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Holidaymakers searching for holiday rentals in Chania also enquired about Kefalonia holiday villas, Sicily holiday apartments and Santorini holiday villas

Enjoy an unforgettable holiday in Chania with HomeAway.

Located on the northern coast of Crete, Chania is the second-largest city on the island and the capital city of the Chania region. The Old Town of Chania has long been considered one of the most beautiful urban districts on Crete thanks to the narrow old Venetian streets and a charming harbour. Finding a apartments in Chania is easy with HomeAway, as there is something for every kind of traveller.

HomeAway has Chania villas that put guests right at the heart of the beautiful Old Town, but with all of the modern conveniences one has come to expect: air conditioning, internet access, and television. Stay near the sea or close to the hottest tourist attractions with a Chania apartments from HomeAway. Many tourists also like to hop from island to island, and HomeAway has the perfect accommodations on each. Visitors can find cosy accommodations on Mykonos, and those who visit Corfu can also find a selection of comfortable HomeAway holiday rentals.

Things to do

Chania Old Town:

The charming Old Town of Chania is something to be enjoyed. Narrow, winding streets are dotted with shops, restaurants, and cafés where travellers can stroll and relax. This part of Chania was established by the Venetians and one can definitely see and feel the Italian influence.

The Fortress of Frangokastello:

The Frangokastello Fortress was built between the period 1371 - 1374 BC and was set up along the coast as a military base for the Venetian army. It is rectangular in shape with massive towers at the corner, and there is an impressive gate with the Venetian coat of arms.

Oldest Lighthouse in Greece:

Greece's oldest lighthouse can be found in the old harbour of Chania. This, like much of the city, was originally constructed by the Venetians. However when the Turks ruled the city, they bequeathed Crete to the Egyptians. Parts of this lighthouse were rebuilt to suit their style, making the lighthouse truly unique.

The Beach of Platanias Chania:

The Beach of Platanias is located approximately seven miles from Chania. It is one of Crete's most developed beach and resort areas. Water activities such as snorkelling, water skiing, and boat tours are plentiful on this Blue Flag certified beach. There are also a number of shops, bars, and restaurants nearby.

The Naval Museum:

Chania's Naval Museum (also called Maritime Museum) is a great place to learn about the history of Crete. Visitors can view a multitude of models of ancient ships, a model of the original fortifications and war relics as well as artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age.

The Castle of Gramvoussa:

The remote island of Gramvoussa is easily reached from Chania and is home to an impressive castle dating back to Medieval times. The castle was built by the Venetians in 1579 and though a bit difficult to reach, the view of the Aegean Sea from the castle is truly breathtaking.

Weather in Chania

Crete has a mild and temperate climate with hot, dry summers that are kept cool by the northern winds. Chania enjoys summer temperatures of around 26°C with sunshine almost every day, and the sea remains at a comfortable 24-25°C. Winters in Chania are mild. Temperatures rarely go below 10°C. December and January tend to be wet.

Travel to Chania

Chania has an international airport. Flights from most major European cities fly to Chania (CHQ) during the high season (April to October) and there are regular flights from Athens (ATH) throughout the year. Travel by ferry is also a popular and easy way to reach Chania. Ferries travel daily to and from Pireas Port in Athens and the trip takes around nine hours. The main port for Chania is located about 15 minutes away in neighbouring Souda. Taxis are abundant upon arrival.

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                                                                                                    Excellent, highly recommended

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                                                                                                    We rented the villa for 7 days, a group of 9 ppl and had a lovely time! --Place is great, house in great shape and very nicely decorated, very modern, with a great attention to detail. --very nice barbecue area, very well equipped kitchen --Andrie and her husband are great hosts, extremely helpful with all our requests, they really made our stay great! (Drove us to supermarket in their car for shopping, took care of always ordering cabs for us, suggested places to go and looked for a doctor when we needed one) Overall great experience, highly recommended! --the only small addition would have been for the place to have a bathroom not en-suite to make it even more suitable to host more people (& make best use of the couch:-) but was great anyway:-) Thank you!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    A jewel in a little part of paradise

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                                                                                                    We were welcomed by George and shown around the villa, which was very impressive. The photos of the property did not do it justice, as it was tastefully decorated with thoughtfulness throughout. It was sparkling clean and very well maintained. Little touches such as toiletries, beach towels and the welcome pack were so much appreciated. It was close to everything. We loved the beach and restaurants and would have no hesitation in returning. I fell in love with Crete and especially the lovely village of Almyrida. Top marks to Vana and George for offering such a superb place to stay.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    Lovely villa in a beatiful location.

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                                                                                                    We have just returned from Almyrida, where we stayed at the Villa Selene. The Villa is excellent with all of the amentities required. The property is very well maintained and very clean. There are excellent views from the upstairs balcony, especially the mountains in the morning. Its quiet location masks the fact that it is only a few minutes walk to the beach and bars. Almyrida is a small village with excellent bars and tavernas along the beach. While being small, the bus services are very good and run often from Alymrida to the resort of Chania. Overall, this is a lovely Villa in a beautiful location. Highly Recommended.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jun 2016