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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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                                                                                                Review of Chris Jones' Kournas villa

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                                                                                                Our family group consisted of my wife and I together with two our grown up children and partners. Our first impression was instantly favourable - the layout, situation and views are superb, the separate bedrooms with own balconies and showers, suited our family group very well. The master bedroom has an en suite and toilet and the bedrooms upstairs shared a toilet; there is an additional toilet downstairs. The kitchen is well designed and you could easily make meals or a BBQ to eat outside or in. The glass wide glass doors in the sitting room slide open to make the patio area instantly accessible. There is a shaded area for eating and relaxing. The swimming pool was excellent for family activity and fun and the patio area perfectly adaptable for entertaining and relaxing. After a day's touring it was always a pleasure to come back to the villa for a swim and rest. Kournas is a traditional Cretan mountain village, quiet and authentic; there are three tavernas as well as local cafes and a small shop, bakery and pottery. Local honey, bread, wine and ceramics can be found in the village. It is less than a ten minute drive away from the more touristy Karos with its long beach and amenities, and there is the unusual fresh water lake of Kournas nearby where you can swim. We walked the Imbros gorge in about 2 and a quarter hours, leaving the car at Imbros and returning by bus from Chora Skafion after a welcome swim. We would recommend leaving early to avoid the heat and have the impressive gorge more or less to yourselves and the goats. The White mountains are a fantastic backdrop to the villa and village and there is no noise apart from the tinkle of goatbells. We had a truly lovely time and found much to enjoy in the area. Thanks Chris for a special place which we will long remember.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                Great beach side villa

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                We hired to villa as a group of 6 to attend a wedding in Chania. Wonderful villa right by the beach. Great rooftop pool and easy access to Chania old town by bus or taxi. Perfect base for day trips to secluded beaches across Crete. Would definitely recommend.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                The perfect escape for a week of sun!

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                We wanted a comfortable villa with amenities close by which allowed us to relax and make the most of our week's visit to Crete. We weren't disappointed in any way at all. The villa was very comfortable, private enough, and well represented in its advertising on the website. Having a private pool is a essential for us. Rooms were light and airy and the whole property well furnished and beautifully clean. Wonderful views of the surrounding villages/towns and the spectacular mountains in the distance. Sea views as well! Small supermarkets and several tavernas within a short walking distance of the property - all very friendly and helpful. Car hire available in the village too at a very reasonable price. We hired a car for the day, drove up into the foothills and discovered valleys of orange groves and stumbled across the Botanical Gardens of Crete - a real treat with amazing views. The Akrotiri peninsula has plenty of interesting locations to visit. Would definitely recommend the villa and area to friends and family wanting a completely relaxing break.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Aug 2016