The view from our hotel room's balcony!
Jen and I booked tickets to Chania on a whim, mostly because we found an insanely cheap RyanAir flight from Athens (and we couldn't afford to fly directly from Athens to Santorini. English teacher problems...) A stop in Crete seemed like the perfect solution to a) see more of the islands, and b) allow us to take a less expensive ferry to Santorini. Little did we know how much the old town of Chania would enchant us.
Without a doubt, Chania is one of the most charming and colorful places I've ever been to. We spent hours simply wandering through the narrow streets, getting lost and taking photos of everything around us. We spent our mornings savoring freddo espressos and Greek yogurt with honey, while our afternoons were spent devouring delicious Greek dishes and exploring the picturesque alleyways. We also strolled along the Venetian Harbor towards the lighthouse, admiring the quiet marina, bright buildings and deep turquoise sea.
It was truly Greek paradise. The smell of salt water filled the air, vibrant colors exploded across town, and cascades of bougainvillea adorned the hidden pathways. What more could you ask for?
My Chania Picks:
Must-Try Dishes: Apaki, Dolmades and Dakos
Best Views: From our hotel room's balcony at Loukia Hotel
Best People-Watching: The Venetian Harbor
Best Day Trip: Elafonisi Beach