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.
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.
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.
|Language||Greek, English commonly spoken|
|Time-Zones||Eastern European Time (UTC+2)|
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.