The prefecture of Chania covers the western part of Crete. Chania has also the inhabited islands Gavdos and Gavdopoula, located about 20 miles south of the county, in the Aegean Sea.
The main cities of the prefecture are Chania, the capital of the prefecture, and Kastelli in Kissamos. The main towns are Paleohora and Kandanos in Selino, and Hora Sfakion in Sfakia. The prefecture of Chania offers tourism services and activities of all kinds, satisfying all the options. The city preserves all the features, from the Venetian era even until today.
Chania is a famous destination in Crete, the second after the city of Heraklion of the island. And in ancient times, when there was not yet Heraklion, Chania was the first. Perhaps the first in everything: in terms of trade, security and the number of inhabitants. It has had through the centuries many conquerors and with a long history of culture. The most important part is the Old Town, constructed around the Venetian harbour 600 years ago by the Venetians and the Turks. It is a very beautiful city, picturesque famous for its Venetian harbour, the old harbour and narrow streets. Ideal for shopping and romantic walks. Explore the best places in Chania with astonishing museums, monasteries and buildings, like the Market of Chania. Visit the lots of clean and beautiful beaches like Falassarna and Elafonissi and but also the great Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe.
►Local products of Chania include raki or tsikoudia, graviera cheese, olives and natural olive oil, honey and wine.
►The main regions prefecture of Chania are Agia Marina, Agia Roumeli, Almyrida-Plaka, Chania Town, Georgioupoli, Gerani, Kalamaki, Kalathas, Kalyves, Kasteli-Kissamou, Kato Daratso, Kavros, Kolymbari, Kournas, Malathiros, Maleme, Paleochora, Platanias, Sfakia, Sougia, Stalos, Tavronitis.
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