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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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                                                                                              Great villa and amazing location!!

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                                                                                              My family and I have just returned from Crete. We stayed at villa Oikia, possibly the best view we have ever had! It was easy to take taxis everywhere so we did not need a hire car. We were able to pre-order all our food, sun screen and toiletries so it was all there at our arrival. The owner George and Kostas the villa manager were always there for us if we needed anything at all! We would definitely stay there again!
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                              Peace and Tranquility with a Personal Touch

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                                                                                              We first discovered Old Fountain Villas in the autumn of 2014 and have just completed our third stay. Set in the Galatas hills overlooking the distant sea, we find the four-bedroomed villa quiet and peaceful. Surrounded by olive trees and orange groves we hear the twitter of birds and can see raptors flying over the valley. If you like to be away from it all, yet within easy reach of the local village, and about ten to fifteen minutes from the local beaches adjacent "the strip", there is no better place. Helen and Mike directed us to the taverna in Galatas village, run by a local family who offer a variety of delicious Cretan dishes. If you fancy a change there are ample tavernas along the "strip" and we found some particularly good food off the main street just up the hillside. There are also two very large supermarkets within easy reach which Helen and Mike again told us how to find. The villa has very comfortable beds, three bathrooms and plenty of alternative seating areas. Eating out on the upper terrace which is well shaded, is a treat. There is a large unheated swimming pool with a spacious area for sun-loungers. If you fancy a day out we prefer the beach at Gorgona, down "the strip", turning right immediately before the traffic lights and Sylk Oil garage on the left. There are ample sun loungers on the beach for hire, beach restaurant serving excellent food and a children's play area if the youngsters like to do something different. Chania town also provides a good day out with a wealth of restaurants and shops to keep you occupied. In Helen and Mike we have found hosts who are so kind and friendly. They give us space yet are so attentive keeping us supplied with olive oil, eggs if the chickens are laying well and vegetables from the garden depending on the season. We can say they are the best hosts we have encountered in 25 years of hiring villas in Western Europe. This last year we were accompanied by our two daughters and their respective partners and two grandchildren. Such was the good time had by all we received an immediate request to book again for 2017. The dates are already in Helen's diary.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                                                              Great Property

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                                                                                              Arrived fine, meet Helen fantastic lady really cared about us, villa awesome, pool great, booking for next year. Love Chania great atmosphere.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Jul 2016