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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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                                                          Recent Reviews

                                                          Fantastic stay

                                                          5 of 5
                                                          We had a fantastic stay at The Golden Hill. The villa is designed and built with attention and care. Really a high quality villa, both inside and in the many outside areas. It is very well equipped, spotless clean, and beautifully designed. A truly great please to unwind and relax. Located in the hills behind Chania, it provides a fantastic view over the city, island and ocean. The owners and managers are truly professional, with every effort to ensure a quality experience for guests of the house. Highly recommended.
                                                          • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
                                                          • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                          Just beautiful, you won't be disappointed

                                                          5 of 5
                                                          When we booked the villa back in March 2016, there were no reviews for the villa so we were concerned that the villa may not have existed. Working with Up Crete Villas was easy and helped build our confidence. The villa is just as beautiful as the pictures, maybe even better than the pictures. We were a family of 12 so we rented the whole house. It felt like we were coming home to a resort every time we would open the gates. The grounds are so beautifully landscape with Olive trees. Each room is equipped with it's own temperature control - that's a huge bonus for so many people with different preferences. The pool is by far the best pool I have ever swam in. It's the perfect temperature and I believe salt water. The villa is quick drive to the near by stores for groceries, bakery, gas, etc. The villa is about 20 min drive into Chania - we loved hanging out in the old town. Food is reasonably priced so you won't need to cook too much at the villa. Every amenity you need is at the villa - ice machine, pots and pans, some spices, hair dryers, iron, laundry, etc. Coming from North America we are used to separate washer and separate dryer so we had some trouble using the two in one machine. We never did figure it out! I definitely would recommend this villa and Crete. Be sure to take a boat to Ballos beach - it is just stunning.
                                                          • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
                                                          • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                          Excellent, highly recommended

                                                          5 of 5
                                                          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