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Make a holiday rental villa or accommodation in Chania, Crete your home away from home

The town of Chania (Hania) is a beautiful settlement on the coast of northern Crete, famous primarily for the Venetian Harbour around which the town is built. Although it is most popular for beach holidays, Chania accommodation is also the perfect base for wine tasting holidays, historical interest holidays, sightseeing breaks or a combination of all of them. Chania is bursting with character emanating from the surprisingly seamless mix of Venetian, Mionian, Turkish, Byzantine and modern architecture.

Things to do on holiday in Chania, Crete

The old part of the town which is located around the edges of the Venetian Harbour is one of the nicest places to visit within the region. Not only have you got a range of old churches, museums and intriguing buildings to see, but there are also many delightful cafes and restaurants along the seafront from which to watch the world go by and the fishing vessels slowly come in and out of the picturesque harbour. The magnificent little Naval Museum behind the old walls of the harbour is a perfect place to start to understand a little about the history and culture of both Chania and Crete. Visitors can also find an archaeological museum, Byzantine museum and the historical archives of Crete in Chania.

Of course, many people take Chania accommodation for beach holidays. Chania is one of the prime beach holiday destinations in Crete, offering six large sandy beaches within 10km of any villa in Chania. The main beach in Chania, Golden Beach, is easily within walking distance of a self catering Chania property, and during the evening the bars, restaurants and pubs that line the back of the beach spring into life as revellers start their evening’s entertainment.

The archaeological remains of Kydonia have been partially excavated and the extensive remains can clearly be seen. There are some remarkable sights to be seen within the area, but archaeologists suggest that much of the original settlement is now buried under the modern day town, meaning that excavation is highly unlikely.

The dramatic Samaria Gorge which lies just outside the town is a famous place to walk, as the amazing scenery and shaded paths offer shade from the summer sun.

Places to holiday in Chania, Crete

At the other end of Souda Bay lies the old fishing village of Almirida, which has managed to retain much of its Cretan charm. Almirida is the best place from which to start your exploration of the Chania Caves from a Chania apartment too, and there are a handful of excellent little cafes and restaurants to choose from.

Weather in Chania, Crete

The year round climate is wonderfully constant, meaning that you can safely take a Chania villa or apartment without having to worry about the climate. The summer lasts from the beginning of June until the end of September, during which time Chania accommodation is filled with tourists enjoying beach holidays, when temperatures average around 29˚C. In winter, temperatures remain around 16˚C.

Flights to Chania, Crete

During the summer months, you can catch a direct flight to Chania’s Souda Airport (CHQ) from Birmingham (BHX), London, Manchester (MAN), Edinburgh (EDI) and Dublin (DUB). If you are hoping to take a Chania villa during the winter months, Heraklion Airport (HER) receives a range of flights provided by British Airways.

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                                                                                            Beautiful villa and great service

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                                                                                            Lovely owners who met us at the villa on arrival to give us a tour and were easily contactable if we had any problems. Kostas, the villa manager, was also on hand if we needed anything and provided directions and information before our holiday. The villa itself was amazing, was equipped with everything we wanted and located in a lovely spot with beautiful views over Chania and the bay. Our three children were kept well entertained with the swimming pool, pool table, table tennis and games room which meant we had the chance to relax ourselves and enjoy the views from the hot tub! The outdoor cooking areas were great and we especially enjoyed making home made pizza in the wood oven. If you're cooking at the villa, as we often did, it's worth venturing the extra couple of miles to the AB supermarket on the outskirts of Chania as we found it to be much better stocked than some of the larger supermarkets closer to the villa. If we return to Crete, we will definitely return to Villa Golden Hill :)
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                            A true slice of paradise

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                                                                                            My family and I had the most wonderful stay in Villa Avrilio. Helen and Mike are wonderful...we arrived to wonderful Cretan goodies and a fabulous villa. Conveniently located for beaches, chania, airport and amazing food places and yet so secluded with views over valleys and to the sea. Peaceful, relaxing and completely perfect. We will, without doubt, be returning. Thank you so for a fabulous holiday
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                            Lovely villa with superb pool & mountain views

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                                                                                            We had a fantastic holiday at this relaxing villa on the beautiful island of Crete. The villa is well located with good beaches and charming villages nearby. The pool and views of the mountains are superb. The villa has excellent modern facilities and is very spacious. The owners provided a great guide with helpful suggestions for places to visit and good restaurants. David and Maria looked after us and the villa very well. A car is essential for getting to the villa and visiting all of the beautiful places in Crete.
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                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Jul 2016