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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.
Galatas village is situated approximately 7 km from Chania on the route to Kolimbari. This exceptionally beautiful village is surrounded by landscapes of remarkable beauty and not surprisingly is characterized by the combination of rare natural treasures.
The village is relatively small but its scenery is magnificent with many orange trees and olive groves and a precious sense of warmth that every traveler seeks. Nestled between the popular resort destinations of Platanias and Kissamos, Galatas unexpectedly, doesn’t have the glitz and glamour of its neighbors, but that’s all part of the appeal.
Instead, at Galatas, you’ll find a modest Cretan village with a few local restaurants and souvenir shops. Although some hotels and restaurants have sprung up, Galatas has a very local feel.
In addition to being a good alternative for those seeking an authentic Cretan experience, the village of Galatas is much more reasonable. And because it is close to all the amenities and not far from Chania, visitors and locals can still easily experience those other areas.
The innumerable seductive mountainous landscapes that awaken romantic sensations. The village of Galatas draws visitors all year round, but is a particularly clever choice in summer, when its elevation keeps temperatures – and, crucially, humidity – much lower than on the nearby sea-side resorts of Agia Marina or Platanias.
During night hours, thousands of stars will attract your eyes. And at day melodic echoes, vivid colour pallets and perfumes from the White Mountains and the surrounding hills will awaken all your senses and their remembrance will remain unforgettable.
In Galatas you will experience unique moments of relaxation and complete tranquility in an authentically traditional area, without missing any of the comforts of the neighboring resorts or the proximity to the charming Old Venetian Harbor.
For everyday eating and drinking, there are numerous bars, cafés and restaurants in the area. In the village of Galatas itself traditional Cretan weddings will give you a chance to hear authentic folk music, follow Cretan dances and drink spectacular Cretan wine or tsikoudia.
Moreover, from Galatas one can easily visit nearby beaches (10 minutes by car), caves, gorges, other traditional villages and archaeological sites.
The strategic position of the village, on a hill between mountains and the sea and near the national road, offers the ability to the visitor to get at both, as well as the West and the East site of the island. No matter your choice eventually, the only thing certain is that you will be delighted with all your senses.
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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