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Seasons – Welcome to Cretevc

Step into a storied past


Follow our history through heritage towns and historic roads, explore the changes brought by trails and wars, and learn the legends of pioneers, soldiers and statesmen.


It isn’t all about History. It’s a friendly human city with incredible warm peaceful local people ready to help you! Every corner of Chania has grace but there are some parts that must be undoubtedly expedite them.

Some of them, the Chania Archeological Museum and Kanevaro Street Historic District, both in Chania, speak to the broad diversity of our landmarks and historic sites. Among our variety of museums, the Light House in Old Town of Chania is one of the symbol of the town & the most photographed buildings in Greece. Near to the port of Souda is the Itzedin castle, which has been classified as a historical monument, built in 1872 by Pasha Reouf in the same position in 1646, the first Turkish expelling the Venetians built a tower. It was the most important defensive work of the port and named in honor of the eldest son of Sultan Abdul Aziz Itzedin. The Ancient Aptera as a major city - state of Chania often played a decisive role in the historical events of Crete, in the internal and foreign policy. However, the period during which the Aptera met his heyday was the early Hellenistic period. The city life Aptera continued uninterruptedly until the Arab conquest times, when it was destroyed and abandoned. Palekastro or " Aptera Koules " exemplifying fortress architecture of the 19th century . Located near Ancient Aptera at Apokoronas Region and has been built by the Turks in response to the revolution of 1866 . Visitors love the reenactments and fairs, as well as the fishing and boating, at Kournas Lake in Apokoronas region. The Chania prefecture is rich in interesting sights and therefore satisfies even the most demanding visitors. The Old Town in Chania is a big, enchanting sight itself, visited by thousands of humans every year. In Platanias region; it’s known for great food, art and music, there is Maleme National Military Park, considered one of the best preserved battlefields in the country, and commemorates one of the Battle of Crete War’s bloodiest battles. Also, there discover the German Cemetery with its magnificent view, the historical Minoan tomb as well as a traditional ceramics workshop where visitors can learn the history of pottery in Crete and Chania and see how ceramics are made. Samaria Gorge National Park is a testament to our love of the outdoors and preservation of old ways of life.

The ancestral museum-home of seven times Prime Minister Elefterios Venizelos is just one of the many historic buildings and homes in the lovely Mournies Village at Chania. The first political movement of Cretans following the Revolution of 1821 already took place in September 1833, when several thousand unarmed Christians gathered in the village of Mournies near Chania, to protest against the fiscal measures and other abuses of Mustafa Pasha. In Kissamos Region visit the site of ancient Falassarna located at the western end of Gramvousa cape on the west coast of Crete. Falasarna was one of the major ports of Crete, mainly flourished in the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. and the origin of the name given to the bride and local Puget heroine. We suggest you visit the castle of Gramvousa if you're nearby, do not miss this opportunity! It is worth visiting the castle and get a glimpse of the glorious past! You can get there by motorbike or car if you follow the dirt road from Kissamos. Ancient Polyrinia was located in the area where there is the village of Polyrinia of Kissamos today, 6 km south of Kastelli Kissamos where its harbor used to be. It is called Polyrinia because it had "polla rinia" (a lot of sheep.) On the western side of the White Mountains, in the Selino region of Chania is unique in beauty and vegetation gorge of Agia Irini.

Sougia is a coastal village in southwest Crete. Administratively attached to the Selino region. In ancient times, the position of Sougia was known as Syia in and was one of the harbors’ of the city of Elyros. The multitude of small, independent city-states is illustrated by the Confederation of Oreii, an accord formed around 300 BC between Elyros, Lissos, Irtakina, Tarra, Syia and Pikilassos, six towns in a now barely populated area of the Southwest.The Syia destroyed in the 9th century by the Saracens. There are some ruins of Roman houses in the eastern part of the valley as well as the remains of an aqueduct. It was probably no more than a fishing settlement for the villages up in the hills (Livadas, Koustogerako and Moni). Frangokastello lies in Sfakia region of Crete 13 km east of Sfakia. It is a sight of the many has to offer Crete and certainly excites the traveler. Evasion of the legend know that their concerns Drosoulites Fata Morgana?

By Drosoulites known an optical phenomenon observed around Frangokastello in the Sfakia region in southern Crete. At the end of May until early June, a few minutes before sunrise, when the morning dew and fog have not yet dissolved and present in the atmosphere absolute lull, shown in position wishes Campos over the ruins nearby Monastery St. Charalambous, moving towards the sea, a strange phenomenon. Entire army of human shadows in glittering armor (soldiers, pedestrians and riders) to march to the sea, over Frangokastello. Don’t forget to visit; Gavdos Island is the southernmost Greek island, located to the south of its much larger neighbor, Crete, of which it is administratively a part, in the prefecture unit of Chania. The island is magical. They say they have strong magnetic fields according to the local legend "cured" Russian nuclear scientists who fled here after a strong dose of radioactivity in the Chernobyl accident. Still live here in a makeshift basement accommodation and worship the god Apollo.It forms a community with surrounding islets and was part of the former Selino Region. It is also the southernmost point of Europe. In every area of the Chania you’ll find historic treasures and surprising new ways of looking at the past.

The Venetian, Turkish and traditional Cretan element is still present.