At the crossroads of three continents, Crete, an island of mythical kings and gods, renowned for its rich historical tapestry and civilization, its generous hospitality, its outstanding culinary trail, its time honoured musical and dancing tradition and it’s unique culture and heritage, will captivate your soul!
One of the most beloved destinations on the island not only for Greek but also foreign travelers, Chania is encompassed from an endless enchanting coastline of white sandy beaches of striking beauty, imposing deep gorges and hidden caves, waterfalls and verdant valleys between mountain masses.
The city of Chania is Crete’s most imposing city, with its pretty Venetian quarter, crisscrossed by narrow vibrant colorful lanes, culminating at a magnificent harbor. Remnants of Venetian and Turkish architecture abound, with old townhouses now restored, transformed into atmospheric restaurants and art galleries. Behind every corner of the labyrinthine narrow streets of the old town, another surprise is revealed with charming balconies decorated with hanging flower baskets, ornamented doors and secret passageways waiting to be discovered.
Chania and its millions of mysteries is a place you will feel the positive vibes from the very first moment making you feel at home.
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Chania has a Mediterranean climate, typical of all Greece. Summer period is hot and sunny with temperatures up to 35 °C mostly and winters are mild with moderate rainfalls and winds. During summer time and especially in August, Meltemia winds are blowing and sometimes it is difficult to find a calm beach on the north part of the prefecture. In the south coastal part, beaches are more suitable for relaxation and swimming.
The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad. All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210-3227400). The Area Code for Chania Town is: +30 28210. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call. Due to the size f the prefecture, other areas have a different area code.
Euro € It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes.
Chania can be reached by air at Chania National Airport “I. Daskalogiannis”. The flight lasts about 50-55 minutes and the airport is located at 14 km distance from New Chania Town (about 20 minutes drive). Bus routes are available from the airport to the town.
- Chania National Airport: www.chania-airport.com Tel.: +30 28210 83800 / Fax: +30 28210 66100
- Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos: www.aia.gr
- Olympic Air: For accurate timetable and ticket costs visit Olympic Air website www.olympicair.com
Tel.: 801 801 0101/+30 210 3550500 Chania Office Tel.: 80111 44444/+30 28210 53760-1 Office at Chania Airport Tel.: +30 28210 63171/+30 28210 63264/+30 28210 66088
- Aegean Air: For accurate timetable and ticket costs visit Aegean Air website www.aegeanair.com
Tel.: 801 112 0000/+30 210 6261000 Chania Office: +30 28210 51100 Office at Chania Airport: Tel.: +30 28210 63366
- Athens Airways: Athens Airways is a new charter airline flying from Athens to Chania www.athensairways.com. Tel.: 801 801 4000/+30 210 6696600
Chania prefecture has in general many ports. The main port though is the one in Souda, where ferryboats from Piraeus have frequent routes. There are two boats per day for Souda port, one departing from Piraeus in the morning and arriving at Souda in the afternoon and the other departing from Piraeus in the evening and arriving early in the morning. The trip to Chania takes about 8-8,5 hours. Souda is located at about 10km from Chania New Town and it will take you about 15 minutes to reach it.
- ANEK LINES: For accurate timetable and ticket costs visit ANEK LINES website www.anek.gr
There is also another port in Kissamos, used for routes from/to Peloponnese and Kythera Island. The company performing these trips is Anen Lines.
- Kissamos Port Authority: For accurate timetable and ticket costs call +30 28220 22024
Chania is a contemporary city offering all sorts of services and transportation means to the visitor. You can move around the town and the entire prefecture by buses, taxis, long distance buses (KTEL) that travel to regions and villages outside the main town or you could even rent your own car or motorbike and enjoy the flexibility according your needs and desires. Normal in-town buses depart from Municipality Market Square and 1866 Square and go to all areas of the town. KTEL buses main station is in Kidonias Street and in other touristic areas of the prefecture like Elafonissi, Sfakia, Kastelli, Vrisses and Paleochora. For accurate timetables and routes, you should definitely call at the main stations.
Chania Town Buses Tel.: +30 28210 93345/+30 28210 98115
Long Distance Buses (KTEL) Tel.: +30 28210 93052/+30 28210 93306
There are main taxi stands in various spots of the town, such as Dikastiria Square, Tzanakaki Street, 1866 Square but the safest way is t call at the following numbers: 18 300, +30 28210 94300, +30 28210 98700, +30 28210 87700
Rent a Car / Motorbike
Chania prefecture is a very large district offering many choices for car or motorbike rentals. All over Chania Town but also other towns or settlements you will be able to find many agencies that rent cars or motorbikes.
Banks and ATMs
Chania Town is full of branches of nearly all Greek banks. Surrounding towns, villages and settlements also have bank branches according their population and size but most surely you will find in almost every town and settlement an ATM.
Banks exchange all major currencies, traveler’s cheques or Eurocheques; the commission is always lower for cash. Post offices exchange cash, but not traveler’s cheques, and usually charge lower commissions than banks. Travel agencies and larger hotels exchange cash and traveler’s cheques but usually charge a higher commission. Banknote exchange machines can be found in most tourist areas.
The Greek post office is called ELTA and you can find the main post offices of the island are in Chania, one at Peridou Str., operating from 7 am to 8pm from Monday to Friday and on Saturday morning and the other at 10th Anapafseos Str.. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rare and they are used for URGENT mail. Boxes can be found in various spots of the town but in order to send your letter more quickly mind to use the main post office’s box. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.
- Post Office in Chania (Peridou Str.) Tel. no: +30 28210 42609
- Post Office in Chania (Anapafseos Str.) Tel. no: +30 28210 71180
- Post Office in Platanias Tel. no: +30 28210 68665
Chania Town Police Station is at 32nd Giamboudaki Street. Police Station Tel.:+30 28210 46162, +30 28210 42640, +30 28210 28744
Municipality of Chania
The Municipality of Chania is in the center of Chania Town, at 29th Kydonias Str. Tel.: +30 28213 41600
- Tourist Police: +30 28210 28750, +30 28210 25931
- Hospital of Chania: +30 28210 22000-9
- Port Authority (Souda): +30 28210 89240
- Port Authority (Chania): +30 28210 28388
- Tourist Information: +30 28210 36155, +30 28210 36204
- Hellenic National Meteorological service: +30-210-9699101-3
- Elpa (Car breakdown tourist information service): 174
Due to its great touristic development and infrastructure, you will find international press in many spots around the town of Chania and other large villages and settlements.
- Police: 100
- Fire Department: 199
- Ambulance: 166
In Chania you will be able to find a number of hospital and private clinics for anything that may occur during your stay there. Listed below the most important contact details in case of emergency:
- General Hospital Agios Georgios
Mournies, Chania Tel: +30 28210 22000 Fax: +30 28210 71112
- EKAV (Emergency Ambulance service)
22, Em. Mountaki Str. , Chania Tel: 166, +30 28210 28667
In Chania, like all major cities, you will find a great number on pharmacies, not only within the new city but also in other central, touristic spots. We provide you with an indicative list for pharmacies operating within Chania city and from which you will be able to get information on all pharmacies in Chania prefecture:
- Adontakis Spiros
Tzanakaki 106 , Chania Tel: +30 28210 57393
- Adreaki Christina
Skalidi 89 & Margouniou 1 , Chania Tel: +30 28210 93401
- Aligizaki Maria
8hs Dekemvriou 4 , Chania Tel: +30 28210 58345
- Karamaliga Ekaterini
Kidonias 102 , Chania Tel: +30 28210 72156
- Karapataki Maria
Apokoronou 74 , Chania Tel: +30 28210 91859
- Leledaki Aggeliki
Sfakianaki 10 , Chania Tel: +30 28210 72442
- Lilibaki – Nikiphoraki Ekaterini
Iroon Politechniou 14 , Chania Tel: +30 28210 51618, +30 28210 51618