Crete, with a lot of heros, is the largest island in Greece and the second largest in the Eastern Mediterranean after Cyprus. It is the most secluded and located south of the Aegean Sea and North of the Libyan. Divided into 4 regional sections: Lassithi, Heraklion, Chania and Rethymnon Crete's Northwest are Chania, capital of the Prefecture of Chania and one of the most important ports of Crete. It is the second largest city of the island with an area of 13t. km. and 55.838 inhabitants. Crete is renowned for its hospitality, that only up close one can experience this and for the wonderful goodhearts residents with their own particular character and perception.
Agia Irini Gorge: In Selino lies the majestic and wooded Gorge of Agia Irini. Has a length of 7.5 km. and to the pathway will need on average 3-4 hours. During your tour you will find abundant vegetation, herbs, splendid wildflowers, pine, Sycamore, amazing waterfalls and fountains with crystal clear drinking water. The Canyon shelter several species of animals, such as the Cretan wild goat or KRI-KRI. During the era of Turkish rule in place ' Many houses ' were the hideout of the rebels. In the surrounding area there are many attractions and monuments as well as the church of Christ, built in 1358 ad and the Church of St. George from 1460 a.d.
The Samaria Gorge is the most famous in history and natural beauty of the Gorge, approximately 18 km in length and perhaps the biggest Gorge in Europe. The beauty is unparalleled and the feeling in nature cannot be compared with anything. The flora and fauna in the region is rare and has been declared a National Park, hunting is prohibited, the cutting of trees and plant life, as well as the possible voices. Living in the Gorge and many protected species of animals and plants. Very well organized, will safely cross the Gorge, which reaches the sea at the end.
Milia, a traditional village, a small forgotten corner in Western Crete.Traditional stone and timber houses have been constructed to replicate the true, original style of life in Crete. However, houses are reasonably comfortable (some bathrooms are small, but they were all upgraded in 2008). Comfort is as far as possible delivered in a natural, ecologically friendly and efficient way. In 2008 mattresses were upgraded to the ecological and plush Coco-mat brand and even more efficient heating, solar power & waste management installations were put in place. Electricity gives way to oil or gas lamps or candles. Hot water for your shower is always on tap. Fireplaces or wood stoves heat your room. Wireless satellite internet connection is available (in the restaurant building) free of charge (you can also charge the battery of your laptop or mobile phone there). Outdoor seating perches and indoor coziness in a heavily wooded area, with endless walking/hiking trails. Has the atmosphere of an "alternative" place of this era, alternative in philosophy, without complete loss of comfort - clearly for the lucky few!
The cave of Agia Sofia: The cave is located at an altitude of 285m. After the village of Topolia and a small path leads you in this and the chapel inside. Divided into two rooms with different altitude full of frozen drips, while media have sprouted and several figs. Inside the cave have found shards of classical, Roman and Neolithic period, while the local legend tells us about St George and his horse, which there has left the mark of his legs.
Chrisoskalitissa monastery of Panagia stands near the lagoon of elafonisos, over steep rock 35 m. You will encounter the female monastery of Panagia with panoramic sea views. The monastery is in the form of the fortress and features is 98 stairs that are dug into the rock. One of them is considered to be made of gold, but they can see only the sinless.
Frangocastle: The castle is located 75 km. outside of Chania and was built by the Venetians in order to protect the area from pirate raids, and later was used by the Ottomans. The Cretans revolutionaries occupied the castle during the war of independence and after the siege, was destroyed in 1828. The castle is associated with many stories and legends of the place. The plain around the Castle has beautiful wildlife and beach with crystal clear waters.
Archaeological Museum of Chania: The museum works from 1963 and housed in the Venetian Church of San Francesco. The exhibition of the Museum is divided into discoveries of the late Neolithic age and the bronze age (Minoan times) and iron age (Historical times). Includes sculptures, inscriptions, mosaics, jewelry, coins, prehistoric finds from caves, from the geometric period graves and Minoan finds from the city of Chania.
Byzantine and post-Byzantine collection of Chania is a rare archaeological material collected from excavations, collections and donations and includes Byzantine frescoes, ceramics, jewelry, architectural sculptures and early Christian mosaic. Presented in detail the historical course and the artistic character of the place from the Early years up to the age of Ottoman domination.
Folklore Museum: With much respect and love with an initiative, Aspasia Bikaki and peace Koymandraki rediscover the forgotten traditional lifestyle, presenting a traditional Cretan House and various professional activities, especially agricultural. Another everyday life gets breathed through human effigies, tools, objects, utensils, handicrafts and embroidery used then in the homes of the 18th-19th century.
War Museum: The Museum safeguards and maintains military objects and relics of long games of the Cretan people for freedom, both in Crete and beyond.
Maritime Museum of Chania: Here you will find artifacts from the maritime history and tradition of the place, like ship models, navigation tools and objects occasionally have retracted from the bottom of the sea.
The County has organized KTEL bus, so comfortably and easily you can navigate to nearby areas, but also in places outside Chania. There are also several taxi ranks, and taxi service. You can still rent a car, if you wish to move even more quickly and comfortably.
Depending on the amount you want to spend, you'll find a wide variety of hotels and accommodation in the city of Chania. Choose between the old and new town, in a picturesque mountain villages or in smaller locations with the sea stretching your legs.
In the city of Chania you will definitely miss the café, the clubs, and the city has enough for every age, depending on the time and mood. But what surely must visit are the Cretan night clubs with traditional Cretan music. Enjoy the special sound of the violin and lyre and meet the magical voices of Crete with plenty of raki.
In Crete is certain that know good food. Their cuisine based on the Mediterranean diet and everything is cooked healthy with pure local olive oil. You will taste Cretan Rusk, her, staka, kalitsounia, dakos, and delicious snails. All of them will be able to find it either at the snack bar for a quick meal, or even in expensive restaurants in excellent locations, sometimes under the sounds of traditional Cretan music and sometimes under the rustle of leaves in taverns.
On the market of Chania you will find all kinds of shops for all kinds of souvenirs of your visit in Crete. But they deserve are the handicrafts and handmade traditional instruments. Spicy cheeses, nuts, dried herbs and pure olive oil that you purchase at your departure. Will not skip raki and tsikoudia.