Old Venetian Harbor
Balos Lagoon is formed between the Cape Gramvousa and the small Cape Tigani and is located 56km northwest of Chania. You can either go by car or take a boat from Kissamos which is 17km from Chania. People call it “A paradise on earth” as Balos is one of the few places that have remained almost intact by human intervention.
It is a unique and exotic destination with a shallow warm beach on the one side and a turquoise beach on the other side. It is quite crowded during the summer but it is worth a visit
Elafonissi Beach is located 75 km from the city of Chania and its exceptional beauty is the reason why so many tourists visit it all summer long. It is characterized by the turquoise color of the sea, the pink sand and the fact that you have to walk through the sea to get to the other part of the beach.
It is a Natura 2000 protected area and there are over 110 plant species which create an exotic landscape that is unforgettable.
The island of Gavdos
The island of Gavdos is located in the southern part of Chania and it is the most southern part of Europe. It is, also, called the Island of Calypso, as experts believe it is the island in which Calypso held Odysseus as a prisoner. One of the most magnificent things to see in Gavdos is the living creatures that are all over the island.
There are plenty of scorpions, the endangered species of Caretta Caretta and you can see dolphins on your way to the island.
Seitan Limania Beach
Seitan Limania is a hidden beach, only 20 km away from the city of Chania. Although, it is in a quite isolated location, thousands of tourists visit it every year due to the spectacular color of the sea which is almost identical to the color of a swimming pool.
Seitan Limania means in Greek “The Satanic Harbors” because of the steep rocks that surround it. Be aware, it is recommended to wear your training shoes to climb down the path to reach the beach.
Gorge of Samaria
Exploring the Samaria Gorge is a must not only for tourists but also, for the Cretans because it is the longest gorge in Europe (16km).
It is a National Park that attracts thousands of visitors every year and is part of the World’s Biosphere Reserve. The walk through the gorge begins from Omalos, which is 38km away from Chania, and ends to Ayia Roumeli, in the shores of the Libyan Sea.
Visitors are allowed from May 1st to October 15th.