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Gorge

samaria-6The Samaria Gorge is located in Chania Mountains White Mountains. It has a length of 18 km and is the longest gorge in Crete and Europe (in length). It has a width from 150 meters to 3 meters, which is the narrowest part of the name “Doors”. In 1962 it was declared as a national park of Greecevand a place of residence of many endemic birds and different species. The most famous of the animals that find refuge in the Samaria Gorge is the Cretan goat (Kri Kri). There are also growing rare herbs and plants such as wild burning bush and wild flowers. The gorge got its name from the village of Samaria and though it owes its name to the Byzantine church of Blessed Mary of the 14th century, located there and survives until now with many pictures and murals.

 

Useful information for visitors

To get to the Gorge you can take the shuttle bus fro Chania;s Bus station which is  located approximately 700 meters from the hotel, which takes you to the entrance of the gorge called Xyloskalo

The route starts very early in the morning 06: 15-07: 45-08: 45 and ticket price 7.50 / person.

Also you can go with an organized tour: Ticket price for bus and Guide 22,00 / person + 17,00 about for the entrance and the boat. (input value 5.00)

For hiking in the Samaria gorge you must be properly dressed in light colored clothes, hard shoes (boots), have been provided light fare, Water does not need to have with you, since the entire length of the gorge there are sources of clean drinking water. Also in many places there are toilets. The distance is 14 km and the walk lasts approximately 4-8 hours, depending on the pace. The most common time duration is six hours. Arriving At the ends in St. Roumeli which is 2 km from the exit of the gorge you can make a delicious swim in the clear blue waters of the Libyan sea and enjoy the delicious and traditional tavernas.

From the port of Agia Roumeli you take the Boat to Sfakia

Hours 11: 30 & 17: 30
Ticket Price: 12,00E adults 6.00 children

From Sfakia you take the bus to Chania
Price ticket 8,20

Useful phone numbers
Police Chania Tourism Department: 28210 53333
Port Sfakia: 28250 91292
Museum Xyloskalo: 28210 67140
Forest Service Forest Samaria: 28210 92287
Forest Outpost Samaria settlement: 28250 91276

kourtaliotiko-preveli-2Kourtaliotiko Gorge is located in Rethymnon area about 22 km south of the city. It starts from the village Koxare follows the river and ends in  Kourtaliotis Lake beautiful beach Preveli. Halfway through your journey you will meet the road that passes through the gorge with parking and paths leading to the beautiful church of St. Nicholas. Towards the end of the gorge there is a point that resembles a tropical lagoon and has been named the beach with the Phoenicians! The gorge has incredible beauty and the scenery is wild. It has a rich flora and fauna and the river is divided into five streams which unite and form small lakes and a huge waterfall! Throughout the route you will notice that the canyon is narrow and the rocks are huge and full of small caves and ruler. Kourtaliotiko Gorge is a miracle of nature! Really worth a walk and see the beauty and wildness of the Cretan landscape!

You can go with your own vehicle or with an organized trip from our hotel staff.

If you go with your own vehicle and to enjoy the way it is best to go from Sfakia-Frangokastello Country to reach the Monastery Preveli

AGIA IRINI GORGEThe gorge of Agia Irini is the second most visited gorge in Chania, after the Samaria Gorge. It is 7 km long and will take about 2.5 hours to cross it from the top of (Agia Irini) and descend to Sougia.

It is part of the E4 and is very easy route. They are downhill without particularly steep areas, with visible trail and almost entirely shaded. The only hard part is at the end of the gorge, after leaving to walk about 5.5 kilometers to the road to get to Sougia. There is a cafe where you can relax and if you want to avoid walking on asphalt call a  taxi from Sougia., To take you either in your car or in Sougia (cost about 20,00)

 

Although the canyon is considered easy and suitable to even cross children should not forget to use appropriate shoes.

If you want to visit  the gorge starting from Chania, the solution again is the public bus that starts 05.00 in the morning. Around 06.00 you will arrive at the entrance of the gorge and around 09.00 to Sougia … exceptions are Sundays, which starts 07.30 from Chania.

You can enjoy the sea and spend the day until the afternoon by bus again (about 18.15) will return to Chania. On Sundays you can use to return the bus that  leaves from  Sougia 12.00!

Ticket Price for Sougia 7.00

of ImbrosThe grand canyon of Imbros in Sfakia is one of the deepest and narrowest gorge  of Kreta  . The gorge starts just south of the village Imbros plateau Askifou to reach after about 5 km in village Komitades near Fragkokastello beach.

These walls stand vertically at a height of 300 meters and its width in places not exceed 2 meters. The crossing is relatively easy, it can be done all year round – with attention from autumn  until the spring – and takes about three hours hiking up to Komitades.

If you go with your own car is easy to find transportation to take you to the top of the gorge.The  taxi will cost you about 15,00E

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Beaches in Chania

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The beach Marathi located 17 km east of Chania, in Akrotiri. It is one of the beaches of Chania awarded with the Blue Flag. The sandy beach in conjunction with the shallow water and protection from the wind – due to the location – make it ideal for families and children. The beach is well organized offering guests the possibility to enjoy Cretan  food and drink and facilities for swimming (umbrellas, shower, etc.) and lifeguard services. The beach has access for disabled people and infrastructure.

Access: The beach is connected with the city of Chania or by private and rented cars or buses from KTEL.ticket 2,60

pa4-elafonisiThe southwestern tip of Crete.

The farthest beach from Chania town, but worth the way you do to get there. It is an islet almost connected with a coast and is only 100 meters. from it and one can reach by walking into the sea. Elafonisi is 76 km. From Chania and 43 from Kastelli. Here one comes to admire the stunning sandy beaches with dunes and white sand and swim in the unique in Crete crystal waters. Although the natural beauty attracts plenty of visitors the site has no developed tourist infrastructure. Elafonisi is one of the most popular beaches of Crete.

To get here from Chania there are two routes. Both equally graphic and suggested.

If you are coming from Chania and return to Chania, I would suggest you to go on one route and return from another.

If you follow the first one, which is the shortest, turn left about 1  km before Kissamos (maybe less) and follow the signs to the gorge of Topolia and then to Elafonisi.

To follow the second route  will pass through Kissamos to Trahilos, the junction to Falasarna (another of the most popular beaches of Chania), will continue through the village of Platanos and then follow the signs.

You can also get there by bus bus TIME: 09: 00 Ticket Price: 10.90

Private organized touri: Estimated time to reach approximately: 1: 30

with departure and return from your hotel, stop at the Monastery Chrisoskalitissa or the Agia  Sofia cave in Topolia (both located on the road to Elafonisi), and stop for lunch at a restaurant. –

And finally with a private taxi: charging / hour 20,00

paralia-falasarna-6About 75 km. West of Chania, on the western coast of Crete.

One of the most popular destinations of Crete, Falasarna is a series of sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. From the city of Chania is regular daily bus service to Falasarna.

Time: 08: 30-11: 00-: 15: 30 Ticket Price 8.20

We can  also organize your trip by private taxi 20,00 / hour

balos4Regarding Balos, the main feature is the well-known but incredibly beautiful beach, wide with fine sand, white and red, which at one point forming a small lagoon.

You can go by car to a certain point, I suggest Jeep as the road is not very good.After  parking the car you have to  walk around 30 minutes

Also you can go by bus Price: 7,80E and again to walk 30 minutes

Finally the best way especially if you have a car to go to the port of Kastelli and from there by boat

Hours: first departure 10.20 – return to port at 17.45

Second departure 10:40 – return to port at 18.00

For the months of July and August additionally applies:

3rd departure 12:30 – return to port at 19.30, while running, and emergency services.

  • TIMES: Passengers aged up to 2 years old travel for free.
  • Passengers aged between 3-12 years pay 13 €
  • Passengers aged 13 years and over pay 27 €

The above prices include VAT and other charges.

The beach !
seitanSituated Seitan Ports, on the northeast side of the Akrotiri peninsula in western Crete, 20 km from the city of Chania, there is a beach different from all others.

Stretches of water penetrating between the steep cliffs of Cape creating small bays. In one of them is the well hidden beach.

The location is known as Seitan Ports. The word Seitan is Turkish, apparently left by the Turkish occupation of Crete, and is translated as impish. Therefore the Seitan Ports translated as Diavololimana.

However, the beach at Port Seitan shows more heavenly than devilish. Admire color sea!

Access to Port Seitan

To go to Port Seitan will follow the road to the airport of Chania. After turning on the airport will continue to Chordaki village 2. At the village entrance, turn right and before the road climb to the top of Mount Skloka 3 will continue again right to the church of St. Raphael.

After the chapel of San Rafael, the road continues strongly downwards by successive hairpins and takes you above the beach, where you can park.

Pedestrians will walk down the path that leads to the beautiful beach Seitan Ports.

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Tasty “Trip” in the Mountains of Chania

Theriso - KerameiaFrom Chania take the road to the junction of Kladissos – through Kissamos Street – and follow the signs for Theriso. The ride through the canyon therisiano length of 6 kilometers, premature reimburse visitors for their choice.

After a route about 20 minutes we reach the historic village Theriso , in the central square of which stands the statue of the great Greek El. – We can visit the Historical and Folklore Museum – founded in 1985 and is housed in the building that served as headquarters for Eleftherios Venizelos – and the National Resistance Museum (B) which exhibits relics and many photographs of the National Resistance period of 1941-1945.

Therisso, however, is known to gourmets everywhere and for another reason … for the great family restaurants, which are renowned for their meat and which have made it a popular gastronomic destination locals and visitors ..

Leaving Therisso you follow the road to Keramia, a mountainous Municipal located in the northern foothills of the White Mountains. The trip from Hania to the municipal Keramia section is panoramic and very impressive, perhaps unique in Crete. In Municipal Keramia section to visit the canyon Diktamos and gorge Aletrouvariou, rare natural beauty both.

Then we continue to Malaxa.There  you will enjoy the panoramic views of Chania and Souda Bay and Chania. A stop in Drakona is imperative to try one of the taverns of the region, local recipes based on pure quality products of the Cretan land.

Theriso -Zourva-Meskla

 

 

The passage from the gorge of Therisos will enchant us literally .Towering cliffs delimiting the passage next to the river causing great feelings to the visitors. Route reserves and the transition from the edge of the White Mountains ending to the  sources of Meskla where you can enjoy real traditional food and Lake Agia which is one of the most important  of Crete and there you can relax drinking your coffee in the café located there overlooking Lake ..

6756_kournas-lake7Exit chania heading east, following the new highway, next to the beach. We arrive in Georgioupolis from there turn right by following the sign that says towards Kournas the only lake in Crete, shown with two diametrically opposite faces: While summer is filled with boats and bicycles to tourists, winter transforms into a crystal mirror, which mirrors the snowy peaks of the White Mountains and the magnificent colors of the sky at sunset.

From Episcopi village  continuing south we arrive at Argyroupoli, which is built on a hill, right on the ancient Lappa. (Greco-Roman statues from ancient Lappa will see in Rethymnon Museum). Argiroupoli today is very green and is a frequent destination of excursionists who visit for its natural beauty, abundant water and the delicious appetizers serving local taverns.

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Food in Chania

In Chania you will enjoy the famous Cretan cuisine with local characteristics and flavor nuances of western Crete. Do not miss dishes and local specialties such as kaltsounia ,staka, bureki, the kreatotourta.
In the city of Chania range of culinary options is long: from small traditional tavernas to elegant restaurants with modern cuisine and international flavors, no palate will not be left unsatisfied.

The fishing boats tie up outside and Apostolis gets the best. The freshest fish ever. Delicious mullet and small fish in his hands off. Depending on the season and weather will find all kinds of fish, guaranteed fresh.

  • kitchen: Cretan
  • value – value: up to 30 €
  • communication: +30 28210 43 470
  • area: Coast Union 10

The old Turkish bath houses for years one of the old city’s most popular restaurants that introduces you to the spice with a list of 72 dishes. With very friendly service and great selection of wines, bottled and bulk.

  • kitchen: Greek, Politiki
  • value – value: up to 20 €
  • communication: +30 2821096080
  • area: Zambeliou 49, Venetian Harbor

In seven years of operation, it has managed to become one of the most popular haunts fans of Cretan cuisine. The fish is fine and fresh, and the wine – list accompanies appropriately.

  • kitchen: Mediterranean, Cretan
  • value – value: up to 20 €
  • communication: +30 2821052255
  • area: Coast Union 5 Chania

Modern tavern that stands in the heart of the city Known for the minimalist and simple decor but mainly for creative cuisine.

  • kitchen: Traditional Cretan
  • value – value: – €
  • communication: +30 2821075003
  • area: Zymbrakakidon 10 Chania

It is one of those places that when you discover rejoice double. Not only because it is “hidden” and satisfy your exploratory fad, but because they really deserve. In a narrow alley, then, in Dapia, near the West Trench Old Town, our doors initially spurred by the painted decorative doors that adorn the courtyard, creating a very dramatic scene. But soon, we sat for lunch, the recipes of our Suzanne won twice!

  • kitchen: Mediterranean, Cretan
  • value – value: up to 20 €
  • communication: +30 28210 76 261
  • area: Porto 48, Chania

Deucalion & Icarus, Anat. Moat T. 28210 57035

Although located in a quiet neighborhood of the Venetian Harbour, within walking distance of Koum Kapi, needs no introduction, as we know him for 12 years for the traditional food cooked in a wood oven, reviving old recipes. Try ofto lamb, lamb with staka, but patty Chaniotiko and particular proposal is the mushroom stamnagathi! In plus

Friendly atmosphere with delicious snacks, beach on the way to Neorio. The watched area of ouzo, and local Cretan cuisine will not leave you indifferent at all.

  • kitchen: Cretan
  • value – value: up to 10 €
  • communication: +30 2821041570
  • area: Akti Tompazi 29-30 Chania

Sourmeli 54-56 Akti Tompazi & T. 28210 58 330

Overlooking the lighthouse, choose the quality and flavors. The fresh fish and seafood dominate the list, with steamed mussels and wonderful varieties gaining impressions. Those who are not fans of seafood, will enjoy equally delicious meat dishes.

From € 12. Daily 12: 00-01: 00.

Three consecutive spaces painted in the colors of ocher and blue, with strong oriental references and a well in the middle. Here you will taste authentic dishes from Morocco, Egypt and Lebanon as hummus. The cuisine is tasty without being heavy.

  • kitchen: Oriental, North African
  • value – value: up to 30 €
  • communication: +30 2821054547
  • area: K. Sarpaki 1-3

Vyvilaki 35 Halepa T. 28210 51 136, M. 6947 939146, www.thalasino-ageri.gr

It is one of the most romantic and idyllic spots, which could well be a movie scene! Exactly where the waves break, the famous and picturesque Tabakaria, just outside the Old City, we meet the last 25 years the famous tavern Sea Ageri. Here we come for fresh fish, chosen by the owner himself daily from the fish market and its own fishermen, while not missing and imaginative recipes, like cuttlefish with fennel and stuffed squid. On the possible proposals, the fish soup, and lobster upon request. We accompany our fish or the great variety of appetizers with fresh salads or homemade ointments and a chilled glass of wine. To this end, we do not say no to the sweet bergamot or karpouzaki! From € 15 (snacks), € 25 (fresh fish).

Daily (March-October) from 20: 00-01: 00.

Hatzimichalis Ntaliani 46 T. 28210 59204

Tavern serving Cretan cuisine in the most famous pedestrian area of the city. Impressive space with retro objects of the former distillery and dishes with local raw materials, accompanied raki or wine, tantalise your taste. From € 10. Daily from 18:00. Sundays and afternoons.

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Hatzimichalis Ntaliani 74 T. 28210 28175

with a very sophisticated but small space, we will eat rich varieties of meats and delicious appetizers. The courtyard is smashing. From € 10. Daily except Mondays, 18: 00-01: 30

Akti Tompazi 19 Old Harbour T. 28210 08170 M. 6972 254003

H heart of entertainment in the Venetian Harbour pounding in Nama, traveled this year the third season, significantly raising the standards. Besides, nothing here is left to chance. From space, which impresses with its combination of classical and industrial design, the open cuisine, great bar and outdoor patio overlooking the harbor  until the fine products that are different from the ordinary.

Our Nama says good morning with fantastic breakfasts and salty donuts, keep us company all day with top quality coffee (in various flavors that can be found only here), special tea flavors and fresh juices with superfoods, while the evening intrigue our palate in special shaped shore, Nama Mediterra, where in an idyllic setting with foreground Pharos tasting suggestions of chef George Hatzidakis!

Akti Tompazi 15 Old Harbour T. 28210 45688

This neoclassical building of 1830, gives appointment in the last six years the most fashionable crowd of the island! Pallas, the first all day spot that brought change to the Venetian Harbour, begin our day with a hearty breakfast and good coffee, we continue with Mediterranean dishes and slamming with super original cocktails. Whether you choose the tables on the paved perantzada or the impressive bar inside, good quality and service is adiapragmatefto. As for the goddess in Faro, one of the main trump! In winter organizes wine tasting. Surprise is the roof restaurant Thealassa, who last year became talk of the town! From € 15 / meal.

Daily from 12:00.

Anagnostou Gogoni 77 T. 28210 & 70017 Hatzimichalis Giannari 34 T. 28120 51100, http://thraka.com

 ten years on … backs of the Thracian needs no introduction! You come  here to taste fresh round chicken and pork, who daily make themselves, and handmade chopsticks, a secret recipe of owner George skull! Try Plakoti pie, the restaurant’s trademark and the generous and tasty meat varieties. Apart from the grill and rotisserie chicken, is famous for, you will find handmade pizza oven, pasta and burgers from 100% ground beef Angus. The last two years, the Thracian acquired “little brother” in the central Hatzimichalis Giannari. A modern orthadiko street food, waiting for us almost 24 hours to round pies and kebabs. Take away and delivery (12: 00-02: 00). Daily 10: 00-but gone.

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Hotel Belmondo is a place that reflects its own personality

“The combination of wood and stone with the Venetian style and colors, the replica of Renaissance and Classical art, the antiques and the spectacular view of the port, give BELMONDO the signature of elegance and romance.”

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