Chania is thought to be one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world and has often been called the Venice of Crete thanks to its beautiful Venetian architecture. Different civilizations have flourished here throughout the centuries and have all left their mark in the little alleyways which wend their way through the Old Town. This part of Chania is built around the Venetian harbour; you'll also find Turkish buildings here dating from the time when Chania was the first Cretan city to fall to the Turks. Around the crescent-shaped harbour you'll find many excellent restaurants, bars and little shops, as well as the famous indoor market, with its fascinating array of provisions.
South of Chania lies the famous Samaria Gorge, the longest in Europe, which begins just below the Omalos plateau. Its width varies from 3m to 150m and its vertical walls reach 500m at the highest point. The gorge has an incredible number of wildflowers and is also home to a large number of endangered species, including the Cretan wild goat, kri-kri. Definitely worth a visit.
Where to stay
The hotel's situation right by the old Venetian harbour is perfect for exploring this wonderful city.
Porto del Colombo is located in a fully renovated Venetian building in the heart of Chania's old town a few metres from the old harbour.
"Just wanted to say that we are (reluctantly) home from sunny Crete and that we had a fabulous time - almost too hot which is hard to believe looking out of the window this morning! Almyrida is charming despite a growing number of bars along the main front strip - the Niriides Apartments are great - our apartment at the back on the first floor was lovely and quiet and their pool and facilities are fantastic - the apartment was cleaned daily and the family that run it live on site and are friendly and helpful - we had several late afternoon 'melon and sun-downer' moments with them :-) Definitely one for your list! Several fabulous restaurants and the bus service into Chania is not bad - we loved Chania - beautiful. Thanks as always for organising the trip for us - we really are big fans of your service and it is always so nice to have a taxi waiting at the airport. Take care and best wishes Until the next time.."
L Kew, July 2012