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      Chaina, Crete Old Venetian port

      Old Venetian Port in Chania, Crete.

      Stroll along the charming Old Venetian port area in Chania, admire the ancient houses and indulge in one of the many restaurants or cafés.

      Frangokastello Castle

      Frangokastello Castle, Crete.

      Visit the seaside Venetian castle and relax with your family on the picturesque Frangokastello beach.

      Kuçuk Hasan Pasha Mosque

      Relax in Chania, Crete.

      Take your time to admire the picturesque Venetian harbour and the beautiful Kuçuk Hasan Pasha Mosque.

      Flights to Chania, Crete

      Chania is the second-largest city of Crete, and lies on the north-western coast of the island. It is mostly known for its beautiful Venetian harbour and lighthouse, the nearby beaches and as a hiking transit point towards Samaria Gorge.

      So don’t wait a moment longer, and book your Brussels Airlines ticket to Chaina, Crete!

      What to do in Chania?

      1. Chania’s most important landmark is the Venetian harbour. It’s even known as the most beautiful harbour in the Mediterranean. Chania’s old town is also worth visiting. Here, you’ll find plenty of picturesque Venetian and Turkish buildings. Points of interest within Chania’s old town are the Venetian lighthouse, the waterfront Firkas Fortress with its naval museum, and the seaside mosque Kuçuk Hasan Pasha which is no longer used for religious purposes but for art exhibitions.
      2. Chania beach is only a 5-minute walk from the town centre. Thanks to the calm and shallow waters, it’s a popular beach location. If you prefer a bit more peace and quiet, walk a bit further towards Kladisos beach.

      Things to do around Chania, Crete

      • You don’t have to drive far outside of Chania town to find beautiful olive groves and picturesque villages. Some nearby towns worth visiting are Souda, Paleochora and Kalyves. Crete’s capital, Heraklion, is a 2.5-hour drive away from Chania, perfect for a day trip.
      • The Samaria Gorge is Crete’s major tourist attraction and one of the longest canyons in Europe. Hiking its 16 km-long trail is a must do for nature enthusiasts in Crete. The canyon is at its most beautiful in May and April, when wildflowers grow along the pathways. Chania is the nearest city and thus the best place to stay if you want to tick the Samaria Gorge off your bucket list.

      Practical information for your trip to Chaina, Crete

      • Brussels Airlines flights arrive and depart from Chania international airport, which is located 15 km from Chania city.
      • Time zone: UTC+2 (During summer time Greece switches to DST: UTC +3)
      • Currency: Euro. Make sure to always have some cash on hand as not all restaurants accept credit cards. ATMs are available throughout the country.
      • Electric sockets: Plug type C and type F (two round pins) suitable for appliances of 230 V – 50 Hz.
      • Travel information: Greece is part of the Schengen-zone, meaning that under normal circumstances, EU citizens may travel without a passport. Non-EU citizens must have a valid passport. Citizens of the following countries may enter Greece without a visa: Countries of the European Union, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Citizens of other countries require a visa. For all information on visas and travel documents, visit the website www.iatatravelcentre.com.
      • Vaccination: When travelling to Crete, there are no mandatory vaccinations for European travellers. For more health information, visit the website www.iatatravelcentre.com.

      What to do and not do in Chaina, Crete?

      • Boutique hotels are the best way to enjoy your stay in Chania. Many Venetian buildings have been restored and refurbished into lovely boutique hotels.
      • In tourist areas, you will have no problem communicating with the Greek in English, some will also be able to help you around in French. Though speaking a few words of Greek is well appreciated by the locals. And if you plan on going off the beaten path, knowing more than just a few words of Greek will definitely pay off. Learning the Greek alphabet is not a must but might prove useful for those that want to understand road signs when driving around in rural areas.

      A few words of Greek

      • Kalimera is the usual greeting in the morning, if you’re greeting someone in the afternoon or evening, say kalispera. Goodnight is kalinikta, do pay attention though as kalinikta is only used as a goodbye, never as a greeting. Going for drinks with friends? The Greeks don’t say cheers but yamas! Want to go out? Say Pame gia café. It literally means “Let’s go for a coffee” but it’s generally used to go out for drinks, not specifically coffee. If you have a particular Greek lady or gentleman in mind, this is the way to ask them out for a drink.

      When to go to Chaina, Crete?

      Crete has a Mediterranean climate with strong sub-Saharan influences from the nearby African continent. Winters are mild and summers are long, hot and sunny. With over 300 days of sunshine, Chania is a top destination for guaranteed sunshine. Though summers are hot and dry, the strong Meltemi wind can cool the weather down significantly, especially in the northern regions such as Chania. Crete will occasionally suffer heatwaves coming from Africa, yet these will usually only affect southern Crete and not Chania.

      Generally, the most popular moment to visit Chania, and Crete in general, is between June and September. Summer starts early in Crete, with the average highs already climbing to 24°C in May. So even if you can’t handle the heat in the peak of summer (average highs of 30°C in July-August), just about any other month in spring or summer is a good option. If you plan on visiting archaeological sites or going on excursions, avoid peak summer and plan your trip in spring or autumn. Springtime would be the best choice as nature will be in full bloom.

      What to eat in Chaina, Crete?

      The Greeks love to cook and seldom eat alone! That’s why, on the island of Crete, you can sample many mouthwatering Greek specialties. Some of the best-known delicacies are: “Tzatziki” (a mixture of yoghurt, cucumber and garlic), “Mavromatika” (beans), “Moussaka” and “Psarosoupa”, which is a fish soup.

      Cultural events in Chaina, Crete

      During the summer months, plenty of theatrical and musical events are organised all over the Chania region. Traditional religious celebrations called panigyria can be found all over the island throughout the year. They are only locally advertised, so look around town for posters in Greek or ask the locals where to go.

      • July – Nautical week, organised every two years.
      • August – Wine festivals in various villages in the Chania region
      • August first week – Agricultural August
      • September first week – Sardines Festival
      • October – Raki festival

      Book your flight to Chaina, Crete.

      Please note that you will be able to book your flight to Chaina Crete with Brussels Airlines as of November 2017. We will fly to/from Chaina Crete between 21 April 2018 and 6 October 2018.

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