Swim. At the sandy, shallow-watered beach of Agios Onoufrios. There is a small chapel next to the beach that is dedicated to St. Onoufrios and celebrated on June 12. The beach of Agios Onoufrios is quiet and is hidden in a well-protected bay. It is pebbly and not very well organized. It is mainly preferred by the residents of the wider area. The picturesque landscape, with the traditional taverns and the peaceful sea is a good reason to visit Agios Onoufrios.
In addition, there is easy access to the numerous beaches around Akrotiri (Kalathas, Stavros, Marathi, Loutraki).
The nearby Kalathas Beach is beautiful, with fine sand and shallow crystal clear water. Opposite Kalathas, there is a small island which you can easily reach by swimming. Next to the beach there are several palm trees that give an exotic tone to the landscape. Moreover, the beach is very well organized with umbrellas, water sports, restaurants, hotels, mini markets, etc. West of the main bay, beyond the rocky end, there is a secluded sandy bay. This is not organized and is ideal for those who do not like crowded places.
Stavros beach is located east of the village, at the foot of the mountain, and next to the picturesque harbor. The lagoon-like bay with white sand nd shallow waters is fully protected by winds blowing in the region. The contrast of the wild mountain with the peaceful beach in the foreground makes Stavros a unique place for swimming. The beach is very well organized. The second beach of Stavros is located north of the village, 200m northwest of the main beach. It has sand and rocks in places and is less organized than the first, but cleaner. The main drawback of this is that it is unprotected and the sea is usually wavy. At the peninsula dividing the two beaches of Stavros, you can see the remains of the ancient quarry, used for extracting limestone for building the Walls of Chania during the Venetian Era (13rd- 17th century). In Stavros you will find many options restaurants, such as mini markets, shops, cafes etc.
Marathi Beach has two beautiful beaches with fine sand and shallow calm waters and is ideal for families with children. Both beaches are very well protected from the wind, as they look to the south and have nice view to Drapanos Cape and the White Mountains. The beaches are separated by a small pier, which serves as a harbor. It is well organized with all necessary amenities nearby.
Loutraki Beach is a great beach with sand and crystal clear shallow waters, especially suitable for children. It is very well organized and provides all the common touristic amenities, under the deep shade of the very high trees on the beach. You can rent umbrellas, have lunch at one of the tavernas and enjoy various water sports.
The tiny beach of Macherida hidden in a rocky bay is located 14km northeast of Chania. It is not an organized beach with white sand and turquoise clear water surrounded by amazing rocks. To access it you have to walk for 2-5 minutes on a rocky easy trail. A last thing to note is that this secluded beach attracts mainly nudists.
Cretan cuisine. Visit the small village of Douliana at Apokoronas a small old village with particularly interesting and well-preserved folk architecture. In this officially protected, traditional village a lot of interesting buildings can be found.
Visit the old town of Chania and explore the whole city with the narrow streets and admire the old buildings with the different architectural styles. Visit the maritime-naval museum on the west side of the port and walk along the port till Arsenali where is situated the Arsenali Centre of Mediterranean Architecture that organises exhibitions and has as primary goal to promote the Meditterenean arts.
Explore the nearby region of Apokoronas, one of the greenest districts of Crete, with lush olive, fig, citrus and avocado orchards. Swim in its freshwater lake of Kournas or head to the sandy beach at Kalives or Almirida.
Rethymno Town is just 38 km away and is another Venetian town worth a visit for its cobbled streets, Ottoman minarets, colourful harbour and an imposing 16th-century Venetian fortress.
Nearby Almirida's twin beaches are sandy and good sheltered, but they can get a bit crowded during Summer; bars and restaurants line the waterfront between them, and there is a diving center. Kalyves (10km) is a larger village with a small bay at its heart and a long beach stretching west.
If you are looking for more quiet beaches, head west to Falassarna Beach, on the west edge of the island (49km) one of the best beaches in Crete. Or maybe you have heard about the lagoon of Ballos with the turquoise water. You can visit it either by ferry from Kasteli or by car. If you decide to come here by car, just have in mind that you can drive till a specific point, and then you must walk till the lagoon.
Explore the Akrotiri peninsula: Monastery of Agia Triada - Gouverneto Monastery - Eleftherios Venizelos Tombs (historical site) Drive towards the airport. Visit the Monastery of Agia Triada and then the Gouverneto Monastery. On your way back towards Chania stop at the Eleftherios Venizelos Tombs - a historical site with wonderful views to the old Venetian harbor of Chania.There you also will find a choice 3 coffee shops for you to enjoy. The Akrotiri peninsula also has good beaches (Stavros, Kalathas, Marathi and Loutraki).
Trek through the world-famous Samaria Gorge along (quite crowded) open May-Oct depending on weather conditions) or the Agia Irini gorge (fewer crowds and open all year), a full day’s hike catching a boat and a bus back. Imbros Gorge, next to Samaria gorge, is just 8 km long and you need just 2 hours to pass it. Aradena Gorge is also in that area, and maybe you would like to try the jump of your life ... buggy jumping.
Visit Aptera archaeological Site. The small archaeological site of Aptera (ancient town of the Minoan era) is well worth a visit. From here there are wonderful sea views to the port of Chania (Souda) and the Akrotiri peninsula. Continue on to visit Itzedin Castle - a Turkish castle, built in the 19th Century (also known as the Kalami fort). Visit the nearby Stilos Village to hike through classic Cretan countryside: oleander-lined paths lead into a narrow rocky defile.
The horse riding lovers have the opportunity for exciting galloping along the Cretan sea in Georgioupoli and in the countryside as well. A horse riding Centre organises, early morning and evening rides at 3 different levels. You just need to make a reservation.
Village “Verekinthos” is an arts and crafts village that stands between Souda & Tsikaland at the eastern gate of Chania and its aim is to revive and sustain the arts which have been always an integral part of Cretan life and culture. At this same place there were many workshops producing pots (tsikalia), giving thus the name to the town and in the very same place nowadays is run silversmith’s and goldsmith’s as well workshops for ceramics, sculpture, glass making, hagiography, painting, masks, mosaic, leather, decorative objects and traditional Cretan knifes. Visitting hours 10.00-14.00 and 19.00-21.00 except Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
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