Perhaps, coming to Crete you are looking for paradise places away from civilization. However, Chania is an awesome city with modern shops and a picturesque old town by the sea. Furthermore, it’s the base for the Samaria Gorge hike. Hence, it’s good to spend at least a couple of nights here.
Where to stay in Chania
I stayed at Samaria Hotel which is conveniently located right next to the main bus station (especially good for getting on the public morning bus to Samaria Gorge). Like several times in Greece, I felt like a goddess as soon as I stepped through the door. The staff was excellent at their job from A to Z, the interior design is beautiful, and there is a library with books that make every traveler’s heartbeat louder. Choose your book and relax at the pretty pool in a comfortable chair or enjoy a glass of wine on your private balcony with an outdoor couch. Whether you are here on your honeymoon, traveling, or on business, you will feel happy at Samaria Hotel. And have I mentioned the breakfast? Wow. Delicious. I will be back.
What to do in Chania
Stroll through the cute alleys and along the waterfront with the picturesque Venetian Harbor. You can walk on the harbor wall if you start on the right side of the basin. I recommend doing this in the late afternoon when it’s not so hot anymore. Otherwise, you might melt.
Have lunch or dinner at one of the nice restaurants which offer Greek cuisine. Yet you also find anything else from Asian to healthy, inventive dishes. A feast for the stomach and eyes.
Chania is also a fun place for shopping and if you need to cool off you can swim in the sea in front of Talo Square.
The bus from Chania to Rethymno (1h) and then Heraklion (1hr 25mins) leaves at least hourly and costs 13.80 EUR. Check the K.T.E.L website for times and more routes. Keep the ticket on the bus as they sometimes check it again.