- Chania All inclusive holidays
A fascinating blend of Turkish, Greek and Venetian influences with that unique Cretan fire and passion gives you Chania, one of the most charming and delightful destinations on the island. Crete is famous for its landmarks, sunshine and gorgeous beaches, and Chania has all of this, and more. It’s a town full of tumbling cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and ancient churches, surrounded by olive and lemon groves, exactly what you imagine Crete to be.
Located on the northwest coast of Crete, Chania is also a great base for a family holiday, especially if you love the beach! There are 20km of golden sands surrounding the town, so even in the height of summer there’s plenty of room for everyone. Away from the beach there are lots of things to see and do, so there’s no chance for the kids to get bored. One of the must visit spots for families is a little along the coast, so hire a car and drive over to Aqua Plus water park, just past Heraklion. It’s a bit of a drive, but well worth it as you also get to see the stunning northern coastline. The E75 road goes all the way along the coast, so you can stop off on the way and see attractions and sites you might otherwise miss.
Another popular day trip that’s a little closer to Chania is the Samaria Gorge. This spectacular spot is a World Biosphere reserve and is 16km long. If you’re not feeling up to walking the entire 16km then there are shorter walks around the gorge, especially near the famous ‘Gates’, where the gorge is only four meters wide but soars straight up to a dramatic 300m high.
For a more leisurely stroll among some of the best kept gardens on the island, head to the Botanical Garden of Crete, which sits at the base of the White Mountains and is a haven of tranquillity.
All inclusive holidays in Chania are a chance to discover the real Crete. This ancient town may have seen its share of conflict over the centuries, but that means it’s packed full of quirky, unusual and fascinating landmarks to discover. And because it’s a compact little town it’s easy to explore on foot so you see all of the sights close up. One of the iconic landmarks is the lighthouse that stands proud above the harbour. This was built by the Venetians in 1565, and despite earthquakes and subsequent wars, still stands today.
The main marketplace in the centre of the town is Chania Municipal Agora. This ancient trading spot has undergone significant changes over the centuries, but today is an interesting destination and a great place to pick up a few souvenirs from the market stalls.
The Venetians had a huge influence on the development of Crete through the Renaissance period, and one of the best examples of their dominance is the Grand Arsenali, at the main port. Built in 1585, it has been used for everything from storing ordnance through to a hospital, a school, and currently as the centre for Mediterranean Architecture.
The town has been a centre of religious life on the island for thousands of years, and a visit to the Monastery of Agia Triada will give you an insight into the culture of Crete, as well as a chance to escape the crowds and the hustle and bustle of modern life. In fact, Chania holidays are a chance to escape the stresses of everyday life and enjoy a slower pace as you tour landmarks such as a replica of a Minoan ship, or the sanctuary of the tombs of the Venizelos Family, high on a hill above the town.
From traditional Cretan clubs where you’ll hear the subtle sounds of the lute and the lyre, to pumping dance clubs with international DJs, Crete’s entertainment scene is varied and has something for everyone. Jazz is incredibly popular, and you’ll find plenty of smooth jazz bars and clubs for a more laid back atmosphere and a change from the usual nightclub vibe.
Chania all inclusive holidays are the perfect opportunity to taste the best in Cretan cuisine, and in Chania they celebrate the local produce with a series of festivals and events throughout the year. The Cretan Wine festival is particularly popular, and runs from May all the way through until August, giving you plenty of chances to sample the local vintages, for ‘research’ purposes, of course!
For the kids, there’s lots to do and see during holidays in Chania. Hotels are happy to put on entertainment for the little ones, and most run kid’s clubs and theme days that will not only keep them busy, but give mum and dad a break too. Storytelling is a big part of Cretan life, and professional storytellers keep young and old enthralled with tales of the Minotaur, Jason and the Argonauts, and the shenanigans of the gods!
Why choose an all-inclusive holiday to Chania
All inclusive holidays in Chania have opened up this part of Crete to families, making it a popular summer destination, thanks to all those beaches! The resorts and hotels go out of their way to make families feel welcome, and there are plenty of things to keep the kids happy all day long. There are theme parks nearby for a day on the flumes, or hire a 4x4 and go exploring some of the natural wonders and ancient ruins right across the island. Restaurants cater for kids with children’s portions, while hotels offer babysitting services so you can have a night to yourselves without worrying about the kids. Like cheap all-inclusive holidays to Chania? Check out our other amazing deals for Chania holidays!