A photogenic harbour and a maze-like old town
Dipped into Crete’s north-west coast, Chania is one of the island’s biggest cities with a boatload to offer.
It’s an up-and-comer on Crete’s nightlife scene, tipped to be the newest and brightest hotspot, with a cosmopolitan mix of chic restaurants, big DJs and exclusive beach bars. Its old town is one of the prettiest in the Greek Islands, with a colourful Venetian quarter clustered around the old harbour. It’s chock-full of charm, with grand townhouses, tiny restaurants and swanky hotels nestled in between Turkish architecture and museums.
Chania is crowned by a striking lighthouse overlooking the resort’s other gift: the coast. There’s a lovely little beach by the harbour, framed by Greek tavernas and bars, and you’re close to some of the best Blue Flag beaches on the island if you fancy going further afield.
Flight time from the UK to Crete is around 4 hours.
Transfer time from Chania airport to our hotel here is approximately 30 minutes.
The southernmost Greek island, Crete’s summers are something special. The temperatures are beach-worthy by April, climbing steadily throughout summer and peaking in July and August, when highs of 35°C are possible. Luckily, the island is prone to some cooling winds during summer that stop things getting too hot and sticky.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.