Things to do in Chania
WELCOME TO CRETE
Chania is a city known for its incredibly rich history, picturesque scenery, spectacular food and unmatched hospitality.
Chania is situated on the North-west coast of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. Holiday makers who want the comforts of the modern world while being able to bask in the rich history of Crete are well positioned in Chania. Whether you want to spend the day exploring beaches, historic attractions, walking the gorges or experience the eateries you are sure to find plenty of things to do to have a memorable stay. Cretan Dream Resort & Spa is a hotel in Chania located close to all the action. We look forward to hosting you.
The blessed Chania
From Chania city with its Old Town and the Venetian Harbor to the borderline of the prefecture, Chania has so many noteworthy sites to see that it would be wise to plan ahead, decide what you would prioritize and schedule your itinerary so you can enjoy the most of your stay. That is why most visitors return to Crete to take in more of this amazing island.
With clear blue waters and rich pink sand this iconic beach is an attraction for locals and tourists alike. Sun beds and umbrellas are available to rent for your convenience. The water levels at Elafonissi Beach is known for shallow waters close to the shore and is a family friendly location in Crete. For people who love water sports you can visit the Kite Surfing center and indulge in some water sports like windsurfing, paddleboarding and kayaking.
Said to be one of the most picturesque national parks within Europe, the Samariá Gorge is abundant with flora and fauna. If you choose to enjoy the full hike, the terrain can be rocky so prepare with great footwear and allow for a 7 or 8 hour day to also take in the scenery. There are short and long versions of the hike so no matter your hiking ability you can enjoy visiting the Samariá Gorge.
Off The Beaten Path Travel in Chania
Want to find the less touristy attractions and experiences? Our team has you covered. Speak to your concierge to discover all of our recommendations for off the beaten path experiences. Whether you want to have relaxing day taking in sights, want to indulge in culinary delights or you are after more active and adventure type experiences we know the best places. We are happy to help and make your experience at our resort in Chania, the very best it can be.
The island of St. Theodore which locals refer to as “Thodorou”, was a sacred asylum during the Minoan Period while during the Venetian occupation, two fortresses were built as to prevent invasions of pirates and Turks whose ruin remain to this day. In recent years, Thodorou has been declared a protected area where human presence is prohibited. Its sole habitants are around 80 wild, indigenous goats named KriKri, and since 2009, short hourly visits for tourists, are allowed.
Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete
Sprawling across nearly 20 hectares of land this gorgeous Botanical Park contains a unique blend of fruit trees, herbs, medicinal plants and herbs from all around the world. What makes the Botanical Park and Gardens so special is the unique microclimate that creates a paradise for plants and animals alike. Located just 18 kilometers from the City of Chania and 16.4 kilometers from our luxurious resort, this garden Oasis is a “must see” natural wonder for the discerning traveller who wants to immerse themselves in the unique experiences that Crete has to offer.
Located in the region of Kissamos, 51km North West side of Chania this beautiful attraction is ideally an all day event for you. You need to take a ferry to the lagoon where you can experience the natural beauty and turquoise waters. A popular destination for locals and tourists, Balos can get busy in the summertime with a lively atmosphere.
Old Venetian Port of Chania
The Old Venetian Port of Chania is regarded as one of the most beautiful and historically significant landmarks in Crete. Most of the area has been restored to its former glory including Firkas Fortress and the Lighthouse which is a great sight to take in at sunset. Enjoy and explore the many eateries including cafes, bars then indulge in some retail therapy at the shops. This area is a tourist attraction and for good reason, it is one of the most iconic places in Crete and the atmosphere is out of this world. Find a waterfront spot to grab a drink or a meal and take in this once in a lifetime view.
City of Chania
The city of Chania is a centuries old city with such a rich and fascinating history. In prehistoric times, around 4.000B.C., during the Minoan civilization, the ancient city of Kydonia was one of the most important city/states of Crete and on its ruins, Chania Al Hanim was built, around the 9th B.C. -10th B.C., during the Arab occupation. To present day, Arabs, Venetians, Turks, Germans have all left their mark on this captivating city, and have left important architectural remnants to remind us their days of glory. Chania city with its unique Venetian Old harbor, the Egyptian Lighthouse, its serpentine alleys of the Old Town, the museums, the galleries, the cute cafes and restaurants, is a feast of the senses and a trigger for the mind.
Agii Apostoli Beach
Agii Apostoli is a coastal area, located four kilometers to the West from the city of Chania. It is equally popular to visitors as it is to locals because of its unique geographical features. The area of Agii Apostoli is well known for its three, shallow, sandy beaches created by two peninsulas. All three beaches are well organized with umbrellas – sun beds and cafes as well as a beach volley court. The park hosts a brand new playground, an outdoor fitness area, and a trail ideal for walking, jogging and cycling. Agii Apostoli is an ideal destination for outdoor activities and for families.