Town, near to the village of Fournes. Set within 20 hectares of grounds, the Park and Gardens host a variety of fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal, and ornamental plants.
Aquaworld Aquariumin Hersonissos and Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos in Heraklion. Aquaworld is Crete’s first aquarium, opening in 1995. Both aquariums feature sea life and reptiles from all over the world, and the majority of these animals were rescued or previously injured and have been given a second chance with a new home.
Watercity, Crete’s main waterpark, can be found 15km on the eastern side of Heraklion and hosts a variety of water slides and pools, along with various other restaurant / bar facilities.
Limnoupolis waterpark, can be found 10km south-east from Chania, near to the village of Varipetro and offers a variety of pools and waterslides, along with snack bars and a restaurant.
The Palace of Knossos is situated 5km southeast of Heraklion. Knossos was the first capital city of Crete and this monument is the most important on the whole island. The Palace of Knossos is also connected to several thrilling legends, including the myth of the Labyrinth, Daidalos and Ikaros and the Minotaur. This amazing historical site is definitely worth the visit and you won’t be disappointed.
Chania has a wonderfully historic old town offering a fusion of Venetian and Turkish architecture and is made up of tiny, winding, cobbled streets. Part of the old town is set around a lovely Venetian harbour area, offering a host of waterside tavernas and cafés.
Various Museums can be found around Chania town, displaying all types of artefacts: Archaeological Museum of Chania, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection, Nautical Museum of Crete, Museum of Typography (Souda Bay), Historical and Folklore Museum of Therisos, Folklore Museum of Chania – Cretan House, Museum of Eleftherios Venizelos, Museum of National Resistance.
There are many churches and cathedrals throughout the town and region of Chania, most of which can be visited (albeit some at specific times), the larger and more popular churches visited are: Monastery of Chrysopigi, Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou, Gouverneto Monastery or Lady of Angels, The Minaret of Agios Nikolaos, Giali Tzamisi Mosque.
The British and Commonwealth War Cemetery is located in Souda Bay, 5km east of Chania.
The German War Cemetery is found the hills over-looking Maleme airfield, located 20km to the west of Chania.
The White Mountains National Park is centred around the Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe (16km in length). Various excursions can be booked from most large towns and resorts, whereby you can hike along the gorge. Good walking shoes and some degree of fitness is required!
Firka Fortress – a beautiful Venetian fortress northwest of Chania’s port built 1610-1645.
There are many other ancient castles and fortresses found all over Crete - the most popular include: Frangokastrello (in the south west part of the island, 12km from the village of Chora Sfakion) and Castello del Moro (in Heraklion).
The old town of Chania offers a strong presence of Venetian and Turkish design and architecture.
Ancient Kydonia – a minion settlement in the heart of Chania.
Ancient Aptera – located 15km from Chania, overlooking Souda Bay, is a fantastic Minoan settlement.
The Byzantine Wall of Chania – surrounds the Kasteli in Chania.
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Scuba diving, Snorkelling
Battle of Crete A...local event
The commemoration of the Battle of Crete during WWII is one of the greatest events in Chania calendar and features a series of ceremonies, parades, athletic competitions, traditional folk dancing and music. This festival takes place in May at Maleme where the original battle was fought in 1941, just outside Chania main town.
Chania Rock Festi...local event
Attracting rock music lovers from around Greece, this festival features both Greek and foreign performers and takes place in the old city of Chania.
The Cretan Diet F...local event
The Cretan Diet festival is celebrated in the city of Rethymno in the first week of July and promotes all locally produced products while celebrating Cretan food and the legendary Mediterranean diet.
The Hyakintheialocal event
Taking place in the village of Anogeia on the slopes of Psiloritis, this established event is celebrated for three days in July. The event honours the Saint of Love or 'Aghios Hyakinthos' with feasts and parties with a different theme each year, traditional to Cretan culture, music and heritage.
The Renaissance F...local event
The Renaissance Festival of Rethymno is celebrated for two weeks in July with theatre and dance performances, music concerts, art exhibitions and other visual arts featured in the Erofili Theatre, located in the Fortress as well as the Neratzes Mosque.
Lato Festivallocal event
The Lato Cultural Festival is celebrated in July and August in the city of Agios Nikolaos. It is a great fair featuring a number of local concerts, international musicians, folklore contests, folk dancing, art exhibitions and theatre plays.
The Houdetsi Fest...local event
The Houdetsi Festival takes place every year for 4 days in August in the village of Houdetsi situated approximately 23km from Heraklion. It is a unique festival blending all kinds of music from around the world with the traditional Cretan music and culture.
Assumption of the...national event
On the 15th August every year, the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Villages are decorated, festivals are held, traditional dances are staged and there is a generally a great festive atmosphere.
Dormination of Vi...local event
The month of August is considered to be the month of festivals and visitors will find that there are celebrations happening every day in several areas of Crete. The most important day of the month is the 15th August dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary. The city of Chania is filled with festivities especially in the main monasteries of the area where guests can enjoy feasts, drinks, folk music and local dances.
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