CHANIA - PARADISE BEACHES
Chania is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece that attracts many visitors from around the world. It combines natural beauty, rich history and important cultural tradition with perfect tourist infrastructure. Monuments of every season and period, beaches, White Mountains, countless small and large gorges, such as the Samaria Gorge, known around the world as one of the most important in the world. The Venetian port with the lighthouse and the old town in the center have given Chania the reputation of the most picturesque city, which hosts thousands of visitors. Impressive is the coexistence of the old with the new city that unites history and elements of culture.
The old town is characterized by its narrow alleys and listed buildings of various periods, where they offer travelers romantic walks. The old town reaches the Venetian port with the fortress of Firkas and the Byzantine walls that protected the fortress of Kastelli in which the citadel of ancient Kydonia was located. In the southern part of the island is the treasure of ecological importance the Samaria Gorge 48,500 acres between Omalos and Agia Roumeli with waterfalls, lakes and impressive ravines. East of Sfakia, Frigokastelo, is the Venetian castle from 1370 which was a fortress that protected the city from enemies.
The gate of the Renier mansion, Venetian era, with the chapel of Agios Nikolaos is one of the attractions worth visiting as much of it is preserved. The Egyptian Lighthouse, one of the oldest in the world, adorns the old port of Chania with its imposing presence from the 16th century. An important point of walk and recreation in the city of Chania is the Municipal Garden, designed in 1870 according to European standards under the supervision and custody of Pasha himself. The Municipal Market, with the shape of a cross and the four doors, one in each wing, provide security in the shops housed there.
The Agora building houses shops that sell local products and other souvenirs, while it is an architectural gem for Chania. In the square of Splantzia is the church of Agios Nikolaos, which was built shortly before 1320, during the Venetian rule, as a monastery of the order of Dominican monks. Chania is famous for its beautiful beaches and it is no coincidence that in Chania are some of the most beautiful and famous beaches in Greece. Chania is one of the few areas of the country where one can enjoy swimming in the impressive lake Kournas in Apokoronas.
You can find well-organized beaches, water sports, restaurants, taverns and cafe-bars where you can enjoy high quality services. In Chania, 11 beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag, while there are countless other organized and non-organized ones that are worth visiting. From time to time, lists of international media with the best beaches in the world include Balos, Elafonissi, and even the beach of Agiannis in Gavdos.
The beaches of Nea Chora, Chrysi Akti, Ag. Apostolon, Ag. Marina, Platanias, Gerani, Kissamos, Balos, Falassarna, Elafonisos, Paleochora, Sougia, Loutro, Frangokastelo, Sfakia, Marathio, Kalyves, Georgioupolis, Almrou Kavrou some of the most favorite choices of visitors. Also Stalos, Agioi Apostoli, Chrysi Akti, Agia Marina, Kalamaki, Nea Chora, Marathi, Stavros, Agios Onoufrios Kalathas, Seitan Ports enchant with the turquoise waters and the incredible natural beauty that surrounds them. All the tourist resorts of Chania have entertainment places, where the cafes and bars of the area are gathered, where one can listen to traditional music. The countless beach bars on the beaches of Chania promise unique fun until the morning. If you want to have fun until the morning you can visit the tourist area of Agia Marina and Platanias, with the famous clubs. In Chania there are restaurants,taverns where you can enjoy local food and plenty of drinks, accompanied by Cretan music.
Special local dishes such as dakos, staka with eggs and french fries, kalitsouni of all kinds, Sfakian pies and of course the famous Cretan tsikoudia and rakomelo are flavors that should not be missed. Cooked with the purest ingredients of the Cretan land and with recipes that make the Cretan diet one of the best in the world, it is no coincidence that Cretan cuisine has conquered the world by winning golden hats and many other distinctions. The production of wine, avocado and cheese products is also widespread, while in recent years efforts have been made to produce more and more organic products. A Cretan traditional delicacy that is usually served at weddings and baptisms is the Cretan xerotigana. It is a dessert that is made quickly from simple ingredients and can be kept for several days.