On the Road: Chania, My Favorite Town in Crete

In a recent trip to Crete, I had the chance to visit Heraklion and Rethymo. However, my favorite discovery was Chania, the second biggest city of this Greek island.

Chania is a lovely and charmous town located at the northwest coast of Crete. Bathed by the Mediterranean sea, Chania made me feel completely comfortable since the first moments I arrived.

Chania has a special vibe: its decadent architecture is praised by its numerous colored buildings; its locals fill its stylish coffee shops and restaurants; its streets sound of local musicians and its port has one of the oldest lighthouses of the world – probably the local icon.

I found the people of Chania extremely friendly and hospitable: after a few times going to the same restaurant, not only the waitresses but also the chefs were genuinely welcoming, presenting and proudly talking about their daily dishes.

And even if it wasn´t summer, the evenings and nights in Chania are truly rich: close to my hotel there was a café called Ride that was celebrating its 3rd anniversary with some concerts. I went there alone but after the performances I was already in contact with some locals that took me to another party, in a squad inside Chania´s University. Unforgettable!

If you ever visit Crete, visit Chania, it is totally worth it – the next days I´ll post some photos, hope you enjoy it!

This article was possible thanks to the help of the local authorities and Visit Cyprus. Thanks!


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21 responses to “On the Road: Chania, My Favorite Town in Crete

  1. Beautiful travelogue. Yes buddy, I too long to travel and write but the paucity of funds keeps me distanced. I enjoyed your supercalfragilisticexpialidocious photography Anand Bose from Kerala.

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  3. OH! Chania is my favorite city! Of all time! A home away from home! I know the cafe Ride well and, yes, they can put on a good celebration. And getting in touch with the locals is no problem since Cretan hospitality is second to none! 🙂 Glad you found this jewel! Certainly a destination worth more than one visit!!

    • dear Delana, it was a pleasure to read your comment 🙂 even if Crete is far far away from everywhere, if I return I´ll certainly visit Chania, although is a really small city I felt I could live there 🙂 wishing you a great week, cheers! PedroL

  4. Well written and accurate write up on (probably) my favorite town! I absolutely adore Chania and can’t recommend it highly enough! The ambiance is calming. The food is out of this world and the people are amazing! I know Ride well and have enjoyed many good times there! Thanks for the post!

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