Chania is the region with the lovely Old Town of Chania and numerous hotels and restaurants scattered all over an interesting city but also remote villages up in the mountains or next to lovely beaches. The region of Samaria Gorge, village of Sfakia, and the snow capped mountains Lefka Ori is one of the most popular summer destinations in Greece.
The first settlers of the region of Chania were Minoans and in the 5th century, colonists from Samos arrived. From 1252 and nearly for four hundred years it was ruled by the Venetians. The fortifications in the Old Town of Chania of the harbour and the walls around it are still evident and have shaped the architecture of Chania. In 1645, after a strong siege of Ottomans, Chania fell in Turks and remained under Ottoman Rule until 1898 suffering oppression and the atrocities of Turks. In 1824 near Elafonissi, Turks massacred 850 people on Easter Sunday in revenge and punishment for rebellious Cretans. In Second World War, Chania was occupied by Germans until May 1945.
The regional unit of Chania is located on the western part of Crete, spanning an area of 2.376 sq. km. and with total population of 156.371 residents. The capital of the region is the city of Chania and is the second largest city in Crete. The region of Chania is situated on the west of the region of Rethymno.
The main attraction of the region is the Old Town of Chania with interesting Venetian style architecture and a lovely seafront facing the old port. Some of the most popular beaches of the region are: Agioi Apostoloi, Stalos, Falassarna. Balos Lagoon is located in Cape Gramvousa a heavenly beautiful landscape. Access is possible mainly by boat from Kastelli Kissamos and by car only up to a point. Elafonissi is an island located near the beach and you can access it by foo as the water is very shallow! The water is pink from the thousands of shells that are crushed at the time, giving a unique appearance to the beach. The gorge of Samaria is the largest canyon in the whole Europe. Over three hundred thousands people cross it every year. The length of the route is 12.8 km.
The most popular plants being cultivated are olive trees and citrus. Other important products are: wine, avocados and dairy products. The local cuisine is typical of the Cretan Diet.
By air from Athens International Airport or by ferry boats departing from Piraeus Port in Athens.
Police: +30 28210 25750
Tourist Police: +30 28210 28708
Port Authorities of Chania: +30 28210 98888
Airport: +30 28210 83800
Local Buses Services: +30 28210 93306
Hospital: +30 28210 27000
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