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“…In the middle of the dim sea lies an island, Crete. Beauteous, fecund and surrounded by the sea, its dwellers are numerous and its villages ninety in number. Each nation and another language…”

Homer, Odyssey

Crete is the largest island of Greece, one of the biggest islands of the Mediterranean and a crossroad of the continents of Africa, Europe and Asia on the southernmost part of Europe. An island of legendary kings, powerful deities and mythical monsters renowned for its glorious history and its civilizations, its exceptional gastronomy, its distinctive musical tradition and its unique culture and heritage, will go beyond your expectations. The city of Chania is a city of culture and beauty with an exceptional identity, history and tradition blessed with the finest of Crete dominated from the White Mountains. They say that a lifetime is not enough to meet the city of Chania, the most beautiful city of Crete and one of the most beautiful cities of Greece. The most poetic city of Crete with its timeless architectural mosaic is decorated with beautiful buildings casting their shadow as you walk through the narrow vibrant colorful streets giving a marvelous atmosphere to the city. Behind every corner of the maze of the labyrinthine alleys of the colourful city, another surprise is hiding with flowery balconies, colourful doors and hidden stairways leading to other mysterious locations. Worshiped by beauty, Chania is encompassed from an endless coastline of sandy beaches of exotic beauty, impressive gorges and secret caves, verdant valleys and flowing rivers covered with olive and citrus trees among the green oasis of the mountainous and coastal villages. Will you take the chance to fall in love at first sight with Chania?

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The Capital of Chania 

The City of Chania is the capital of the prefecture of Chania located on the north coast of the west side of Crete. The city of Chania is a city of culture and beauty with an exceptional identity, history and tradition blessed with the finest of Crete dominated from the White Mountains. The most poetic city of Crete with its timeless architectural mosaic is decorated with beautiful buildings casting their shadow as you walk through the narrow vibrant colorful streets giving a marvelous atmosphere to the city. Chania has managed to preserve its traditional architecture and the majority of the monuments from the Ottoman and Venetian periods. One could say that there are two towns, the old and the new, that coexist in a harmonious way. The new town of Chania reminds you the constructions of the 21st century, however, the most beautiful part of the city is the heart of Chania in the old town. This is a place you must visit at least once in your life!

The Beach of Elafonisi 

The Beach of Elafonisi is one of the most beautiful places of Crete located on the southwestern side of the island. As the shape of Elafonisi is oblong, it gives the impression of an isle. Elafonisi is an exotic peninsula with white and pink sand and turquoise waters. The isle is full of sand lilies, dunes and junipers while the endangered species of the turtle Caretta Caretta nest on the isle. Elafonisi has been declared as a protected area under the European Network of Natura 2000.

The Fortress of Gramvousa 

The Fortress of Gramvousa was one of the most geographically strategic fortresses of Crete located on the isle of Gramvousa towards the exotic beach of Balos. The fortress was built in 1579 in order to protect the entire northeastern side of Crete while it also served as the seat of the Revolutionary Committee of Crete. One could admire the remnants of the Venetian castle at a height a hundred thirty sever meters above the natural harbor of Gramvousa. The fortress is accessible only by boat from the harbor of Kissamos.

The Fortress of Frangokastello 

The Fortress of Frangokastello is one of the best preserved Venetian fortresses of Crete located on the wider area of Sfakia. The fortress was built in 1371 with the intention of protecting the bay from pirate invasions, although it was barely used for defensive purposes during the Venetian occupation. In fact, the Venetians maintained a military base for their army. Also, the fortress would also be used as a base for attacks in the inland of Crete that was still resisting for the Venetians. During the construction of the castle, the Sfakians used to evade in the area and destroy the recent constructions, so that the enemy would not have an invasion base for the inland. However, one night, the Sfakians were trapped from the Venetians who hanged them. The fortress of Frangokastello was then conquered from the Ottomans until its final abandonment. According to another legend, the shadows of the armed warriors of Crete, known as Drosoulites, who lost their lives in the castle seem to march towards the fortress during the second half of May. In 1828, the Cretans started their revolution against the Ottomans and six hundred men from Epirus under Dalianis came to help the Revolution of Crete. However, the men locked themselves in the castle rejecting the advice of the Cretans that it was not a safe location. A week later, the Ottoman soldiers who were outside the walls of the fortress managed to enter the castle and killed the three hundred of them. However, nobody buried their bodies until the sand dunes covered them.  To this extend, their “ghosts” appear in the morning in May. Although scientists believe that these are reflection of sunrays, many people have reported seeing them.

The Gorge of Samaria 

The Gorge of Samaria is the longest gorge of Europe located on the southern side of the prefecture. The gorge lies on the south side of Chania in the largest uninhabited area of Europe. The gorge was declared as a National Park in 1962 for the survival of the endangered species of the wild goats of Crete.  The length of the gorge reaches eighteen kilometers and it is accessible from the northern side of the plateau of Omalos. The gorge of Samaria is a place of exceptional natural beauty lying between the White Mountains and the Mountain Volakias ending in the seafront of the village of Agia Roumeli.

The Lagoon of Balos

The Lagoon of Balos is an exotic sandy beach of turquoise waters with a unique geomorphological shape located on the northwest side of the prefecture. It is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, declared as an important natural area from the European Network of Natura 2000. Balos is known for its wild natural beauty and its exotic scenery. The lagoon is accessible either from a rough track road from the village of Kaliviani or by excursion boat from Kissamos.

The Village of Paleohora

The Village of Paleohora is one of the most beautiful villages of Crete located on the southern part of Chania. The seaside village is renowned as the Nymph of the Libyan as it is located at the southernmost region of Crete and it is home to a series of natural monuments including the beautiful beaches of Halikia and Pahia Ammos and the impressive Venetian Fortress of Selino. The surrounding area of Paleohora offers numerous interesting options for hiking and walking lovers. Ferryboats connect Paleohora with the villages of Agia Roumeli, Hora Sfakion and Loutro along with the island of Gavdos.

The Village of Sfakia 

The Village of Sfakia is a mountainous village located in wild nature beauty landscapes on the southern side of the prefecture. The village is one of the most authentic and traditional villages of Crete that has managed to preserve its traditions and customs. The area is crossed from a series of gorges and it is homeland of endangered animals including eagles and vultures. The main town of Sfakia, Hora Sfakion, constitutes as an excellent place to start your exploration of the southern side of the island. These include the beautiful plateau of Askifou, the gorge of Imvros and the village of Komitades. Lovers of adventure can follow the E4 hiking trail that crossed the longest gorge of Europe, the Gorge of Samaria.

Archaeological Sites

The Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera was one of the greatest cities states of Crete. The most impressive ancient structure of the surviving monuments includes the Roman aqueduct along with numerous wells and cisterns that served the needs of the city. Archaeological excavations also brought to light parts of a private house, a theater that has not been fully revealed along with a cemetery outside the city walls with tombs of various historical periods. Findings from excavations of the site are displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Chania.

The Archaeological Site of Ancient Falasarna was one of the greatest trading centers of the Hellenistic era located on the northwest side of the prefecture. Ancient Falasarna was renowned for the sole natural harbor of western Crete. Archaeological excavations brought to light the parts of buildings and the citadel overlooking the harbor with remnants of strong walls. Findings from excavations of the site are displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Chania.

The Archaeological Site of Kydonia was built on the current location of the old town of Chania. Kydonia was the third largest city of Minoan Crete that developed a thriving craft industry and flourished in maritime trade due to its strategic geographic location. The majority of the findings have been identified on the hill of Kasteli above the old harbor of Chania.

The Archaeological Site of Lissos was the seaport of Elyros, a Dorian city that was built close to the village of Paleohora. The seaport flourished during the Hellenistic period until it was destroyed from the Saracen pirates. Ancient Lissos was renowned for the thermal baths of Asclepius. One can still admire the mosaic floors of the temple along with traces of the ancient city. Archaeological excavations also brought to light parts of the roman theatre and the roman cemetery with vaulted tombs. Findings from the excavations are displayed at the Archaeological Museum of Chania.

Churches and Monasteries

The Church of Agios Nikolaos is one of the most important religious monuments of the city of Chania. The church was constructed as a convent of the old Dominican friary from the Venetians in 1320. However, the church was converted into the main mosque of the city in the years of the Ottomans while the Christians turned into a Christian basilica church dedicated to Agios Nikolaos, the patron saint of the sailors. The church celebrates in honor of the saint on December 6.

The Monastery of Agia Triada Tragarolon is one of the most impressive monasteries of the island located on the foothills of the mount of Stavros in the area of Akrotiri. The monastery was constructed from the brothers Jeremiah and Lavrentio Jagarolon, who were descendants of a Cretan and Venetian family renowned for its powerful authority of the Orthodox population. The distinctive architecture of the monastery has elements of Renaissance architecture. The church of Agia Triada is the most impressive building of the monastery. Today, the monastery plays an important role in the economic and religious life of the island, as it is a Stravopegic, directly managed from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The monastery also hosts a small museum collection and an interesting library.  Another interesting fact is that the monastery produces fine products of oil, wine and honey have been awarded for their quality.

The Monastery of Gouvernetou is one of the oldest monasteries of the island located on the northern side of the peninsula of Akrotiri. The monastery was constructed with a fortified architecture in 1537. The architectural style has been influenced from the Baroque and the Venetian Renaissance styles. The monastery of Gouvernetou, else known as the Lady of the Angels, is dedicated to Virgin mARY and has a cruciform shape with a dome while the entrance is decorated with representations of monsters. Inside the monastery, there is a small ecclesiastical museum.  It is interesting to mention that the construction last for two centuries. From the monastery, one can follow the cobblestone trail that leads Gorge of Avlaki leading to the Cave of Agios Ioannis.

The Monastery of Panagia Chrissoskalitissa is an imposing monastery located on the southwest side of the prefecture. The beautiful monastery stands on the top of a cliff above the lagoon of Elafonisi. It was constructed on the site of the monastery of Agios Nikolaos during the Venetian times while it was also used as a shelter for sailors who were caught in storms. The name of the monastery refers to golden steps that tradition has it that one of the steps that lead there is golden. Today, the monastery of Chrissoskalitissa is a renowned pilgrimage monument open for visitors. One of the rooms of the monastery hosts an interesting folklore collection with items from the Cretan Revolution. The views from the monastery are surely breathtaking.

The Monastery of Panagia Odigitria is an important religious monument located on the western edge of the bay of Chania. The monastery was founded in the 17th century and it flourished as a rich monastic tradition was developed in Spatha, who transferred in the monastery of Odigitria. The monastery played an important role in the history of the island due to its participation against the conquerors. The monastery has a fortified architecture and the main church is located on the main courtyard. Today, one can admire an interesting ecclesiastical collection with rare religious treasures from the Byzantine period. Also, the Orthodox Academy of Crete is located inside the monastery complex.

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Castles & Fortresses

The Fortress of Firka is the imposing fortress of the old harbor of Chania located on the northwest side of the Venetian Harbour of Chania. The fortress was constructed from the Venetians in the 17th century with the intention of preventing enemy attacks as well as to use it as a prison for persons condemned to death. Today, the entrance of the fortress is located at the Maritime Museum of Crete.

The Fortress of Itzedin is located on the hill of Kalami. It is the sole Ottoman fortress of the island that was constructed from Reouf Pasha in 1872. The fortress has a typical architecture of the Ottomans of the 18th century and it constituted the main defense system for the Souda bay. The fortress also served as a prison for political opponents and prisoners sentenced to death. It is interesting to mention that the last death sentence in Greece was executed here in 1972. Today, the castle has been partially restored and various cultural events are held in the yard in the summer.

The Fortress of Gramvousa was one of the most geographically strategic fortresses of Crete located on the isle of Gramvousa towards the exotic beach of Balos. The fortress was built in 1579 in order to protect the entire northeastern side of Crete while it also served as the seat of the Revolutionary Committee of Crete. One could admire the remnants of the Venetian castle at a height a hundred thirty sever meters above the natural harbor of Gramvousa. The fortress is accessible only by boat from the harbor of Kissamos.

The Fortress of Frangokastello is one of the best preserved Venetian fortresses of Crete located on the wider area of Sfakia. The fortress was built in 1371 with the intention of protecting the bay from pirate invasions, although it was barely used for defensive purposes during the Venetian occupation. In fact, the Venetians maintained a military base for their army. Also, the fortress would also be used as a base for attacks in the inland of Crete that was still resisting for the Venetians. During the construction of the castle, the Sfakians used to evade in the area and destroy the recent constructions, so that the enemy would not have an invasion base for the inland. However, one night, the Sfakians were trapped from the Venetians who hanged them. The fortress of Frangokastello was then conquered from the Ottomans until its final abandonment. According to another legend, the shadows of the armed warriors of Crete, known as Drosoulites, who lost their lives in the castle seem to march towards the fortress during the second half of May. In 1828, the Cretans started their revolution against the Ottomans and six hundred men from Epirus under Dalianis came to help the Revolution of Crete. However, the men locked themselves in the castle rejecting the advice of the Cretans that it was not a safe location. A week later, the Ottoman soldiers who were outside the walls of the fortress managed to enter the castle and killed the three hundred of them. However, nobody buried their bodies until the sand dunes covered them.  To this extend, their “ghosts” appear in the morning in May. Although scientists believe that these are reflection of sunrays, many people have reported seeing them.

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Ottoman Monuments

The Mosque of Giali Tzamisi was built in the second half of the 17th century at the Venetian Harbour of Chania. The mosque is an exemplary sample of the Islamic art of Renaissance as well as one of the best preserved monuments of the city. Today, the mosque has been renovated and it operates as a venue for events and exhibitions.

The Square of Splantzia, else known as the square of 1821, is located on the east side of the old town of Chania. Splantzia was the center of the city during the Ottoman Empire while it was the largest district of Muslims in the past. The church of Agios Nikolaos, part of the old Dominican friary, is the jewel of the square.

The Hamam Baths of Chania was brought to the city from the Ottomans of Asia Minor. The Hamam of Chania were constructed from the Ottomans in 1645. The public baths constitute and old Muslim tradition that was associated with meditation and worship that only water can purify as consistent to the Koran. The Hamam in the culture of the Ottomans began as structural elements attached to the mosques. They were considered to be the social centers and part of the daily life of the Ottomans.  Today, the Hamam of Chania belongs to the Ministry of Culture.

Monuments

The Gate of the Mansion of Renier is located at the street of Moscow in the Old Town of Chania. It is one of the most important constructions of the Venetian period tha used to belong to the aristocratic Venetian family of Renier. From the impressive complex, the majority of the construction survives corrupted from many changes over the five last centuries. The Gate of the Mansion is distinguished for the coast of arms.

The Grand Arsenal is an impressive building built in the 16th century in the Venetian Harbor of Chania. Grand Arsenal has housed the school of the Christian Community, the public hospital and the City Hall. Nowadays, it has been renovated and it houses the Center for Mediterranean Architecture while it also serves as a venue for international events and artistic exhibitions.

The Graves of the Family of Eleftherios Venizelos is an area devoted to the charismatic Greek politician of Eleftherios Venizelos, who served as the Prime Minister of Greece for seven times. Here, one can admire panoramic views over the surrounding areas.

The Egyptian Lighthouse is the jewel of Chania located on the edge of the Venetian Harbour of Chania. It is considered to be one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. The lighthouse was constructed from the Venetians at the end of the 16th century and it was reconstructed from the Egyptians in the middle of the 19th century.

The Municipal Market of Chania is located at the Central Market Square. It is a large market with local products of Crete spreading over four thousands square meters. The municipal market of Chania is considered to be one of the most impressive markets in the Balkans.

The Municipal Garden and the Clock Tower of Chania is located on the center of the city of Chania. The garden was designed from the philhellene Reouf Passa according to European Standards under the supervision of Passa himself. Today, there is a café and an open air cinema operating inside the premises of the garden. The clock tower is located on the northeastern side of the garden and it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the city.

The Venetian Neoria is a complex of seventeen buildings that were built as a place where the ships would be repaired during the Venetian occupation. However, they functioned as military storage spaces during the Ottoman domination while nine of them were demolished. Today, a group of seven domes are well preserved.

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Chania is located inside the Venetian Saint Francis Monastery. The museum exhibits a wide collection of findings from excavations from the archaeological sites of Aptera, Falasarna, Kydonia and Lissos. These include coins, jewelry and sculpture artifacts.

The Byzantine Museum of Chania is located in the city of Chania. The museum intends to present the artistic and historical course of the entire prefecture during the Byzantine years. The museum exhibits excavations findings and collection donated from private individuals from the Paleochristian years to the Turkish occupation. Exhibits include mosaics, frescos, images, and ceramics amongst others.

The Folklore Museum of Chania is housed in a room of the Municipal Library in the city of Chania. The collection of the museum comprises from art and tradition excibits of the life of the island during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Historical Archive of Crete is housed in a neoclassical building in the city of Chania. The collection of the historical archive illustrates the history of the island through 700.000 historical documents and manuscripts dating from 1821. It is considered to be the second in size, after the General Archive of Athens.

The Museum of National Resistance is located in the village of Therisso. The museum exhibits rich photographic material, weapons and heirlooms of the fighters from the period of the National Resistance.

The Museum of Eleftherios Venizelos is located in the area of Halepa. It is the paternal house of Eleftherios Venizelos, one of the most important politicians of the country, that exhibits a collection of household items, works of art, personal belongings and parts of the library of Eleftherios Venizelos.

The Maritime Museum of Chania is located at the entrance of Firka Fortress. The museum exhibits a wide variety of maritime objects including relics, maps, paintings, ship models and nautical equipment. One of the most important exhibits of the museum is an exact replica of a Minoa ship.

Natural Beauties

The Beach of Elafonisi is one of the most beautiful places of Crete located on the southwestern side of the island. As the shape of Elafonisi is oblong, it gives the impression of an isle. Elafonisi is an exotic peninsula with white and pink sand and turquoise waters. The isle is full of sand lilies, dunes and junipers while the endangered species of the turtle Caretta Caretta nest on the isle. Elafonisi has been declared as a protected area under the European Network of Natura 2000.

The Forest of Sirikari is an amazing forest with chestnut trees, waterfalls and streams. Sirikari is considered to be the most beautiful forest of the prefecture. A visit to this forest is definitely a beautiful experience. Lovers of hiking can follow the homonymous gorge that ends at the archaeological site of Poliniria. The chestnut forest of Sirikari is renowned for the biggest annual festival of chestnuts, as it is one of the main sources of the local agricultural economy.

The Gorge of Aradena is the deepest and steepest gorge of Crete located on the south side of the prefecture.  Crossing the trekking trails inside the gorge is surely ideal for hiking lovers, as the gorge of Aradena is one of the most interesting gorges of Chania, however bunjee jumping from the gorge is definitely an unforgettable experience! The gorge is accessible from the mountainous village of Anopoli.

The Gorge of Samaria is the longest gorge of Europe located on the southern side of the prefecture. The gorge lies on the south side of Chania in the largest uninhabited area of Europe. The gorge was declared as a National Park in 1962 for the survival of the endangered species of the wild goats of Crete.  The length of the gorge reaches eighteen kilometers and it is accessible from the northern side of the plateau of Omalos. The gorge of Samaria is a place of exceptional natural beauty lying between the White Mountains and the Mountain Volakias ending in the seafront of the village of Agia Roumeli.

The Lake of Kournas is the sole natural lake of the island located close to the village of Georgioupoli. The lake is considered to be one of the most important ecosystems of Crete with a rich flora and fauna and it is protected under the European Network of Natura 2000. The homonymous village is perched on the hill above the lake and it is renowned for its delicious taverns. A visit to the lake is highly recommended! It is interesting to mention that you can ride a pedalo in the summer!

The Lagoon of Balos is an exotic sandy beach of turquoise waters with a unique geomorphological shape located on the northwest side of the prefecture. It is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, declared as an important natural area from the European Network of Natura 2000. Balos is known for its wild natural beauty and its exotic scenery. The lagoon is accessible either from a rough track road from the village of Kaliviani or by excursion boat from Kissamos.

The White Mountains occupy a large part of the center of the western side of the island. The name of the mountains refers to the snow that covers them until late spring. The mountains are made of limestone and have over thirty summits that are higher than two thousands meters. The highest summit is Pahnes (2.453 meters). One of the main characteristics of the mountains is the plateau in the center of them; Omalos plateau is the most renowned one. However, the most intriguing part of the White Mountains are the gorges, the most famous being the Gorge of Samaria. Hiking in the longest gorge of Europe is definitely an experience of a lifetime! Keep in mind that the mountains are not easy for hiking. Serious mountaineering experience and equipment is necessary, especially in the winter.

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Promenades and Villages

Anopolis is a mountainous village located at the foothills of the White Mountains in the region of Sfakia. The settlement is considered to be one of the most traditional villages of the island, as it has managed to preserve its traditions and customs. It should be mentioned that Anopolis is the birthplace of the freedom fighter Ioannis Daskalogiannis whose statue stands on the center of the village. The surrounding landscapes of the village have an outstanding wild beauty ideal for those who want to explore by hiking. Close to the village, you can also visit the abandoned settlement of Aradena that constitutes a sample of the ancient architecture of Crete. Aradena is also renowned for the gorge of Aradena, the deepest gorge of the Balkans, where you will have the chance to experience bunjee jumping over the bridge.

Alikianos is a mountainous village located on the northern part of the prefecture. Accessible through the verdant valley of Keritis river, you will have the opportunity to discover from the stone bridge that was constructed in 1908. Alikianos is considered to be one of the most fertile areas of the island, an ideal place for the lovers of nature. The most impressive monument of the settlement is the Venetian Tower of Da Molin. According to the legend, the tower is haunted as a crime happened in the tower during the wedding party of the daughter of Da Molin. Before leaving the village, make sure you buy oranges, as Alikianos is renowned for them!

Chania is the capital of the prefecture of Chania located on the north coast of the west side of Crete. The city of Chania is a city of culture and beauty with an exceptional identity, history and tradition blessed with the finest of Crete dominated from the White Mountains. The most poetic city of Crete with its timeless architectural mosaic is decorated with beautiful buildings casting their shadow as you walk through the narrow vibrant colorful streets giving a marvelous atmosphere to the city. Chania has managed to preserve its traditional architecture and the majority of the monuments from the Ottoman and Venetian periods. One could say that there are two towns, the old and the new, that coexist in a harmonious way. The new town of Chania reminds you the constructions of the 21st century, however, the most beautiful part of the city is the heart of Chania in the old town. This is a place you must visit at least once in your life!

Elos is a traditional village located on the west side of the prefecture. It is a quite small village whose inhabitants are engaged in agriculture. The landscapes of Elos are blessed from nature with olive groves and plane tress, an ideal place for hiking lovers. It is worth mentioning that the Chestnut Festival is held at the village in late October.

Kissamos is a seaside town located on the west side of the prefecture. Kissamos is considered to be one of the most fertile regions of the island, as it has a long tradition in the production of wine. As the town used to be the commercial center of western Crete, it was always protected from fortifications walls. Some of them can still be seen. The landmark of Kissamos is the fortress of Castello built on the top of the settlement.  From Kissamos, one can access numerous historical and natural monuments including the Archaeological Site of Poliniria, the Gorge of Topolia, the Lagoon of Balos and the Beach of Falasarna. Also, hiking enthusiasts will find the Forest and Gorge of Sirikari in a close distance. It is worth mentioning the Wine Festival is held in early August.

Loutro is one of the most beautiful villages of the island located on the south coast of the prefecture. The majestic sceneries and the hospitality of the local people are the main reasons you should definitely visit this settlement. The charming settlement has an authentic atmosphere and a traditional character with whitewashed houses and cobblestone alleys ideal for those looking for peacefulness. One can hop on the excursion boats to visit the neighboring beaches of Glyka Nera and Marmara while adventure lovers can experience bunjee jumping from the bridge over Aradena Gorge. Also, excursion boats operate to the southernmost point of Europe, the island of Gavdos. It should be mentioned that Loutro is accessible only by boat from Hora Sfakion and Paleohora.

Paleohora is one of the most beautiful villages of Crete located on the southern part of Chania. The seaside village is renowned as the Nymph of the Libyan as it is located at the southernmost region of Crete and it is home to a series of natural monuments including the beautiful beaches of Halikia and Pahia Ammos and the impressive Venetian Fortress of Selino. The surrounding area of Paleohora offers numerous interesting options for hiking and walking lovers. Ferryboats connect Paleohora with the villages of Agia Roumeli, Hora Sfakion and Loutro along with the island of Gavdos.

Platanias is a one of the most popular resorts of the island located just fifteen kilometers away from the city of Chania. Although it is far away from the authentic side of Crete, it is an ideal destination for those who want to enjoy these kinds of facilities. Platanias is renowned for its beautiful long sandy beaches.

Sfakia is a mountainous village located in wild nature beauty landscapes on the southern side of the prefecture. The village is one of the most authentic and traditional villages of Crete that has managed to preserve its traditions and customs. The area is crossed from a series of gorges and it is homeland of endangered animals including eagles and vultures. The main town of Sfakia, Hora Sfakion, constitutes as an excellent place to start your exploration of the southern side of the island. These include the beautiful plateau of Askifou, the gorge of Imvros and the village of Komitades. Lovers of adventure can follow the E4 hiking trail that crossed the longest gorge of Europe, the Gorge of Samaria.

Stylos is a mountainous village located on the northern side of the prefecture. The small settlement has an authentic character with stone houses and cobblestone alleys ideal for those looking for relaxation and tranquility. Forests and natural springs surround the region, an ideal destination for lovers of hiking.

Vamos is a mountainous village located on the northern side of the prefecture. The settlement has managed to retain the authentic physiognomy of the traditional Cretan village. Vamos seems like it has been untouched from the passage of time as shown from the traditional mansions and the cobblestoned alleys. Every summer, various artistic and cultural events take place at the village with the intention of promoting their traditional artworks. One will have the opportunity to participate in various seasonal activities including the picking of olives or grapes, guided walks in nature and visits to traditional wineries.

Sunset Spots

Spot: Archaeological Site of Aptera, North Chania

Spot: Eleftherios Venizelos Tombs, Chania Town

Spot: Beach of Falasarna, Northwest Chania

Spot: Beach of Elafonisi, West Chania

Spot: Lagoon of Balos, Northwest Chania

Spot: Monastery of Panagia Chrissoskalitissa, Southwest Chania

Spot: Village of Paleohora, South Chania

Spot: Venetian Harbor of Chania, Old Town

Excursions

Boat Trip: The Island of Gavdos is an unspoilt island of exceptional natural beauty lying at the extremity of the Libyan Sea. Gavdos is an untouched paradise with pristine seashores of turquoise waters surrounded from pine trees, shrubs and perennial cedars, a place which is inviting you to discover its mysterious beauties through the beautiful cobblestone footpaths while the colourful biodiversity of the seabed is competing the earthly vegetation of the land. You will be enchanted from the mysterious atmosphere emitted in this island  and the magical desire of yours to wander around the tropical beaches by crossing beautiful sandy dunes while gazing the starry sky, feeling like you are in another planet, a place where peace and freedom are the only citizen. Excursion boats operate from the areas of Sfakia and Paleohora.

Excursion: The Prefecture of Heraklio is the central eastern prefecture of Crete. The capital of the prefecture is the city of Heraklio, the renowned place the Palace of Knossos and the myth of the Minotaur.  Having experienced rich historical momentums of great glory, Heraklio entails a barren landscape with fertile plains and golden sandy beaches adorned from a lovely countryside with charming villages hiding between the verdant vineyards between the lush valleys and plateaus’ retaining their customs and traditions, magical archaeological sites with glorious history, stunning caves and gorges waiting to be discovered.

Excursion: The Prefecture of Lasithi is the easternmost prefecture of Crete. The capital of the prefecture is the city of Agios Nikolaos that spreads around the bay of Mirambello. Agios Nikolaos is an irresistible city where nature, history and tradition blend together in harmony. The natural beauty of Lasithi features landscapes of untouched nature with fertile valleys, numerous caves and gorges and an impressive coastline scattered from archaeological sites, castles, fortresses, churches and monasteries.

Excursion: The Prefecture of Rethymno is the central western prefecture of Crete. The capital of the prefecture is the city of Rethymno, one of the best-preserved medieval towns of Greece. The countryside reveals the impressive and wildest side of the region where nature is the absolute master. Deep gorges and flowing streams tilling on the foot of the Mountain of Psiloritis, palm trees lying in a landscape looking like an African oasis, lush greenery vineyards and forest hiding behildthe verdant ravines and endless sandy seashores in the cold waters of the Libyan Sea makes you think that you live in a paralleled universe.

Activities

Bungee Jumping: Are you an adventure lover? Do you want to stimulate your adrenaline? The Gorge of Aradena is the deepest gorge of the Balkans and the only place you can experience bunjee jumping in the country!

Diving: The varied coastline of Chania offers numerous exciting explorations for diving enthusiasts. Exciting caves, interesting shipwrecks and airplane wrecks along with the rich marine life of Chania are some of the most interesting diving spots. One will find diving centers in the city of Chania.

Hiking and Mountaineering: Chania hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. (1) The National Park of the White Mountains occupies a large part of the center of the western side of the island. The mountains have over thirty summits that are higher than two thousands meters. The highest summit is Pahnes (2.453 meters). However, the most intriguing part of the White Mountains are the gorges, the most famous being the Gorge of Samaria. Hiking in the longest gorge of Europe is definitely an experience of a lifetime! Keep in mind that the mountains are not easy for hiking. Serious mountaineering experience and equipment is necessary, especially in the winter. (2) The area of Akrotiri is a favorite spot for nature lovers with a series of interesting walking paths passing through wild gorges in a natural beauty landscape. (3) The Gorge of Klados is a favorite spot for adventure lovers while the Gorge of Imvros hosts amazing natural sceneries. Discover more information from the Mountaineering Club of Chania.

Horse Riding: Chania offers invigorating experiences of riding a horse along the seashore. You can find the numerous riding centers in the villages of Deres and Georgioupolis.

Kitesurfing: Crete is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of kitesurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The lagoon of Elafonisi, the beach of Falasarna, and the beaches of Agia Marina and Paleohora are ideal for practicing kitesurfing. You will also find kitesurfing centers on the beaches

Paragliding: Do you love adventure sports? Chania offers numerous tracks for beginners and advanced users of paragliding in order to admire the high view of the nature of Crete. Hold on tight and the direction of the wind wills always blowing on the right way! Recommended areas include the archaeological site of Falasarna, the plateau of Askifou and the lake of Kournas. Discover more information from the Paragliding Center of Crete!

Sailing: Crete is a paradise for sailing enthusiasts. Sailing around the beautiful coasts of the island is fully recommended. Crete has a favorable climate with stronger winds only on its southern side. One can hire a boat with experienced captains and experience the true beauty of Crete from the Venetian Harbour of Chania. Ideal anchorage points include the marina of Agios Nikolaos that is protected from all weather conditions. The marina of Heraklio can accommodate sailboats and yachts up to thirteen meters with mooring berths from the Yacht Club of Heraklio. Must visit spots include the isle of Spinalonga and gulf of Mirabello on the northeast side of Crete and the isle of Gramvousa on the northwest side of Crete.

Windsurfing: Crete is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of windsurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The lagoon of Elafonisi, the beach of Falasarna, and the beaches of Agia Marina and Paleohora are ideal for practicing windsurfing. You will also find windsurfing centers on the beaches.

Beaches

Balos is an exotic sandy beach of turquoise waters with a unique geomorphological shape located on the northwest side of the prefecture. It is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, declared as an important natural area from the European Network of Natura 2000. Balos is known for its wild natural beauty and its exotic scenery. The lagoon is accessible either from a rough track road from the village of Kaliviani or by excursion boat from Kissamos.

Elafonisi is one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete located on the southwestern side of the island. As the shape of Elafonisi is oblong, it gives the impression of an isle. Elafonisi is an exotic peninsula with white and pink sand and turquoise waters. The isle is full of sand lilies, dunes and junipers while the endangered species of the turtle Caretta Caretta nest on the isle. Elafonisi has been declared as a protected area under the European Network of Natura 2000.

Falasarna is an endless sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the northwest side of the island. The beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches of the country as it has been awarded as one of the best beaches of Europe in the past. The beach consists from five consecutive beaches. The majority of them are well organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and water sports facilities.

Frangokastello is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the south side of the island. The beach is one of the most scenic beaches of the island. Although the beach is poorly organized, it is an ideal place for those looking for a relaxing atmosphere.

Finikas is a remote pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. The beach is ideal for those looking for seclusion and relaxation.

Georgioupoli is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island. The beach stretches for over nine kilometers and it is ideal for windsurfing. The beach is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and water sports facilities.

Gialiskari are some of the most beautiful beaches of the island located on the south side of the island. Gialiskari is a cluster of three adjacent beaches. The first two pebbled beaches are shaped on the two sides of a small peninsula. A few meters away is the third beach is the most beautiful one ideal for those looking for tranquility and seclusion.

Glyka Nera is a secluded pebbled beach with blue waters and tamarisk trees located on the south side of the island. The beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of southern Crete hidden between the mountain slopes of the area. The beach is ideal for those looking for seclusion. At the edge of the beach there is a small canteen.

Ilingas is a pebbled beach with blue waters located on the south side of the island. The beach is ideal for those looking for calmness and tranquility. There is a small hotel with its own tavern at the beach.

Kedrodasos is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is one of the most tropical beaches of the island filled with juniper trees and sand dunes. Fortunately, there are no facilities in the beach making an ideal place for lovers of nature and those who are looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Korakas is a long pebbled beach with deep blue waters located on the south side of the island. The beach is well organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and taverns.  Korakas beach offers panoramic views to the endless blue of the Libyan sea.

Lissos is a sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the most isolated beaches of Chania lying under the archaeological site of Lissos. The beach is accessible either by boat or by hiking from Sougia.

Marathi is a seaside settlement with two beautiful sandy beaches located on the southeast coast of Akrotiri. It is one of the most popular resorts of Chania. The beach is protected from the winds while it is well organized with numerous amentiies including sunbeds, umbrellas and taverns beach offers panoramic views of the White Mountains. You can reach the isle of Marathi by swimming or pedaling.

Orthi Ammos is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. It is a rather secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. Orthi Ammos is famous for the bag sandy dunes and the pristine nature of the sceneries.

Pahia Ammos is a long sandy beach with blue waters located on the south side of the island. It is the main beach of the village of Paleohora and it is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports facilities and taverns. If you are looking for a secluded spots, you can go to the western part of the beach.

Platanias is a one of the most popular resorts of the island located just fifteen kilometers away from the city of Chania. The long sandy beach is one of the best organized beaches of the prefecture with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars, taverns, water sports facilities and restaurants.

Stavros is a sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the northern edge of the cape of Akrotiri. The characteristic feature of the beach is the steep shaped mountain that rises opposite Stavros. The beautiful lagoon has white sand and various amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and taverns.

Stefanou, else known as Seitan Limenes, is a pebbled cove with azure waters located on the east side of cape Akrotiri. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Chania. The beach is distinguished for its wild landscape and the steep cliffs.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktail Inspirations

Coffee Corners

Chania Sailing Club: Coffee, Venetian Harbor of Chania

Kontekakis Pastry Shop: Pastries, Kantanos

Koukouvaya: Coffee, Park of Eleftherios Venizelos

Pallas: Coffee, Venetian Harbor of Chania

Thea Café: Coffee, Sfakia

Gastronomic Delights

Akrolimano: Seafood, Agia Kiriaki

Apostolis: Seafood, Venetian Harbour of Chania

Drakiana: Cretan Cuisine, Platanias

Enetiko: Cretan Cuisine, Old Town of Chania

Gero Tsegas: Seafood, Kasteli of Kissamos

Gramvousa : Cretan Cuisine, Kaliviani of Kissamos

Chrisostomos: Cretan Cuisine, Old Town of Chania

Drakona: Cretan Cuisine, Therisso

Glossitses: Mediterranean Cuisine, Chania Town

Kalderimi: Cretan Cuisine, Old Town of Chania

Kavouras: Ouzo and Meze, Old Town of Chania

Mavro Provato: Ouzo and Meze, Chania

Oinopio Apostolakis: Cretan Cuisine, Old Town of Chania

Portes: Cretan Cuisine, Old Town of Chania

Tamam: Cretan Cuisine, Old Town of Chania

Ta Ntouliana: Cretan Cuisine, Vamos

Thalasino Ageri : Seafood, Venetian Harbour of Chania

Cocktails Inspirations

Ababa: Cocktails and Drinks, Venetian Harbour of Chania

Apotheke: Cocktails and Drinks, Chania

Cocktails & Drinks: Street of Daliani and Sarpidona of Chania

Kibar: Cocktails and Drinks, Old Town of Chania

Pallas: Cocktails and Drinks, Venetian Harbour of Chania

Sinagogi: Cocktails and Drinks, Old Town of Chania

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include graviera cheese, wine, raki or tsikoudia, olive oil and honey.

The local specialties of the island include dakos, a traditional bread with tomatoes, mizithra cheese and virgin oil, boureki, a vegetable specialty, gamopilafo, a dish of risotto boiled with cock and goat, apaki, a dish made of pork meat marinated in vinegar and various herbs, siglino, a dish made of pork meat cut in stripes boiled in a fireplace with various herbs, tsigiaristo, a dish made of lamb meat cooked with oil in a casserole, courgette flowers with rice, hohlioi, a dish of snails cooked in a casserole, squids cooked in wine, myzithropita, a cheese pie made with myzithra cheese served with honey, kalitsounia, a sweet cheese pie, and kserotigana, a pastry with honey.

Events & Festivals

Every year, the Center of Mediterranean Architecture (Grand Arsenal) hosts a series of cultural events, artistic exhibitions and international architectural events.

Evert summer, the Chania Summer Festival takes place in the city of Chania.

Every summer, the Chania Rock Festival takes place in the city of Chania.

Every 23rd of April, the Sheep Festival takes place in the village of in honor of the sheep and their contribution to healthy nutrition. The festival is accompanied from traditional music and dances.

Every May, the Commemoration of the Battle of Chania against the Germans takes place in the village of Maleme.

Every June, the Cherry Festival takes place in the village of Karanos. The festival is accompanied from traditional music and dances.

Every June, the Venizelia Festival takes place at the National Stadium of Chania hosting a series of sports activities.

Every July, the Elafonisi Festival takes place at the beach of Elafonisi. The festival hosts numerous sports and music special events.

Every August, the Wine Festival takes place in the village of Kastelli to celebrate the tasteful Cretan wine. The festival is accompanied from traditional music and dances.

Every August, the Graviera Cheese Festival takes place in the village of Sfakia. The festival is accompanied from traditional music and dances along with graviera cheese and the alcoholic drink of raki.

Every September, the Sardine Festival takes place in the New City of Chania. The festival is organized from the local fish taverns.

Every October, the Chestnut Festival takes place in the village of Elos. The festival includes sweet chestnuts and tsikoudia while it is is accompanied from traditional music and dances.

Evert November, the Tsikoudia Festival takes place in the village of Voukoulies to celebrate the distillation process of the beloved Cretan drink.

Discover the Podilatreis Initiative of the citizens of Chania and explore a series of bicycle events and activities.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, the ancient town of Kydonia was founded from Kydonas who was the Son of God Apollo and nymph Akaklida, the daughter of King Minos.

History

Archaeological excavations have showed that the current city of Chania has been built on the foundations of the ancient town of Kydonia, which is considered to be the predecessor of all Cretan towns founded from King Minos. In ancient times, Kydonia flourished as a commercial port owing to its strategic geographical position. The city was one of the most powerful city-states of Crete until it was dominated from the Romans; however, Kydonia continued to flourish during the Roman period mainly because the Romans put an end to the civil wars. Crete was conquered from the Arab Saracens pirates in 824 BC, and the residents of the island suffered from a long period of slavery resulting to the alienation of Crete from the Byzantine Empire. Nevertheless, the Byzantines, who tried to reinstate their power and authority on the island, ousted the Arabs from Crete until the Venetians managed to establish their sovereignty in the region of Chania. After the siege of Constantinople in 1204, Crete was given to the Marquis de Monfera, Bonifacio, who sold Crete to the Venetians and the residents tried to resist. As the Venetians won, they started rebuilding the city and Chania flourished as a significant commercial center due to its fertile lands. Chania became a center of a wealthy agricultural area with political and economical connections to Venice. In 1645, Chania was dominated from the Ottoman Empire, and it was the period that a new state of affairs came in the city with a new architectural atmosphere. During the middle of the 19th century, Chania turned into the administrative quarters, and after the revolution of 1847, the city became the capital of the autonomous Cretan State. Crete became a part of the Greek State on December of 1913.  For many decades, Chania continued to be the capital of Crete, which thereafter suffered from other battles of Greece including against the dictator of Ioannis Metaxas and the Germans. Today, Chania is a great cultural and commercial center and a historical monument with a unique and exceptional identity, history and tradition.

Travel & Transport

By Air: Chania has an international airport with scheduled flights on an annual basis.  From April to October, there are charter flights from numerous countries of Europe. The journey from Athens usually lasts one hour. Book your tickets with AirTickets.com!

By Boat (148.5 Nautical Miles): Chania is accessible by boat from the harbour of Piraeus. The journey usually lasts from seven to eight hours. Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

Mysterious Greece Tips

Adventure at Its Best: Bunjee Jumping

The Gorge of Aradena is the deepest and steepest gorge of Crete located on the south side of the prefecture.  Crossing the trekking trails inside the gorge is surely ideal for hiking lovers, as the gorge of Aradena is one of the most interesting gorges of Chania, however bunjee jumping from the gorge is definitely an unforgettable experience! The gorge is accessible from the mountainous village of Anopoli.

Agrotourism in Crete

Simplicity, harmony, clean air, warm hospitality and relaxed atmosphere. Is that what you are looking for? If yes, you should definitely visit the forgotten village of Milia. It is an authentic mountainous village blessed with a glorious location in the area of Kissamo. The charming settlement boasts an exception rugged beauty with chestnut and plane trees overlooking the mountain landscapes.

An Excursion to the Island of Gavdos

An unspoiled and unadulterated island of exceptional natural beauty is lying at the extremity of the Libyan Sea. Gavdos is blessed with the finest of nature! The pristine seashores with the turquoise waters are surrounded from pine trees, shrubs and perennial cedars while the beautiful cobblestone footpaths invite you to discover the mysterious beauties of the island. The colourful biodiversity of the seabed is competing the earthly vegetation of the land. You will be enchanted from the mysterious atmosphere emitted in this island  and the magical desire of yours to wander around the tropical beaches by crossing beautiful sandy dunes while gazing the starry sky. You might even fell like that you are in another planet, a place where peace and freedom are the only citizens.

Discover the Hinterland of Chania

It is advisable to travel outside the borders of the city in order to discover the beautiful villages of Chania!

Driving through Therisso Gorge

The gorge of Therisso surely deserves a visit! Driving in the narrow and winding road of Therisso is a beautiful experience, as the gorge is blessed with verdant vegetation and running springs! Breathtaking scenery, orange groves and olive trees will head you up to the most beautiful views! It should not be missed! Make sure you enjoy the grilled specialties of the taverns of the village!

Enjoying a Cocktail at Koukouvagia

Worth visiting sight includes the Tombs of Eleftherios Venizelos with panoramic views of the city of Chania. However, the most intriguing part is the coffee shop of Koukouvagia hanging on a beautiful terrace overlooking the astonishing sunset views!

Explore the Plateau of Askifou

The Plateau of Askifou is one of the most authentic areas of Crete located fifty kilometers south of the city of Chania. The mountains and the valley form a magnificent landscape all year round. There are four tiny villages with few inhabitants in Askifou. Generally, the plateau is ideal for the ones who want to experience the authentic face of Crete!

Exotic at Its Best: Balos Lagoon and Elafonisi Isle

Who told you that you must travel to the Caribbean to discover exotic places? Both protected from the European Network of Natura 2000, the isle of Elafonisi and the lagoon of Balos are two of the most beautiful places in the entire country!

Find More Information about Crete

If you want to discover the entire island of Crete, it is highly recommended to be advised from the website of Mr. Alexandros Roniotis. He created a wonderful website with information for his beloved island. His main idea was to present a website with information about Crete! The website is CretanBeaches.com.

Grapes and Wines: The Long Tradition of Crete

The island is known for its long tradition in wine production since antiquity. The climate and the soil of Crete are the main determinants of the fine quality of the wines of Crete. So, are you interested in discovering the deep roots of wine production of Crete? There are numerous wineries in Chania! Wine tasting tours are offered from Dourakis Winery and Manousaris Winery.

Hiking at Its Best: The Longest Gorge of Europe

The Gorge of Samaria is the longest gorge of Europe located on the southern side of the prefecture. The gorge lies on the south side of Chania in the largest uninhabited area of Europe. The gorge was declared as a National Park in 1962 for the survival of the endangered species of the wild goats of Crete.  The length of the gorge reaches eighteen kilometers and it is accessible from the northern side of the plateau of Omalos. The gorge of Samaria is a place of exceptional natural beauty lying between the White Mountains and the Mountain Volakias ending in the seafront of the village of Agia Roumeli.  Hiking in the longest gorge of Europe is definitely an experience of a lifetime!

Hospitable Crete

The inhabitants of Crete are known for their hospitality all over Greece. If you happen to be in a place where locals invite you for a glass of the traditional alcoholic drink of raki, do not reject as they usually take it very personal, and it is kind of an insult! Just say cheers and smile!

It’s Sunset Time

In the Venetian Harbor of Chania, you will enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets of Greece!

Moon Landscapes of the White Mountains

The central and southern part of the White Mountain lie at an altitude of 1.800 meters! The entire area resembles a moon landscape, else referred as a high dessert. It is one of the most unique spectacles in the northern hemisphere!

Olives and Oils: A Museum Dedicated to the Olives of Crete

In Vouves, one will have the opportunity to visit the Olive Tree Museum! The aim of the museum is to preserve and promote all the characteristic aspects of the life of the people who are connected to the olive tree. Discover more information from the Website of the Olive Museum.

Printing & Typography: One of A Kind Museum

The Typography Museum of Greece is found in the Park of the Local Industries in Souda. It is the sole typography museum in Greece. The museum constitutes the life vision of its founder, Yannis Garedakis. The collections of the museum include iron printing presses as well as tools and objects that present the development of typography from the days of Gutenberg until today. The museum is a member of the Association of European Printing Museums (AEPM).

Southern Crete: Endless Sandy Seashores

The southern coast of the island of Crete is well known for its beautiful pristine beaches. The beaches border with the Libyan sea and it is also an ideal place for lovers of scuba diving and snorkelling!

Worth Visiting Beaches and Villages

As Crete is the biggest island of Greece, the prefecture of Chania has an endless coastline of beaches. Some of the most beautiful beaches include the exotic beach of Elafonisi, the lagoon of Balos and the beach of Falasarna. Lovers of exploration can discover a series of other beaches here! As for villages, Chania is covered with “millions of worlds”. The villages of Crete are many and time is limited to discover them all. Some of the most interesting villages and natural beauties include the villages of Kissamos, Paleohora, Sfakia, Therisso and Frangokastello and the natural beauties of the gorge of Samaria and the Lake of Kournas. However, as everybody has his own tastes, the best way to explore the island is to rent a car and get a map. Drive in the places that captured your attention, and discover new worlds!

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Aradena Gorge: Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho by Flickr

Askifou plateau: Nexus6mathias by Flickr

Balos Lagoon: Mysteriousgreece

Chania Town: Mysteriousgreece

Elafonisi beach: Olaf Tausch by Wikimedia

Falasarna beach: Mysteriousgreece

Frangocastelo beach: Mysteriousgreece

Gramvousa Fortress: Radek Cerny by Flickr

Iligos beach: Sergiusz Kuszka by Panoramio

Kournas Lake: Chaniaweb.com

Monastery Chrisoskalitisa: Błażej Tomiczek by Panoramio

Samaria Gorge: Shadowgate by Flickr

Sfakia: Paul Denric by Flickr

Stavros beach: Mysteriousgreece

View of the Libyan Sea: Mysteriousgreece

White Mountains: Simon by Flickr