With Crete being voted as the 6th best destination worldwide by TripAdvisor we could not be happier than to share perhaps why this is so.
Crete, and Chania in particular couldn’t be more charming that it is, one would find it difficult to fit in all the endless possibilities of sightseeing in one trip!
Here is only a small taste of 24hrs in the center of Chania starting with a warm and tasty bougatsa for breakfast from the infamous “Iordanis” in the center of town. A crunchy and decadent sweet cheese filled pastry topped with cinnamon and sugar - a sure favorite of the locals.
Venture of into the sunny morning, through the Chania Market
with its stands of fresh local produce, down to the old town with a stroll to the old Venetian harbor - a bustling center with little cobble alleys and the magnificent Venetian lighthouse
. You will be tempted to stop for a coffee at the hip and trendy "Pallas"
– a place to be seen in the town for a morning or midday cup. This spot offers the perfect view right across the lighthouse and whole harbor as you can watch the tourists and locals walk by getting on with their day!
With your taste buds satisfied head off to the "Hamam"
store for some leisurely clothes shopping. Situated in a wonderful domed 17th century building browse the lovely collections of acclaimed Greek fashion designers and pick up pieces rarely found elsewhere for that perfect boho “island look”. Jewelry more of your thing? Browse the many quaint and quirky jewelry stalls in the pebble cobble streets of the harbor. You will be sure to pick up rare pieces by local artists.
As the road has now led you into the heart of the Venetian center, stop for some genuinely good “mezedes” (small plates) at "Tamam"
for lunch. The old Turkish hamam (public baths) hosts one of the most popular restaurants in the old town of Chania. “Tamam” plunges you into the cuisine of Constantinople with a list of 72 spectacular dishes. Very friendly service and a great selection of wines.
With a lazy afternoon ahead of you, head of to Nea Chora, only 1 km from Chania’s center to a long and golden sandy beach. Laze the afternoon away on your sun lounger and swim in the crystal clear blue waters of the Cretan Sea.
As the sun starts coming down and the hazy, sweet summer night takes over step back to the old harbor to watch the perfect sunset as the amber colours change the hue of all the Venetian buildings. You should have by now worked up a fierce appetite, to visit the lovely and charming "Kritamon"
. Enjoy traditional and tasty Cretan dishes for dinner and take the time to visit the restaurants little shop where you can buy the produce of the island you have just eaten! One could not leave town without a cool crisp drink into the early hours of the morning where the town really gets lively at "La Bodega"
– the perfect spot to end your 24hr day in Chania.
One thing is for sure, there are simply not enough hours in the day to experience all the flavors, colours, characters and wonderful buzz that Chania has to offer!