Regional Unit of Chania

The regional unit of Chania covers the western end of Crete.

The largest part is mountainous with the main massif being the mountain range of the White Mountains. Between the large and smaller mountains are created many small fertile plains and valleys. The Samaria Gorge – the largest in Europe – characterizes the place. Sandy beaches and some of them with pebbles. All with crystal clear and blue waters and very interesting seabed. A wonderful natural environment.

Visiting the inland villages is an exciting experience, both for their landscape and for their special color. Most of them are untouched by tourism and retain their traditional characteristics, including the architecture and the old way of life of the inhabitants. Here, in these villages, the visitor will understand the special characteristics of the Cretan people, will enjoy the experience of hospitality. Of course you will taste the fruits of the local land cooked with the rules of Cretan cuisine. Simple, simple, inventive. With obligatory seasonal raw materials, necessarily local and in order to highlight their taste peculiarities, flavors are created that are engraved deep in the memory. The greatness of the Cretan Diet.

The place is quite rich. Traditionally, one of the main sources of wealth has been, and still is, agriculture and animal husbandry. In addition, the sights of the place, the enchanting nature, the development of tourist infrastructure and the traditional hospitality of the locals made tourism one of the main resources for the prefecture.

The history of the place goes back to the Neolithic era. Over the years it has been the center of many revolutions and acts of resistance with the most recent example in the Second World War that became one of the most important centers of resistance against nazi invaders.

Traditional Music and Dance are constituent elements of the place. The Cretan music and dancing tradition is considered the most vivid in Greece. From Rizitika that shocks with their simplicity and intensity to the Kissamite tunes that immediately fascinate the listener...

Finally, there are many features that can be a point of reference for the visitor. The Venetian port of Chania, the ancient olive tree of Vouves, monasteries and country churches, Balos, Lafonisi, the Samaria Gorge, the picturesque villages of Apokoronas, the surprised "corners" in Sfakia, the magical Sougia, the cosmopolitan Platanias... A place that offers only strong emotions. But the element that leaves its imprint on all visitors is the people of the place and their hospitality !!!

Administratively, the Regional Unit of Chania consists of the Municipalities of:




Kantanou – Selino



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