The 10 Best Things to Do in Chania Prefecture, Greece

October 1, 2017 Brandee Mangan

Discover the best top things to do in Chania Prefecture, Greece including Elafonissi Beach, Greek National Football Museum, Cretan Brewery, Manousakis Winery, Souda Bay War Cemetery, Kedrodasos Beach, The Gorge of Aradena, Karavitakis Winery, Winery Dourakis, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete.
Restaurants in Chania Prefecture

1. Elafonissi Beach

Inachotion, Chania, Elafonissi, Crete 730 01, Greece +30 697 689 9296
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Elafonissi Beach

Reviewed By Mariz-Nguyen C

The most enchanting beach in Europe. You don't need to travel far to the Seychels Islands or the Maldives to have such beauty and such warm Crystal clear water. And Cretian people are particularly nice and helpful. We can easily eat vegetarian meals in allmost every restaurants. We come back again this summer!

2. Greek National Football Museum

40 Tsouderon, Chania Town, Crete 731 32, Greece +30 697 433 1691
Excellent
93%
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 385 reviews

Greek National Football Museum

A unique Museum, the biggest one for a National Football Team, the Greek National Football Team, which was European Champions in 2004, located in the Old City of Chania and has over 1000 exhibits, balls from World Cup and Euro games, official shirts, photos and thw whole history of Greek football.

Reviewed By clairestraveltales

The owner clearly has a love for football and his collection of memorabilia, for which he has needed to extended the premises so he can display it all properly. After learning I am a Liverpool fan, he produced a reds shirt of his own for me to try on and photograph. There was something magical about Greece winning the Euro's in 2004 and this is captured in this museum. There is even some grass from the oitch! No entrance fee but there is donation box which I was very happy to contribute to.

3. Cretan Brewery

Zounaki, Platanias, Crete 73002, Greece +30 2824 031002
Excellent
87%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 88 reviews

Cretan Brewery

Reviewed By John G - Stockholm, Sweden

This year, a revolution happened in West Crete, The bland, mass produced lager called Mythos and Alfa got competition from ice cold quality draught beer called Charma in many bars and restaurats. This is where it is made and it is well worthe a visit.
After a tasting and a guided tour, experdly led by the passionate guide Ioanna, I sat down with the owner Yannis to talk about Greek beer, his history and philosophy and his taste in beer. He has designed every screw in this modern, sustainable and functional brewery, located in his beautiful family village above Maleme.
I will come back as soon as I can, to try the special brews that you can only get on site. And hopfully to meet the lovely hosts again.
The only drawback is that you need some sort of transport to get here. I took a taxi and the driver was very happy, because he had nevere been here before.

4. Manousakis Winery

Vatolakkos, Crete 730 05, Greece +30 2821 078787
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 369 reviews

Manousakis Winery

Please note that all tours are by appointment only, Monday to Sunday 10:00-18:00. Please inquire about our different tour options. Our winery is open year round to visitors who wish to enjoy a tour of our facilities, as well as a full tasting of all available Nostos Wines. The Manousakis Winery is located in the village of Vatolakkos, 20 minutes outside of the town of Chania. All of our wines are organically grown with a focus in local as well as Rhone grape varietals.

Reviewed By Belgo96 - Australia

We did a trip out to the Winery from Chania with Crete Travel. It was an exclusive off-road trip to the winery in a four wheel drive. It went up a spectacular mountain route to get to the grounds of the winery and then we...MoreWe are very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to our winery and our wines! Hope to see you again.

5. Souda Bay War Cemetery

Souda Bay | Simmachon, Souda, Crete, Greece
Excellent
83%
Good
16%
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5 based on 314 reviews

Souda Bay War Cemetery

Suda Bay War Cemetery is located approximately 5 km east from the centre of Chania (Xania). There are now 1,500 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 776 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate a number of casualties believed to be buried among them. The cemetery also contains 19 First World War burials brought in from Suda Bay Consular Cemetery, 1 being unidentified. There are also 7 burials of other nationalities and 37 non-war burials.

Reviewed By David A - Boston, United Kingdom

This cemetery is a noble tribute to those who died in the Chania area mainly during World War II. Beautifully green and situated overlooking one of the largest natural harbours in the world. It is worth Reading the back story of the massive fight to retain the airport at Maleme. I had no idea that many of those buried here are from Australia and in particular from New Zealand. The only problem is getting here without a car. I travelled by bus from Chania and then walked, but it is a busy road and there is no footpath so take care. You won’t forget this place.

6. Kedrodasos Beach

Kissamou-Elafonisiou | Innachorio, Kissamos, Crete 73012, Greece
Excellent
81%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 312 reviews

Kedrodasos Beach

One of the best Beaches in Chania prefecture, quite untouched and unexplored. Many travelers use the area around the beach as a free camping spot. It is actually a cedar forest next to the beach. It is also a favorite beach for naturists. The road up to Elafonisi is quite good and then you need to take a non asphalt road for about 10 minutes. Then you also need to take a walk path for another 15-20 minutes. No matter the time you will need to go there, it's sure that you will enjoy that unique beach.

Reviewed By TarkanFan - Yorkshire

The most beautiful beach with yellow/pink sand, and beautiful clear blue/turquoise sea. Lots of little rocky bays . Perfect for snorkelling with many different varieties of fish. Access is approximately ten minutes along an unmade road to the (spacious) car park, then down a steep track to the beach. This is a protected juniper coast which is unfortunately being spoilt by campers who are damaging the trees and putting the area at risk with fires/stoves. Stay away from the area behind the tents as it has been used as a toilet by many. Lots of paper/wipes blowing around littering the area. Once you are past the camping area (sorry, the protected junipers), the beach is paradise and unspoilt. There is some nudism and no facilities. .

7. The Gorge of Aradena

Aradena, Crete, Greece
Excellent
82%
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5 based on 147 reviews

The Gorge of Aradena

Reviewed By Sarah B - Guildford, United Kingdom

We set out after breakfast towards Livaniana for wonderful fresh orange juice at the blissful little taverna overlooking the area, fantastic views, we then ventured up to the church and over the ridge to make our way into the beautiful Aradena Gorge, not for the faint hearted but, you are rewarded with the tranquil taverna at the end of the gorge at Marmaras bay
Fantastic

8. Karavitakis Winery

Pontikiana Village, Kolymbari, Platanias, Crete 730 06, Greece +30 2824 023381
Excellent
82%
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5 based on 154 reviews

Karavitakis Winery

Reviewed By deegeeEngland - england

We were staying in Kolymbari, and decided to walk to the winery. We didn't know whether the tour and tasting was exclusive to coach trips etc, so were very pleased to get the opportunity to experience both! 6 wines tasted, bread, cheese and olives provided...MoreWe are pleased to have happy visitors to our winery. We try our best to offer quality wines and services. Hope to see you once more to our estate.

9. Winery Dourakis

Alikampos, Crete 73007, Greece +30 2825 051761
Excellent
83%
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5 based on 163 reviews

Winery Dourakis

Dourakis Winery is an award winning boutique winery located at Alikambos,Chania on the island of Crete since 1988. Enjoy a wonderful drive on the Chania- Rethymno highway that run along the north coast of Crete. Leaving Chania behind you will turn right towards Vrisses which is located 32 km's before Rethymno.The stone winery is open year round to visitors who wish to enjoy a tour of its facilities, as well as a full tasting of all the wines. There is also an Art Gallery plus a beautiful museum for you to enjoy!Looking forward to meeting you all! All tours & tastings need to be pre-booked. Serving minors under 18 is prohibited by law.

Reviewed By athina19130 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We stopped here on our way to chania from refthymno.The grounds are lovely but once we arrived we were told that we could not get the wine tasting because of reservation only. This was quite disappointing since they didn't even have a menu/description of wine to achieve an educated guess (at least) on what we would like. Furthermore, the young woman whom I asked what wine is available to try told us to look at the wall of wine bottles to figure out what they had to choose from. Basically, we received no information on their wine choices and it seemed like we were more of a nuisance than welcomed. I've never been to a winery that would not offer tastings except under reservation so this was a major let down. We traveled far! Just to clarify, we were more than happy to pay for this service. So, we ordered a couple glasses of reds and whites which were good but the overall experience was sub-standard.

10. Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete

Eparchiaki Odos Chanion-Omalou, Fournes, Crete 731 00, Greece +30 697 686 0573
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 998 reviews

Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete

Walking in the Botanical park & Gardens of Crete offes spiritual tranquility and visual pleasure in addition to knowledge on plants and their material . Nearly 20 hectares of land are waiting to welcome you, full of fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants in a park different from others, where the land’s formation and the region’s microclimate make it a paradise for hundreds of plants and animals! In the midst of this colorful and vivid landscape stands a burnt centennial olive tree, a memorial and a reference to the dismal fires of 2003, the park’s history and origin. The newest and one of the most interesting sites of the Prefecture of Chania lies only 18 kilometers outside the city, on the feet of the White Mountains. It is ideal for visitors of all ages, combining enjoyments that only Crete can offer!

Reviewed By Ollerbarrow - Altrincham, United Kingdom

You need to be reasonably fit to get around these Gardens, even if you do the short tour without going down into the base of the ravine. The self-guided tour is, however, very informative and picturesque with many plants growing in a natural environment to provide the disembodied seeds or fruits we are used to seeing prepackaged on supermarket shelves. Plenty of information as you go round and a shady verandah to relax on at the end of your climb back up to the entrance.

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