Chania City Guide


Chania is a city located in Crete Island. It is located in the southern part of Greece but lies in the north coast of the Crete Island. Sometimes Chania is also transliterated as Hania, Xania, or in an older form as Chanea. It is the largest city of Crete that has both a modern city and old town. With this kind of combination the city has a strong family oriented culture but at the same time has a fair share of a lively night life. Tourists can enjoy old and new monuments, reflecting the change of times of the city. Cretan cuisine is one of the attractions of Chania. It is also one of the places in Greece that has the riches culture and history. Early Minoan settlement of the Greeks is found in Chania. It is called the Cydonia. Cydonia is the former ancient city-state of Crete. It is now more known as Chania. Archaeological findings proved that this ancient city existed since the Neolithic era. In the Venetian era most of the important buildings of the town were built during this time. Luckily Chania is spared from the disasters caused by the Greek Civil war. This preserved old structures and during the 1970’s has started to become the tourist attraction it is today. The city has a typical Mediterranean climate. April to October holds the months where they have clear skies and warm weather. July to August is the peak season of tourism. For those who would like to avoid the rush and fully booked hotels, it is advised to visit Chania in May, June, September, and October. These times are the autumn and spring times of Chania. A unique feature of climate in Chania and Greece in general is the hot katabalic southern wind that is called “Livas”. Such occurrence only happens a couple times a year and only last to one to two days. Shopping in Chania can be found in both the Old Town and Modern area. Moving around Chania to find good buys and souvenirs would be interesting because of the diversity that both areas have to offer. Language in Chania is same with the general language of Greece which is Greek. But English is already widely spoken in most parts. Getting to Chania is through plane controlled by the domestic air network. There are also some direct flights to other countries from Chania, but usually it’s seasonal. Getting around Chania is through the main modes of public transportation which are buses. Ferries can also get you to other islands. While other options for land transportation includes taxis and private vehicles. Those interested in sports would be glad to know that Water Sports is a popular thing in Chania. Football and basketball are also known sports but ranked second to Water Polo. There is also an active Mountaineering Club in Chania. Their common activities include climbing and hiking weekly on the mountains of Crete. Their usual challenge is to organize climbing experiences by choosing climbing areas of varying difficulty. Cretan cuisine is described as one of the oldest and flavoursome dishes in the world of culinary arts. Cooking or preparing it is said to be a skill that originated from prehistoric years. Oil is the basic ingredient of Cretan dishes. It consists of abundance in greens, vegetables, fruits, tasty bread traditionally made with yeast, and spices such as thyme and basil are commonly seen in this kind of cuisine. Usually Cretan dishes are served with wine and are popular as a healthy food.

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