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Where to pick up your car
If you're coming in by ferry, you'll find that a lot of local car rental suppliers have desks a few minutes' walk from the port. At the airport, you'll find all the major car rental brands, including Hertz, Europcar and Greenmotion.
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brand in Chania is Budget.
Warmest month: July (26°C)
Coldest month: January (11°C)
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Hire a car in Chania
Dubbed Venice of the East, Chania is one of Crete’s most alluring cities.
Chania was greatly developed during the Byzantine era and then later glorified by the Venetians, who turned the city into a castle with surrounding walls. But today, beyond the Venetian harbour front, is a modern city.
The second largest city on the island, you’ll find innovative restaurants, Crete’s best shopping district and a historic harbour. As the gateway to the western part of the island, a short drive will bring you to an oasis of beautiful beaches and mountainous terrain.
Things to note
In the southern part of the island and more remote areas and you may still find unpaved gravel roads. If you’re not driving a 4WD vehicle be cautious of venturing onto these routes.
The island’s hilly and diverse terrain means lots of winding, narrows roads with sharp turns. It is common for people to drive down the middle of curvy sections of road, so be careful going around corners.
Road conditions are not always the most pristine and can change unexpectedly, watch out for potholes and loose rocks on the road.
It is mandatory to carry a fire aid kit, hazard triangle and fire extinguisher in a car. Check weather your rental company provides these tools.
It is common to come across flocks of sheep and goats, so be alert when driving through rural areas and be patient when letting them cross the road.
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Points of interest near Chania
Chania Airport is the fifth busiest in Greece.
Take a refreshing dive in an aqua blue lake surrounded by hills and olive goves.
A fantastic beach and protected area featuring a mix of pink and white sand along with a long peninsula.
One of the most photographed Cretian places, travel by boat to the nearby uninhabited island of Graboussa.
This small town has been known for its rebellious nature, but its quiet beaches are a treat for those looking to escape the crowds.