Chania, on the western side of the island, is dominated by the impressive White Mountains and its famous National Park. The city of Chania remains unaltered from the time of the Venetian Rule. Its capital is the attractive town of Chania where modern, Venetian and Turkish traditional architecture are blended together creating a distinctive and enchanting location. The Venetian harbor of Chania is reminiscent of Venice itself. Its Old Town offers maze-like alleys with beautiful Venetian mansions, fountains, elaborate churches and museums. It consists of five connected districts surrounding the Venetian port. It is one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in Greece.
Encircling the westernmost section of the island, Chania Prefecture`s pristine beaches, rocky gorges and forested hills attract nature lovers. It`s most renowned natural attraction, Samaria Gorge is popular among hikers. At the end of the day, the prefecture`s cities (Chania in particular) come to life as residents and tourists alike pour out into the streets to one of the area`s many bars and nightclubs. A drive around the prefecture is a wonderful way to get to know the area. Explore the Medieval Castles you will find on your way, trek the many paths along forests and gorges, visit the small local museums that depict the local history and even try a chat with the locals at the traditional restaurants. You will frequently see them sitting in the village square and enjoying a coffee under the shade of a huge tree.
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