Hania (hahn-yah; also spelt Chania) is unreservedly Crete’s most evocative city. Its beautiful Venetian quarter is a web of atmospheric streets that tumble onto a magnificent harbour. Restored Venetian townhouses have been converted into chic restaurants and boutique hotels, while ruins house stunning tavernas. The prominent former mosque on the harbour and other remnants of the city’s Turkish rulers add to Hania’s exotic charm. Hania has a lively tradition of artisanship and boasts some of the island’s finest restaurants. The Old Town is a great place to spend a few days.
The Hania Prefecture gets its fair share of package tourists, but most of them stick to the beach developments that stretch out to the west. It is a main transit point for trekkers heading for the Samaria Gorge.
Hania destination guides
Crete Hike & Kayak
Hike through rugged forest, kayak to picturesque fishing villages and uncover the natural beauty of Crete on this compact trip jam-packed with adventure. Trek along trails deep into Samariá Gorge and witness the views at Agia Irini. Paddling your kayak past magnificent scenery to secluded beaches, you'll have plenty of chances to dive in and savour the turquoise waters.
Crete: Mountains and Coast
Explore on foot the ancient cities, mountains and villages along Crete's southwest coast