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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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                                  Fantastic villa

                                  5 of 5
                                  We stayed for a week at the end of June and found it to be ideal.The views are stunning and we liked being away from the noise of the resort,but you can walk to the village in about 5 minutes.The village reminded me of Greece when I first visited 30 years ago,three nice tavernas and small shops.The guided walk we took with Barbera from the village was a highlight.
                                  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2016
                                  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                  Fantastic

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                                  Just returned from a week at Villa Oleander and could not recommend this more highly enough. We were 4 couples and 7 children and there was so much space we never felt on top of each other. Amazing outdoor eating and pool area and Margarita and family had thought of everything and were so helpful. Great beaches 5-10 mins drive away particularly Sunset taverna hidden away near Stavros beach- very special. A must.
                                  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2016
                                  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                  Perfect holiday!

                                  5 of 5
                                  The most wonderful villa we have ever stayed in! We stayed at Villa Filira 11 nights end of May/ early June and had a really enjoyable stay, many thanks to this stunning villa with all its lovely qualities and attention to detail. The hospitality we received from Roula, Manolis and Gregory exceeded expectations. The villa was spotless upon arrival - as well as after the cleaning and laundry service twice a week during our stay. We were welcomed with a hamper of delicious homemade treats and local teas. The villa's high qualities are sustained throughout - including the beautiful, bright interior decoration, the amenities, storage, the lovely terraces, the beautiful and well-kept garden and excellent swimming pool. The view from every window and terrace is stunning. We loved collecting fresh fruit and veg from the garden and made good use of the barbecue! We travelled with small kids and the villa was very suitable for our needs. The pool was excellent with its separated children's area, wide steps and shades. The children also adored the garden toys! The location was nice, the village of Kolymbari is charming and friendly, we had some excellent meals there from a list of places recommended by Roula. Our daily trips to the bakery and supermarket were conveniently just a couple of minutes drive away. There is a lot to do in the local area and some stunning beaches and landscapes in Western Crete! We only wish we could have stayed longer to discover more and enjoy the luxury of the villa, it was certainly not easy to leave and we can't wait to return!
                                  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2016
                                  • Date of Stay: May 2016