Chania, Greece

Chania is chock-full of ancient Greek history, Medieval architecture and opulent mansions; the postcard-pretty Venetian port is the most famous (and often photographed) spot in the town. Once a Minoan settlement, Chania Town is now host to sun-seeking tourists and white sand beaches.

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When to go

Chani's Mediterranean climate means sunny dry summers and mild rainy winters; clear skies are a safe bet from April to October, and wilting heat waves are fairly uncommon.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    British Airway has a direct service to Chania from the UK, and both Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air operate several daily direct flights from Athens. Alternatively, fly into Heraklion Airport, which is about a two-hour drive from Chania.
  • Boats

    Daily ferries pull into Souda port, about seven kilometres from Chania, from Athens' Piraeus port.