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The old town of Chania, with its narrow streets leading to picturesque squares and stately buildings, offers an enchanting journey through time into a world that seamlessly blends rich history with the authentic atmosphere of Crete. You can stroll along the Venetian harbor, adorned with the famous and often-photographed Lighthouse – its current form attributed to the Egyptians. Explore the Grand Arsenal, now restored and serving as the exhibition and conference space for the Center for Mediterranean Architecture. The old town is also renowned for its quaint restaurants and taverns, where you can savor local flavors and experience the warm hospitality of the residents.


The new Archaeological Museum of Chania, inaugurated on April 16, 2022, is situated in the Halepa area. It showcases approximately 3,500 exhibits, some of which are being presented to the general public for the first time, spanning from prehistoric to historical periods. The Museum, constructed in accordance with the principles of public architecture and international standards, stands out as a dynamic and emblematic structure, serving as a landmark for the entire city. Its permanent exhibition showcases the extensive archaeological collection of the regional unit of Chania. Spanning centuries, from prehistoric settlements to historic cities, the exhibition features ancient artifacts, representations, and digital media illustrating aspects of social and administrative organization, religion, warfare, trade, and the daily life of ancient inhabitants, as well as their attitudes towards death.


Agia Marina, along with Platanias, ranks as one of the most tourist-oriented areas in Chania. Its main street boasts a plethora of luxury and boutique hotels, restaurants, taverns, bars, shops, and various other amenities. In recent years, these areas have garnered recognition, being included in the list of the most tourist-friendly destinations in all of Europe. Opposite Agia Marina lies the island of Agios Theodoros, renowned as one of the habitats of the endangered Kri-Kri goat species.


The region of Sfakia stands as a distinctive destination within Crete, radiating an aura of authenticity. Situated on the southern coast of the island, this small village is perfect for those seeking seclusion within a natural and traditional environment, while also indulging in authentic hospitality and the richness of Cretan tradition. Significant attractions in the surrounding area include Frangokastello, constructed around 1300 AD during the Venetian rule, and the Imbros Gorge.


Balos is a lagoon situated on the peninsula of Gramvousa, within the prefecture of Chania, Crete. It stands as one of the most renowned beaches globally and serves as the premier attraction of the island. Its white-pink sand, emerald waters, and wild exotic beauty are the reasons why it captivates the hearts of thousands of tourists who flock here annually. This shallow sandy beach forms between the Gramvousa Peninsula and the smaller Akrotiri Tigani, nestled under the imposing Geroskinos massif.


Elafonisi is a tropical beach nestled within the Natura protected areas, boasting white and pink sands and turquoise waters. Some days, it forms a narrow peninsula in southwestern Crete, while on others, visitors may need to wade through knee-deep water to reach its shores. Like Balos, it features shallow depths, and in certain areas, shifting sands create formations resembling separate islands. The enchantment of Elafonisi defies description; often hailed as paradise on earth, it frequently earns a spot on lists of the world's best beaches.


Seitan Port, also known as Stefanou Beach, lies to the east of Akrotiri and is approximately 22 km from the city of Chania. Renowned for its crystal-clear waters and the striking rocky formations that encircle it, this beach offers an atmospheric landscape reminiscent of a fairy tale. It is a truly magical spot, its magnificence impossible to fully capture in a photograph.It is a narrow channel nestled between towering rocks, adorned with white sand and pebbles, and embraced by clear blue waters. The formidable sea currents that emerge during winter storms prompted the Turks to dub it Seitan, meaning cursed. While the name may evoke a sense of foreboding, the sight is undoubtedly awe-inspiring.


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