From the Venetian lighthouse to the rugged mountains and idyllic beaches, Western Crete is a photographer’s paradise. It is wild here, as are the people, and this it’s secret charm. Only an equal measure of strength and kind heartedness have allowed the Cretans to survive here for thousands of years and you will experience both on your visit.
Exploring the area
The old capital, Chania, wraps around the Venetian harbour, with ramshackle alleyways that spread through the city like spiders webs . The quayside has a plethora of tavernas and artisan shops, and there is some great night-life in the streets behind. You can enjoy the excellent sandy beaches of the Akrotiri peninsula or absorb British military history in Souda Bay just east of Chania. The verdant foothills of the White Mountains rise behind the town.
Eating and Drinking
By the coast it’s all about seafood and fish, but just a short drive into the mountains you will be treated to fresh lamb and goat dishes. There is plenty of culinary uniqueness to sample on Crete, as well as the traditional Greek dishes you would find on the mainland.
Where to Stay
The Palazzo Duca is 9 minutes walk from the beach. Near the Venetian harbour in the old city of Chania, Palazzo Duca features elegant studios and apartments with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi throughout. Taverns, café-bars and the central market are within a short stroll.
Fitted with Cocomat mattresses, the accommodation offers a kitchenette, fridge, LCD satellite TV and safe. Free toiletries are also included, while some have a spa bath or seating area. Most units open out to a balcony with views of the old city.
Nea Chora beach is just 900 yards from Palazzo Duca. Other popular beaches, such as Chrissi Akti and Agii Apostoli, are located less than 1.9 miles away. Chania International Airport is at a distance of 7.5 miles.
How to Get Around
Chania itself is mostly walkable and this is far preferable to driving where parking is a nightmare apart from a couple of spacious free car parks down by the old harbour. When exploring the area we usually rent vehicles to take our guests to other parts of the island.