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Located on the northern coast of Crete, Chania is the second-biggest city, and one of the most picturesque in Greece. From the beautiful Venetian harbour full of quaint cafés and shops to the beaches and historical monuments, Chania’s delights are best explored with your own set of wheels. Rent a car in Chania to explore the region at your own pace, without having to worry about bus schedules or taxi fares. Hit the road comfortably with car rentals in Chania.

It's your choice: Where to go in Chania

After taking one of the many affordable flights to Chania, choose your mode of transport, and this little gem of a city is open for you to explore. Plan a day out at Falassarna beach which lies south of the ruins of the ancient city of Falassarna. It offers easy access to snack bars, beach umbrellas, numerous cafés, and snorkelling opportunities at Livadi. Other options that you can easily drive to with your car rental in Chania include the Agia Marina, Platanias, and Seitan Limania beaches. Nothing compares to the freedom of having your own car when you travel. Head to Hania's ancient harbour to find the Old Town area with its winding streets and local tavernas, or drive down to the modern city which boasts architectural jewels like the churches of Agia Magdalini and Evangelistria, and the palace where Prince George once lived.

Things to do in Chania

From savouring authentic Cretan cuisine at Chania's restaurants to discovering its nightlife, there are many things to do in Chania. Arm yourself with a city map, and drive to the Agora, or indoor food market. Designed to resemble the market in Marseilles, the Agora is a food lover's dream come true – find the best local produce, and stop by one of the market tavernas to enjoy traditional Greek food. The Archaeological Museum and Nautical Museum of Chania make for a day well spent learning the history of this seafaring city. When you rent a car in Chania, beat the traffic and heat by getting to Knossos, the palace of the Minoans, early in the day. With the freedom to plan your trip independently, decide where and how much time you want to spend in Chania.

Important info about Chania

For your convenience and peace of mind, there are car hires available at the Chania airport, so you can set your own itinerary the minute you step out of the airport. There are many hotels in Chania, Crete, and some of the best options are hotels on the beach – just a few steps away from turquoise waters. The natural beauty of Chania is best experienced on the picture-perfect beaches. Sites like Agia Lake, Theriso gorge, and Theodori Island have great ecological importance, and are part of the European Commission's Natura 2000 list. The landscape of Chania is dotted by coastal sights, scenic greenery, and historical monuments like the Old Venetian Harbour that dates back to the 1300s, and the Venetian Lighthouse which is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world.

Weather in Chania
Facts
Country Greece
Language Greek, English commonly spoken
Currency Euro
Time-Zones Eastern European Time (UTC+2)
Country Code +30

Good to know

Driving in a foreign place is easy if you have the right information. In Chania, you drive on the right side of the road. The right of way is given to cars approaching from the right. The roads in Chania are picturesque, narrow, and winding, with occasional potholes. It is a good idea to drive defensively. In general, the town areas observe a speed limit of 50km/h while the highways open up to 90km/h. Use your indicators, particularly while driving up and down the tight hairpin bends in Chania’s mountainous regions. While there are many petrol stations dotting Chania, most of them shut down by 9pm so it is better to refuel your Chania car rental in the first part of the day. The E75/A90 is a good road that runs along the length of the northern coast of Crete, and through Chania. Most areas on the southern coast of Crete are easily accessed by ferries.

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What to taste in Chania

The cuisine of Chania is characterised by simple cooking techniques, quality ingredients, and generous usage of olive oil, which is known as liquid gold here. Fresh seafood, wild mountain herbs, and cheese are produced locally. Chania dining options include wayside eateries, seaside shacks, fine dining restaurants, and street stalls. Made of moist rusks with toppings like tomato, cheese, oregano, and olive oil, dakos is an iconic dish served in Chania. Other typical dishes in Chania are dolmades which are stuffed grape leaves, souvlaki or skewered meat, and Cretan wedding rice which is made of rice and braised tender lamb meat. Loukoumades, or doughnut holes, make for a perfect Chania dessert. Some of the popular beverages in Chania include local wine, raki liquor made from grapes, and mountain tea. Enjoy the wafting sea breeze as you partake in authentic local cuisine at Chania's restaurants by the beach.

What to bring to your friends from Chania

One of the most famous craft specialities in Chania is the ‘tagari’ bag. These traditional handmade bags are made of wool knits or cotton lace, and further enhanced by decorated strips of leather. These bags are perfect to bring home as a gift for family and friends. Other options include handmade leather sandals, and Greek souvenirs like replicas of ancient Cretan coins, Chania pottery, and colourful talismans that are believed to ward off the evil eye. When it comes to edible souvenirs, olive oil sourced from Chania's local olive groves is a good bet. Other options include locally made raki and raw honey. The city boasts a number of traditional stalls that sell locally made items, as well as high-end gift shops.