Chania is the capital of the Prefecture of Chania and the second largest town in Crete, with a population of 53.373 inhabitants . Chania is connected by air to Athens but there are also several charter flights from all over Europe during the summer. A daily sea connection with Piraeus port is also available. The bay of Suda serves as the port of Chania.
The city lies along the North coast of the island, about 55 km west of the city of Rethymnon and 135 km from the city of Heraklion. Since the ancient times, the city of Chania has faced many conquerors and the influences of many civilizations through time,are evident on the city monuments. The Mediterranean climate and the mild temperatures allow city’s visitors to visit many of the sightseeing, as there are lots of places worth seeing, within driving distance (two to three hours).
The old city has preserved to a great extent the distinctive atmosphere and charm of the Venetian and Turkish periods. The Public Market is an impressive building, built at the beginning of the present century (1911) and houses grocery stores, butchers’ shops, a fish market and vegetable shops. The Public Market is built in the shape of a cross with 76 shops grouped according to their wares in the four arms of the cross. The Public Gardens, next to the Market, are ideal for walking. One of the most significant buildings is also the Archaeological Museum of Chania that contains impressive finds from the excavations of the ancient city of Kydonia, from Idramia, Aptera, Polyrinia, Kissamos, Elyros, Irtakina, Syia, Lissos, Chania, Axos, and Lappa. The Samaria Gorge also is of great interest as it is a National Park starting at the village of Omalos, at an altitude of 1227 m. and ends after a walk of approximately 18 Km to the beach of Agia Roumeli.
The monastery located at Kolibari , was built during the 9th century and has great historic significance.