Chania-The ancient Kydonia

Chania-The ancient Kydonia
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Chania-The ancient Kydonia

The City of Chania is the capital of the Municipality and the second largest city of Crete, built over the ruins of the Minoan city Kydonia. Its area is 12.56 square kilometers with a population of 53.910 inhabitants (population census 2011). The city has two major gates: the airport in Akrotiri and Souda harbour, which is the biggest natural harbour of the Mediterranean.

The city of Chania constitutes a crossroad of civilizations and continents with a long history, natural beauty, unique architecture and rich tradition. The main characteristic of the city is the Venetian port of the old city with the Egyptian lighthouse that has survived for many centuries and attracts the eye of residents and visitors.

Map of Chania

How to travel to Chania

In Chania you can travel by air with domestic flights from other airports in Greece, but also international charter flights from many European countries. The airport “Ioannis Daskalogiannis” Chania located in Akrotiri, 14 kilometers east of the city and connected to it by bus and taxi.

Chania from Piraeus port. There are daily ferries from Piraeus to Souda port, located 7 kilometers east of the city. The journey from or to Piraeus takes about 10 hours and the ferries depart in the evening (9 pm) and arrive early in the morning (5:30 a.m.). Passengers can sleep in a cabin or in air armchairs (cheapest fare), while the ship operated restaurants and cafes. During the summer months there are daily and routes. Also, winter and summer are fast ships (super fast ferries) traveling to and from Chania in about 4.5 hours, leaving at 4.30 pm and arriving at 8:30 PM.

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