Chania in Crete is located on the westernmost side of the island. Although some places have developed in tourist resorts, most beaches and villages in Chania keep their authentic style. The northern side is more developed and lined up with luxurious tourist resorts and organized beaches. This is where the most popular beach villages of Chania are found. On the contrary, the southern side is secluded and more traditional, with small seaside villages and unorganized beaches.
Due to the long history and rich culture, the region of Chania keeps evident its traditional architecture. A walk in the Old Town with the intense Medieval architecture is a walk back in time. The Venetian port of Chania Town is the most characteristic spot of western Crete. Holidays in Chania combine relaxation in amazing beaches, historical visits and experience of authentic life.
The region of Chania Greece, or Hania, is located on the western side of Crete island, one of the most popular Greek islands. It has amazing places to visit, from secret villages and fabulous beaches to interesting sightseeing. The most famous town is Chania Town, with the characteristic Venetian, Turkish and traditional architecture. The most impressive beaches are Balos, Elafonissi, and Falassarna, while there are innumerable other amazing beaches around the coastline, from organized resorts to secluded coves.
Chania holidays is a very interesting experience. A drive around the prefecture will also bring you to many interesting sights. Explore the Medieval Castles you will find on your way, trek the many paths along with forests and gorges, visit the small local museums that depict the local history and even try a chat with the locals at the traditional restaurants. You will frequently see them sitting in the village square and enjoying a coffee under the shade of a huge tree. In this holiday, apart from relaxing on a beach resort, grab the chance to experience the famous Cretan tradition and the warm hospitality.
Rethymno Greece is a laid-back prefecture located between the regions of Chania and Heraklion. Relatively untouched by international tourists, Rethymno still keeps its traditional charm.
On the northern side of Rethymno Crete, there are some cosmopolitan seaside resorts, such as Bali, Adelianos, Kampos, Panormos, and Platanias. They are perfect for your stay, as they have a selection of Rethymno hotels and villas. But, if you seek a laid-back place to stay, a drive around Rethymno will get you to many secluded places, such as Agia Galini and Plakias.
Heraklion Greece is the most popular region of the island and is located on the eastern side of Crete, between Rethymno and Lassithi. The beautiful capital of Heraklion region, Heraklion Town, is one of the busiest city centers in Crete.
In the Heraklion region, you will find two of the most important Crete monuments: Knossos Palace and Phaistos Palace.
Being over 20,000 square meters big, the Minoan Palace of Knossos is the largest of all Minoan palatial structures. The remains of colorful murals, imposing red columns and the glorious throne room will make you feel transported into the Minoan Era.
The Minoan Palace of Phaistos is the second most important Minoan site, after Knossos. It is located on the east side of Kastri hill, boasting a beautiful natural setting and attracts history enthusiasts from all over the world!
Even though it has an often crowded city center, the capital of Heraklion, Heraklion Town, keeps its fairytale vibe. Strolling around Heraklion town, you will come across Koules fortress, at the Venetian port, Turkish and Venetian fountains, Venetian buildings, the Venetian Loggia and museums, such as the Archaeological Museum, the Historical Museum and the Museum of Natural History.
Lassithi Greece, the easternmost region of Crete, is one of the best places for complete immersion in nature and relaxation. Lassithi prefecture consists of many little towns, cosmopolitan coastal resorts, and picturesque mountainous villages. Except for some popular villages, like Elounda and Sissi, the rest of Lassithi remains a destination off the beaten tourist trail.
The postcard-perfect coastline of Lassithi is fringed with some of the finest beaches of Crete. The most popular beach in Lassithi is arguably Vai beach, an exotic blonde-sand beach surrounded by a palm tree forest.