Chania: The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

Chania is a coastal town on the west side of Crete. The island which has Ottoman and Venetian influences, as well as some beautiful natural sights and beaches nearby, along with ample restaurants and nightlife to keep everyone entertained.

Work from Chania as a Digital Nomad

Chania is the third best Greek city for digital nomads, after Athens and Thessaloniki, as assessed by the Nomadlist, with an overall score of 3.08/5.

When choosing a location to work as a digital nomad, it is critical to include accessibility as well as a variety of activities such as hiking, swimming, sailing and surfing, which are vital for those who wish to combine work and living in a new location.

Because of the good weather, low prices, good food, and connectivity, Chania has much of what digital nomads want. The fact that the locals are polite and supportive, and that many of them speak English, is critical, as is the fact that Crete has strong internet access.

Members of the European Union, their families, and dependents are free to settle in Greece. Non-EU citizens, on the other hand, may need to procure a form D visa (or National Visa) if they want to remain in the country for more than 90 days. People with a long-stay D visa can stay in Greece for more than three months for work, study, academic studies, cultural, science, and religious activities. The technology and potential of the island are now in place to help any employee who works remotely.

Greece is working on implementing a Digital Nomad Visa, which will enable remote nomads to legally work for their employer or their own business registered in another country while living in Greece and benefit from tax cut for the first seven years. According to the latest tax initiative, those who are self-employed individuals, or newly employed in positions produced in Greece in 2021, will only be taxed 50% of their wages.

Where is Chania and how to get there

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

Chania is a small town on the northwest coast of Crete, which is the biggest island of Greece, and one of the most beautiful destinations in the country, known for its exotic beaches and vibrant atmosphere.

It has an international airport that accepts flights from all over Europe. Bus service is provided between the Airport and the city of Chania with a ticket at 2,30€ and takes around 20 minutes. You can even take a taxi, which will cost you about 30€. Ferries departing from Piraeus port (Athens) every day, will take you also to Chania.

Those driving from Heraklion to Chania can take the E75 along the coast. There are buses also that operates daily routes from Cretan cities like Rethimno and Heraklion to Chania. The bus from Heraklion takes 3 hours and costs around 15€.

Work online and socialize

Internet speed

Many hotels (even very small, rural hotels) and cafés have free Wi-Fi. Since internet connectivity is so essential for all digital nomads, it’s best to double-check before booking your accommodations.

If you intend to access the internet through your own cell phone service, keep in mind that 4G is not universally accessible in Chania. In the other side, in most populated areas, you would be able to get a 3G service (of varying quality).

Short-term mobile internet services are also available from Cosmote (OTE), Vodafone, Forthnet and Wind. Their deals and prices change often, so it’s better to search their websites (all have English versions) and see what’s available.

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

You’ll need to find an internet café if you don’t have a tablet, laptop, or smartphone. They were common until recently, but they are becoming harder to come by as less people need them. If you intend to stay in Chania for an extended period of time and need a set ADSL line, keep in mind that this service is not available everywhere. In most towns, having a phone line is not a challenge, but in some rural areas, getting a phone line is challenging (and often impossible). In certain cases, the line quality is insufficient to sustain an internet connection.

Things are improving all the time, and the places lacking internet access are dwindling, so if finding a fast internet connection is critical to you, it’s still a smart idea to do some homework before settling down. Consult the OTE phone provider, which is more dependable.

If you live in an area with low network service and no ADSL wires, satellite internet is your only alternative. This has gotten a lot smoother and a lot more affordable, so it’s not all bad.

If any of the above is not for you, then check Skytelecom. It is a cutting-edge organization that offers broadband internet access. They are able to provide real speeds of up to 500mbps and a secure internet service to home users and others through their wireless network. They have the potential to meet the needs of a household as well as modern industry.

Finally, SpaceX, the space company of high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, plans to make its Starlink broadband satellite internet service available in Greece in 2021. The company has reached out to the Hellenic Telecommunications and Posts Commission (EETT) and the Digital Governance Ministry in order to secure the necessary license. Starlink’s entry into the local internet market is expected to radically change the existing landscape. Although services are expected to be about 20% more expensive, satellite internet would provide 100% coverage with speeds of up to 150mbps.

Coworking spaces

Working from anywhere around the globe using a joint workplace, will provide you all of the benefits of a full-time office by only paying for the desks you need. Choose your own permanent desk or use a hot-desking setup to sit anywhere you like each day, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Unfortunately, in Chania there is only one official co-working space (Workhub), however there are a lot of coffee places and also some specially designed spaces in big hotels, where someone could work with serenity.

Workhub Chania

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

Workhub in Chania, is a multifunctional coworking room. It is located in the lovely “Dikastiria” district. To ensure a high-quality infrastructure, all of the spaces have a high-speed (Wi-Fi and Cable) Internet link with a backup line, load balancing, and full protection. All the facilities are fully accessible.

Coffee Lab

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

A laptop-friendly space in Chania. This cafe is small and located just outside of Chania’s old city. Near enough to the tourist zone’s activity, but far enough away to avoid crowds.

Kiani Beach Resort

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

A nice working environment for you to do business from the convenience of your own room or anywhere inside the resort. You can work safely, consistently, and without tension. There is access to high-speed Internet connection as well as all video conferencing. The place has full sea view and your workday will be a breath of fresh air.

Coworking group/networking

Surrounding yourself with other digital nomads who have similar travel plans makes working and traveling even more enjoyable and profitable.

Joining the Facebook community “Digital Nomads Chania – Crete” allows you to communicate with digital nomads all around the world, learn from them, and share your experiences with them.

Networking is a perfect way for urban nomads to get a sense of the local scene, and for locals to get a global perspective on what’s going on. This is the most critical aspect because it encourages local interaction while still forming a sense of community. It’s much more fascinating because of the non-touristy aspects.

When to Visit Chania

Chania’s climate is one of the many factors that add to its allure. It is a moderate Mediterranean climate that is humid and warm all year, with no seasonal variation in temperature and no significant weather events. Temperatures in the spring range from 16 to 24 degrees Celsius. Over the summer, average temperatures range between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, with high temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius, while “meltemi” winds help to cool it off. Autumn in Chania is the mildest season, with average temperatures ranging from 16 to 24 degrees Celsius.

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

Where to Stay in Chania

The cost of living can be one of the most motivating factors for many people considering operating remotely from Chania. There is a wide variety of housing options. It ranges from budget-friendly family rooms to luxury hotels housed in beautiful historic Venetian structures. That is not it, however. You may also splurge on unique seaside resorts or save money by renting an apartment in town or sharing a room in a city hostel. The sooner you book or the more you go from the city center, the more affordable discounts and lower fees you’ll get.


Since there is high tourism development in Chania, the number of hotels in the region seems unlimited. Hotels can be found nearly everywhere. Agia Marina, Platanias, Georgioupoli, and Kalives are some of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Chania area if someone want to be near the action. One may choose from low cost 2-star hotels to luxurious 5-star resorts ranging from 35€ to over 160€ per night.

Houses, rooms, traditional villas

If you are searching for more privacy, you have over 3500 options of houses or rooms in the municipality of Chania, with rental fees starting from as low as 15€ per night. The available houses/rooms are distributed all over the Chania prefecture and surely you will find the one that matches your taste. Paleochora, Sfakia, and Frangokastello come highly recommended for their soothing environment and beautiful beaches.

Long term house renting

Lots of houses and apartments are also available for long term rental, with an average rental cost of 500-600€ per month. The availability inside the town’s limits is usually limited due to the high demand, but it is growing as you move to the outskirts and beyond. Lower prices, more peaceful environment and traditional aesthetic can be found in the numerous villages surrounding the town. Late August or September is the best time to search for long term renting.

Chania in Winter

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

The winter climate in Chania is similar to that of the south of Spain and Cyprus. These regions have the warmest winters in Europe, but oddly, although winter tourism is common in South Spain and Cyprus, there is little to none in Crete between November and April. The winter climate is, of course, much milder than elsewhere farther north, but it is not ideal for a beach vacation.

The advantages are that there are no crowds everywhere. This is particularly good in well- known locations, and it won’t be too sticky. Due to the lack of tourism in Chania, one can get closer to ‘natural’ life. Since the environment is lush, you’ll see a lot of spring flowers from January onwards, and the mountains are shrouded with snow, making it look even more stunning than it does in the dry season.

The disadvantages are that once bad weather strikes, it can be very cold, wet, and windy. The majority of holiday destinations are closed and bleak. The water is usually too cold to swim in safely after December, and there are no scheduled excursions. Although public transportation can be restricted or non-existent in some areas, renting a vehicle is less expensive than in the summer.

Talking about accommodation, it is best to stay away from areas that are solely tourism destinations, as much (if not all) of the facilities would have been shut down. Even if you find a place to stay, the environment is usually bleak. It is best to remain in working towns (or villages) where you can have access to nearby stores and restaurants. Make sure you have a room or a house that has some sort of heating. The weather can be friendly and mild throughout the day, but it gets cold at night. It is fine to use the heating mechanism of an air conditioner, but central heating is preferable.

Winter is an excellent time to visit the most popular destinations, which are usually fully crowded in the summer. You will almost fully isolate yourself in Balos or Elafonisi. Museums would be open (albeit for a limited time) and mostly bare.

Beaches in winter would be desolate, so you will be able to sunbathe and even go for a quick swim on sunny days, if you are not scared of freezing water.

During winter, there is a lot of snow up in the Chania mountains (White Mountains). This is one of the only places where you can go for a morning stroll through the snow and end the day on the sand.

Surfers and kitesurfers will find some excellent places to exercise their favorite sport. The waves in Falassarna, particularly in the winter, can reach 3 meters high, and the windy conditions are perfect for surfing.

In Crete, Christmas is a holiday with thousands of ancient traditions spread throughout the island. New traditions are continuously being added to the mix, such as the Santa Run, which sees thousands of people dressed as Santa Clauses perform for charity. Even in the snowy Omalos, a lovely Christmas village has been set up, and the Cave of St. John in Marathokefala hosts a depiction of the Divine Child’s birth in a manger complete with actual animals.

The winter offers the ideal opportunity to explore the hinterland’s diverse scenery by car, bike, or foot. After your visit, dine on authentic Cretan cuisine in one of the popular taverns, next to a fireplace, surrounded by loud locals having a good time.

Thousands of waterfalls on the island are reborn as rivers and gorges are refilled with water. In recent years, many canyoning enthusiasts from all over Europe have added Crete’s gorges to their winter itinerary.

Things you need to know

Public infrastructure

The road network in Chania is quite old and not properly maintained. There are segments with no signs or road lights, so drive with caution especially after the sum falls. Driving in Chania can be quite challenging. Pay extra attention while driving since the car accident rate is higher than anywhere in Greece.

Parking is allowed on most town streets, but finding available spaces can be challenging. Some places include the purchase and use of a parking permit, which can be purchased at a local kiosk (periptero).

During hot days, due to the higher loads on the electricity network, time and space limited blackouts may occur.

Tap water is potable everywhere in the city. However, you may use a water filter because of the slightly content in salts and minerals.

Useful information

Telephone number information: 11888
Hellenic National Meteorological Service: 14944
Greek time: 14844
Information for international calls: 139

European emergency number: 112
Police: 100
Fire service: 199
National Instant Aid Center: 166
Central Port Authority: 108
Civil Protection: +30 28213 40130-1
Municipal Police: +30 28213 41650-1

Olympic Airlines: +30 28210 66088, +30 28210 63264, Fax: +30 28210 8389
Aegean Airlines: +30 28210 63366, Fax: +30 28210 63669
Chania Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis: Tel: +30 28210 83800/805
ANEK LINES: +30 28210 27500, +30 28210 80050/1
ANEN LINES: +30 28210 20345
ANENDΥΚ: +30 28210 95511
Public Bus: +30 28210 27044
K.T.E.L. Chanion – Rethymnou: +30 28210 93306, +30 28210 93052
“Radiotaxi ERMIS”: 18300 & +30 28210 98700
“Radiotaxi CHANION”: +30 28210 94300

Port Authority of Chania: Tel.: +30 28210 98888
Port Authority of Souda: Tel.: +30 28210 89240

Chania General Hospital St. George: +30 28210 22000, +30 28213 42000
Marine Hospital of Crete: +30 28210 82538

Chania Police Department: +30 28210 28744
Chania Tourist Police Department: +30 28210 25931
Traffic Police of Chania: +30 28210 28758
Chania Airport Police Department: +30 28210 63033
Municipal Police: +30 28213 41650-1

Post of Chania: +30 28210 28444
ELTA courier: +30 28210 74047
ACS courier: +30 28210 92520
SPEEDEX courier: +30 28210 88815
GENIKI TACHIDROMIKI courier: +30 28212 00100 DHL service point: +30 28210 59500

Public transportation

The most inexpensive way to see Chania is by bus, as tickets are affordable and there are regular departures within the region. The inner city is separated into two zones. The ticket for Zone A costs 1,10€ and for Zone B 1,50€.

The longer routes are served by KTEL buses, which are new buses with air conditioning, wi-fi, and are very easy to ride in. Here is the timetable and here you can find the pricelist.

Car rental

If you choose to go to areas of the island where public transportation is not accessible, renting a car is the best option. The bulk of the road signs are in English, but others can be confusing, so proceed with caution. Since driving is done on the right side of the track, all vehicles have the left-hand drive. Major international brands and local car rentals are available at Chania’s airport, with regular rates ranging from 20€ to 80€. Typically, the prices rise as the number of days you borrow the car increases, and this is often dependent on the time of your trip. Driving licenses from both the United States and other countries are accepted.


Taxis are reasonably priced in Chania and provide service for both short and long distances between towns and villages. Short fares are metered, but long fares are normally set in length. Be certain to inquire about and settle on a fare ahead of time. The taxis in Chania are navy in color. The majority of drivers are English speakers, and the vehicles are classic saloons.

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads
Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads


Bicycles are still a great alternative, whether you need to keep up with your workout regimen while on vacation or want a different way to explore the island. Many tourist attractions have cycle rental shops that have both rental and maintenance services. There are also scheduled community tours. Municipalities also have cycle rental in different central locations in the city,where you can rent a bike for as little as 2€ for the day, or for free if you register with your passport. You can see here the map with the stations and the availability. 


The University of Crete (Heraklion), the Technical University of Crete (Chania), and the MBS College of Crete are among the island’s fine institutions of higher learning for parents and students interested in living on the island.

Digital nomads with young children will be delighted to learn about Chania’s certified special schools. There are many free public schools as well as private schools such as Theodoropoulos International School and Mavromatiki-Mitera, as well as progressive early childhood developmental nursery schools.


Old Port

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

It is surrounded by a promenade lined with seafood eateries and cafés. It is bustling with tourists in the summer and fully enchanting at night. A breakwater protects the entire stretch of coast, and a lighthouse stands on its tip.

Chania Lighthouse

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

The lighthouse, which is visible from the Venetian Port, is situated on a mole that protrudes into Chania harbor. The lighthouse is not climbable, but the views from the promontory are some of Chania’s most breathtaking, making it a must-see attraction.

Municipal Market

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

The “Agora” is the name given to Chania’s municipal market. It is now a bustling market with stalls selling fruits, seafood, meat, herbs and spices, as well as Cretan specialties like cheeses, olives, and raki. Most shops offer tourist souvenirs during the summer months. There are a few decent workmen’s cafés that serve local cuisine.

Old Town

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

Wandering through the labyrinth of narrow, pedestrian-only streets in Chania’s historic old town is one of the best things to do. Around the corner, you’ll see a different architectural theme. Souvenir shops line the streets and stairwells, and cute restaurants and cafés are hidden away in shadowy patios.

Maritime Museum of Crete

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

This museum, located across the channel from the lighthouse, chronicles Crete’s centuries- long association with the sea, beginning with the Minoans and continuing across the Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman times until the German invasion of the island in World War II.

Botanic Park & Gardens of Crete

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

Crete grows olives and grapes, as well as tropical fruits like avocados and bananas, thanks to its warm, sunny climate and lush, fertile soils. A meandering two-kilometer path winds through a garden planted with tropical flowers and fruit trees from all over the world, with everything clearly named, in this well-kept park at the foot of the White Mountains.

Outdoor activities

Scuba diving

Scuba diving is popular along Crete’s northern coast, especially in the Chania area. The seabed of Chania offers excellent diving opportunities, with numerous reefs, underwater caves, and ship or plane wrecks. There are several dive centers that offer beginner to advanced diving lessons as well as regular boat diving trips.


When galloping on a friendly, noble creature, touring the nature pathways can be the most breathtaking and remarkable experience. The memories of this guided horseback ride across the vast countryside will stay with you forever as a precious remembrance that will undoubtedly win a spot in your heart.


Sailing companies may arrange bareboat, aided, or skippered boat trips. In Chania, some businesses also offer sailing lessons.


There are reportedly 226 hiking routes in Chania, so outdoor adventurers have plenty of choices. There are a total of 221 hikes and 5 long-distance hikes to be discovered. The entire island is crisscrossed by tracks, the majority of which have been abandoned after roads were constructed or are still used by shepherds.


While Chania and the northern coast of Crete get windy in the summer, there are few coordinated windsurfing centers. Apart from windsurfing in Chania, these centers also have kitesurfing equipment and lessons.

Festivals and events

On the Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, August 15th is the most important religious holiday in Crete. Many villages in Chania have accessible “panigiria” (traditional feast), and there is also a small chapel devoted to Panagia (Virgin Mary). The Monastery of Chrissoskalitissa, just above the fabulous beach of Elafonissi, hosts a famous “panigiri” that day.

The feast of Agios Georgios is held on April 23rd (the Monday after Easter). The largest festival honoring this saint is held in Asi Gonia, a mountainous Chania village. The feast of Agios Georgios Galatas, which means “protector of milk,” is observed on this day by the locals. The locals’ ship flocks are clustered around the village’s church, and the priest blesses them during the Holy Mass. The ship is then milked in the square and the milk is distributed to the crowd.

Day trips – Tours

Samaria Gorge

The Samaria Gorge is one of Chania’s most popular attractions, however someone should be aware that it is a long (5–7 hours) walk on rugged ground (18 kilometres), and would require some level of fitness and walking experience to enjoy it. Since this is a one-way hike, there has to be a plan for transportation back to the starting point before embarking on this adventure. It may be complicated, so maybe a tour could be the best solution.

Imbros Gorge

After the gorge of Samaria, the gorge of Imbros is the second most prominent gorge for walkers in Chania, with a path of nearly 8 kilometers and a cumulative descent of 600 meters, with an estimated walking time of around 2.5 hours. Underfoot, the road is usually smoother. The gorge is accessible all year.

Lake Kournas

The only freshwater lake in Crete is Kournas Lake. The lake is located in a stunning landscape outside Chania. If you like to go for a stroll through the countryside, dive, or ride a pedalo on the water, the scenery is lovely and calming. At Kournas Lake, you can eat beside the lake in one of the many tavernas and cafeterias, and take in the beautiful view.


In the western Crete prefecture of Chania, there are several lovely beaches with soft sand or colored pebbles. Many of Chania’s beaches, such as Balos, Falassarna, and Elafonissi, are among the finest on the island. Apart from organized beaches, Chania has many deserted coves and lovely bays where you can enjoy complete privacy. All of Chania’s beaches, though, have crystal clear waters and seem to be in paradise.


Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

Balos is 60 kilometers northwest of Chania town. From the hills above the beach, it seems to be a lagoon. A rocky island called Gramvoussa is located directly across the beach, and on top of it is a steep Venetian castle with stunning views of the area and the sea. Balos is accessible by car via a dirt road from Kaliviani, a village near Kissamos. This path is about 10 kilometers long, after which you must walk for about 10 minutes to get your first sight of the bay. The quick downhill walk from the parking lot to the beach takes about 30 minutes. Visitors may also take an excursion cruise from Kissamos.

Type of beach: a lagoon with white sand and crystal water.
Size of beach: the beach is not particularly large, almost 300m.
How busy: it becomes extremely crowded when the boats disembark their passengers. Winds: since it is open, it can be affected by northwest winds (which are common in the summer).
Sunbeds and umbrellas: yes.
Showers: no.
Life guards: no.
Water sports: no.
Safe for children: yes, with parental observation.
Car parking: there is a parking but it can be crowded during peak season.


Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

Falasarna is a popular tourist destination on Crete’s west coast, known for its beautiful beaches and clear turquoise water. It consists of several sandy beaches of varying lengths that all face west, making it an excellent spot to see the sunset. Because of the sandy shore, the sea is usually very clean and has lovely colours. Falasarna is located in a beautiful fertile plane near the village of Platanos and is about 50 km West of Chania. There is a limited public bus service to Falasarna during the tourist season.

Type of beach: long and wide sandy beaches.
Size of beach: several beaches with total length 2km.
How busy: it’s busy, but the beach is big, so it won’t feel crowded.
Winds: swimming can be avoided on windy days, especially when the wind is blowing from the west.
Sunbeds and umbrellas: yes.
Showers: yes.
Life guards: yes.
Water sports: yes.
Safe for children: the water is safe on calm days, but the bottom will drop rapidly in certain areas. When it’s windy, there can be waves and tides, so children should be watched at all times (and adults should be careful too).
Car parking: there is free parking, almost 5 minutes walk from the beach.


Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

Elafonisi is a small islet that is connected to the rest of Crete by a shallow reef that can be crossed in calm weather. This islet is located 82 kilometers southwest of Chania. Unfortunately, Elafonisi’s fame has taken away the wild charm of a deserted island. Hundreds of tourists admire the lagoon’s warm waters in the summer, with sun beds strewn about. However, if you stroll away from where the path finishes, you can always get a glimpse of the wilderness. To get to the island, you’ll have to wade into the lagoon (a protected nature reserve where no sun beds are allowed). Continue walking along the beach until you find a peaceful cove. You won’t be totally alone but you will have your peace.

Type of beach: sandy beach fringed with pink coral sand and crystal clear waters. 
Size of beach: almost 500m.
How busy: it’s busy and really crowded in the summer.
Winds: due to its location, it can be influenced by north, south and west winds. 
Sunbeds and umbrellas: yes.
Showers: yes.
Life guards: no.
Water sports: yes.
Safe for children: the water is safe and shallow but it will drop rapidly in certain areas. 
Car parking: there is ample free parking space near the beach.

Agia Marina, Platanias

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads
Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

From Stalos to Gerani, there is a long strip of sandy beaches. Agia Marina, and Platanias merge to create one long beach and coastal strip. It is the Chania region’s most developed tourist town. Along the coastal route, Chania is just 10 kilometers away. From Chania, there are several daily buses that can be used in order to reach the area.

Type of beach: long and wide sandy beaches.
Size of beach: it’s difficult to tell where it begins and ends, but the two resorts’ combined beach length is about 8 kilometers.
How busy: it’s busy because it’s Chania’s biggest tourist area, but the beach is big, so it won’t feel crowded.
Winds: since it is open to the north, it can be influenced by north winds (which are common in the summer) and will see waves on certain days.
Sunbeds and umbrellas: yes.
Showers: yes.
Life guards: yes.
Water sports: yes.
Safe for children: the water is safe on calm days, but it will drop rapidly in certain areas. When it’s windy, there can be waves and tides, so children should be watched at all times (and adults should be careful too).
Car parking: there is free parking in a variety of places, but it can be limited during peak season.


Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

The beach of Kalathas is located in a small bay on the Akrotiri peninsula, east of Chania. It is popular among locals and tourists due to its shallow, clean water and stunning golden sand. One disadvantage is that it is directly under the flight path of Chania airport, resulting in some airplane noise. It is easy to get to the beach by car. There is a limited bus service.

Type of beach: fine sand.
Size of beach: about 300m long.
How busy: since the beach is very popular for local people, it can get very crowded, particularly on weekends.
Winds: generally sheltered, however northwest winds may have an effect.
Sunbeds and umbrellas: yes.
Showers: yes.
Life guards: yes.
Water sports: no.
Safe for children: the beach is shallow, making it ideal for youngsters, but it is exposed to the northwest winds, which can result in large waves at times.
Car parking: small free parking by the beach. It can easily get very busy so you might need to park further away.


Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

The beach of Kalathas is located in a small bay on the Akrotiri peninsula, east of Chania. It is popular among locals and tourists due to its shallow, clean water and stunning golden sand. One disadvantage is that it is directly under the flight path of Chania airport, resulting in some airplane noise. It is easy to get to the beach by car. There is a limited bus service.

Type of beach: sandy beach.
Size of beach: two beaches with total length 300m.
How busy: it’s busy especially at weekends.
Winds: very sheltered from wind.
Sunbeds and umbrellas: yes.
Showers: yes.
Life guard: yes.
Water sports: yes.
Safe for children: very safe, shallow and no waves.
Car parking: plenty of free parking but could get busy at weekends.

Seitan Limania

Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

Seitan Limania (Satan’s Harbours) is a small beach on the east side of the Akrotiri peninsula, located in a narrow sea inlet. Around 2010, a gravel road was constructed to reach this stunningly gorgeous location, which ensured that more than a few locals began to visit. It quickly grew in fame when it was discovered on the internet, the road was asphalted, and proper crowds began to converge on it. You must walk along a short and steep path that is a quite exposed in areas, starting from where you can park your car. Good footwear is highly recommended. It’s easy to get to the beach by car. There is a limited bus service.

Type of beach: coarse sand.
Size of beach: tiny, less than 20m.
How busy: due to the small size, it gets very crowded. 
Winds: very sheltered.
Sunbeds and umbrellas: no.
Showers: no.
Life guards: no.
Water sports: no.
Safe for children: no. Deep waters and difficult to reach.
Car parking: free parking above the beach.


Chania - The Ultimate Guide for Digital Nomads

Vrissi Beach, Hora Sfakion’s main beach, is situated on the village’s western side and is the village’s most popular beach. A second beach runs under the harbour promenade, but it does not draw as many visitors, likely due to its location within a harbour basin and lack of the lovely open views of Vrissi beach. It is 72 km from Chania and there are several daily buses that can be used to reach the area.

Type of beach: pebbles and some coarse sand. Beautiful, crystal clear waters. 
Size of beach: small, around 70 m in length.
How busy: it can get a little crowded at times.
Winds: fairly protected but can get wind from the South.
Sunbeds and umbrellas: yes. 
Showers: nο.
Life guards: nο.
Water sports: nο.
Safe for children: the water level drops rapidly, there are no tides, but there might be waves if the wind is high from the South.
Car parking: plenty of parking but you have to pay at the entrance of Hora Sfakion.


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Paleochora is a big village that rose to prominence several years ago, due to its gorgeous beaches. There are many options depending on whether you want sand or pebbles, like peace and calmness, or because one side of the peninsula is too windy on a particular day. Paleochora is situated on Crete’s southwest coast, some 70 kilometers from Chania and there is a frequent public bus service to/from Chania.

Size of beach: the biggest sandy beach is 1 km long. To the east of the village, there is a 3 km long pebble beach. Further east, Gialiskari (Anidri beach) has two beaches (pebbles/coarse sand) with a total length of 600 meters. To the west of town, there are several small coves. The Grammeno peninsula has a sandy beach on one side and pebbles on the other, with distances of 400 and 700 meters, respectively. Krios beach (pebbles, 500 m) is a little farther west, so you’re almost spoiled for options.
How busy: the sandy beach can get busy, but because of its size, it never feels crowded. Even in August, other beaches are scarcely crowded.
Winds: it is often windy, but by shifting beaches, you can usually avoid the worst of it. 
Sunbeds and umbrellas: yes.
Showers: yes.
Life guards: only on the main sandy beach of Paleochora.
Water sports: yes.
Safe for children: there are no tides in general. And on the west-facing beaches, there aren’t many tides too. In certain places, the sea bottom drops rapidly.
Car parking: easy everywhere and free.


Chania is made up of hundreds of villages that are administratively organized into seven municipalities.

One of the villages is located on Gavdos island, which has a population of less than 30 people. Its special significance as the continent’s southernmost point makes it a rare location in any case, but it has also been bestowed by nature with great elegance.

Apokoronas villages are located in the northeastern region of Chania. Other villages include Georgioupolis, which has a long beach, Kournas, which has a spectacular lake, Kokkino Chorio, Alikampos, and Fres, among others.

Sfakia, with its rugged landscapes and remote villages, is located in southeastern Crete and has a long history of national and Cretan struggles. Agia Roumeli, one of these villages, marks the end of Chania’s most spectacular natural attraction, the Samaria Gorge. Fragokastello, with its castle and Drosoulites legend, as well as the seaside village of Loutro and the mountainous Anopoli, are all worth seeing.

The villages of the municipality Kantanos-Selino are located in the heart of Chania, stretching all the way to the Libyan Sea’s southern shores: the valiant Kantanos, the seaside Paleochora, which draws many visitors, and the remote Sougia with its beautiful beach are only a few of the region’s villages.

Kissamos, with its homonymous settlement as its capital, stretches to the west of the region, and includes villages such as Polirinia, Topolia, Kalyviani, and others. The beaches of Balos, Elafonisi, and Falassarna, all located in Kissamos Municipality, are among Crete’s most beautiful.

The adjacent settlements to the north and around Chania are part of the municipality of Platanias. Since they all have huge hotel complexes and beaches to fit all tastes, these villages attract a substantial portion of the region’s tourism.


Hundreds of caves dot the Greek island of Crete, and each one is worth a visit, whether for their natural beauty or for the past they conceal. Many of the caves are open to the public and have a unique perspective on the island’s landscape.

Lera cave

The Lera cave is 15 kilometers north of Chania, in the Stavros area, inside a natural port. This cave served as a mine during the filming of “Zorba the Greek”, and was being used through centuries for religious purposes. There are lovely columns and stalagmites, as well as an impressive stalagmite in the form of an angel’s wing. Stefanos Leras, the mythical Chief of Arms who ruled Akrotiri from 1821 to 1833, gave the cave his name.

Saint John Damialis church and cave

Saint John Damialis church, or Agios Ioannis Prodromos Damialis, is one of the oldest churches in Crete, and is located in the Kissamos district. It is on the main road that leads to Balos beach.

It’s a tenth-century church situated under an unusual rock formation. A narrow cave and a tunnel run under the road next to the church, leading to the small pebble and rocky Damialis beach.

Holy Seven Children cave

This cave is near the Agia Kyriaki Monastery and the Metamorphosis (Transfiguration) Monastery in the Varypetro district of Chania, some 10 kilometers away. The monastery was in ruins till 1992, but it has since been rebuilt and is now a beautiful Cretan monastery. The monastery is a dependent of the Chrysopigi female monastery near Chania and is situated in a beautiful place with a beautiful, protected grove, a small canyon with a waterfall, and many cavernous churches accessible through stone paved trails. The cavernous chapels of the Holy Seven Children and many others surround the monastery.

Arkoudospilios – the Bear Cave

The Holy Mary cave, also known as Arkoudospilia (the bear cave), is located in Chania’s Akrotiri district, 2 kilometers north of the Gouverneto monastery, within the gorge “Avlaki,” where the cave connects to the Katholiko monastery. The cave is known for the bear-shaped rock and has been used as a place of worship for Artemis since ancient times. According to the legend, the Holy Mary converted the bear to stone to prevent her from taking the valuable water that the monks in the cave needed. On the 2nd of February, the chapel is commemorated by a large number of locals who spend the night praying inside the cave and lighting large fires.

Saint John cave or Katholiko cave

The “Ksenos” cave, also known as Saint John the Hermit’s cave, is situated near the Avlaki gorge in Akrotiri, just a few hundred meters from the Bear cave in the remote Katholiko monastery and the Gouverneto monastery. This cave, like the Bear cave, used to be a river basin with a total length of 135 meters. It is richly embellished with stalagmites and stalactites in many laces. Many inscriptions can be seen on the walls and stalactites in the final chamber, some of which are very ancient.

Saint Sofia Cave

The Saint Sophia cave is situated 47 kilometers southwest of Chania, on the western walls of the Topolia Gorge, on the main road to Elafonisi. The cave’s entrance is 25 meters wide, and the cave’s height exceeds 20 meters in many places, making it truly massive. For speleobiologists, the cave of Saint Sophia is very important because it is home to the spider Pholcus Creticus, which can only be found in this cave.

The Cave of the Elephants

It is possible to explore a submarine cave in the bay of Souda that was found by a spearfisherman in 1999. The tunnel, which is known as the Cave of the Elephants, was explored for the first time in 2000. Aside from the natural beauty of the place, the study revealed the bones of an extinct elephant species. The paleontological materials discovered inside consisted mainly of elephant bones. The cave’s entrance begins at a depth of 10 meters below sea level and extends for 40 meters in a tunnel. The cave’s main chamber is only partly filled with water, rising from a few centimeters to nearly 4 meters.

Saint John the Hermit Cave

The famous historical cave of Saint John the Hermit (Agios Ioannis Xenos) is located in the Marathokefala region of village Spilia, 25 km west of Chania and only 3 km from Kolymbari, in which, according to legend, lived this saint of Crete who established the island’s rich ascetic culture. A break in the rock near the temple drips water all year, supposedly “the sacred water of Agios Ioannis,” which you may collect in a small tank. The feast of Saint John the Hermit is celebrated on October 6-7, and on December 24, Christmas Eve, the Nativity of Christ is depicted with actual animals and is well-known in Greece.

Churches and monasteries

A visit to Chania shows a plethora of holy sites, as well as more than 300 Byzantine temples, chapels, and impressive monasteries strewn throughout the city. The majority of them are embellished with magnificent frescoes and holy icons from the Venetian conquest, as well as Renaissance architectural elements.

AgiaTriada (Tsangarolon)

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The Monastery of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) Tsagarolon is located in the peninsula Akrotiri, about 20 kilometers northeast of Chania city. This is a magnificent monastery, and it is the greatest of all Crete’s monasteries. Its architecture combines aspects of Venetian and Cretan Renaissance architecture with a more austere aesthetic. The Monastery has a large yard in the north, as well as a couple of magnificent chapels.


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The Monastery of Gouverneto, or Our Lady of the Angels, is just 4 kilometers from the Monastery of Agia Triada Tsagarolon on the northern side of the Akrotiri peninsula. It was founded in 1537 and is considered one of Crete’s oldest monasteries. A footpath leads from here past Arkoudiospilia (Bear Cave) and down 140 steps to Katholiko, a sixth-century monastery carved into a cliff face.


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The Patriarchal Monastery of Chrysopigi, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was established in Chania during the last time of the Venetian Period (end of the 16th century). Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world visit the monastery every year to knee before the miraculous icon. Throughout the ages, the monastery saw times of prosperity and decay. It was repeatedly raided and severely damaged by the Ottoman and German conquerors of Crete. The Monastery housed males until 1976, when it was converted into a female monastery and rebuilt from the ground up.

Panagia Chrisoskalitissa

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The monastery of Panagia Chrisoskalitissa is located 72 kilometers south of Chania, next to the beautiful Elafonissi beach. It functions as a nunnery and resembles a castle, set on a 35- meter-high cliff with panoramic sea views. The Virgin Mary and the Holy Trinity had their own aisles in the sanctuary. The precise date of the monastery’s foundation is uncertain.

Chania Cathedral

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The ancient Trimartiri, the Cathedral Temple of Chania, and the Temple of Eisodion of the Theotokos, all stand in the heart of Chania. As Cathedral, Metropolitan, and Protector of the City, the Temple of Eisodion concentrates the social and usually devotional interests of Chania’s godly population. Throughout its 150-year existence, the Temple has become synonymous with the destiny, heritage, and history of the city, and has been lauded as one of Crete’s most significant historical monuments. The feastday of Eisodion of Theotokos, which is also a holiday in Chania, is observed by the Temple on November 21.

Saint Nikolaos

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The church of Saint (Agios) Nikolaos, located east of Splatzia Square in Chania’s old city, was founded as a Dominican monastery before 1320, during the Venetian Era. It was sleek and spacious, with broad arches in the interior. It was converted into a mosque during the Turkish occupation. The use of two balconies on the minaret, rather than one, emphasizes its significance. After being confiscated by Christians of the orthodox faith in 1928, the mosque was converted into a Christian church and dedicated to Agios Nikolaos.

Chapel of St Nicholas

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The white chapel is situated on a rocky islet, giving the impression that it is floating on the sea as seen from afar. It is dedicated to St Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors, and the architect who designed it has not been identified. Many Greek marriages take place there throughout the season. However, if you do not have the proper footwear, getting to the chapel will be difficult, but once you do, you will not be disappointed. It’s in Georgioupolis, about 40 kilometers from Chania.

Where to Eat/drink in Chania

In terms of eating choices, whether someone choose to eat in or out, Crete is less expensive than most visitors from other countries are used to. This, of course, is dependent on your own interests. Nonetheless, the cost of produce and other foodstuffs is specifically mirrored in supermarkets and the service sector in general.

Greece is still reasonably priced, but Crete can be even more so once you get to know the locals and where to buy and eat. The city markets in Chania are fantastic, but having friends who own farms is also beneficial. Local supermarket options include SYNKA, Xalkiadakis and Sklavenitis, but there is also LIDL and AB.

Some of the best items available cost little to nothing. For example, five kilos of the sweetest oranges cost a few cents, while potatoes cost the same as a cappuccino. The same can be said for a variety of products, the list of which is much too long to include here.

Another useful tip is to avoid soft drinks in favor of wine or soda, since the latter are very pricey in Chania.

Finally, you’ll be happily shocked if you shop from markets and do what the locals do. You will have more space and money for fun if you avoid costly beef cuts and overpriced fresh-fish taverns.

Restaurants/International cuisine


The Mirai Sushi Bar restaurant in Chania is a must-visit for fans of Japanese cuisine. A chic room with minimal décor and a lounge environment that has quickly become a sushi hotspot.


A lovely, trendy restaurant situated on Chania’s wonderful Venetian harbor. With an outstanding menu crafted and served with proficiency and flair, Kariatis has an excellent reputation for top-notch food and service. Inventive and refreshingly different dishes inspired by flavorful, colorful, aromatic ingredients from both Crete and Italy, serving a delectable array of Italian and Mediterranean dishes, as well as delectable gourmet desserts. Kariatis also has a wide collection of award-winning Greek and international wines.


Pallas stands out for its sleek, distinctive architecture in Chania’s old harbor, in a historical building that was once home to Ali Pasha. Pallas cuisine revolves around new, traditional Cretan ingredients that serve as the foundation for modern Mediterranean-inspired dishes.

Ginger Concept

The Ginger Concept is in the heart of Chania’s Old Town. It is an all-day cafe and wine bar with a budget-friendly kitchen and a convenience store. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner are all available.


Laganon has a one-of-a-kind pasta experience, as all the pasta is made from scratch. Pasta dough is made every day, starting early in the morning, with Cretan olive oil, fresh local eggs, and the highest quality semolina flour. You can select from seven different types of fresh pasta and fourteen different sauces.

Traditional Cretan food

Thalassino Ageri

Thalassino Ageri is a traditional fish tavern near Chania’s harbor, in a far more tranquil location than the Venetian port. It serves high-quality fish in a welcoming and relaxing setting. The tables are arranged along the seaside, overlooking the harbor, so that visitors can take in the beautiful scenery.


Chalkina has plenty of raki, tsikoudia, retsina, and other local wines, as well as Cretan delicacies. It’s typical Cretan ambiance blends seamlessly with the distinctive environment of the Old Harbor, where it is located. Cretan music nights are held on occasion to provide a unique atmosphere.


The ” Arismari ” is in Chania’s old port, on the ground floor of a one-of-a-kind Venetian mansion in front of the harbor that has remained untouched over time, mixing old and new architecture and functionality. It makes a regular attempt, focused on the uniqueness of the Cretan diet, to blend conventional and innovative cuisine, displaying primary raw materials, aromas, and flavors of Crete with greater strength and ingenuity.


Chrisostomos is the place to go if you want a taste of Cretan traditional cuisine, which is known for its plain, yet delicious dishes made entirely of local ingredients. Chrisostomos is the epitome of local gastronomy, serving authentic Cretan dishes cooked in a wood oven.

Daliani Street

Behind Chania’s Municipal Market is a lovely, pedestrianized street. Traditional pubs, cafes, and restaurants, as well as historical points of significance, line the street today. When you visit this place, you will be able to mingle with people of all ages as well as many locals.



Salis restaurant, located on the harbor front of Chania Town, is a great place to eat, socialize, and relax. This restaurant offers a diverse menu of classic dishes with a fresh twist and imagination, as well as a comprehensive wine list with a wide variety of enticing options.


At Oinoa, they collaborate closely with Greek manufacturers and cultivate good personal relationships with both farmers and growers, in order to use Greek ingredients as much as possible in all of their dishes. Oinoa is a spot where you can not only sample a wide range of wines, but also eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a lighter ‘bistro’ meal.


Its name comes from the plant kritamo, the famous cretan seaside herb. Any ingredient on the menu was grown or harvested by the restaurant’s founders, as well as local farmers, shepherds, artisan cheese makers, fishermen, vintners, olive oil manufacturers, and several other nindividuals who are committed to producing high-quality items. The family recipes for the baked pastries and pastas date back decades.


Kariatis is an Italian eatery situated in Chania Town’s Old Harbor. It has a fantastic menu of plenty for everybody. You will savor well-prepared salads, delectable desserts, and delectable tastes. The impressive wine range, which includes over a hundred different brands, is one of the restaurant’s best features. The restaurant’s reputation is fueled by the outstanding consistency of its food and wine.



It is located near the square of Dikastiria. There is a big variety of brunch and breakfast choices, but also coffee, cocktails and comfort food in this all day restaurant.


Estrella can be found in Akti Miaouli. Eggs prepared in a variety of ways, biscuits, the popular bougatsan, sandwiches, noodles, and fresh juices are only a few of the choices available from early morning to late at night.

Carte Postal

It is in Profitis Ilias (Sodi), only a few minutes from Chania’s Old Town, and provides a spectacular panoramic view of the city and the sea. It is a hip restaurant where you can get coffee and brunch in the morning, dinner, or fine drinking and dining in the evening, with a diverse wine list, creative cocktails, pastry chef desserts, and a Mediterranean-Cretan cuisine mix.


Pallas stands out for its sleek, distinctive architecture in Chania’s old harbor, in a historical building that was once home to Ali Pasha. Pallas serves coffee, breakfast, and brunch


Nama is in Chania’s old harbor, in a cozy place with a beautiful interior. At Nama, you can find beautiful and delicious pancakes as well as variety in breakfast and brunch.

Coffee /Bars/Coctails


Pallas stands out for its sleek, distinctive architecture in Chania’s old harbor, in a historical building that was once home to Ali Pasha. Pallas serves coffee, wine and cocktails.


New thrilling coffee varieties and new tea blends with fine herbs are available at the new Nama’s espresso bar. In the wine bar, the sommelier would make all the necessary recommendations to fit your preferences. There is also a large selection of wines available in glasses. At Nama, you can pair your cocktails or wine with tapas and signature Nama dishes.

Carte postal

With a breathtaking panoramic view of both the town and the sea, Carte Postal is the ideal place to enjoy your morning coffee. It is also a very chic and peaceful bar where you can choose among a wide selection of wines, inventive drinks and cocktails.


Koukouvagia (which means Owl in English) is located on Prophet Elias’ hill. With panoramic views of Chania, the Venetian Harbor, and the White Mountains, it has developed itself as the ultimate coffee hangout. Apart from the stunning sunset, tasty desserts such as fluffy chocolate cake covered in rich hot chocolate or yogurt garnished with whipped cream are available at Koukouvagia.


Nymfes is located on Akrotiri hill and is about a 20-minute drive from downtown Chania. It is a local favorite cafe and well known for the amazing view and the delicious desserts.


Prassein Aloga

This unconventional place is located in a remodeled structure with no roof. It offers traditional and handcrafted Cretan cuisine with a gourmet twist. Enjoy your evening meal while listening to Greek songs, drinking shots of raki, rakomelo and many others.


Barraki is open from 9 p.m. until the early hours of the morning. The clientele consists of young Cretans as well as many guests. It provides a wonderful mixture of a relaxing environment surrounded by trees and outstanding service. Your senses will be captivated by the consistency of the drinks. Add in the soothing music and the fragrant rakomelo, and you have got yourself a winning combination.

Bras de Freres

The Bras de Freres bar is a venue where you can enjoy beautiful cocktails and luxury drinks while listening to upbeat songs. It is situated near Chania Town’s Old Harbor and is based in an old, restored structure of retro décor. Bras de Freres is well-known for its artistic festivals and concerts, which are held on a regular basis.


One of the most popular nightclubs in Chania.


Chania has a large number of local bakeries. All the items on sale are handcrafted and fresh. Pizza, bread, and a variety of other delicacies are available, all made from fresh, local ingredients. Some of the most popular bakery shops in town are: Bougatsa Iordanis, Glymidakis, Bakery Shop and Artopolion.

Fast Food


Thraka is a gathering place for all foodies in Chania. Classic Greek souvlaki, new salads, pizzas, desserts, and veggie dishes are among the delicacies available at Thraka.


Pizzas, fantastic salads, crepes, delicious desserts, and inexpensive coffees are all available.

Meat Box

If you are tired of Greek food and want to try some delicious and large burgers, this is the place to go. This restaurant is worth a visit for its delicious egg burgers, bacon, and chicken.


Goody’s Burger House is a new take on a traditional burger joint, offering exclusive and high- quality flavor combinations based on classic and common recipes.

Zachari & Alati

Try something different from Greek cuisine. Clients will dive deep into delectable gourmet crepes at this location. It is great for sweet and savory crepes every time of day or night.

Outside town

Psaros (Almyrida)

This family-run fish taverna has movie credits to its name. Thanks to its beautiful location, and a balcony that seems to be suspended over Almyrida bay, Psaros is a must visit. Top quality, seasonal fish and seafood are cooked to simple perfection. Portions are large, salads are fresh, and everything is handmade.

Gramboussa (Kalyviani)

The purest ingredients and the most exceptional, conventional dishes are used in Gramvousa Restaurant. Gramvousa is an excellent destination for those interested in learning about nature and tradition through Cretan cuisine.

Leventogiannis (Therisso)

Therisso Gorge, at the foot of the White Mountains, is where it is located. At this restaurant, you will be served traditional Greek cuisine. This location is known for its tasty raki and home- made goods. Everything is cooked in a traditional wood oven, and there is no standard menu since the dishes change daily.

Tzaneris & Arxontissa (Drakona)

The lovely structure, built of wood and stone, fits in well with the surrounding architecture. They serve homemade bread and a great variety of classic cretan receipes, all cooked in a wood oven. The “Cretan Quality Pact” has given the tavern its seal of approval.

Tzitzifia (Tzitzifes)

In the common context, a taverna, but with a new approach. It is not easy to find in the Apokoronas region’s mountains, but it is must-see. Delicious cooking, excellent wine, a lovely traditional ambience, and food prepared with a twist.

Alternative taste tours

Manousakis Winery
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A half-hour drive from Chania into the Lefka Ori Mountains of Western Crete to visit Manousakis Winery is a must for those looking to sample award-winning wines. Manousakis has been making wines since 2007, when they were a small business. They now produce 150,000 bottles of wine each year. The winery is a family-owned business that provides wine tours and tastings, as well as a restaurant where you can pair your wine with typical Cretan cuisine. The winery is now diversifying its offerings to include exhibits and Cretan music evenings. Manousakis Winery provides a true Cretan experience away from the tourist crowds, with food, wine, and culture.

Cretan Brewery
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Cretan Brewery, which has been making beers from water sourced in the White Mountains, malted barley from Northern Greece, and hops and yeast since 2007, is another popular tipple famously manufactured in the Cretan countryside and distributed to hotels, restaurants, and bars throughout the island and mainland.

There are five different types of beers to pick from, all of which contain natural sugars from honey or grapes from dry white wine extracted using a procedure that includes heating the water with olive peat. There are no added ingredients in Cretan Brewery beers, so this creates a significant difference in flavor and the sense of being “well” when drinking an alcoholic beverage.

The brewery is located in a rural area about 30 minutes from Chania, and visitors can take a tour of the brewing process followed by a tasting at their terrace restaurant, which has views of the river valley with olive, orange, and avocado trees.

This would be one of the best things to do in the Chania region of Crete because it mixes drinking fine beer with relaxing surroundings and typical Cretan cuisine.

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