Chania - Do & See
Chania has many wonderful things to offer you on your holiday. Go on a glass-bottomed boat cruise and enjoy the wonderful sea life. If this is not thrilling enough go to Limnoupolis Water Park and feel the adrenaline rush on the waterslides. Try scuba diving or just hanging out on the beach all day. Either way you will return back home well rested.
The calm ruins of the Venetian fort have lovely sea views. Its fascinating Naval Museum (next door) recalls Chania’s maritime tradition. This is also where the Greek flag first was raised.
Limnoupolis Water Park
This is the kids’ choice with waterslides, pools and a lazy river. For grown-ups there is a Jacuzzi and pool bar. Shops and eateries add to the attractions.
This famous 16 kilometre hike down a spectacular mountain gorge reaches the south coast. You will need sturdy shoes, water and a hat! A good idea is to sleep one night nearby and take the bus back to Chania the next day.
Glass-bottomed boats cross in crystal waters to nearby St Theodore Island. Others sail to idyllic Stavros beach on Akrotiri Peninsula. The prices vary so do not hesitate to walk around to compare between the different companies.
Blue Adventures Diving
There are at least two scuba diving centers in Chania - Blue Adventures Diving and Omega Divers. They are both certified and have good reputation in the scuba business.
Going scuba diving will let you peek into a new world of seldom seen creatures and will let you be a part of another element for some time.
Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete
The Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete welcomes you to 20 hectares of herbs, medicinal, ornamental plants and fruit trees from around the world. The nature and the colours is a wonderful experience for the whole family and worth a visit.
Maritime Museum of Crete
Maritime Museum of Crete is a great place to spend a couple of hours and get to know Greece a bit better. On the first floor you will find an interesting movie about the history of Crete. The view over the harbour and lighthouse from here is amazing.
Chania Archaeological Museum
The permanent exhibition at Chania Archaeological Museum tells the story of Chania’s cultural history in images. The two main parts of the exhibition describes the eastern part and the Bronze Age. The other part describes the western part and the Iron Age.
Folklore Museum of Chania
Folklore Museum of Chania is a small but very interesting museum and will not take you more than 30 minutes to visit. Here you can learn a lot about the old harbour and how it came about. If you like art, the owner has an interesting art collection for you to see and maybe purchase something small.
Museum of Typography
Museum of Typography shows you the development of typography from the Gutenberg era until today. You will see different tools, objects, machines and prints which have been used throughout the development.
Manousakis Winery is a beautiful and cosy little farm to spend a day. Get a cheese platter, taste some flavourful, fruity wine and simply relax in this lovely environment. The staff here is very friendly and you can buy the wine in the little shop.
Discover Chania from a different perspective! Going on a Segway tour is a fun and easy way to discover the city and at the same time letting you spend more time on the beach relaxing.
Doctor Fish - Foot Spa & Reflexology
Doctor Fish is a lovely fish spa located in the centre of Chania. This is the perfect treat after a couple of days of walking around discovering the island.
Green Care Spa
Green Care Spa is a lovely modern spa which offers you all types of treatments. Especially popular is the Indian head massage but they also have waxing, pedicure and manicure.
Municipal Art Gallery of Chania
At the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania you can enjoy contemporary art. This is a great place if you are an art lover and want to take part of a unique collection.
A piece of history can be found at the spiritual Chrisoskalitissa Monastery. Going here takes quite a while, but if you are on a road trip this place is well worth a visit. You can find the monastery on the western side of Crete. From here you get amazing views.
Rethymno is a picturesque town on the east side of Chania. If you want to go on a day trip this is a great little town. Here you can enjoy the beach, get lost in the Old Town or have a glass of wine in the harbour.
The archaeological site of Knossos is one of the most famous places on Crete. The drive from Chania takes a long time as it is located just outside Heraklion, but there are numerous tour operators that organize trips here. Knossos is claimed to be the oldest city in Europe.
Golden Fun Park
Just 5 minutes west of Chania you can find the Golden Fun Park. This entertainment park has numerous facilities like bowling lanes, miniature golf, playground and much more.