While the city is a joy to explore, you'll find some of the best attractions a little further afield. Samaria Gorge was designated a Greek National Park in 1962 and it is the longest gorge in Europe at 11.18 miles. It's popular with hikers and is home to a protected species of goat as well as hundreds of plants, insects and birds. If you're not the energetic type, head for Agia Roumeli at the end of the gorge for crystal clear, turquoise waters and fabulous scenery.
Distance to Samaria Gorge
- From Chania International Airport: 35 miles, about 1 hour 10 minutes
- From Chania city centre: 25 miles, about 55 minutes
The drive to Falassarna Beach near Kissamos is well worth the effort. One of the island's most beautiful beaches, it is surrounded by olive groves and shrubs. The sugary soft sand extends all the way around the picturesque bay and you can swim in warm, azure waters, top up your tan or linger over lunch in a friendly seafront taverna.
Distance to Falassarna Beach
- From Chania International Airport: 32 miles, about 55 minutes
- From Chania city centre: 31.8 miles, about 53 m
The Botanical Park Of Crete lies at the foot of the White Mountains and it's one of the island's more recent attractions. Over 20 hectares is filled with fruit trees, herbs, and medicinal plants which thrive in the warm, Mediterranean climate. It's also home to animals, birds and insects and a lone, charred centennial olive that marks the devastating fire of 2003.
Distance to The Botanical Park of Crete
- From Chania International Airport: 22 miles, about 42 minutes
- From Chania city centre: 11.8 miles, about 30 minutes