Prefecture of CHANIA


The prefecture  ( Nomos )extends from the west coast to points beyond Kavros in the north, and Frangokastello in the south. It comprises the municipalities  ( Dimos ) of Apokoronas, Chania, Platanias,   Kissamos, Kandanos-Selino and Sfakia.


 It is the prefecture of Crete with the most abundant water, and favours lucrative farming activity: vines, olives, citrus fruit, but also walnuts, figs, kiwis - and of course tomatoes - are grown and harvested. The flora includes a number of species which are endemic. In addition, certain animal species, e.g. the wild mountain goat or kri-kri, and the lammergeyer, can only be seen here. The White Mountains (LEFKA ORI) invite you to explore, with peaks exceeding 2500 metres in altitude. European Trail E4 takes you along the south coast. Near Georgioupolis you will find the only natural freshwater lake on Crete. For tourists, there are a number of alternatives to a beach holiday: among other noteworthy activities, walking, agrotourism, biking, special activity courses, culinary and cultural tours offer infinite variety.



Founded by the Dorians, APTERA was one of the most important cities of Crete by the 7th century BC. It lies around 15 km southeast of Chania, near the village of Megala Horafia. The cyclopean city wall is still preserved, along with the remains of a temple, a Roman theatre, huge, vaulted-roofed storerooms, and a water cistern. Excavation is on-going. The site is impressive because of its size.


The site, around 49 km to the west of Chania, is that of an important city in antiquity. Remains of the city wall are to be seen, as well as the acropolis from where you can enjoy a panoramic view.


This was the harbour of Polyrrinia. It is situated on the far west coast, on a spit of land. Excavations began here only a few years ago. Foundations, graves, remains of walls and a rather remarkable stone THRONE can be seen. Combine a visit to the site with a day on one of the fantastic beaches in the vicinity!


A small island with a well-preserved Venetian fortress. At one time it was a pirate hideout, and at another a headquarters of the Cretan resistance to the occupying forces.



Situated in the extreme south-west, with the remains of the fortress of SELINO.


Well-preserved walls of the old Venetian fortress. It was built in 1371 as a defense against Cretan rebels, and later added to by the Turks. Numerous battles were fought here.

Lake Kournas

Situated only around 4 km from the sea (Kavros), down from the village of Kournas. It is the only natural, landlocked lake on the island. ABC-Tipp:Taverna Markos Place

Churches and Monasteries


The monastery is situated on the AKROTIRI Peninsula, around 17 km from Chania. The  church and gateway were built around 1632.


Reached by following the road past Ayia Triada. The complex is impressive because of its defensive construction, church façade and Venetian sculptures.


A footpath leads from Gouverneto down to this cave monastery, with its church built into the rock. An arched bridge crosses the ravine; only thus was construction made possible on both sides. Very nearby, there is a hermit’s cave. Follow the path down to the sea through a bizarre landscape, and have a swim in the narrow place of anchorage, hewn from the rock.

Gonia Monastery

This dates from 1662, and lies a short way beyond the village of Kolimbari. It has a fine little museum, and offers a superb view out over the sea.

Church of St. George

Situated in Alikianos, with wall-paintings dating from the 15th century.


Near Elafonissos, on the west coast.

Art village Verkinthos

near tchnical parc BIOPI at souda junction, really worth to visit!!!

Botanical Park

17 km National Road Chania -Omalos  tel. 6976860573