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Chania (Greek Χανιά, also transliterated Hania) is a beautiful port town on the north west coast of Crete, with an atmosphere reflecting its Venetian and Turkish past. Highly livable spot.
The city is served by Chania International Airport (IATA code: CHQ) on the Akrotiri Peninsula. The airport is named after Daskalogiannis, a Sfakiot hero who was skinned by the Turks in the 18th century.
There are several flights a day from Athens to Chania, with Aegean Airlines and Olympic Airlines. From April to early November, there are many direct charter flights to Chania from the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and other European countries.
Ferry services from Athens (Piraeus port) to Chania (Hania) Crete island.
If you are on Crete to see the 'real Crete', as opposed to the night clubs for tourists, then visiting the villages of the island is a must. All Cretan culture can be seen, heard and tasted in the villages. The Cretans at work or at leisure will always welcome visitors and show you how to do things the correct way. All villages have a central kafenion (coffee shop) which is where all people eventually end up. The kafenion, apart from being a place to meet friends for a coffee, raki or a game of tavli, is used as the main information centre of the village. Be aware, however, that the kafenion is still very much a male dominion and women are generally not welcome inside (as opposed to a kafeteria or regular cafe). Most villages have war memorials and the locals will willingly fill in any missing information. Gavalohori has a wonderful Folklore Museum where much about village life can be learned.
- Etz Hayyim Synagogue, Parados Kondylaki, 730 11, Hania, Crete, Hellas (GR) (The synagogue can be reached by walking up Kondylaki Street from the harbour and taking the second turn to the right (please check also the map icon bellow). This street is only about 25 meters long and leads to a cross street with no other exits. On reaching that intersection, the stone wall and entrance to the courtyard of the synagogue are directly in front of you.), ☎ +30 28210 862 86, . 10:00 - 18:00. Until 1999 Etz Hayyim was a desecrated house of prayer that remained the sole Jewish monument on the Island of Crete after the destruction of Crete's Jewish community in 1944. Essentially it stood as a monument to the success of the Nazis in obliterating 2300 years of Jewish life on the Island of Crete. Between 1996 and the year of its re-dedication in 1999, the structure was painstakingly restored. The philosophy that directed this work is summed up in the Hebrew Am Israel Hayy:'The people of Israel Live'. Today it stands as a vibrant statement of Jewish life, vitality and values, whereas until recently it was still mentioned on the World Monument Fund's list of most endangered sites.
- The Archaeological Museum of Hania  is well worth a visit.
- The Roadhouse Bar & Grill (Mike's Roadhouse), Kounpoudiana, Akrotiri (Go 7km east on Leoforos Venezelos (Main Road) out of Hania towards the Akrotiri Peninsula.), ☎ +30 28210 64072. Everyday 7pm. Mike's Roadhouse is a bar & grill with great cheeseburgers and chili. Mike and Petia speak fluent English, Bulgarian, and German. Pick up a microphone and sing to Karaoke. $$.
- Mike's in Maleme, 17 km west from Chania. Are still all the foods home made cooking .
- Pinaleon in El.Venizelou. Good tavern with tasty food from the cretan cuisine with low prices.
Chania and environs off accommodations ranging from hostels to 5 star hotels. The historical backstreets by the old harbor in Chania are full of old Venetian houses that have been renovated into hotels, some of which are very well priced with a unique atmosphere, friendly proprietors and, obviously, an excellent location. However, most of these are not advertised online, so unless you are going at the peak season (June-August), consider not making a reservation and shopping for accommodation once there. You will likely find yourself happily surprised.
- 150 Hotels and Villas in Chania, .
Hotels in Chania City:
- Iro Apartments, 36 K. Paleologu Street, TEL./FAX: (0030)2821074269, . Charming, small hotel combining vicinity to the centre of Chania and the old town (within 900 m) as well as the sandy beach of Nea Hora (30 m away). Great atmosphere; makes you feel like a member of the family.
- Hotel Helena - Lovely hotel, very reasonable prices in the off-season (One traveler paid a total of €40/night for a triple in April; the prices listed are somewhat more at €35/n for a single and €55/n for a double), with a very friendly and chatty proprietor who was always available to provide advice or assistance. Just two streets down from the waterfront. An excellent find.
- Kalliopi Studios - Apartments  - Holidays Crete.
- Ontas Traditional Hotel, Epimenidou and Ikarou, +30 28210-27691,  - in the old town of Chania.
- Vilelmine Hotel, 32 Betolo St., +30 2821 0 46048, . Quaint, clean, centrally located in the Old Town of Chania.
Outside Chania city:
- Aneexe Apartments, New Kydonia - Chania - Crete - Greece, website:  , TEL./FAX: (0030)6948634488, The 5 apartments are located in Daratsos, New Kydonia, only 4 km from Chania and 1,2 km from the beach in one of the most beautiful spots of the Crete Island. From here you can make some very nice tours and discover Crete by bus or car or boat.
- Frideriki Studios & Apartments  - in the village of Platanias
- Mike Hotel & Apartments  - in the village of Maleme
- Sunrise Studios Chania  - in the village of Kalathas
- Corissia Group Hotels  in Chania Georgioupolis Crete.
- Villalux, Kalathas Beach, . Luxury Villa rental in Kalathas/Tersanas