The Greek island of Crete is a popular destination for tourists and Douliana is one of many wonderful villages for visitors to stay at. Douliana is located on the northwest part of Crete and offers easy access to many interesting activities and sights. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas and apartments.
Douliana offers many wonderful views as it is located on top of a hill overlooking Souda Bay. The backdrop of the White Mountains provides a good setting for hikers and cyclists to explore the village and surrounding areas. Approximately five kilometres away are beaches at Kalives and Almerida, which are pleasant spots for sunbathing. Numerous waterports can be tried along the coast here such as swimming, windsurfing, waterskiing and paragliding. Holidaymakers can also taking sailing excursions around the island or enjoy a fishing trip. The island’s only 18-hole golf course is located at Hersonissos. There are a few places to dine in and around Douliana including restaurants and taverns serving mainly Cretan fare. Self catering holidaymakers can purchase food and drink from a mini market in the village square. There are other small shops in the area from which to buy gifts and souvenirs.
There are several interesting places to visit on the island including museums and galleries such as the Nautical Museum at Chania and the Historical Museum and Archive at Heraklion. Numerous historic buildings are located here too including Byzantine churches and chapels, some of which are over a thousand years old. Visitors will also be able to see many monasteries too including the ruined monastery of Katholiko, which is the oldest on the island and possible dates back to the 11th century. Crete has some wonderful natural features such as The Cave of Psychro and The Samaria Gorge. Lake Kournas is a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and is the only lake on Crete.
The warmest time of the year to visit Douliana is generally July and August when the average high is approximately 29 degrees centigrade. During these months holidaymakers can expect to see an average of 12 to 13 hours of sunshine per day. Whilst January is the month with most prolonged periods of rain at an average of 14 days, May is actually the wettest with an average of 115mm.
Chania International Airport (CHQ)) is approximately a 45 minute drive from Douliana and has flights to and from Athens (ATH) as well as other European cities such as Berlin-Tegel (TXL) and Moscow-Vnukovo (VKO). There are seasonal flights to and from Amsterdam (AMS), Brussels (BRU), London-Gatwick (LGW) and Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN) amongst other cities too. Europcar, Hertz and Kappa are the three car rental firms are located at the airport. Taxis are available just outside the passenger terminal.