Geographically the city of Chania is situated at the east end of the Gulf of Chania, a extensive bay among the Akrotiri peninsula in the east and the Spatha peninsula (also called Rodopos) in the west. It comprises an important portion of the small Plain of Chania and borders with the hilly suburbs of Profitis Ilias, Agios Mattheos and Kounoupidiana in the direction of the east, with the villages of Vamvakopoulo, Nerokourou, Mournies and Perivolia towards the south and with the coastal areas of Chryssi Akti and Agioi Apostoloi towards the west...
Platanias is a village located about 11 km west from Chania and it is one of the most famous resorts of Western Crete, just off the Old Road to Kastelli. The village owns its name to the many plane trees (platania in Greek), which stand on the shore of the river Platanias, on the mouth of which the village is located. The village is one of the best developed spots of the Chania prefecture, due to the extended beaches and the neighborhood to Chania. Accommodation facilities are plenty and for all budgets. On the other hand, in August it is advised to check availability of lodging. Taverns, restaurants and cafes are several and you will not lack nightlife and amusement. Access is possible by public bus with very frequent service from early morning to late evening, taxi from Chania, as well as by private and rented car and motorbikes.
Kissamos is a beautiful village which is located to 41 km to west from Chania. It is the capital of the county of the same name and has about 3000 inhabitants. Kastelli Kissamou (Kissamos) is surrounded by a beautiful scenery for it has been built along a quiet beach with golden soft sands mixed with pebbles. There are a lot of things to visit; the city was active during the Greco-Roman period and relics from this period are still present. The Roman-Roman baths and cemetery, and especially the mosaic pavements are worth seeing.
Aghia Marina is a village located to 9 km from Chania city; it is fully developed in a tourist resort, which, along with the adjacent settlements of Stalos and Kato Stalos, counts approximately 1450 inhabitants. Lodging is plenty in Aghia Marina. A lot of hotels of all categories and for all budgets, rooms to let, studios and houses are available for tourists. Eating is an easy thing: a wide range of taverns and restaurants of any taste, cafes and bars are ready to offer their delicacies. As a tourist resort, Aghia Marina has an intense nightlife. Discos, bars and clubs with foreign and Greek music promise that your nights won t be dull at all. Access to the village is possible by public buses running regularly and taxi from Chania, as well as by private or rented car and motorbikes.
Kolymbari is a waterfront village located to 24 km west of Chania, at the base of the Rodopou Peninsula with a long, pebble beach; it is appealing if you look for a quiet, natural, holiday destination. Earlier Kolymbari was well-known as a rural village with olive-trees and vineyards; today it is a developing touristy village. Due to its rather protected port, it has been used for landing of troops in various periods of the modern history of the island. A lot of hotels, rooms to let and studios are available for the visitors. Food and drink are offered at the taverns and cafes by the sea, a scenic place to eat, especially in summer nights with full moon. Access to the village is possible by public bus running regularly and taxi from Chania, or Kastelli, as well as by private and rented car and motorbikes.
Sfakia is a beautiful, traditional, village to southwestern of the Chania prefecture. It is considered one of the few places in Greece to never have been fully occupied by foreign powers. The village is historic for the intense desire of its people for freedom and their struggle against several defeaters. It is considered as one of the most traditional villages of Crete, with elderly people still insisting on wearing the traditional costumes and keeping firmly the traditions of freedom, honor, hospitality and friendship but also of revenge. The Byzantine churches of Panaghia Thymiani and Aghioi Apostoloi are worth seeing in the village.
Vamos is located 26 km from Chania in North West Crete, and is the administrative centre of the Apokoronas district. Vamos is a famous village because its people were among the first in Crete who tried to promote the traditional way of life as an alternative form of tourism. Here the visitors live in renovated or new (with traditional built form) villas, visit the attractive countryside and the sandy beaches, eat traditionally and relax in a way a little different from the resorts of mass tourism. There are several tavernas, restaurants and cafes in the center of Vamos where you can try traditional food or have a coffee.