The enchanting city of Chania, on the western side of the island, is one of the top places to visit in Crete. Home to our centrally located Samaria Hotel in the heart of Chania town, the larger region of Chania is simply fascinating, with some of the most staggering landscapes throughout the prefecture, if not on a national an even world-class scale. This is why it is the perfect base to explore the area and discover some of the must-see destinations of Crete. Continue reading for our suggestions on the best day trips from Chania.
The best day trips from Chania:
- Elafonissi islet & Beach (1h 28m from Chania)
Let’s start our best day trips from Chania list with Elafonisi. It is a heavenly spot and often featured as one of the top beaches worldwide for its spectacularly stunning pink and white sand and the mesmerizing turquoise waters. Take a day trip from Chania and enjoy swimming in the shallow lagoon or walk your way through Elafonisi islet to admire the rich diversity in flora and fauna.
- Balos Bay & Gramvousa Island (1h 11m from Chania)
Balos Bay is a unique destination and a definite must-visit sight when in western Crete. It is best reached by boat to admire all the natural beauties, through an exclusive perspective and in absolute comfort. Dive in the beguiling Balos Beach and natural lagoon that forms and devote a couple of hours on the desolate Gramvousa island blessed with pristine clear waters and a formidable Venetian Fortress.
- The 7 Villages of Apokoronas (45m from Chania)
Discover the traditional villages of the historic area, on the east of Chania, one by one. Explore the small towns of Vamos and Gavalochori to learn all about the distinctive local traditions. Visit the Historical and Folklore Museum to admire the fascinating knitting craft of kopaneli, a trademark of Crete. Taste Crete’s famous spirit, raki, at the small village of Xirosterni, and the local cheese at Emprosneros admiring the historical hidden ruins. Discover the picturesque riverside area of Vrysses, and last but not least, savour an authentic Cretan lunch in the village of Fres for a deep cultural experience.
- Falassarna Beach (54m from Chania)
A rugged, rocky scenery on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea has five amazing, wondrously diverse beaches, one next to the other that will imprint on your lifetime memories. Each beach stands out for its unique features, like the natural tide pool in the rocky shoreline of the northern Agia Paraskevi section or the main beach which is ideal for watersports. You can either hike to the beach or swim in the crystal-clear lagoon, according to your mood.
- Samaria Gorge (1h 7m from Chania)
Enjoy a full day of a remarkable trekking experience at one of the longest gorges in Europe. Samaria Gorge is considered one the most popular destinations in the area, and the most frequently visited location for Cretan travelers each summer. Crossing it can take from 4 to 7 hours with an experienced guide, or you may discover the imposing local nature at your own pace and call it an adventure on a day trip from Chania.
Divine beaches, awe-inspiring gorges, historic landmarks are waiting to be discovered and admired upon your visit here. Make the most of them with the best day trips from Chania and transform your holiday in Crete into an unforgettable experience.