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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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                                                              A stunning villa with welcoming owners

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                                                              The villa was of an exceptional standard; even better than we expected. It was spacious, modern and furnished to a high standard. The owners had generously provided some food items ready for our arrival and all necessary basics such as washing tablets were provided. The garden, patio and pool area was immaculate and well equipped with barbecue, food preparation area and fridge. The location is quiet and peaceful and within walking distance to local taverns. The owners were incredibly helpful; providing a comprehensive guide book of the local area and attractions. It was clear that they cared about their guests and were keen to make our stay as comfortable as possible. We would recommend this villa without question. The beaches and scenery in the area were beautiful and the Cretan people were extremely hospitable.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 19-May-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Apr 2016

                                                              Individually designed villa

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                                                              The villa is ideally situated only a short walk to beach and tavernas. The maintenance and cleanliness is worthy of a five star rating along. We woke in the mornings to great views from top floor balcony over to the mountains and at night time alfresco dining at ground level with all equipment provided. We found public transport cheap and in summer ran frequently from the resort to Chania, also there is plenty of excursions on offer around the resort. The welcome pack Janine and John left in the villa gave lots of information of where to go, best taverns and relevant contact numbers. The weather was great and had a wonderful experience from arriving to leaving and we would certainly recommend the villa to family and friends and look forward to going back ourselves. The area is great for couples and families.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 09-May-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Jun 2015

                                                              Beautiful Villa with a garden full of herbs, lemon and olive trees and a great swimming pool.

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                                                              The villa is as described, plenty of room, very well equipped kitchen and full of stylish and tasteful furnishings. We had a delightful family holiday (9 of us) in April 2016. We were lucky with the weather mostly sunny 22 - 27 degrees. Although the pool has heating we didn't need it. The garden is really well equipped with plenty of pool towels and loungers, out door seating and bar-b-q. The villa is stunning with vaulted, bare wood ceiling. Every thought has been taken to make this place a luxurious holiday experience. Evagellia was a most welcoming host and happy to help with recommending restaurants, shops and activities. There is a daily cleaner which was a surprise bonus - Georgia is great and takes every care to ensure the house and garden are kept clean and tidy. The local shop is well stocked and staff very friendly, nearby Koupoudiana has supermarkets, bakery, really good fish mongers and a great taverna called The Four Pigs. Also Irene's Taverna, towards Stavros is a great place for traditional greek food. Local beach is small but fine for swimming. We went diving and snorkelling with Chania Dive Centre, they were great, picked us up from the villa and took us out to more remote areas of sea to snorkel and dive. Overall a very satisfying holiday, we didn't do much exploring the island because the villa was so good. The cretan people are very friendly. Would really recommend Crete and this villa for a relaxing and fun holiday.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Apr 2016