• Chania

    Chania

The Chania region, with 156,585 inhabitants (2011 Census) constitutes the western part of the island. The Chania region includes the municipalities of Apokoronas, Gavdos, Kantanou - Selinou, Kissamos, Platania, Sfakion and Chania itself.

Chania is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece, combining natural beauty, a rich history, cultural traditions and infrastructure, with the main resorts being Platania, Agia Marina and Georgioupoli.

Among the places most worth visiting are the Samaria Gorge, the beaches of Elafonisi, Balos and Falasarna, Kourna lake and the Omalos and Askyfos plateaus. There are also important archaeological sites, including the area of Kastelli, Ancient Aptera with the Palaikastro, the Fortress of Intzendin and Ancient Falasarna and Polirinia.

The local economy is based mainly on tourism, together with agriculture, with the main products being olive oil, wine, citrus fruits, vegetables and cheese.

Chania airport has direct connections to many Greek and international destinations, while the ports of Souda and Kissamos offer ferry connections with Piraeus and the Peloponnese.

The city of Chania is built on top of the ruins of ancient Kydonia, and constitutes an important cultural “crossroads”, with a rich cultural and archaeological inheritance. It is worth seeing the Old Town, the Venetian Harbour with the famous Egyptian lighthouse, the Kioutsouk mosque, the Firka fortress and the Nautical Museum, the Old Boatyard, the Archaeological Museum and Eleftherios Venizelos’ house and tomb.

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