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    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.

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    The most popular car rental brand in Chania is Budget.

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    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.

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Outdoor excursions

Samariá Gorge

Located in Crete’s only national park, the Samariá Gorge was created by a river running through the White Mountains. Pass by steep slopes, small abandoned churches and enjoy the natural beauty.

The gorge is around 16km long, making it the longest gorge trek in Europe. One of the most famous walkways in the gorge is known as the Iron Gates, which requires a tight squeeze through a four metre width. The hike starts at an altitude of 1,250 metres, slowly descending and ending at the coastline of the Libyan Sea.

Samaria has become a must see on the island and attracts bundles of tourists. Beat the tour bus crowds, which arrive at the gorge between 7:30am and 11:00am, by driving down early and getting a head start on your trek. From Chania, its a 1 hour 15 minute drive to entrance of the trailhead.

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Driving tips

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 curved 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 whether 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

    Chania Airport is the fifth busiest in Greece.

  • Kournas Lake

    Take a refreshing dive in an aqua blue lake surrounded by hills and olive goves.

  • Elafoníssi

    A fantastic beach and protected area featuring a mix of pink and white sand along with a long peninsula.

  • Balos

    One of the most photographed Cretian places, travel by boat to the nearby uninhabited island of Graboussa.

  • Hóra Sfakíon

    This small town has been known for its rebellious nature, but its quiet beaches are a treat for those looking to escape the crowds.

The city's best

Get to know Chania

Splantzia district
While the city was under rule by the Turks, this area was considered the Turkish quarter. Wander through the narrow alleys and Splantzia Square, or take a tour through the church of Agios Nikolaos.

Municipal market of Chania
This cross-shaped covered market is one of the city’s landmarks. Under its roof, you’ll find fish, vegetables, fruit and Greek treats. During the summer, you’ll also find plenty of souvenirs.

Located in the eastern part of Chania, here you’ll find the city’s old leather tanneries, which were once a major part of the economy. The external facades of the buildings are not allowed to be altered, giving the area a nostalgic and mythical atmosphere.