About Crete & Chania

Crete’s mystery is deep.
Who ever sets foot on the island senses a mysterious force branching warmly and beneficently through his veins, senses his soul begin to grow.
There is a kind of flame in Crete, les us call it “soul”- something more powerful than either life or death.. something which makes you rejoice that you are a human being.

Nikos Kazantzakis








Crete

The island of Crete is home to unending geographical wonders, including flora and fauna not found anywhere else in Greece or Europe. It offers a varied landscape: long sandy beaches and secluded coves, snow-capped mountains, rolling hills and picturesque valleys. The island is unique, there are about 2000 species of plants of which 200 are endemic.

The mountain chain Lefka Ori (White Moutains) occupies a good part of the centre of West Crete and are the main feature of the region. they are covered in snow until late in the spring. In the summer, the sun reflected on the limestone summits makes them appear white as well.
The highest summit is Pachnes (2453m) and there are over 30 summits that are higher than 2.000 m. The White Mountains also have about 50 gorges, the most famous being the Gorge of Samaria.
The plateau of Omalos is a nice viewpoint to the Lefka Ori, with many traditional houses and local tavernas.

The island of Crete has been subject to many cultural influences over the centuries, from Minoans to Romans, Venetians to Ottomans, all of whom have left their mark which can be found throughout the island and especially in the Prefecture of Chania.

Discover the hidden parts of West-Crete: a mix of nature, authentic places, the still alive traditions and the unforgettable hospitality full of delightful culinary treasures!






Chania city

Chania, spelled Xavia' in Greek (Venetian 'Canea') is the second largest city of the island. It has a population of about 60.000 people and attracts most visitors for its Venetian and Turkish archicture, the focal point being the old town and its harbour. Here is the symbol of the city: the Venetian lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouse that is still preserved in Greece. The old harbour of Chania is a charming area of the city, surrounded with colourfull houses, coffee shops, restaurants and historical hotels.







Places to visit in Chania Prefecture



Falassarna

Falassarna is part of the Natura 2000 network, both due to its variety of flora and fauna and as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Falassarna Beach is known as one of the most beautiful beach in Crete and is always one of the top ten beaches in Europe, with its wonderful, fine white sand and warm, crystal-clear water.

Looking towards Falassarna from the hill after the village of Platanos, you will see many greenhouses, as the area is ideal for growing fruit and vegetables.






Kombos

The west-south road is very rough and gives you the steep views of the end of the island. Along the canyon, starting in the village of Kambos there is a beautiful trekking path running below the shadow of huge plane trees, next to the river bed which’s first part has water all year round.





Sougia

Sougia is a small village located by the Libyan sea, about 75 km from the city of Chania. This place is perfect to enjoy the relaxing and laid back atmosphere.








Paleochora

The beaches in Paleochora are one at either side of the peninsula - the main sandy beach on the West side and the pebble beach on the East. Out of town, beaches stretch for several kilometres in both directions, some pebble, some sandy. Snorkeling is excellent in most places. Also a great place to start a hiking trip. The town is alive, cosy atmosphere with the chairs and tables in the middle of the street.







Elafonissi

Elafonnisi is a Natura 2000 protected area. It's one of the exotic beaches in Crete and is famous for its pink sand, which takes its color from thousands of broken shells. The endangered turtles Careta-Careta and several rare animals nest on the island and it is strictly forbidden to remove any plants, animals and sand from the area.







Balos

Balos beach is a Natura 2000 protected area, it lies in the northwestern tip of Crete, on the impressive Gramvoussa peninsula. Balos is famous for its turquoise waters, the wild natural beauty and the beautiful exotic scenery.












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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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