Chania

Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. It lies along the north coast of the island, about 70 km (43 mi) west of Rethymno and 145 km (90 miles) west of Heraklion.

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Chania

Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. It lies along the north coast of the island, about 70 km (43 mi) west of Rethymno and 145 km (90 miles) west of Heraklion.

History: Chania is the site of the Minoan settlement the Greeks called Kydonia. The existence of this Minoan city lies below some parts of today's Chania and was found by excavations in the district of Kasteli in the Old Town. This area appears to have been inhabited since the Neolithic era. The city reemerged after the end of the Minoan period as an important city-state in Classical Greece, one whose domain extended from Chania Bay to the feet of the White mountains (Lefka Ori). The first major wave of settlers from mainland Greece was by the Dorian Greeks who arrived around 1100 BC. Kydonia was important enough for the Kydonians to be mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. In 69 BC, the Roman Consul Ceasilius Metelus defeated the Cretans and conquered Kydonia to which he granted the privileges of an independent city-state.

Architecture: The Venetian, Turkish, traditional and modern architecture coexist in harmony in the city of Chania, creating a unique and attractive scenery for the visitors. Archaeological sites, temples, squares and unique buildings adorn the attractive city of Chania.

The old city of Chania constitutes a unique historical monument, for which have been made many efforts by the State and the local authorities to preserve and highlight its historical character. The visitor may find a great variety of monuments of exceptional cultural interest to visit. Monuments from the Byzantine period, the Venetian period, the Ottoman period as well as the modern History are worth seeing. Museums like the Nautical Museum of Crete, the Archaeological Museum of Chania, the house of El. Venizelos, the War Museum of Chania will help you explore the rich history of this blessed island.

Things to do: The stunning prefecture of Chania is offering you so much more than just the chance to relax under the Greek sun. Popular for its vibrant nightlife and cosmopolitan lifestyle, Chania is considered a top holiday destination for tourists from all over the world. Chania Town is the heart of the island, with all the major events taking place there and some of the most popular beaches and the most amazing restaurants, taverns, bars and cafes give this amazing city a different vibe. Taste the local delicacies and products and feel full of unforgettable tastes of the Mediterranean and get to see for your own why Cretan cuisine is so popular.

Right after Heraklion, the second largest city in Crete, the cosmopolitan Chania will undoubtedly cast a spell on you whichever type of holidays you prefer. Feel the local hospitality at every step of your way in a place that will offer you the most amazing beaches with exotic waters like Elafonissi and Balos to the most amazing beaches in south Crete like Platanias, Agia Marina, Maleme, Falasarna, Kasteli and Stavros where the congress takes place and so many more.

Take advantage of the excursions since the landscapes you will experience are simply breath-taking.

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