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  • The Old Town

    Chania old town will unravel to you its history of ancient Minoan times through modern Greek period. Astonishing venetian and Otoman buildings, mosques and churches, a 500 year old lighthouse, Byzantinine and Venetian fortifications along with excavated sights of Minoan, Ancient Greek and Roman periods, compose the 5.000 years panorama.

    Take your time to walk around there and feel the magic of the old city, experience the food in dozens of colorful little restaurants, have your coffee or drink in front of the picturesque harbor, or buy Cretan delicacies and suvenirs from tiny little shops.

    Erietta Suites is in the heart of all these with any attraction accessible by foot.

  • Monuments & Museums
    Most of the City's museums, the old town citadel, the light house, excavation sights, historical churches, art and cultural attractions, are in a walking distance of few minutes away from Erietta suites. For more detals check the Museums section.
  • Nearest beach
    "Nea Xora" beach, which is located in less than a kilometre away from Erietta suites, never seems to get too crowded. A place to enjoy swimming, sunbathing, taste local food in the nearby tavernas and finally have a stunning view of the sunset over its small harbour.
  • Local markets

    Municipal covered market (Dimotiki Agora,built on 1909) You should at least feast your eyes on this magnificent covered cross shaped food market. Visitors could find local tsikoudia (drink), herbs, cheeses, meat and fish, fresh breads, or taste delicious traditional food in the small tavernas inside.

    Leather market Skrydlof Street ,selling leather goods, especially “stivania”, the traditional long Cretan boots.

    Vegetable flea market, at the parking spot, operates once a week with any kind fresh seasonable vegetables and fruits

    In less than 500 meters away from Erietta suites, there are plenty of shops where you could find from food, souvenirs, gifts, clothing, etc to rent a car or a bike.

    Musieums and Culture

  • The archeological museum
    This building complex is located on the street "Halidon" and hosts the Archeological Museum of the city. The building is preserved but most of its part has been renovated with many modern interventions. On its southern side there was a double arcade with the rooms of the monks and other buildings. Nowadays, the larger part of the arcade is incorporated and occupied by the houses and stores that extend until the entrance of the newer Catholic Temple. On the northern side of the church of Aghios Fragkiskos, the existence of a beautiful garden is recorded on a map of the time, similar to the one preserved today from the time the church was converted to a mosque.
  • The naval museum
    The Nautical Museum of Crete is located at the entrance of the historical fortress "Firka". It was founded in 1973 in order to promote the nautical traditions and history of the island. The Museum cooperates and interacts with other Nautical Museums in Greece and abroad. The permanent exhibition includes 2.500 items, such as relics, objects found in the bottom of the sea, paintings, maps, photographs, models of ships, nautical equipment etc. The exhibits are organized in units, in chronological order from the Copper Age until today. There is also a special exhibition of the sea environment, with a rich collection of shells from different parts of the world.
  • Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection
    It is located in the interior of the northwest side of the fortifications, named after the San Salvatore monastery. The entrance is from the street "Theotokopoulou" and it is connected to the habitations of the monks by an arcade on the south side. Three construction phases are recognized: initially, there was a small vaulted 15th century chapel. During the 16th century, the chapel was extended to the west, and at the end of the Venetian period it took its present form.
  • Minoan ship exhibition
    The Minoan ship is a converted ship 17 meters (reconstruction) documented a realistic version of a prehistoric oared ship of the 15th century BC The reconstruction of the Minoan Ship lasted four years and ended in 2004, while construction was made entirely with traditional tools and materials (cypress logs, while the sealing layers of cloth soaked in a mixture of resin and beef fat. Decided to reconstruct the Maritime Museum of Crete and implemented together with the Research Institute of Ancient Shipbuilding and Engineering. The ship in May 24 of 2004 launched its maiden voyage with a crew of 24 volunteers rowing Piraeus sailed into on June 24 confirming the correctness of the experimental shipbuilding approach.
  • Folklore Museum
    The Folk House was founded in 1990 exposes material representing urban and rural life in Crete in the early and mid 20th century . The collection exhibits replicates of traditional costumes, the Cretan house's kitchen and living room, weaving loom and processing of raw materials for embroidery, tools for agricultural activities, house utensils for preparing the daily food.
  • Churches

    Among many churches you might visit in Chania city are the Greek Orthodox cathedral (Three Martyrs) built in 1860, the Catholic cathedral of St. Mary consecrated in 1870, and the Jewish Synagoge “Etz Hayyim”(Tree of Life), on a 14th century building of Venetian Church of St. Catherine.

    Many historical churches are also at Splantzia district. Worth to visit the Church of San Rocco built in 1630 -following an outbreak of cholera- an example of the Late Renaissance, Church of Saint Ekaterini hybrid of Late Gothic form of Venetian Mannerism built 1650, Basilica of Saint Nikolaos built in 1320 being a Mosque with a minaret during Otoman occupation, Church of Saint Anargyri with wall paintings from 1840 and two icons dated from 1625 and painted by Ambrosios Emboros

  • Yali-Tzamisi

    A mosque dating from 17th century, built on the ruins of a small church , represents the Islamic Renaissance with six small domes and a small minaret which was demolished in 1920. It's name means “seaside mosque”. Today is restored and used for art exhibitions.

  • Centre of Mediterranean Architecture

    Center from promoting Architecture - Exibition center & Gallery The Great Arsenal is the last of the 20 Venetian shipyards that were built from 1495 BC up to 1600. In 1872 the front wall as well the 2nd floor are added and from then and on serves as the school of the Christian Community in 1872, theater in the great hall of the 1892, municipal hospital since 1923, town hall from 1928 up to 1941.

  • Municipal Art Gallery
    Periodical Art exibitions. Opening Hours : Monday - Friday: 10:00-14:00 και 19:00-22:00 Saturday: 10:00-14:00.

Top Chania Beaches

The Chania perfecture shore has plenty of magnificent beaches, two of them listed in CNN's top 100 of the world. We picked up some of them as a suggestion to you.


  • Balos Lagoon - Listed in CNN's top 100 of the world
    At the north west, in Gramvousa Cape of Chania, Balos lagoon is a outstanding natural beauty of mixed colors -- pastel pinks, full palette of blues and exotic turquoise. The easy way to reach it is by boat, but also you drive to cape Grambousa and then 30 minutes decent by foot. To the north of the lagoon, isle Grambousa with its Venetian castle integrate the magnifican scenery. Boats cruises depart from Kissamos town from 9:00am,trip durration 45 min.
  • Falassarna Beach - Listed in CNN's top 100 of the world
    Five beatuful beaches in a row, with the middle ones being most popular. The water deepens slowly, so everyone may swim there. Falasarna beach is sandy, the water is crystal clear, and the sunset amazing. Food, showers, and other facilities are available and transportation ofent from Kissamos of Chania city. Free parking.
  • Elafonisi Lagoon
    Elafonisi located at southwest of Chania, is a Natura 2000 protected area. An islet along with a shoal and the shore, form a lagoon of crystal transparent turquoise waters. The pink sand on the beach, takes its color from thousands crashed shells. 75km away from Chania is a place you must visit.
  • Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias
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  • Sougia
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  • Orthi amos through Rodakino
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  • Loutro, Agia Roumeli

    Loutro a small picturesque village reachable only by boat. In Hellenistic and Roman times, it was the city of Phoenix. Travellers past the steep coastline with its caves and cliffs dropping sheer into the deep sapphire water of Liviko sea. Take the morning boat to the nearby beaches of Marmara and Glyka Nera - only few minutes trip, or go by foot , a trip that lasts less than an hour.

    Agia Roumeli village where the gorge of Samaria reachable only by boat. A beautiful beach with fine pebble and calm water sourounds the village. Within one hour walk you reach the end of Samaria gorge and get an idea of the rocky in case you have decided not to cross it.

Country side trips

  • Lake Kournas
    Lake Kournas is actually the only large natural lake in Crete and is located in an enchanting landscape, surrounded by high mountains and olive groves. It is located near the village Kournas, 2.5km south of the beach of Georgioupolis, 43km east of Chania and 20km west of Rethymnon.
  • Agia Lake
    The lake of Agia is located 9km west of Chania. It is a small artificial lake of 450 acres receiving water from underground springs and a small river. It hosts the largest variety of aquatic plants in Crete and very rare species of fauna and frogs. Because of microclima it is a good place for migratory birds, a visitor meets in winter time. A walk around the lake is a wonderful experience. Combine lake Agia trip with a visit to surround picturesque villages with thousands of orage and lemon trees.
  • Therisso
    A historical beautiful village where revolution started at 1897, which finally stablished the first Cretan state. The vilage is built at the foot of the White Mountains. Route to the village is through a gorge of impressive vertical cliffs, plane trees and wild vegetation that will remain unforgettable to every visitor. Visitors could taste local food in many tavernas of the village.
  • Botanic Gardens
    Hundreds of different types of fruit trees, herbs and flowers in a uniquely landscaped area, offering you the opportunity to experience and get to know the blessed island of Crete in the most ideal way. The Botanical Park of Crete, 18 km from the city of Chania city, beyond the nature experience, offers you traditionally cooked dishes with ingredients gathered from the gardens in a nice, with beatiful view, restaurant.

Mountain trips

  • Samaria Gorge
    It is a gorge of amazing natural beauty, with forests of huge pine and cypress trees, wild rocks and cliffs and a small river crossing it. In 1962 it was named National park to protect its 450 plant species from which 70 are endemic as well as the endemic Cretan wild goats (kri-kri). Samaria is the longest gorge in Europe and starts from the White Mountains at an altitude of 1,230m continueing down to the sea level at a distance of 18km. Its widest point is 150m and its norrowest 3m ,the "iron gates", where you can almost touch both sides of the rock that rise up sheer 350m above your head. The footpath takes from 4 to 6 hours depending on your pace, it's well singed and requires a pair of hiking shoes and a hat.
  • Agia Irine Gorge
    The gorge of Agia Irini is on the west side of the White Mountains, with many vertical passes. It gets its name from the homonym village located near the entrance, 46 km from Chania. Its length is 7.5 km and its crossing takes three hours. The gorge ends up in the seaside village of Sougia, where there is a clean and beautiful beach where you can enjoy a memorable swimming in the waters of the Libyan Sea.
  • Imbros Gorge
    It is the third most popular gorge on Crete after Samaria Gorge and Agia Irini. During the high season hundreds of walkers visit daily to make the trek through the valley. The walk is not particularly strenuous and can be completed in 2-3 hours. The scenery is beautiful and the relative easiness of the hike makes it an ideal walk for families with children. The length of Imbros Gorge is 11km.
  • European E4 Path
    European long-distance path starting at its westernmost point in Spain it continues through France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria to end in Greece. The south coast footpath, distinguised for scenery changes between mountain and sea, is a typical example of the Chania E4 routes. The local Mountaineering Club provides you all Chania E4 routes or Green semi-mountainous regions. Check scheduled excursions at your presence in town.

Food Experience

  • Cretan Diet

    When visiting Crete one comes in contact with the local cuisine and experiences the famous Mediterranean diet which is actually based on the Cretan dietaryhabits. For Cretans, the secret of longevity is very simple. They eat anything that their rich soil produces! Local, fresh products used to prepare light meals with light dressings not overpowering the original taste of the ingredients.

    The core of the cuisine consists of food derived from natural sources, whereas food of animal origin was more peripheral in nature. In general, people consumed seasonal products, available in the wider local area, which underwent minimal processing or none at all.

    Fresh and dried fruits, pulses, endemic wild herbs and aromatic plants, and rough cereals, whose cultivation was favored by the regional climate, were consumed in great amounts and constituted the base of the Cretan cuisine during that period. Poultry and fish were consumed on a weekly basis in moderate quantities, whereas red meat was consumed only a few times a month. The main supply of fat was effectuated by olive oil, which was used not only in salads but also in cooking.
  • Don't miss
    Dakos (salad), Kalitsounia(cheese or herb pies), Kolokythoanthoi(Zucchini flowers staffed with tomato and rice), Boureki (Zucchini with cheese pie), Marathopita(Fennel pie) , Mizithropita( or Sfakia cheese pies), Paximadi (traditional rusk), Mpougatsa (cheese pie usually eaten for breakfast with sugar), Stamnagathi salad (local green), Snails (either fried or with tomato and onions), Blessed thistle with lamb, Chirino me selino, pork meat with celery, Gamopilafo (Traditional rice boiled in the juice of lamp, poultry and pork served as a main dish in weddings) and Raki (Traditional drink distilled from grape pomace)
  • Where to eat
    Around Erietta suites there are many tavernas and restaurants with traditional local food, sea food or international cuisine. In the villages local cafes serve also traditional food with vegetable ingredients from their gardens, and meat from their herd. Based on the reputation, we selected some places you could try (map).

Activities

  • Sailing
    With a skipper or not you could sail to a nice little bays and islands to do some swimming and snorkling and enjoy the crystal clear waters and the town from the see. At east basin of old town harbor , you might rent a sailling boat with a skipper for 3 hours or 1 day tours.
  • Diving
    Certified Diving centers provides you entertaining diving education at all levels, starting with try diving program and continue to open water diver in many sites. If you love the sport, you would have a lot of fun.
  • Cycling

    For those who will prefer to explore the island on two wheels, bicycle tours are ideally suited to the pace of the relaxed adventurer. Most of the Chania town and suroundings is flat perfect for cycling. If you prefer steep climbs and fast descents, there are van supported tours you can join. Otherwise rent a bicycle and go by yourself.

    Proposed routes: Old Town, Halepa district, Agia Lake, village Theriso.

  • Hiking
    Crete 'on foot' is a real walker's paradise. There are only few places in Europe where you can find this combination of high mountains close to the sea, mild climate with long dry seasons and a large network of ancient paths and shepherds trails. Add to this the closer contact with the locals, their hospitality & their great cuisine and you have a perfect receipe for an unmatched experience. Cross the gorges, climb the white mountains, try some of the European marked E4 paths, or walk the olive tree valleys are some of the options you have. Check section Mountains.
  • Creatan Traditional Cuisin Lessons
    In case you like cooking, participating in traditional cooking class, it would be a big experience. Prepare delicious dishes with fresh vegetables and herbs and take the receipes back at home. There are many courses organized you could find from the internet, or ask us for suggestions.
  • Motorbiking
    Are you a motorbike lover? So are we. With 35 years personal experience on motorbiking we could propose you adventurous routes that most people haven't experienced. Choose one according to your skills and let us tell you about route details, stop over view points and food expirience in small villages.

Calendar Events

July - August - September: Cultural Summer Events of the municipality of Chania.They include music and stage performances at the theatre of Eastern Trench, Public Garden, Venizelio music school, Park of Peace and Friendship and other events in several neighbourhoods of the town.

Cultural summer events are also organised by the municipality of Kisamos, Nea Kydonia, Pelekanos and Georgioupolis.

June: Cherries Festivity in Karanou.

24 June: Festivity of St. Ioannis Klidonas, in Fres, Akrotiri, Perivolia, Therisso, Vamvakopoulo.

29 June - 6 July: Naval week festival.

21-28 July: Elafonisia - Municipality of Inahorio. They include: memorial service at the monument of Elafonisi, athletic games, performances, festivity in honour of the elderly and traditional treat.

26 July: "Promotion of Kisamos" - Club, Grambousa pilgrimage excursion from the port of Kisamos to Balos and to the island of Grambousa.

30 July: "Pottery Festival" in Noxia.

30-31 July: Wine festival in Vouves.

First Sunday of August: Blessing of the fruit of the earth at the Monastery of Archangel Michael (Rotonda) Kato Episkopi.

July: Festivity of Kalitsouni cheese pie, in Kandanos.

July: Naval week in the old harbour and every second year in Palaiochora and Georgioupolis.

8-9 August: Wine festival in Vouves.

1-10 August:Venetian Harbour of Chania photography exhibition for Chania Music Tradition, dance - dancers.

16 August: Honey Festival in Afrata vilage.

1-10 September: Sardine festival in Nea Chora and in Souda.

27 September: World Day of Tourism. Festive events at the old harbour of Chania.

End of Ocrober or beggining of November: Chestnut festivity in Prases and Elos village

November: Tsikoudia (local drink) festivity in Neoria - Chania, Loutraki Kidonias, Kandanos, Lake of Platanias.

31 December - 1 January: Festive welcome of the new year at the Market Square organised by the Municipality of Chania.

27th of December SANDA RUN The Santa Run is a festive, charitable organization, a parody of the famous Santa Run held in various cities of the world every December whereby we will be walking the city streets of Chania wearing Santa Claus costumes. 3000 Santa Claus will paint the town of Chania red on the 27th of December. A distance of 3,5 km will be covered in the historic and commercial center of Chania with the sole purpose of raising money for children with health issues.