Discover the most popular attractions & locations of West Crete

Chania Town

Chania is the second largest town in Crete. Full of popular attractions, history and traditional flavors, you will definitely need more than a few days to discover the beauties of this place!

Best attractions: Municipal Market, Old harbor & Lighthouse, Maritime Museum of Crete, Archaeological Museum of Chania,


Rethymnon is a pleasant surprise for most travelers. While Chania gets most of the attention, Rethymon’s beautiful Old Town, with its Venetian fortress and protected harbor, makes it a standout destination but draws less tourists.

Best attractions: Old Venetian Harbor, Old town, Fortezza, Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon, Arkadi Monastery

Elafonisi beach

Elafonisi is like paradise on earth! A wonderful beach with pink coral sand and crystal waters. It is consireded as one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. This magical place was deserted for a long time but now it has become a popular sight and can get pretty crowded during the high summer season.


Balos is surely the mostly photographed beach in Crete.

The lagoon of Balos has white sand and exotic blue and turquoise sea. The waters is very shallow and warm, ideal for young children. In many places the sand has a lovely pinkish color, because of millions of crushed shells. Beyond the rocks at the boundaries of the lagoon, the water is deeper and colder, ideal for snorkeling.

Falassarna beach

Falassarna Beach has won prizes for being the most beautiful beach in Crete and is always one of the top ten beaches in Europe, with its wonderful, fine white sand and warm, crystal-clear water. The beach of Pachia Ammos is so big that it rarely feels overcrowded even in high summer, when you are surrounded by hundreds of people. It is fully organised, with umbrellas and loungers  covering most of the area, as well as several beach bars and restaurants

Kournas Lake

Lake Kourna is the only lake with fresh water in Crete. It is situated in a magnificent location, just 4km away from Georgioupolis Chania. It is a rather small lake, known from antiquity with the name Korisia. Lake Kournas is a remarkable destination for an afternoon walk or a day trip. The relaxing and beautiful landscape is ideal for nature lovers.

Menies beach

Menies or Diktynna is located 45km northwest of Chania, on the northeastern shores of Cape Rodopos and at the exit of Foundas Gorge. It is a lovely secluded beach with pebbles and deep crystal blue waters. It is not affected by the usual winds blowing in the area and is ideal for isolation, far away from urban centers. For many kilometers there are absolutely no facilities, so make sure you have all essentials with you.

Seitan Limania

The beach of Seitan Limania is located in the northeast side of Chania, just 20 km from the city centre. The name is turkish and the beach is named after the dangerousness of the tides of the area. The beach is also known as the Devilport. Through the breathtaking scenery with the steef rocks and the wild beauty of the nature you can spot the beach with the sky blue waters and the pebble-sand. The sea is quite deep, but the waters are usually calm.

Samaria Gorge

Located in Southwest Crete in the regional unit of Chania, Samaria Gorge National Park covers an area of 5,100 hectares and sees up to 3,000 people hike the gorge daily in the peak month of August.
It is the most famous gorge in Crete and is the longest gorge not only in Greece but the whole of Europe, forming part of the E4 long-distance hiking trail that starts in Andalusia, Spain, and finishes in Cyprus, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.




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