Chania lies on the north coast of the island of Crete and is the second largest city of the island and capital of the Chania Prefecture. It is one of the major tourist destination in Greece, with its many beautiful beaches, the high peaks of the White Mountains and its characteristic deep gorges, such as the Samaria Gorge.

Chania rich and multifaceted history goes back to the Minoan times, when it was a settlement known with the name of "Kydonia", Greek word for quince. Being one of the oldest cities in Crete, however, archeological evidence of the presence of Dorian Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans can be found all over the city area. Chania is considered to be one of the most beautiful and lively destination in Greece, with its well preserved traditional architecture and monuments from Venetian and Turkish times. The old Venetian harbour with the distinctive lighthouse and the old town have bestowed on Chania the reputation of the most picturesque city in Crete, welcoming thousands of visitors each year.

Chania does not lag behind in modern developments, as it is home to the Technical University of Crete, as well as other educational insitutions. It also offers many and varied cultural events and amusements.


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Useful Addresses 

AddressPhone numberURL
Fire Brigade199
General Hospital of ChaniaMournies28210
Police Headquarters23, Irakliou Avenue28210 28744
Airport of ChaniaMouzouras28210 83800, 83805
Olympic Airlines801 114
Olympic AirlinesAirport office28210 66088, 53760-2
Aegean Airlines801 112 0000 / 210
Airport office28210 63366, 63448-9
Port Authority of Hania21, Akti Tombazi28210 98888
Port Authority of SoudaSouda28210 89240
ANEK LinesSophocles Venizelos Sq.28210 27500-4,
Urban bus station KTEL28210
Suburban bus station KTELKydonias & Partheniou Kelaidi str.28210 93052,
Post Office10, Anapafseos str.28210 76136
Post Office10, Peridou str.28210 28444
Prefecture of Hania1, Eleftherias Sq.28213
Municipality of Chania29, Kydonias str. 28213
Municipality of AkrotiriPithari, Akrotiri28210
Citizens' Centre KEP1, Eleftherias Sq.28210
Citizens' Centre KEP29, Kydonias str.28213
Citizens' Centre KEPKounoupidiana28210 69946