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.
Perivolia village is located only 5 km southwest from the city Chania with its picturesque and charming Old Venetian Harbour. Perivolia is a relatively small, yet peaceful village with only a few dozen inhabitants. The lush green area has olive and orange groves. The village is quiet with old stone houses and newer buildings.
In Perivolia village, visitors can discover and explore several churches and monasteries ruins from the Byzantine-era, but the Sinaitic dependency of the Holy Trinity is the most significant religious site in the area.
The Holy Trinity is one of the four independent dependencies of the Sinai Monastery in Crete and it was established before 1204.The monastery is unique in several respects and had a rural character for several centuries, as is evidenced by the artefacts of the monastery (oil-press, warehouse products, etc.).
In Perivolia every year on the day of commemoration of St. George (it is one of the moveable feasts), immediately after thanksgiving in the homonymous church the litany of the holy icon is done upon horses that fill the churchyards in order to honour the saint.
Do not miss that spectacular event. The nearby settlements of Aerinos and Louchi are also worth visiting since each one has its own particular colour, traditions, folkways and history.
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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