Crete is the biggest island in Greece and the fifth-largest in the Mediterranean Sea. Its capital city is Heraklion and other known cities are Chania, Rethymno and Lasithi. The rich mythology, which is connected both with the ancient Greek Gods and the Minoan Civilization, makes Crete one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece. Every traveler should taste the traditional cuisine of Crete and listen to the unique Mantinades-based music and the indigenous dances.
Chania is the second largest city of Crete and can be divided into two parts, the old traditional town, which is situated next to the old harbour, and the modern city, where more locals live and work. Its charming beauty and the historical interest of the sightseeing in Chania amazes every traveler and make his vacations unique and memorable. Chania is also known for its traditional dishes, especially based on fresh fish and other local products. Moreover, the town is famous for its nightlife, as it has a lot of bars and clubs for those who want to have this type of entertainment. Don't forget to take a walk in the town and buy souvenirs from the local gift shops, the flea market, and the art galleries.
Sightseeing in Chania
Here is a list with some of the most known and impressive sightseeing in the region of Chania:
The Venetian Lighthouse: As a symbol of Chania the Venetian Lighthouse is located at the entrance of the port and dazes all the travelers with its unique beauty and its architecture. It was built in 1570 by the Venetians and the last time it was reconstructed was in 1830. Even it is no longer operational, visitors have the chance to walk along the Venetian walls, but not in the interior of the building. For couples, a night walk along the Venetian Lighthouse is a remarkable option, as it combines quiet, beauty and romanticism through the breathtaking view of the lighthouse.
The Gorge of Samaria: If you love hiking, the famous Gorge of Samaria is the ideal place for you. It was declared a National Park in 1962, as it protects the endangered species that live in there, such as the Cretan wild goat kri-kri. It is considered to be the largest gorge in Europe due to its length, which is calculated 16km long, from the northern side of Omalos Plateau to the village of Agia Roumeli. The gorge is not constantly open, but only from early May to late October between 7am and 3 pm. Daily trips are organized from Chania Town to Samaria Gorge or you take the public transportation from the town of Chania to Omalos. A lot of legends have been heard and said around the Gorge of Samaria, such as the one about the Drosoulites (the dead soldiers of Dalianis).
The Fortress of Frangokastello: This fortress is one of the most remarkable historical monuments in Crete. It was built by the Venetians between the period 1371-1374 BC. Its rectangular shape and its unique beauty charm the visitors and motivate them to walk along the castle and explore it. It was named ‘Frangokastello’ by the local people and it means ‘the castle of the Franks (Venetians). However, all the fortifications seen today were completed by the Turks during the Ottoman rule.
Chrissoskalitissa Monastery: This lovely historical white monastery of Panagia Chrissoskalitissa is situated on the southwestern side of Chania. It lies on the top of a cliff above Elafonisi and is dedicated to Virgin Mary. Its name is based on tradition, according to which one of the 90th steps that lead you to the monastery is golden and only people with a pure heart can notice it. It was built during the Venetian Times and nowadays it is open to the public. A museum with items and memorials of the Cretan Revolution is available for all the visitors as well.
Read more about our location in Almyrida
Almyrida is a beautiful village located in the northwest coast of Crete, approximately 20km from Chania. It is the ideal place for those who want to stay near the town of Chania and to explore the island while having as a starting point this beautiful village in Crete. Its beach, called Almyrida as well, with the shallow waters is ideal both for families with children, couples and groups of friends, as there is the potential for water sports, such as wind surfing. The beach is surrounded by stores, cafe bars and taverns, where you can enjoy delicious traditional Greek and local food nearby the crystal blue waters of the sea. Furthermore, Almyrida village lies 30 km far from the Chania airport and 15km from Soudas Port.
Beaches in Almyrida
In Almyrida there are two sandy and well organized beaches, which are awarded with a Blue Flag every year due to the cleanliness of their waters. That is the reason why both beaches are ideal and safe for families with children. Both beaches are also surrounded by beach bars and cafeterias, where you can enjoy your drink nearby the crystal waters.
Furthermore, the beaches of Almyrida are considered to be a windsurfers’ paradise, as they are exposed to strong winds and the big waves make them ideal for windsurfers. For the lovers of windsurfing there surfing board rentals and windsurfing trainers, willing to teach you.
Last but not least, there are sailing boats available for renting and ideal for exploring the sea caves along Almyrida.
How to reach Almyrida
If you are located in Chania and your destination is the beautiful village of Almyrida, there are two options: You can either take the National Road to Rethymno, go past to Kalyves and then continue on another 2 kilometers until you get to Almyrida, or make use of the daily bus, which begins from Chania and its destination is Kalyves and Almyrida. You can be informed for the bus timetable by the bus service in each area.
Travelers, who use the airplane as mean for their transportation, can take a taxi from the airport of Chania and they will be guided quickly to Almyrida. Otherwise, they have the ability to hire a car and drive to Almyrida.
More: For your transportation in Almyrida, our village has several car rental agencies and taxi services.
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