Chania is a modern cosmopolitan city but unlike Athens, which has had periods where it was all but deserted, it has been continuously inhabited since Minoan times.In other words for at least 5000 years people have been living in this city, one civilization following another from Minoan, to Mycenaean, to Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, Turkish all the way up to its present day inhabitants some of whom share the blood of all these groups. Yes, there could be Minoans walking around the streets of Chania. Unlike Athens which lay dormant for centuries and basically began again from scratch in the mid 19th century, Chania has had a flourishing culture and in the 18th century was an international center of commerce(thanks Wikipedia and our local guide ;)). Chania, a town with a sophistication that would allow them to view Athens as somewhat provincial.
How To Reach Chania
Book Chania Tour Package
277 Kms from Chania
Reached Patras after a night's journey. Via Taxi reached Patras bus stand where we booked tickets for Athens. Across coastline, it was a beautiful journey. And It was mathematics all around as P is written as π ; A as @, B as Beta β; it was fun to judge my secondary school knowledgeSpent 3 days in Athens and visited Acropolis, Parthenon, Syntagma Square, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Police station (as my friend lost his wallet and we had to lodge complaint). Europe (Greece, Turkey) with an Asian feeling starts as you sail across Mediterranean as I could see the street vendors culture selling spices etc. across Athens.
181 Kms from Chania
Then afternoon was our journey to Red beach. On the way to Red beach , we saw a local corn stall and my husband started pretending he is a chef and asked to take pictures. Locals were very friendly. We came to location but we were not able to see any beach near us. So we asked a local and he told it is a hike. To get to Red beach is a small hike. Climbing a huge rock and climbing down gets us to beach. We started climbing the rock and mid way , we were fascinated to see. It was a very huge red rock infront of us with a small white patch in the middle and beach was almost invisible. We saw many small moving objects down and confirmed it as beach. As we headed down, we were amazed. This is a red sand beach. There were shacks for rent. We took two and rested. We were totally in very clear water swimming and playing around. Spent almost 2 hours there. Very beautiful beach. It does not seem like a beach until you go near because of huge red rock. After a very satisfying day, we headed to hotel.
209 Kms from Chania
Fira is the main town/capitol of Santorini. Part of the town is sitting on steep cliffs and it is one of the most picturesque spots in all of Greece. Fira has the most restaurants, shops, and hotels and is the center of Santorini’s nightlife. Firostefani is a suburb of Fira, lying between Fira and Imerovigli. It is on the crest of a hill and thus has one of the spots with the best view on the island and especially looking back down to Fira.
233 Kms from Chania
Another Ferry to Naxos, this time it was SeaJet. It was fast but equally expensive. Naxos is more than just beaches, it is a good mix of amazing hills, little town and blue sea. I visited Temple of Apollo (watching sunset from this location is stunning), I tried lot of greek cuisines. Let me take a moment here, Greek food has to be one of the best. I didn’t leave kind of cuisine, for 7 days I was trying different specialities in best restaurants (after some good research on trip advisor) and every time I was surprised and happy with my choice. We also rented a bike here, you might wanna rent a powerful one if you plan to go to hills. You also have lot of hiking opportunities here. If you are into Kite Surfing, visit Mikri Vigla. My favorite moment of the whole trip was at Plaka beach there were literally 6–8 people on the beach and we had sea to ourselves, it is a 4 KM long beach with blue sea in front of you and island of Paros in the background. We could snorkel in peace with the fishes (literally), we could run on the beach do whatever we want as it we had all that 4 KM long beauty to ourselves.
185 Kms from Chania
Santorini is famous for dramatic views, stunning sunsets from Oia town, the town of Thira and naturally its very own active volcano. We stayed in Fira, cliff perched town featuring all that Oia offers.
135 Kms from Chania
The island is south of the Peloponnese and north west of the island Crete. It is known for it's rugged coastline and secluded beaches. 2 days remaining in the trip and I selectively chose this as the last stop. The main reason I went there was to go beach hoping. A beach or two a day and taste traditional Greek cuisine. I have had to learn so many basics of different languages when I wanted to say thank you in Greek I went through 4 different ways before I came up with “Efxaristo". My Greek is terrible but this was easily the worst Greek I have had in any of my visits. :P