Top things to do in Hania Province

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

Balos

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 Seafood in Hania

Thalassino Ageri

This solitary fish taverna among the vestiges of Hania’s old tanneries in Halepa, some 2km east of the centre, is one of Crete’s top eateries. Take in the sunset from the superb setting and peruse the changing menu,…
Top Choice Cretan in Paleohora

To Skolio

Whether gorge walker or hire-car driver, do not miss the chance to dine at wonderful To Skolio, about 5km east of Paleohora. The converted red schoolhouse has cheerily painted tables on a tree-shaded cliff-side terr…
Top Choice Cretan in Hania

Bougatsa Iordanis

Locals start salivating at the mere mention of this little bakery-cafe dedicated to making the finest bougatsa since 1924. The flaky treat, filled with sweet or savoury cheese, is cooked fresh in enormous slabs and …
Top Choice Bar in Hania

Sinagogi

Housed in a roofless Venetian building on a small lane next to the synagogue, this popular summer-only lounge bar has eclectic decor and is a laid-back place to relax and take it all in. After dark, it's bathed in a…
Top Choice Live Music in Hania

Fagotto Jazz Bar

Established in 1978, this Hania institution in a Venetian building offers smooth (mostly recorded, occasionally live) jazz, soft rock and blues in a setting brimming with jazz paraphernalia, including a saxophone be…
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 Cretan in Paleohora

Taverna Methexis

It’s well worth the short saunter to the peninsula’s southeastern tip to sample the authentic comfort food and warm hospitality at this locally adored taverna across from a small beach. All the classics are accounte…