Food is offered in great variety and sometimes great similarity - there are many restaurants and also cafes, at which to digest the experiences of places you have just explored together with some tastier food - we have suggestions for restaurants further on. The atmosphere has a touch of Florence and Venice (a few years ago when there was actually some room to walk), combined with the culture and character of Cretan people and traditions.
The Chania harbour is wonderful and at any particular time of day the light produces a different result, a different place.
This is the best chance to see some of the old buildings - of Roman and Turkish design, that Crete once had across the island - many have since been destroyed by the ravages of war and plunder.
Chania is surrounded by numerous rich options for sightseeing, exploration and discovery. Mountain villages provide a view into the "inner Crete" the Samaria and many other gorges can be walked along, archaeological sites abound.
here to stay - Chania
At the upper end of the Chania price offerings Casa Delfino just off the Venetian harbour, is unique. Two restored Venetian houses have been wonderfully re-furbished and decorated, producing 20 rooms and suites. This place is beautiful and could happily be a destination in itself. It is quiet, being just a little back (40 metres) from the cafe-decorated water front - this is valuable as summer nights can be late ones when the currently popular "disco-thump" music is blared relentlessly from cafes on the waterfront at stadium-level volume.
Porto Veneziano Hotel is round the water's edge at the inner harbour and marina, it is of a high standard, modern hotel. A sea view room offers you one of the best places to wake up in Perivolia, Chania, your balcony above the harbour with the lighthouse, Venetian buildings, boats and sea in site. This hotel is also quiet - but convenient with restaurants in every direction and a pleasurable walk to the old shops and museums round the harbour.
The Hotel Porto del Colombo is a lovely small hotel - a restored Venetian harbour-side building, opposite Casa Delfino. 2 rooms with harbour views.
Porto Veneziano, Casa Delfino and Porto del Colombo hotels are open year round (see Crete in winter feature).
Just behind Mitropolis, the Cathedral on Halidon Street, with good standard rooms or suites, and an internet cafe below it, Vranas studios.
For a real period piece, simple and worn but with Venetian character - the Contessa Hotel has 7 rooms from single to family, three of these have have a harbour view.
Chania Pervolia, Perivolia hotels:
How to get there - Chania
Chania has an international airport with scheduled flights year round and abundant charter flights serving much of Europe during the season - April to October.[see Flights to/from Chania]
Buses from the airport are virtually non-existent [ see bus timetable ]. If you're not driving, you should take a taxi.
Ferries sail to and from Athens (Pireas) daily - the port for ferries from Chania is at Souda, a few kilometres away. [see Ferry schedules]
When the ferry arrives, if you manage to scamper onto the bus in time, this will take you to Chania. But it is best to plan to take a taxi. Of course if you are renting a car on arrival, you can drive to your chosen destination at will!
If a pause in Souda before your first sighting of Chania seems just right, try "Exandas" cafe which serves Illy coffee and the famed, welcoming treat of a "bougatsa" (pastry with cheese or cream filling).
Reaching Chania by bus from other places in Crete - bus schedules.
~Our suggested hotels outside Chania and within easy access:
~Ammos Hotel, on Agii Apostoli beach, just outside Chania (4 km). Price category: H2 Review, photos, rates & reservations with etravel.gr
~Elia traditional inn, in the hills towards Kolymbari. Price category: H2 Review, photos, rates & reservations with etravel.gr
~Spilia traditional resort, also in the hills towards Kolymbari. Price category: H2/H1+ Review, photos, rates & reservations with etravel.gr
~Perle Roi Spa Hotel, a spa with a hotel, in Akrotiri. Price category: H1/H1+ Review, photos, rates & reservations with etravel.gr
~Villa Iason, Mediterranean style villas, near the beach at Maleme. Price category: H1+ Review, photos, rates & reservations with etravel.gr
~Alma's Villas, eco-tech with sea view in Akrotiri, towards airport. Price category: H1+/H0 Review, photos, rates & reservations with etravel.gr
~The Old Olive Mill, traditional four-bedroom stone house. Price category: H1/H0 Review, photos, rates & reservations with etravel.gr
(Phones: see Calling Crete).
Where to eat & drink - Chania
The Well of the Turk - hard to find but worth it for a creative blend of north African, middle eastern and Greek food, set in an old Turkish house with - yes, a well. Take Karaoli Dimitriou at the bottom of Halidon, it becomes Sifaka (there are shops selling knives on your right) look down the alleys here for signs to the Deaf and Dumb Association of Chania. You will stumble across the restaurant - if unsure keep asking! [also, see our sketch map!]
Closed Tuesday (Winter: closed Monday and Tuesday). Tel: 28210-54547. Price category: C/B
What to see/do - Chania
Explore the waterfront and streets just behind. Walk along the harbour wall to the Venetian Lighthouse.
Visit the wonderful Maritime Museum (Naval Museum) - it delivers a superb introduction to the History of Crete and is by no means only for maritime mavens, you will learn more here in half an hour than most could teach you, about the events that filled Crete's moving past. Excellent, well done.
Open: 10.00 to 14.00 daily, except Monday. Tel: 28210-91875.
Admission: 1.5 euros.
The archaeological museum on Halidon Street is smaller than its grand Heraklion cousin though well worth visiting and accessible even to non archaeologists. Open: 8.00 to 17.00 daily, except Monday. Tel: 28210-90334. Admission: 1.5 euros
Historical Archives (museum): Open 9.00 to 13.00, Monday to Friday. Tel: 28210-52606 . Admission: Free.
Byzantine Museum. Open: 8.30 to 14.00 daily, except Monday. Tel: 28210-96046.
Outside Chania; trips to the many surrounding monasteries, the Samaria Gorge (take a bus to Omalos or a tour as you will walk the Gorge, take a ferry from the end at Agia Roumeli to Sfakia and then a bus back to Chania), Venizelos Graves and visit nearby villages where the old men talk, argue, discuss, play cards at their local kafeneio or simply find a stretch of beach and immerse the cares of yesterday in the waters of today. With children you might treat them with a visit to the water park at Limnoupolis.
Rethymno, Crete's other Venetian town is an hour away by car or bus.
The Therissos gorge, Kolymbari and its monastery, the wide sweep of Falassarna beach, a longer and most scenic trip to Elafonissi and villages en route - the list is long enough to fill many days.
To Avgo tou Kokkora - next to Vranas studios, behind the big church, Mitropoli, off Halidon. Looks at first like a cafe - it's more, an ideal haven of fresh, creatively prepared salads, pasta, sandwiches and more - crisp, delightful food and pleasing atmosphere . Tel: 28210-55776 . Price category: D/C.
Antigoni - corner of Akti Enoseos and Defkalionos ( a short way past the Porto Veneziano Hotel). Re-decorated, much care taken here - local dishes and there is always fish. Tourists do visit this small restaurant but it is a popular local venue, both times we've eaten there it's been a treat. Telephone: 28210-45236. Price category: D/C.
Karnagio - half way between the bottom of Halidon Street and the Porto Veneziano Hotel is a small square, more a car parking area, at the back of it is this - sprawling tables outside - fish restaurant. It's not the only one but in our experience it has justified its good reputation - anyway you can enjoy exercising your good judgment by picking out the fish you want, let them suggest how it should be cooked! Price category: C/B
Chrysostomos is a treat, in the street behind the Porto Veneziano hotel, at the marina end of the harbour. Real original tasty and healthy bean salads (the way Cretan's used to eat), fabulous home-baked breads, excellent game, meat and frresh vegetable dishes. A gem. Telephone: 28210 - 57035. Price category: C.
In general the waterfront restaurants with their customer beckoning attendants, from the maritime museum to the square - this long strip of "translated menus" - has the least interesting fare on offer; if you wish to find Crete's real offerings the other side of the harbour (the mosque building and onwards) provides a better waterfront bet. Don't forget all the back streets and other parts of Chania where discoveries await.
We would warn against Monastiri on the edge of the harbour - price gouging is not acceptable.
Special Comments - Chania
If by chance, you arrive on the ferry at Souda at 5.30 or 6.00 in the morning, rush to the waiting bus or one of the taxis and have them take you to the bottom of Halidon street at the Venetian Harbour (well, you'll need to walk from the bus stop if it's by bus of course! Ask them to let you off as near Halidon as possible). Turn left and walk along the waterfront and find, usually there is one, an open cafe and sit with coffee or whatever and watch the moon (if it's on cue) dissolve and the sun rise. Then YOU will have special comments! It's a voyager' We have put
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A village, located 4.5km south of Hania, with 2,428 permanent residents.
As the name (perivolia=gardens) signifies, the village is one of the prettiest
in the area of Hania, and was mentioned (Pashley, Travels in Crete, I, 18) as
the PIEMONTE of the western Crete.
There were many beautiful villas in the area. One of them owned by Moustafa
Naili, was called "Selsebilia", a name of a water spring of the Muslim
paradise, which was so beautiful that even the sultan Abdul Bezit (1850) was
jealous of it. This significant monument of the Cretan history was destroyed
by the Germans, during the German occupation, in order to be used as
Combining history, culture, a stunning coastline, exquisite cuisine and an
unbeatable landscape, Crete creates an ideal holiday destination, whatever the
season. No other Greek island has such a unique combination of attractions,
sights & activities and a spectacular scenery full of contrasts and surprises.
The prefecture of Perivolia, Chania, at the westernmost of the island, is characterized
by its great natural beauty. With endless sandy beaches, gorges, caves,
endemic plants and animals, vast olive and orange groves and a combination of
wild landscapes and crystal seas, it excites even the most demanding
travelers. The mountainous inland hosts small picturesque villages that seem
untouched by time, scattered churches, towers and castles. The whole area is a
particularly interesting archaeological site and its monuments witness the
stormy history of the island: Roman ruins, secluded monasteries, Minoan
cities, Byzantine chapels, Turkish minarets. Western Crete is a real paradise
for the active traveler offering a large network of ancient trails and
shepherd paths for the walker, a wealth of quiet back roads with stunning
views for the cyclist and great underwater sites for the diver. The mild
Mediterranean climate, the renowned Cretan diet, the acquaintance with local
traditions and the warm hospitality of the islanders are always pleasant
Vast in size and spirit, the real Crete we know and love - the one beyond the
crowded resorts - has preserved its very special identity and is a destination
for travelers rather than tourists. 'Accommodation in
Pervolia will be a perfect hideaway, whether you want to explore the
Cretan culture, study the indigenous flora, roam the mountainous villages,
contemplate the Venetian architecture or simply relax in a peaceful setting
and enjoy genuine local hospitality.
Perivolia dating back from the
late Venetian period, was one of the few farms that
in those days supplied the nearby town of Chania with fruit and vegetables.
Today, Perivolia is still flourishing, producing a
variety of fruit, mainly strawberries,tangerines, oranges, avocados, apricots,
pears, berries, peaches etc, all at a limited quantity. Our products are
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