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Capital of Crete until 1971 and of one of the four prefectures of the island, with Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos and Rethymnon, Chania is located on the northwest coast of the island. With a total of 52,000 inhabitants, the city is served by an international airport. The charm, characteristic of the Venetian era, as illustrated on the walls of the city, is also full of eastern colours inherited from Turkish domination; the port's mosques and the minarets bear witness to this. The surroundings are still wild, even unexplored, particularly in the west, which is not common on Crete and there are also numerous historical sites just as on other parts of the island. The hill of the Holy Prophet Elias is one of the locations mostly visited by the Cretans themselves; Eleftherios Venizelos, who first gave Crete its autonomy and then reunited Crete with Greece, is buried there. Renting a car is recommended given the large number of sites worth visiting. It is also essential to set off equipped with a road map (updated) and some cash, as fuelling stations do not accept credit cards yet. It is forbidden to export antiques and pieces of art.
From the visit to the ruins of the palace of Knossos, to the Minoan ruins of Festos and the palace of Malia, history lovers will find plenty to do. You can also visit the famous Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which embraces the entirety of the Minoan civilization, or discover Fodele, the village where it is said that the painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos was born, better known by the name El Greco (1541-1614).
The majority of hotels offer tours through their respective tourism offices. For sporty people who crave extreme adventure, Crete offers the magnificent gorges of Samaria, hiking trails along the coastline or the White Mountains farther south, or even the discovery of the seabed with some scuba diving. For lovers of Byzantine art, the region is rich in places bearing traces of the east (Kiriakoselia, Alikampos and Episkopi). There are numerous monasteries worth discovering such as Agia Triada, Katoliko and Moni Gouverneto, as well as archaeological sites like Falasarna. Finally, the extreme west of the island has, without doubt, the most beautiful beach in the form of Elafonissi.
- + Wild and preserved nature
- + The aesthetics of the city of Chania
- + The historic wealth of the surrounding sites
- - Tourists are sometimes intrusive
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To think about
If you arrive in the middle of summer, do not overload your luggage, and make sure to bring along light cotton clothes.
Avoid making a call to the UK from your hotel room, otherwise the bill will be quite hefty. Opt for phone cards as there are telephone booths everywhere!
Restaurants are in abundance here. Here you will find typical Cretan dishes such as gyros, Greek salad, slouvakia and moussaka.
To bring back
On the markets, you can find food, herbs, olive oil and Cretan cheese. In the shops, CDs of local music are sold. The raki is cherished as an institution, taste it and bring a bottle back for your friends.
These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Chania . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Chania so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Chania , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.
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Maximum temperature between 18°C and 20°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.
Bad weather indicators
Dry / Optimal
Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).
Mostly sunny (60% to 80% sunshine).
Sea temperature between 18°C and 20°C. Wind speed between 7 mph and 18 mph.
Moderate to strong winds (between 12mph and 18mph).
Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.
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