“Crete,’ I murmured. ‘Crete…’, And my heart beat fast.” – Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek.
The great writer’s words echo popular sentiment – at least for all those who have been to Greece’s largest island. And though it could not be more Greek, Crete is really a country on its own, with its unique history, folklore, and traditions. If you are planning an escapade to one of its most popular destinations, Chania, then you should carefully consider where to stay, to get the most out of your visit.
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When in Rome do as the Romans – meaning that when you are visiting another place, you should follow the customs of the people in that place. If you are planning a holiday at the Adeste Luxury Villas, here’s what to eat in Chania to get immersed in the local rhythms, culture and cadences
“The people of Crete, unfortunately, make more history than they can consume locally”, British writer Hector Hugh Munro (aka Saki) once wrote. Cretans also – this time, fortunately – produce a surplus of edible goods of the highest order, thanks to their island’s blessed weather conditions and terrain.
One of the prettiest towns in Crete – if not the Mediterannean – Chania is a sterling destination with many joys in store: A scenic old harbour with Venetian mansions, ancient churches, mosques, and maze-like alleys to get lost in; jaw-dropping scenery with the majestic white mountains on the backdrop; traditional tavernas; elegant waterfront restaurants and cafes; quaint little shops with local arts and crafts; stunning surrounding countryside; ancient monasteries and a collection of iconic beaches.
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Easter in Chania blends ageless mystique with springtime’s blooming beauty. This is a spiritual as much as a festive occasion, with many ancient facets and flavours; bringing together communities in an intuitively joyous way that has been largely lost in contemporary metropolises. And food, inextricably linked with the piously observed, time-honoured Easter traditions, plays an important role. Base yourselves at the Adeste Chania Luxury villas and prepare for a multisensory experience, with palatable delights in the limelight.
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Emblems of faith and resistance, the monasteries of Chania have something for all: Alluring architecture, artful frescoes and reliefs; religious relics, historical remnants and modern-day, edible souvenirs. And that’s not to mention their gorgeous settings and views or captivating backstories.
Chania in Crete is blessed with some of the world’s most stunning beaches – but this is not its only claim to fame. You’ll find plenty of fascinating things to see and do here, even when it’s not bikini weather. Natural wonders aside, the island’s former capital has a long and turbulent history whose traces are now found in ancient monuments and archaeological sites; amid the alleyways of its surviving old town; but also in its awe-inspiring religious centres: Climbed on high cliffs or stretched out in fertile valleys, these imposing antique structures come with all-sweeping views and a wealth of tales to tell. Beacons of Orthodoxy, the monasteries of Chania stand as living testaments of Crete’s great past, attesting to the locals’ deep-rooted spirituality and faith.
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Options are vast and varied no matter when you decide to come to Greece’s largest island. And the best time to visit Crete has to do with your personal style, mood, and interests.
Alpine skiing with sea views. Swimming, snorkelling or playing in exotic, pink sand beaches. Drinking raki and dancing to the sound of the Lyra. Exploring ancient palaces and solving the mysteries of the Minoans. Hiking amid charming countryside. Chating with wise old locals in kafeneia and listening to them reciting mantinades. And this is just an idea. Packed with original, authentic experiences Crete is a four seasons wonderland.
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Brimming with wonders, Crete’s westernmost region is stunning throughout the year. Yet the best time to visit Chania can vary according to your style, mood, and inclination.
With several direct summer flights from all around Europe, and many daily flights and ferries from Athens throughout the year, Chania in Crete is easy to reach – and almost impossible not to fall in love with. With some of the world’s best beaches, important archaeological landmarks, a bustling gastronomic scene, stunning countryside, and an iconic old town with maze-like alleys to get lost in, this sun-kissed corner of the Mediterranean has something for all: History buffs, architecture lovers, foodies, adventure seekers, honeymooners and beach bums.
Whether on popular instagrammable locations or at off the beaten track spots, these thoroughly romantic restaurants in Chania will delight your palates, rekindle the flames and lift your spirits.
Valentine’s day – commemorating the patron- saint of love, a priest who secretly married early Christians and for this martyred and died under Roman Emperor Claudio’s reign – is typically celebrated around the globe with red roses, heart-shaped candy, spicy lingerie and candlelit dinners.
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Lace-up your boots and hit the ground! Go hiking in Crete in stunning places, from dramatic gorges to sleepy villages, engaging all your senses and getting closer than you ever imagined to this incredible land and its people.
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Filled with world-famous sites but also quirky, come-hither nooks that tempt you to venture just that little bit further, Crete’s westernmost quarter begs to be discovered. Whether from the sea or the land, by foot, by boat or by car, explore Chania and fall in love forever.