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Chania Sightseeing

Nature - Natural Sightseeing
The island of Agii Theodori
If you wish to see the famous kri-kri, the Cretan wild goat, you should visit the tiny island of Aghioi Theodoroi. For more details see Aghia Marina village.

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The artificial lake of Agia
The artificial lake of Aghia has been constructed on the purpose of irrigating and water supply of the Alikianos area; however, the presence of the lake also resulted to creating a special ecosystem of many migrating water birds every year. more...

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The village of Kokkino Chorio
The village of Kokkino Chorio has a manufacture of hand made glass, using the traditional technique of blowing. more...

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Aradena Gorge
The gorge of Aradena at the south of Chania is an impressive gorge starting just off the small village of Aradena (near Anopolis) and going down to the sea. more...

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Vrisses area
It is worth visiting the area of Vrysses; around it you will find several traditional villages as Fre, Vafe, Emprosnero, Alicambos and Maza, which along with the traditional architecture have also maintained the Cretan way of life of the past. more...

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Elafonissos
Once at the Southern part don't miss to pop down to the small exotic islet of Elafonissos, which is separated from the opposite coast by a shallow channel only one meter deep; practically one can walk across. more...

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Agia Irini Gorge
The Aghia Irene gorge starts just off the village of Aghia Irene, at a distance of approximately 40 kilometres at the Southwest of Chania, on the secondary road leading to Sougia; a 1 to 1.30 hour drive from Chania. more...

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Therissos
It is worth going to Therissos just for the magnificent landscape and the natural sightseeing around. The road from Chania passes through the impressive homonymous gorge, by the river. more...

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Rodopos and Gramvousa peninsula
Sailing round of the Rodopos peninsula
It is worth making a sailing tour of the Rodopos peninsula, at the east of Kastelli; apart from the exciting landscape, you will see some churches, the constructions of old mines and you will find marvelous beaches.
Sailing round of the Gramvousa peninsula
More exciting is the sailing tour of the western peninsula, the Gramvousa peninsula. You will see the cave of Tersanas, the Balos lagoon and the islets Agria (Wild) Gramvousa, Imeri (Mild) Gramvousa and Pontikonisi. more...

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Kournas Lake
Once in the area, the lake is worth visiting for the unique flora and fauna and the marvelous landscape. Swimming in the lake is allowed, and small boats can take you for a tour. A few taverns with delicious dishes including fish from the lake are available. more...

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Maleme
It is worth visiting the German military cemetery from World War II , where there have been buried approximately 4500 German soldiers and officers who lost their lives during the Battle of Crete in May of 1941 and during the occupation of the island until 1945. more...

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Askifou plateau
The fans of natural life should visit the Askyfou plateau and the broader area. It is a historic place, well known for the role that played during the various revolts of the Cretan people against the Ottoman domination. more...

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Sirikari or Polirinia Gorge
The enthusiasts of hiking will find the Sirikari or Polyrheneia gorge, 19 kilometers at the south of Kastelli; the entrance is just off the village Sirikari in an area full of chestnut trees, and its exit is at Polyrheneia. more...

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Omalos plateau
A large, beautiful plateau on a height of 1.000 meters, at the west of the Lefka Ori and 38 kilometers at the Southeast of Chania, the Omalos plateau attracts the visitor in any season of the year. more...

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Samaria Gorge
The most historic and well-known gorge in Crete is the Samaria gorge. It starts from the Omalos plateau, at a height of more than 1200 meters and little by little it slopes down and sinks to the sea at the village of Aghia Roumeli at the Southern coast. Its length is approximately 18 kilometers and it is the longer gorge in Europe. more...

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Lefka Ori (“White Mountains”)
Lefka Ori (“White Mountains”) is a mountain chain not very extended as other ones in Greece, but it is very high; its highest top reaches the 2453 meters (2- 3 meters lower than Idi or Psiloritis), whereas several other tops are more than 2000 meters high. more...

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E4 Path
The E4 or 4 th European Path is a walking and climbing path, starting from the Atlantic coasts of Europe, in Portugal, and after having passed through almost the whole of Continental Europe, Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, and Bulgaria, it ends up to Crete after having crossed the whole of Greece from North to South. more...

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The Cave of Agia Sofia
The cave of Aghia Sofia is situated at less than 2 kilometres after the village Topolia, on the road leading from Kastelli to Elafonissos. A short path gets the visitor to the cave and the tiny church of Aghia Sofia within it. more...

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Churches and Monasteries
Monastery of Agia Triada Tsagarolon (Akrotiri)
Situated some 16 kilometers far from Chania, at the Northeast at Akrotiri Peninsula, the Monastery of Aghia Triada (the Holy Trinity) is the bigger monastery complex in Crete. more...

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Monastery of Kyria ton Angelon tou Gouvernetou (Akrotiri)
Situated some 20 kilometers far from Chania, at the Northeast at Akrotiri Peninsula.
The main church is dedicated to the Presentation of Virgin Mary. The initial complex with the fort-like appearance dates back to the mid-16 th century. The monastery was destroyed by the Ottomans during the Greek Revolution of 1821 and it took its actual form during the 19 th century, when it was renovated in neo-classic style.

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Monastery of Gonia (Kolymbari) and the Orthodox Academy
Situated some 26 kilometers far from Chania, at the West and two and half kilometers from Kolymbari is found the Monastery of Panaghia Odigitria, dedicated to Virgin Mary, known as “Moni Gonias” due to its place at the very western end of the bay. more...

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Monastery of Chrissoskalitissa
Situated 76 kilometers far from Chania, at the Southwest, at the Western coast of Crete, there is the important Monastery of Panaghia Chrysoskalitissa (meaning “with golden steps”); it is uncertain when it has been built. more...

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Venetian and Ottoman Monuments
Firkas Castle (Chania)
The castle of Firkas was built in the 16 th century by the Venetian dominants of the island, in order to protect both the town and the port of Chania. more...

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Frangokastello Fort
Situated 80 kilometers far from Chania at the Southern coast of Crete, this castle had been built by the Venetians. more...

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Kastro (Souda)
Situated at the islet of Souda, opposite to the castle of Idzedin. The Venetians started to construct it in 1570 and as it was expanded, it comprised the whole of the islet. more...

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Itzedin (Souda)
The fort of Itzedin is situated some 14 kilometers far from Chania, at the East close to the village Kalami. more...

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Archaeological Sites
Archaeological site of Aptera
The archaeological site of Aptera is situated 15 kilometers far from Chania at the Southeast, close to the village Megala Chorafia with a good view all around the area. It had been an active city-state since the Geometric period (8 th century b.C.). more...

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Archaeological site of Polirinia
The archaeological site is located 48 kilometers far from Chania at the Southwest.
Polyrheneia was one of the most ancient cities of Crete, since it had been founded by the Myceneans, when they succeeded the Minoans by the mid -2 nd millennium b.C. more...

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Archaeological site of Falassarna
The archaeological site of Falassarna is situated 58 kilometers far from Chania and 17 kilometers far from Kastelli at the West, just where it is found the actual tourist resort. more...

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Archaeological site of Lissos
Lissos is situated over 70 kilometers far from Chania at the Southern coast of Crete. The site was the religious center of the city – states of Southwestern Crete; it flourished mainly during the Hellenistic and the Roman times. What is visible today are the ruins of a temple dedicated to Aesculapius, the remains of an ancient Roman theatre and some tombs cut in the rock.

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Archaeological site of ancient Tara (Agia Roumeli)
Situated at the Southern Coast of Crete, close to the village of Aghia Roumeli, there are the ruins of the Doric city Tara. The city flourished mostly during the Roman period. There have been found the ruins of a temple, possibly dedicated to Apollo or Artemis (Diana).

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Archaeological site of ancient Anopolis
The archaeological site of ancient Anopolis is situated 87 kilometers far from Chania at the South, close to the homonymous village. Anopolis was an independent city during the Classical period, but it flourished mainly during the Roman and the Byzantine periods. It seems that the nearby beach of Phoenix, some 2-3 kilometers at the South, served as its port. The city walls, dating back to the prehistoric period, are impressive and still stand on the hill of Aghia Aikaterini.

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Archaeological site of ancient Diktynna (Kolymbari)
Situated some 45 kilometers far from Chania, at the Northwest, 23 kilometers far from Kolymbari it is found ancient Diktynna, a sacred place in honor of Artemis Vritomartis, flourishing during the Roman period.

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Late Minoan grave (Kournas)
Situated some 48 kilometers far from Chania, at the Southeast, 3 kilometers far from the village of Kournas, close to the village of Filaki it is found a vaulted grave dating back to the Late Minoan period, when the Myceneans of the Mainland Greece had already been established in Crete. more...

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Late Minoan grave (Maleme)
Some 18 kilometers far from Chania, at the West and 2-3 kilometers far from Maleme, there is a Minoan vaulted tomb with a very long entrance passage and a pyramidoid roof. In the interior there have been found late Minoan pot shreds and seal stones. more...

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Museums and Galleries
Archaeological Museum of Chania
The Archaeological Museum is housed in the Venetian Church of Aghios Frangiscos (St. Francis); artifacts found in excavations of all over the area and covering all periods of ancient history are lodged in the Museum: Neolithic and Minoan pottery, pots and statuettes, clay tablets with Linear A and Linear B scripts, Geometric pottery, Hellenistic sculptures and Roman mosaic pavements. Even if you are not a fan of archaeology, it is worth visiting the Museum, just because its exhibits represent such a long period of time.

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The Byzantine Collection of Chania
The Byzantine Collection of Chania is housed in the church of San Salvatore; there are exhibited artifacts of all the periods of the Christian era in Crete: from Proto- Christian mosaics, Byzantine frescoes to coins and architectural sculptures of the period of Venetian domination, as well as pottery and jewelry.

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The Folk Museum
The Folk Museum is made up basically by the private collection of Aspasia Bikakis and Irene Koumandarakis. It is housed in the arcade of the Catholic Church. There are exhibited costumes, house equipment and tools along with needlework and embroideries. There is also a reconstruction of a traditional house, as well as representations of various professional activities of the past times, mainly agricultural ones.

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The Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum is lodged at the entrance of the Firkas Castle. There are several exhibits about the naval history of the area; navigation instruments, ship models, items pulled up from the sea etc. more...

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The Museum of the Historic Archives of Crete
The Museum of the Historic Archives of Crete is lodged in a neoclassic building at the center of the city. Here there are collected various documents, maps, photographs, souvenirs and trophies of various periods of the medieval and modern history of Crete. One of the halls is reserved to Eleftherios Venizelos; there are exhibited personal souvenirs, documents and other items. The Museum has also a considerable library with more than 6.000 titles; a good archive of press is also found here.

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The Chemical Museum
The Chemical Museum of Chania is housed at the building of the Chania Chemical Service. The Museum has an important library orientated to chemistry with many rare books and writings. Also one can see there the reconstruction of the first public chemical laboratory, as it was when it worked in the beginning of the 20 th century; the old equipment and instruments give a full idea of how it was like a laboratory of this kind.

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The War Museum
The War Museum: As Cretan people were in war conditions for long periods of their history, it is not possible not to have a museum reminding these struggles. It is housed in a building of the 19 th century (1870) and the exhibits present the war activities of the Cretan people throughout the modern history, both in Crete and elsewhere out of it. There is a very good collection of rare photographs and valuable souvenirs of the wars for the freedom of Crete, but also of the Balkan wars and the World War I and II.

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