As purple dusk suffuses the harbour, locals and visitors alike gather under the warm glow of taverna lights to dine on fresh Greek salads, Turkish-inspired meze (the local version of tapas) and stone-baked Italian pizza. The cuisine in Chania demonstrates its mixed heritage well, as does its patchwork of buildings climbing the hillside: Arabic intricacy and Venetian flair mix with ancient styles.
Chania was once the site of an ancient Minoan City used as a base for exploring.
Get a little lost in Chania’s Old Town, with its craft shops and numerous winding streets. Explore the tiny coastal villages lost in time, where local men still gather in the squares to play backgammon and drink strong coffee. Of course, you are never far from one of the island’s beautiful beaches either – and it is well worth taking a hike to Samaria Gorge, where emerald forests cling to the mountainsides and turquoise pools invite you for a swim.