This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Chania. To help you make friends with Chania before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Chania is the second-largest city on the Greek island of Crete. Chania lies on the northern coast of the island, approximately seventy kilometres from Rethymno. Crete is Greece's largest island located in the southern edge of the Aegean Sea.
Chania is a beautiful, picturesque place. The many beaches near Chania are simply breathtaking; the golden sand and calm waters intoxicate the senses and draw in locals and tourists alike. Chania's beaches truly delight sun seekers and snorkelers alike.
Chania also boasts some historical claims; there are several examples of Ancient Greek ruins and it was mentioned in "The Odyssey" by Homer. Furthermore, Chania's old town was originally built in the Venetian era and showcases the beauty of both Venetian and Turkish-styled architecture.
Most hostels in Chania, Greece, are conveniently located within the old town, some of which are actually in grand Venetian-era buildings. Most hostels in Chania, Greece, are lovely; they tend to be well located and have decent facilities. And what's more -- hostels in Chania, Greece, are often your best source of information. Hostel staff will be able to help you out with ferry timetables, local bus schedules, and tell you how to get to the best beaches.
Travelers have two options for getting to Chania. You can fly direct from Athens to Chania, but this can be costly. The other option is to catch a ferry; this is much more economical and is a wonderful way to experience Greece. It is possible to catch a ferry either direct from Athens or from one of Crete's neighbouring islands. Be sure to book ferries in advance and check weather conditions before your departure, as ferries are regularly cancelled due to bad weather or strong winds.
Once in Chania, getting around is easy; there are taxis or cheap local buses that will take you around Chania or even into other towns or the spectacular Samaria Gorge.
Written by local enthusiast for Chania hostelsChloe