Chania (say “Hanya”) must be the loveliest port town in Greece. Swallows soar in sheer blue skies above the semicircle of tall Venetian houses around its picture-perfect Old Harbour. The tables of scores of bars and restaurants line the quayside. Behind the harbour front, narrow, traffic-free shopping lanes thread through the atmospheric Old Town. On either side of the town, sandy beaches stretch along the coast.

Facts

Population

53,500 in the town and 70,000 in the greater Chania area.

Currency

Euro, 1€=100 cents

Opening hours

Traditional local shop hours are generally Mon-Sat from 8 am to 2.30 pm, and also from 5 pm to 8 pm on Tue and Thu. Shops catering mainly to tourists are usually open every day of the week from 9 am–10 pm.

Newspapers

Chaniotika Nea Minima Stigmes Crete Gazette

Tourist information

The tourist office is called GNTO. Opening hours: Mon - Fri 7.30 am - 2.30 pm 40 Kriari Street (off 1866 Square) +30 28210 92943

Travel to Chania

Travel to Chania

Book your flights to Chania with Etihad Airways and get ready for the trip of a lifetime exploring one of Greece’s top holiday destinations. Immerse yourself in the relaxed traditional ways of life and experience the majesty of this gorgeous island. Whatever your interests, your time in Chania will leave you breathless and the memory of your trip will stay with you long after you have left.

Top 5 things to do in Chania

  • Get lost in the winding pedestrian streets of Old Town Chania where you will find a whole host of shops, restaurants, and churches that date back hundreds of years
  • Take time to visit the oldest lighthouse in Greece, (the Venetian Lighthouse) located in Chania’s old harbour
  • Hike the Samaria Gorge Matt and admire the spectacular scenery along the way
  • Visit the wonderful Naval Museum (Maritime Museum) which delivers an intriguing introduction to the history of Crete and its moving past

Plan your Chania holiday

The best time of the year to visit Chania is between the summer months when the weather is dry and most of the popular local attractions are open to the public. If you plan on travelling during this period, be sure to book your tickets to Chania well in advance as flights fill up very quickly.

Finding the best flight deals to Chania is easier than you think with Etihad’s popular deals. If you are looking for cheap hotels in Chania, consider travelling during the off-peak season (October - April). While weather conditions may be slightly less ideal, crowds will be significantly thinner, making access to some of the more popular attractions much more convenient.