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Destination guide

Beauty and culture near Chania holiday lettings

You'll be bounced around the letterbox-wide lanes of Chania like a pinball, rebounding between cushions of magenta bougainvillea and whitewashed walls, between domed Venetian dock depots and bustling Greek tavernas. Go with it. The ride is enthralling and fascinating. It reveals centuries-old lighthouses and crumbling forts, platters of uber-fresh seafood and beautiful vistas of the rugged reaches of Western Crete. The other good news? Chania holiday rentals are plentiful. You can seek out everything from stylish city flats to beachside villas with glimmering pools.

Things to do

Attractions near Chania holiday lettings

It's hard to ignore Chania's rich Venetian heritage. A honey-hued lighthouse still punctuates the wide harbour like a full stop – it's a remake of the 16th-century one first raised by the city's erstwhile Italian masters. You can delve deeper into that story with a jaunt through the maritime exhibits of the Nautical Museum of Crete, a whirlwind of model ships and mind-boggling navigation tools. The Archaeological Museum of Chania deals with an altogether older history – prepare to be wowed by a menagerie of Minoan pots and Roman busts and gold-leaf diadems, courtesy of the ancients.

Activities

Things to do near holiday homes in Chania

Chania isn't just a town. It's a whole region. It represents a colossal cut-out of Western Crete, one that abounds with things to do for the budding adventurer. Take to the coast roads and head west and you'll soon leave behind the popular resort strips for a land of wild peninsulas and paradisiacal lagoons. Beaches like Falasarna and pretty towns like Kissamos all beckon en route. Hiking and biking in the nearby mountains also promise to get the adrenaline pumping. You could even seek out a Chania holiday rental in the countryside, surrounded by olive farms and rustic hamlets.

Weather

Climate for your stay in Chania holiday homes

The sun shines in Chania for much of the year, but the mercury doesn't creep high enough to warrant beach days until May time. That's when visitors start flocking down to Chania holiday rentals in earnest, and when most seasonal flights begin to touchdown in the city's airport. The upshot is that Chania is best visited between spring and autumn, with months like June, July and August claiming the hottest temperatures and the likes of September and October better if you want to avoid the crowds.

Natural features

Chania has massifs and majestic beaches

You'll be able to see the formidable ridges of the Lefka Ori – the White Mountains – rising above Chania from the cobbled squares in the town centre. They're so-called for the shimmering limestone that crowns their top. Adventurers might want to delve a little deeper between the peaks, to discover carved wonders like the Samaria Gorge and its smattering of wild Cretan goats. Alternatively, the coastline to the west is one long string of gorgeous beaches. Many are backed by resorts towns, but some are secluded, occasionally punctuated by a peninsula that hides beautiful sites like the Balos Lagoon.

Beaches

Top beaches near Chania holiday homes

Chania is filled with scenic beaches with soft sand and clear waters for families and couples. Holiday homes are available near places like Nea Chora Beach, a quiet beach with gentle surf for swimming, and Chrissi Akti, a lively beach with seaside amenities and a family-friendly atmosphere. You’ll also like Agii Apostoli beach, a sandy beach in a deep cove that offers sheltered swimming.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Chania

Fly into Chania (CHQ-Ioannis Daskalogiannis), the closest airport, located 7.1 mi (11.4 km) from the city centre.

Good for couples

Romantic attractions near Chania holiday rentals

The tranquil locations and fascinating Venetian history of Chania makes it ideal for a couple’s retreat. Holiday homes are available near romantic places like Eleftherios Venizelos’ House, a commemorative museum honouring the prominent 20th-century Greek politician, and the Municipal Art Gallery, an upscale gallery with unique artwork from local and global artists. You could also spend some time at Agioi Apostoloi, an island resort area with picturesque beaches and scenic coves.

How many holiday rentals are available around Chania?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,707 holiday lettings around Chania. From 1,379 villas to 552 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Chania?

Rising in the morning to glorious ocean views and the rumble of waves on the shoreline. Isn't this what perfect holidays are made of? HomeAway has 842 beachside holiday rentals. On the hunt for a different holiday style? See if any of our other properties steal your heart. Our options for this destination include:

  • 836 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 774 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 603 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a villa in Chania?

Whether you're organising a family reunion, a getaway with friends or a lively celebration, there's more than enough room for your posse when you choose a private villa. Just make sure you call dibs on the best bedroom! In this destination, you'll find 1,399 options to pick from. Rates start from £36 per night. Or perhaps you'd prefer one of the area's other self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • Apartment: 670 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £19 per night.
  • House: 499 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Hotel: 154 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £22 per night.

Can I stay in Chania in a large group?

It can be tricky finding the time to relax with close friends and family. A trip away is an ideal way to come together. If you were planning to kick back together, HomeAway has places for you. Currently, villa holiday rentals are the hottest thing for large groups of visitors here, and we have 347 featured on our database. Rental options around the area that can house large groups include:

  • On the hunt for places that can hold 6 of you? We have 608 that will be suitable. The prices start from £38 per night.
  • If you have 8 in your family, you'll be happy to learn that there are 325 rental accommodation perfect. Prices begin at just £52 per night.
  • Seeking out places for rent suitable for 5 people? You'll be glad to hear we have 323 that'll be ideal. You can book one for as little as £30 per night.

You and all your mates will be well looked after when you arrange your Chania escape through us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Chania?

HomeAway is here to help you reconnect with your family and friends. With an assortment of economical holiday rentals, you're sure to nab a fabulous den to suit everyone's tastes. When it comes to getting your hands on a terrific deal, the first place you look should be Makris Tichos. Here, HomeAway has 196 holiday rentals at an average price of £94 a night. There are another 219 HomeAway holiday rentals awaiting you in or around Old Town. The average price here is £104 per night.

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