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Introduction

Chania

Chania

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Chania is the second largest city on the Greek island of Crete with about 65,000 inhabitants in the city itself, but over twice as many in the greater area. It's about 145 kilometres from Heraklion and 70 kilometres from Rethymno, both to the east of Chania.

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Weather

Chania has one of the best climates in all of Europe, the typical Mediterranean variety with mild winters when most of the rain falls and long, dry, sunny and warm summers. From May to early October, daytime temperatures are generally between 25 °C and 30 °C, while nights are in the 16-21 °C range. Winters from December to March are mostly around 16-18 °C and nights around 10 °C. Nearly all of the annual 600mmm of rain falls from October to March, and summers are dry as a bone!

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Getting There

By Plane

Chania International Airport (CHQ) mostly offers seasonal flights (April-October), for example to/from Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Berlin, Nürnberg, Graz, Linz, Vienna, London, Luxembourg, Brussels, Oslo, Helsinki, Manchester, Amsterdam, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Malmo and Stockholm. Flights that operate year round include those to/from Moscow, Athens, Thessaloniki, Larnaca, Tirana and Baku.

By Boat

Anek Lines has daily services from Piraeus to Chania v.v.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Alexandros Studios.agios dimitrios 57apartment-
Amphora Hotel2nd Passage of Theotokopoulou Old Venetian HarborHotel-
Apartments PolichnaKolimbari Chaniaapartment-
Apokoros Family HotelKaliveshotel-
Arkadi Hotel1866 Square CreteHotel-
Constantinos StudiosCorner of Chaou & Kokkinou 64APARTMENT72
ELOTIS SUITESAgia Marinahotel-
Fenareti's houseNeo Horioguesthouse-
Hotel AlexisKalergidon 99, Parigoria, Chania ChaniaHOTEL88
Hotel ChrispyRapaniana-Kolymbari Chania-CreteHotel-
HOTEL KRITINikiforou Foka & Kiprouhotel-
Hotel Nefeli-Chania, Crete47 Zimvrakakidon Street 73 100 Chania, Crete 47 Zimvrakakidon Street 73 100 Chania, CreteHotel-
Ifigenia Rooms & StudiosAnt. Gampa 21 & Parodos Agelou Zampeliou Str. 15 Agelou Str. 18guesthouse85
Iliaktida ApartmentsRapanianaapartment90
Iolkos HotelKato DaratsoHotel-
KORES boutique houses11 Douka str.guesthouse-
Maria StudiosFrangokastelloHotel-
Mediterranean Studio ApartmentsKorfalonas Kissamos Chania Creteapartment-
MINOS VILLAGE HOTELAgia Marinahotel-
Nanakis BeachStavros, Akrotiri Kidonias 45Apartment-
Niriis HotelAgii Apostoli, Herakleous St Kato DaratsoHotel88
Pension Eva1 Zambeliou & Theofanous StrHOTEL90
SAMARIA HOTEL1866 Squarehotel-
Traditional Hotel OntasEpimenidou and Ikarou Old Venetian TownHotel92
Villa VeneziaAkti Koundouriotou 36Guesthouse91
Vranas StudiosMitropoleos SquareHotel91
Xamoudochori Manor - Yiannis RetreatXamoudochori Plataniasguesthouse-
ZORBAS APARTMENTSStavros Akrotiriouapartment-
Anatolia Charming Hotel1 Psaromiligon Str Old TownGUESTHOUSE81
Hotel Vigla ApartmentsKorkidi Road, Kalamaki Chania, CreteAPARTMENT-
Athinie Hotel24 Zampeliou Str. 17 KontouriotouHOTEL-
Mesogios Beach ApartmentsKorfalonas Kissamos ChaniaHotel-
Kydonia Rooms20 Halidon Street Chania Old HarbourHOTEL-
Diana Guesthouse33 P KelaidiGuesthouse82
Hotel IreneMichail Apostolidou 9Hotel-
Anatoli BeachParalia KournaHOTEL-
Oasis Hotel LoutroLoutro Hora SfakionApartment-
Posidon StudiosChania Main Street GeorgioupolisGUESTHOUSE-
IdramonIsidion 58HOTEL-
Rooms 47Kandanoleou 47 Old HarbourHOTEL-
Folia Hotel - CreteAgia Marina, Chania, CreteHOTEL-
Halepa Hotel164, El. Venizelou Str., ChaniaHOTEL-
Akali Hotel55, Kissamou Str., 731 31 Chania Town, CreteHOTEL-
Artemis Apartments ChaniaKosti Palama, Chania Kato StalosAPARTMENT86
Minerva DoreAgia Marina 57HOTEL-
Hanioti PalaceHaniotiHOTEL-
Minerva BeachAgia Marina 57HOTEL-
Hotel Tina ChaniaBoniali Str. 3HOTEL84
Sandy BeachGeorgioupolis KavrosHOTEL-
Pension Kasteli & Studios39 kanevaro StreetAPARTMENT-
Ariadni - Polichna ApartmentsHouses GribilianaAPARTMENT-
Apostolis RoomsPlatia MitropoleosHOTEL-
Perle Resort Hotel & Health Spa MarineP.O. Box 268 Stavros AkrotiriouHOTEL-
El Greco Hotel ChaniaTheotokopoulou 47-49HOTEL-
Seashell ApartmentsPyrgos Psilinerou 43APARTMENT-
Hotel Zorbas Beach VillageStavros - Akrotiri - ChaniaHOTEL85
Little BayLeras StreetHostel-
Galini Beach & EdenAgia Marina, ChaniaHOTEL-
SmaragdiTheotokopoulou 19GUESTHOUSE86
Morfeas Hotel13-15 EisodionHOTEL-
Yakinthos HotelAgii ApostoliHOTEL-
Iro Apartments36 Konstantinou PaleologouApartment-
Angelika StudiosAgion Deka 22-24APARTMENT-
Paradice SuitesStavros KhaniaHOTEL-
Katerina Traditional RoomsSkoufon 14-16HOTEL-
Morfea's NestZampeliou 47HOTEL88

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.

Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.

Post

Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.

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