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Chania is a very interesting town, located on the northern side of west Crete. Around Chania there are plenty of nice beaches, mountains and plains. This part of Crete is known for its rich nature and is the greenest of all regions on the island. Chania is a place full of history and is a very old city. It kept its traditional atmosphere and architecture, and it reminds a bit to the Italian cities of Venice and Florence. In the town you will find numerous old buildings and monuments dating from the Turkish and Venetian periods. Chania is a picturesque and charming town with a nice looking Venetian harbor and an amazing old town.
Chania welcomes thousands of tourists each year and one of the reasons for that is the nice, hot weather. Summer months of July and August have average temperatures near 30 C, while even the winter months are relatively warm with average temperatures above 10 C.
Chania has everything a tourist needs. Starting from plenty of different restaurants, bars and clubs to places for relaxation and sightseeing. The region around Chania offers plenty of options for discovery, hiking, sightseeing and exploration. Today Chania is divided in two parts – new town and old town. The new town is in the center of the city and is full of modern buildings and shops. The old town is an amazing place full of mazes of narrow streets and alleyways, as well as ancient buildings. Here you will also find many hotels, shops and interesting romantic spots. The old town of Chania goes along the Venetian harbor and it is surrounded by Venetian walls. The Venetian Lighthouse on the harbor is a very nice place from where you can enjoy great views on the sea.
There are many other things to see and places to go in Chania. Archeological Museum is always a nice place to visit even if you are not that familiar with archeology. The Naval Museum is a great place to learn more about the history of the place and see some nice artifacts. Besides museums, you can go outside of the city limits of Chania and visit some of the many monasteries and churches, and the attractive Samaria Gorge. On the hill above the city of Chania you will find the Venizelos Graves which offer fantastic views on the town. Tabakaria district on the eastern part of Chania is a place where you will find leather processing factories. There you can buy some leather goods of highest quality. This district has a unique architecture and the house designs are very attractive.
Outside of Chania there are plenty of villages to explore. All of them have kept their traditional look and have a very relaxing atmosphere. People sit in taverns, socialize, play cards, chat and enjoy good times. If you have children, you can also go to the water park of Limnoupolis. There are numerous other activities for you to enjoy – from visiting the Falassarna beach, to taking trips to Elafonissi and boat rides to Balos and Gramvousa, Chania has plenty of things to offer to its visitors.
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