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December 1, 2023

Is Chania in Crete the best location to be based?

Crete is a wonderful destination for your trip. You will find amazing beaches, delicious food and wine, scenic hiking trails, and rich historical sites. Here are some suggestions for your travel planning:

  • You can fly into either Heraklion or Chania, depending on which part of the island you want to explore first. Heraklion is closer to the eastern side, where you can visit the famous Minoan palace of Knossos, the archaeological museum of Heraklion, and the beautiful beaches of Elafonissi and Balos. Chania is closer to the western side, where you can enjoy the charming old town and Venetian harbor, the impressive fortress of Rethymnon, and the stunning Samaria Gorge.
  • Chania is a good location to be based, as it offers a variety of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to cozy apartments. You can also find many restaurants, bars, and shops in the city center, as well as cultural and historical attractions. Chania is also a convenient base for exploring other parts of the island, as it has a good road network and public transportation system.
  • Hiring a car is a great idea, as it will give you more flexibility and freedom to discover the hidden gems of Crete. You can rent a car from here, you will find reliable and affordable companies that offers a wide range of vehicles, from compact cars to minivans. You can also benefit from their free delivery and pick-up service, unlimited mileage, and 24/7 road assistance.

As Crete is a big island you may consider splitting your stay and visiting the eastern Crete, especially Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. These are two beautiful towns with many attractions and activities to enjoy. Here are some suggestions for your trip:

  • Beaches: Eastern Crete has some of the best beaches on the island, with clear blue waters and soft sand. You can relax, swim, sunbathe, or try some water sports. Some of the most popular beaches are Voulisma, Almyros, Ammoudi, and Elounda. You can also visit the small island of Spinalonga, which was once a leper colony and a Venetian fortress. You can take a boat tour from Agios Nikolaos or Elounda and explore the island’s history and scenery.
  • Archaeological sites: If you are interested in ancient history and culture, you can visit some of the archaeological sites in eastern Crete. You can see the remains of the Minoan palaces of Malia and Zakros, which date back to the second millennium BC. You can also visit the Cave of Zeus, where according to Greek mythology, the king of the gods was born. The cave is located on the Lassithi Plateau, a fertile area with traditional windmills and villages. Another option is to visit the Roman city of Gortyna, which was the capital of Crete during the Roman period. You can see the ruins of temples, theatres, baths, and the famous Law Code of Gortyna, one of the oldest legal documents in Europe.
  • Things to do: Besides the beaches and the archaeological sites, there are many other things to do in Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. You can stroll around the picturesque harbors and marinas, where you can find many shops, cafes, and restaurants. You can also visit the Lake Voulismeni, a small lake connected to the sea by a narrow channel. The lake is surrounded by colorful buildings and a park, and it is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. You can also enjoy some nightlife in Agios Nikolaos, which has many bars and clubs to suit different tastes. If you are looking for some adventure, you can join a safari tour or a hiking tour and discover the natural beauty of eastern Crete.

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Best hotels in Chania

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Trianon Luxury Apartments & Suites
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Chania TownShow on map
Centrally located in Chania, just 1 km from the centre, Trianon Luxury Apartments & Suites boasts elegantly designed rooms and suites with modern amenities and free WiFi.

 

9.0
Superb
1,082 reviews

 

il Campanile Luxury Living
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Chania Old Town, Chania TownShow on map
Conveniently set in Chania Town, il Campanile Luxury Living provides a continental breakfast and free WiFi. This property offers access to a terrace and free private parking.

 

9.7
Exceptional
52 reviews

 

Mirma Luxury Apartment
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Managed by a private host
Halepa, Chania TownShow on map

 

Travel Sustainable Level 2

 

Mirma Luxury Apartment in Chania Town offers accommodation with free WiFi, 2.5 km from Venizelos Graves. This apartment provides air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony.

 

9.7
Exceptional
19 reviews

 

Almy Luxury Apartments
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Managed by a private host
Chania TownShow on map

 

Travel Sustainable Level 1

 

Featuring a fitness centre and views of mountain, Almy Luxury Apartments is a sustainable apartment set in Chania Town, less than 1 km from Nea Chora Beach.

 

9.7
Exceptional
109 reviews

 

Luxury Villa Crete Villa Marina Mare 4 Bedroom Private Pool Sauna Chania
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Chania TownShow on map
Set in Chania Town in the Crete region, Luxury Villa Crete Villa Marina Mare 4 Bedroom Private Pool Sauna Chania features a terrace. This villa offers accommodation with a balcony.

Seametry Luxury Living Villa
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Managed by a private host
Chania TownShow on map
Set between Chania Town and the mountain, this air-conditioned villa features a terrace and a garden.

 

8.9
Fabulous
48 reviews

 

The Chania Hotel
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Chania TownShow on map

 

Travel Sustainable Level 1

 

Located in Chania Town, less than 1 km from Nea Chora Beach, The Chania Hotel provides accommodation with a fitness centre, private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace.

 

9.3
Superb
308 reviews

 

Chania City Luxury Dreams Apartment in the Heart of Chania
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Managed by a private host
Chania TownShow on map
Boasting accommodation with a balcony, Chania City Luxury Dreams Apartment in the Heart of Chania is set in Chania Town. It is located 700 metres from Koum Kapi Beach and offers a lift.

 

9.6
Exceptional
19 reviews

 

Austrinus house, luxury property for max. 5 persons
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Managed by a private host
Chania Old Town, Chania TownShow on map

 

Travel Sustainable Level 2

 

In the centre of Chania Town, located within a short distance of Koum Kapi Beach and Nea Chora Beach, Austrinus house, luxury property for max.

 

10
Exceptional
8 reviews

 

Nival Luxury Suites
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Managed by a private host
Chania Old Town, Chania TownShow on map
Nival Luxury Suites are set 150 metres from Chania Town and just 50 metres from the scenic Chania Venetian Harbour. Free WiFi is available throughout.

 

9.4
Superb
409 reviews

 

Quarters Luxury Apts
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Managed by a private host
Nea Hora, Chania TownShow on map
Boasting quiet street views, Quarters Luxury Apts offers accommodation with balcony, around 400 metres from Nea Chora Beach.

 

9.5
Exceptional
61 reviews

 

Rena’s luxury apartment with free private parking
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Managed by a private host
Chania TownShow on map

 

Travel Sustainable Level 1

 

Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a patio, Rena’s luxury apartment with free private parking is located in Chania Town.

 

9.9
Exceptional
24 reviews

 

Nikis Dream Luxury Apartments
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Chania TownShow on map
Niki’s Dream Luxury Apartment is set in a quiet residential neighborhood , just a short stroll from the beach and the old port of Chania, where visitors can find a wide variety of restaurants and…

 

9.8
Exceptional
89 reviews

 

Lagon Life Spirit Boutique Hotel – Adults Only
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Halepa, Chania TownShow on map

 

Travel Sustainable Level 2

 

Located in Chania Town, 2 km from Koum Kapi Beach, Lagon Life Spirit Boutique Hotel – Adults Only provides accommodation with free private parking, a fitness centre and a bar.

 

9.2
Superb
1,617 reviews

 

Casa Giulietta Modern Luxury Maisonette
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Chania Old Town, Chania TownShow on map
Situated 100 metres from Neoria in Chania Town, this air-conditioned apartment features a balcony. The unit is 400 metres from Chania Old Venetian Harbour.

 

9.1
Superb
59 reviews

 

Armi Luxury Apartment in the Heart of the City
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Managed by a private host
Chania TownShow on map
Set in Chania Town, 800 metres from Koum Kapi Beach and 1.6 km from Nea Chora Beach, Armi Luxury Apartment in the Heart of the City offers air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi.

 

9.4
Superb
97 reviews

 

G&M Luxury Residence with pool
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Chania TownShow on map
Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, garden view and a patio, G&M Luxury Residence with pool is located in Chania Town.

 

9.7
Exceptional
13 reviews

 

Querini Luxury Suites
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Chania Old Town, Chania TownShow on map
Querini Luxury Suites are located in the heart of Chania. The scenic Venetian Harbour and a range of cafes and restaurants can be found in the surrounding area. Free WiFi is available.

 

9.8
Exceptional
70 reviews

 

Rika’s Luxury seaside apartment
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Managed by a private host
Nea Hora, Chania TownShow on map
Situated in Chania Town, 100 metres from Nea Chora Beach and 2.8 km from Kladissos Beach, Rika’s Luxury seaside apartment features air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi.

 

9.7
Exceptional
16 reviews

 

Morum City Hotel Chania
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Chania TownShow on map

 

Travel Sustainable Level 1

 

Located in Chania Town and with Nea Chora Beach reachable within 700 metres, Morum City Hotel Chania provides concierge services, non-smoking rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi throughout the property…

 

9.1
Superb
1,035 reviews

 

Gk Halepa Luxury apartment
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Managed by a private host
Halepa, Chania TownShow on map

 

Travel Sustainable Level 2

 

Situated within the Halepa district in Chania Town, Gk Halepa Luxury apartment has air conditioning, a patio, and garden views.

 

10
Exceptional
6 reviews

 

Chania Flair Deluxe Boutique Hotel – Adults Only
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Nea Hora, Chania TownShow on map

 

Travel Sustainable Level 3+

 

Set in Chania Town, 100 metres from Nea Chora Beach, Chania Flair Deluxe Boutique Hotel – Adults Only offers accommodation with a fitness centre, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace.

 

9.5
Exceptional
650 reviews

 

The Tanneries Hotel & Spa
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Halepa, Chania TownShow on map

 

Travel Sustainable Level 2

 

Located in Chania Town, less than 1 km from Koum Kapi Beach, The Tanneries Hotel & Spa provides accommodation with a fitness centre, free private parking, a shared lounge and a restaurant.

 

9.6
Exceptional
528 reviews

 

Sunaktis luxury villa
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Managed by a private host
Chania TownShow on map
Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, Sunaktis luxury villa is set in Chania Town. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

 

 

SK Luxury Residence
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Managed by a private host
Koum Kapi, Chania TownShow on map
A recently renovated property, SK Luxury Residence is situated in Chania Town near Nea Chora Beach, Saint Anargyri Church and Municipal Art Gallery of Chania.

 

9.8
Exceptional
16 reviews

 

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