Chania is a fascinating tapestry of splendid beaches, historical treasures, and landscapes encompassing vibrant sea-side resorts and picturesque villages, where locals share their culture, delightful cuisine and generous spirit of hospitality.
Chania with is charming villages is one of the most popular places for a summer escape in Crete. The most northern point of Crete, the large island is surrounded by stunning blue waters and no end of gorgeous beaches. However, what people sometimes forget is that Chania has just as much to offer travelers inland.
Chania is home to some of the most beautiful villages and sites in Crete, with cultural history, dramatic landscapes and a plethora of charming towns and villages scattered all over the island.
Some of Chania’s locations are well known, such as the stunning beaches of Agia Marina, Platanias, and the charming villages of Apokoronas. However, this area holds plenty of hidden gems, quiet communities that are perfect for experiencing the authentic Crete.
There is a unique culture in Chania that sets it apart from anywhere else in Crete. From the cuisine to how they spend their time with family and their hospitality. There are many ways to discover this way of life, but exploring the lesser-travelled but equally stunning locations on the island is one of the best!
Here at ARENCORES, we’ve listed just some of our favourite small towns and villages in Chania that provide the perfect day trip full of things to see and do, to help you have the holiday of a lifetime or identify a property that could be your home in Crete.
Situated 5 km away from Chania against a backdrop of the majestic White Mountains, Daratsos is an excellent choice for those looking for a permanent or temporally stay in Chania. The village is in fact a tourist resort composed by three quarters, Parigoria, Makri Tichos and Kato Daratsos.
Although Daratsos is a small and peaceful village, it provides a large number of services that perfectly meet the needs of tourists and establish high satisfaction standards of its residences. However, during the summers the village of Daratsos it gets really crowded because of its close distance from Chania and the famous beaches on the coastal side.
The area of Daratsos is divided geographically into Ano and Kato Daratsos. Kato Daratsos is the coastal settlement of the Daratsos village. Thanks to its quiet charm and great tourism facilities, Kato Daratsos is a very popular sea-side destination for families and couples.
Three magnificent sandy beaches (Agii Apostoli, Kalamaki and the Golden beach) all of which have been awarded a Blue Flag, provide a unique vacation experience for those seeking adventure or relaxing vacations.
Behind it stretch rugged hills with the unspoiled nature and the magnificent landscape of the White Mountains, and there is a plethora of shops, cafes and attractive tavernas where you can taste the famous Cretan cuisine and bars for your entertainment.
The surroundings, as well, green and charming allows Daratsos and Kato Daratsos to become a sought-after destination to visit. This destination is perfect for all those who love relaxation and interesting walks among the colorful wild flowers and olive groves immersed in nature, but it is also for all those who prefer the adventurous spirit to discover stunning landscapes, ancient monuments and natural treasures
The magnificent, sandy, gently shelving beaches in Kato Daratso have calm, warm waters ideal for safe swimming and diving. All the beaches have been awarded with the “Blue Flag” for fifteen consecutive years.
The prize reflects the cleanliness of the waters along with the amenities of the beach, which include: lifeguard & first aid, changing cabins and showers, sun beds and umbrellas. Furthermore, Kato Daratsos beaches are among the most popular kitting and windsurfing spots in Crete due to its exceptional wind and wave flow.
There are also two smaller, yet of exceptionally beauty beaches in the same area: Golden Beach (which also is a Blue Flag awarded beach) is the prettiest and is also well equipped with equipped with deckchairs, umbrellas, sunbeds, various services, entertainment and water sports (banana boating, windsurfing, jet ski and diving.
Here are also located some of the coolest waterfront beach bars the region of Chania has to offer. Whether you want breakfast, lunch or just relax in the sand, you won’t be disappointed.
With its world famous cuisine, fabulous history that dates back to the Minoan times, and unbeatable charm shared between the dramatic mountain peaks of the White Mountains, magnificent gorges, and miles of stunning coastline, Chania could easily be considered one of the most attractive, yet of exceptionally beauty regions in the world.
A stroll in the Old City with its pretty Venetian quarter and criss-crossed by narrow lanes is a like book on the history of architecture. Romans, Saracen Arabs, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans and Egyptians ruled and influenced the area from the 13th until the 19th century.
One of the best ways to soak up the essence of this beautiful corner in the Mediterranean Sea is to explore the charming, historic villages scattered along its coast or inside its enchanting, unspoilt countryside. Trek through Europe’s longest gorge, cycle among orchards on Apokoronas peninsula or enjoy swimming to exceptional Blue Flag beaches.
Chania is certainly the most picturesque seaside town in Crete. With its exceptionally well preserved historic and architectural features, making the city unique and attractive for all visitors all year around.
However, step into the “inner Crete” – is a fascinating way to discover Crete’s authenticity, cultural traditions and the natural beauty of this magnificent location.
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