If you’ve been or heard about Crete, then you know that Chania is the largest city of the island. The history of Chania goes back to the Minoan civilization, where many archaeological excavations indicate the existence of the town. Now, the city is cut in half: the first half belongs to the old town and the second half is the modern city, which is bigger. Kasteli, which is the center of the old town, has been inhabited since the Neolithic era and is placed on a hill. It is a lot quiet compared to the rest of Chania, which gets thousands of visitors around the year. If you are wondering why you should visit Chania and especially the Old Town, you should read these points.
1. Walk on the waterfront of the Venetian harbour
Like any other greek island, walking next to the sea is the obvious and more necessary thing on your ‘to do’ list.
2. Walk around the alleys of the Old Town
Like any old town, walking in the narrow alleys, where cars are not allowed will give you the opportunity to explore the ins of the place by seeing its most hidden beauties.
3. You need to see the old architecture of the city
Either you are or you aren’t a fan of architecture, seeing buildings that go centuries back will amaze you and make you appreciate the older times. The Old Town in Crete is full of examples of buildings that have witnessed great parts of its history.
4. Sit and enjoy your coffee along with some breakfast
There is nothing more greek than sitting down for an hour or two to enjoy your morning coffee along with your breakfast. Choose a place near the sea and enjoy your time.
5. Visit museums and other attractions
The Maritime Museum of Crete, the Archaeological Museum, the Botanic Park & Gardens of Crete and the The Monasteries of Akrotiri Peninsula are just a few of the magnificent landscapes that you can visit while in Chania.
6. Reach the beach of Balos
You will need to plan your entire day in order to get here, since it will get you a lot of time and a bunch of sweat to reach Balos. But, if you manage to arrive, you will see that all your troubles were justified.
7. Elafonissi is another must-visit beach
Elafonissi is at the isolated southwest coast of the island and two hours by car from Chania. The sea is one of the best (if not the best) that you will see in your entire life and the area is the last stop for birds that travel to Europe and Asia.
8. Take advantage of the Samaria Gorge for a real adventure
This deep gorge goes for 18 kilometers and large boulders are everywhere along the path. If you are determined to walk it all, you have to make sure that you wear good shoes and carry a lot of water with you.
Crete is undoubtedly one of the top 5 places to visit in Greece and nobody has ever regretted visiting it. Even Greek people set a life goal of visiting the large island at least once in their lifetime.