Hania Province attractions

Top Choice Museum in Hania

Hania Archaeological Museum

The setting alone in the beautifully restored 16th-century Venetian Church of San Francisco is reason to visit this fine collection of artefacts from Neolithic to Roman times. Late-Minoan sarcophagi catch the eye as…
Top Choice Historic Site in Hania

Venetian Harbour

There are few places where Hania's historic charm and grandeur is more palpable than in the old Venetian Harbour. It's lined by pastel-coloured buildings that punctuate a maze of narrow lanes lined with shops and ta…
Top Choice Lagoon in Gramvousa Peninsula


The rugged Gramvousa Peninsula cradles the lagoon-like white powdery beach of Balos, whose shallow, shimmering turquoise waters will undoubtedly bring a giggle to your holiday-hungry throat. The beach is gorgeous, w…
Top Choice Museum in Hania

Maritime Museum of Crete

Part of the hulking Venetian-built Firkas Fortress at the western port entrance, this museum celebrates Crete’s nautical tradition with model ships, naval instruments, paintings, photographs, maps and memorabilia. O…
Top Choice Ruins in Hania Province


The ruins of the ancient city of Aptera, about 13.5km east of Hania, spread over two hills that lord grandly over Souda Bay. Founded in the 7th century BC, Aptera was one of the most important city-states of western…
Top Choice Park in Hania Province

Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete

On the main Hania–Omalos road south of Fournes, the excellent Botanical Park is well-signposted about half-way between Fournes and Lakki. It was created by four brothers who transformed the family's 200 acres of agr…
Beach in Hora Sfakion

Sweetwater Beach

West of Hora Sfakion, lovely Sweetwater Beach is accessible by a small daily ferry (May to October, per person €4), by taxi boat (one-way/return €25/50) or on foot via a stony and partly vertiginous 3.5km coastal pa…
Archaeological Site in Hania Province


The wonderful mountaintop ruins of the ancient city of Polyrrinia (pol-ee-ren-ee-a) lie about 7km south of Kissamos, above the village of the same name. Sea, mountain and valley views from this defensible spire are …
Museum in Hania

Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Collection

In the impressively restored Venetian Church of San Salvatore, this small but fascinating collection of artefacts, icons, jewellery and coins spans the period from AD 62 to 1913. Highlights include a segment of a mo…
Fort in Paleohora

Venetian Fort

There’s not much left of the 13th-century Venetian castle looming above Paleohora, but it's worth the clamber for splendid views of the sea and mountains, especially at sunset.