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Information about Chania area
The prefecture or province of Chania (Χανιά) stretches across the western end of Crete from the north to south coasts and borders the prefecture of Rethymnon to the east.
The capital of the area is the city of Chania situated on the north coast.
Crete's second main airport is situated at Chania.
The Nomos Chanion, as it is sometimes written, contains twenty two distinct municipal districts in addition to two areas designated as communities and the capital city, Chania. These are: Akrotiri; Anatoliko Selino; Armenoi; Chania; Eleftherios Venizelos; Fres; Georgioupoli; Innachori; Kandanos; Keramia; Kissamos; Kolymvari; Kryonerida; Mousouroi; Mythimna; Nea Kydonia; Pelekanos; Platanias; Sfakia; Souda; Theriso; Vamos; Voukolies; Asi Gonia; and Gavdos.
The area is also split into five provinces: Kissamos; Kydonia; Selino; Apokoronas; Sfakia.
Within these districts are the towns, villages and resorts which make this area a favourite holiday destination and a memorable place to visit. Listed below are just some examples of the places of interest you will find in Chania. For more information visit our A-Z.
Resorts and Beaches
From well known coastal resorts such as: Platanias; Georgioupoli; and Kalives to the hidden away beaches of Balos; Elafonissos; and Falassarna.
Archaeology and Modern History
Ancient archaeological sites at Aptera, Falassarna (Phalasarna), Kantanos and Lisos (Lissos). Modern historical sites such as Theriso, Elefterios Venizelos headquarters of the Cretan Resistance and Souda Bay which played an important part in WWII.
Monasteries and Byzantine Churches
Historic, living monasteries such as Agia Triada and ancient abandoned monasteries such as Monastery Katholikon on the Akrotiri Peninsula. Many Byzantine churches have been preserved in Chania prefecture including the beautiful Church of Agios Nikolaos at Kiriakoselia.
Harbour towns and cities such as Paleochora, Chora Sfakion and the capital city Chania.
Gorges and Mountains
A wealth of gorges including the most well known Samaria Gorge, Imbros Gorge and the driveable Gorge of Theriso and the spectacular scenery of the White Mountains.
The province of Chania has hundreds of stunning locations to visit and enjoy.
Whether you want to enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery, or paradise beaches, busy harbour towns or quiet traditional villages, you will find just what you're looking for and more in the Prefecture of Chania.
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At the western end of Crete and from the North to South coasts.
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