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Visit to Chania City

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Visit to Chania City

We are a couple in our 60`s, keen walkers and like to explore port areas, local neighbourhood, back streets etc. Planning on staying in Nea Kydonia area. Can anyone advise if we are able to walk along the beach into Chania or use a path? Any other walks East and West of Hania with sea views/ countryside? We do not wish to hire a car if possible. Any suggestion for an area where local people would use Cafes/Restaurants? Many thanks for any advice. John

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1. Re: Visit to Chania City

You'll have to walk north for a couple of km to get to the beach, and then east through Galatas and Chryssi Akti and Nea Chora into Chania. You should be able to walk along the beach for a good deal of the way - my recollection is that it will be interspersed with built up areas, villas and small hotels,etc, but there will be plenty of beach.

If you are keen walkers, there are a great many possibilities for you: Chania is a good base for some of the best walks in Crete. You can reach the start points of many by public bus: you won't need a car unless you want one. Here is a link to the timetable.

bus-service-crete-ktel.com/timetable.php

From Chania you can go by bus to Kissamos and head south to the ancient site of Polyrhinia. This is a road walk, but the road is more like a path, rarely much traffic on it, and it goes through beautiful landscape. The site itself is interesting, and a little further on is the Sirikari gorge.

kambos-village.gr/en/…rodopou

explorecrete.com/hiking/EN-Polyrrinia-gorge-…

www.west-crete.com/excursion-polyrrhenia.htm

From Kolymbari, a little east of Kissamos and reachable by the same bus route, you can walk out past Goni monastery (stop and visit) onto the wild Rodopou peninsula.

Take the bus to the monastery of Agia Triada on the Akrotiri peninsula, near the airport, and walk from there to Gouverneto monastery and the abandoned ruins of Katholiki.

explorecrete.com/crete-west/EN-Gouverneto-Mo…

Further afield, take the early morning bus to Chora Sfakion (1 hr 45 minutes) and the 10.30 ferry to Agia Roumeli, and walk as far up the Samaria Gorge as you have time for, before returning to take the 17.30 ferry back and the bus back to Chania.

Or, if you'd like to walk the whole gorge, go by bus to Omalos, walk down the gorge, and return to Chora Sfakion and Chania as above.

http://www.west-crete.com/samaria-gorge.htm

From Chania you can also visit ancient Aptera - a long uphill walk, but you can take a taxi there to explore the site - and, I suppose, a taxi back if you don't fancy a long road walk.

http://www.just-crete.co.uk/

visionsofcrete.com/photos-of-cretes-ancient-…

These are just a few of the many possibilities. A useful guide is the Sunflower Book (Western Crete) which details 20-odd walks that can be done from Chania.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Sunflower+Book+Western+Crete

Loads of restaurants and cafés in Chania itself. Along the way, at Nea Chora, is Akrogiali, an excellent sea food place. In Chania itself the choices are too numerous to name, but some stand out: Tamam, The Well of the Turk, and Karnagio are all very good. You'll surely get more suggestions from others, but this has got quite long enough!

Do let us know if we can be of any more help in your planning.

Edited: 5:22 pm, March 31, 2013
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2. Re: Visit to Chania City

Thank you very much for the comprehensive reply. We are currently ploughing through it all. Chania seems ideal for our purposes and we are looking forward to visiting. John

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3. Re: Visit to Chania City

I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It's a good centre for walking. Do come back with more questions, if you've got any.

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4. Re: Visit to Chania City

The first walk in the sunflower book, which I'll take the liberty of converting to a direct link;

amazon.co.uk/Western-Crete-Tours-Walks-Lands…

details an inland walk from Kato Stalos, on the coast about 7km from Chania, to the lake at Agia - from where you can get a city bus to return to town.

As Alabastron says, there are lots of walks in this guide, and it is well worth buying.

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5. Re: Visit to Chania City

Hi, can you be specific on where you will be staying? Nea Kydonia covers quite an area west of Chania. It is certainly possible to walk into Chania town along the beach from the town side of Kalamaki harbour, but there is a good roadside footway from Kato Stalos as far as Kalamaki. The only problem we found last year was that while there is a fine footbridge built to cross the Kladisos River, the river has decided to by-pass the bridge, so that some wading/hopping/leaping may be necessary. (if you look on Google earth and use the time scroll feature you can see how the river has moved) Once past the river it's all urban streets along the beach into town, roud by the "hand" monument around the Firkas fortification and into the Venetian Harbour.

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6. Re: Visit to Chania City

Thank you all very much for the most useful info. We are just looking at dates before we finalise. really looking forward to our first visit to Crete. John

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