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Traveling to Chania for 7 days with friends

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Traveling to Chania for 7 days with friends

Hello! 3 friends and I will be traveling to Crete for the first time next week. We are staying in Chania for 7 days and would like to know a bit more about the island before setting off.

1. Where is the best place to stay for good value? We are 4 girls in early 20s. We plan to go out and explore nightlight in town, but also will enjoy the calmness of the seaside. We are looking into Frida apartments but it might be a little far from town?

2. What is the best way to travel and explore Chania? Are the busses regular? Can we travel by bike? We plan to explore the town with bike and take busses to gramvousa/balos/paleochora etc.

3. What are some nice attractions in Crete that's open in April? We like the outdoors/beaches and like to stay active. We heard good things about beaches like balos/gramvousa/elafonisi and attractions like samaria gorge/meskla/akrotiri. Are these places open in April? What are some other nice things to do in Crete?

4. How is the nightlife in Chania? Where are good local places to go to meet people our age?

Thank you all in advance! Cheers.

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1. Re: Traveling to Chania for 7 days with friends

This early in the season it is probably better to stay in Chania town and take the bus out to the beaches when you have a desire for some sun. There is actually a decent beach in Neo Chora just a 15 minute stroll from the old harbour.

You probably would want to find accommodation in the old town area of Chania. That area is where the tourist action is and the most activity. It is quite compact and bears no resemblance to the modern town. In the old town you can step back into the past. It is a bit early to be at the beach resorts to the west of the city.

Personally for Accommodation we chose Theotokopoul street. It is about a minute walk to the Venetian harbour but is just far enough back to be quiet at night for sleeping. The street is lined with hotels in all price ranges. We stay at Pension Nora actually down aside street ( even more quiet). Right next door is Jason Pension that also has a good reputation. They are both on booking dot com.

Here are images of Theo st.

Theotokopoulou St area


Once you arrive you should check in with a travel agent and find out if the Samaria Gorge is open this is still early season. If it is open you can book an excursion for the hike. Same advice for Balos and Gramovossa

Personally I think an excursion to these places is better than the local bus as they pick you up and drop you back off at the end of the day. We took the Balos excursion in mid May last year and they only had one boat running. Again this early they may only be running on occasional days so planning is important.

You may have to take a taxi but do go visit Ancient Aptera. There is 1800 years of various civilizations up there. It is 18km east of Chania. Be sure to bring water and a snack as there are no services.

Another good day trip by bus would be to visit Rethymnon. It has a Venetian harbour like Chania only smaller and a bit out of the way. It also has a nice old town and the Venetian fortezza well worth a day trip.

As I mentioned the old town of Chania is quite compact and everything is within walking distance so exploring the back alleys is easy to do. This is also the area where all the night life is located. There is something special about sitting at a harbourside taverna with an ouzo or glass of wine and watch all the people go by as the sun sets.

Have fun planning



This album is of Western Crete but shows you Aptera, Balos and Gramovosa boat excursion Falasarna Rethymnon and the south coast along the Libyan sea which is also an option if you want to split your holiday and do some good beaching. The water however is going to be cool.


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2. Re: Traveling to Chania for 7 days with friends

Hi, and welcome to the forums

You are travelling before the start of the main holiday season, so not everywhere will be fully open, and the weather may not be suitable for sitting on a beach, but will be good for walking.

Unfortunately it looks like the Balos trips don't start till 12th May:


Also, Samaria doesn't usually open till 1st May.

Here is the bus timetable, as you can see it is pretty good:



but unless you have a car, you will find it difficult to visit beaches such as Elafonisi, Falarsarna etc.

But you will find plenty to do in Rethymnon, Chania, and a day trip to Paleochora sounds like a good idea. I agree with stanbr, stay in or near town.

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3. Re: Traveling to Chania for 7 days with friends

If you end up deciding to stay in Chania Old Town, then I can recommend Vranas Studios as good budget accommodation (ask for a balcony). It sits by a shady square, with a nice café beneath it, and is very much in the heart of things. Many independent travellers stay here form different countries and the staff are very helpful on local information. As Chania itself has a year-round population, I think that In April you will find this your liveliest option.

Besides beaches, I too would recommend a day visit by bus from Chania to Rethymnon.. It's a lovely old town with Venetian and Ottoman historical links, with a Fortezza to visit, which as amazing views around. Plenty of places to wander round, little winding backstreets and shady spots to eat/drink.

Bus timetables here


Have fun, both planning, and on your holiday!

Edited: 11:59 am, April 06, 2014
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4. Re: Traveling to Chania for 7 days with friends

We can recommend Niriis in Ag. Apostoli, it's a bit out of the city but with good bus links. George the proprietor, is a fund of information, the hotel is popular with young travellers and back packers. Ag. Apostoli has good beaches, places to eat and shops. Check out the website www.niriis-hotel.gr/

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