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Chania

City Guide

Meet Chania

Chania, which also goes by the name Hania, is the jewel in the Greek island Crete’s crown, with a stunning Venetian style to the architecture and a vibrant harbor.

Chania is one of the most remarkable cities on the island of Crete, and its population swells with tourists when the hot summer months roll around. It’s a popular destination due to its rich Venetian and Ottoman heritage. Chania is an idyllic coastal city perfect for evening strolls by the water, relaxing coffees in the quaint cafes, and lively nightlife in the old center. There’s something for everyone in this small city, and it’s a great place to hang your hat for a while if you’re living the digital nomad lifestyle. The city’s history is storied and shares some of the Minoan heritage that Crete is well-known for. But there’s also an Ottoman influence here too, and Chania was once an essential city-state of Ancient Greece. Once named Kydonia, this city is lucky enough to be mentioned in Homer’s epic tale, the Odyssey, so it’s well worth a look if you’re a self-confessed history buff.

Where to live in Chania

Chania is home to several fine districts; from the vibrant and colorful to the laid-back and authentic, you should be able to find a great place to call home in the city. Whether it’s ancient architecture and historical charm you’re looking for or a coastal retreat, there’s a neighborhood for you here. And remember, wherever you decide to live in the city, you’ll have the lively old center and waterfront a stone’s throw away.

Best Neighborhoods in Chania

The best neighborhoods in Chania are widely considered to be Splantzia, Koum-Kapi, Topanas, and Chalepa. Each of these neighborhoods has something special to offer and should cater well to the digital nomad lifestyle. Splantzia is home to much of the Ottoman influence in the city, given that it was one of two districts targeted by their conquests. While Topanas is one of the most beautiful old town districts, offering up a maze of narrow streets and alleyways to explore.

Amazing Apartments, Coliving Spaces and More

We've been rounded up the best housing options in Chania. All are available on flexible terms, so you can stay one month or as long as you want

Luxury Villa Stella

Chania

Quick Facts About Chania

While by now you know about the historical allure of the city, it’s always nice to go into a new place armed with key information regarding what makes it worth visiting or living in. To make sure you’re well-equipped with knowledge, here are some of the most interesting facts about Chania:
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Work in Chania

Your best bet of securing a job in Chania is to go for something in the hospitality or tourism sectors since these are the most popular employment markets on the island. One of Crete’s biggest employers, unsurprisingly, is TUI Group, a large travel agency. Aside from that, there are plenty of opportunities with the University of Crete, the US Navy, Coca-Cola HBC, and H & M. Though as we already mentioned, a good knowledge of the island and/or history will get you far, given the large number of tourists that flock to the island year-round.

How good is Chania for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Chania. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Chania for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Chania

Chania is home to some fantastic restaurants serving some of the best authentic Greek cuisine on the island; you just have to know where to look to find it. For food, you should give Adespoto a go, as it is full of character with crimson red brick and serves up sumptuous Mediterranean cuisine. If you prefer seafood, then we highly recommend Glossitses, which is located right on the harbor near the old town and has a wide array of exquisite seafood dishes. Hands-down, the most memorable dining experience, though, can be found at the Oinoa Wine Restaurant. It’s here that you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the sea inside a grand building with wonderful food. For your nightcap, the Avalon rock pub is an excellent choice, as it is right next to the old harbor and plays some of the best classic rock music as you sip on your ice-cold beer. For a unique drinking experience, head to Kibar: The Monastery of Karolos for evening drinks in a renovated 16th-century Venetian monastery.

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Top 6 Things To Do in Chania

The number one thing to do in Chania is soak up the majestic old Venetian Harbor and the Egyptian lighthouse, which you can do before or after a bite to eat or a drink at one of the many fine establishments nearby. Other than that, you should dive into the city’s history, and there are many ways to do so. There’s the family-friendly immersive Minoan’s World 9D experience or the Maritime Museum of Crete. Alternatively, you can head straight to the beach for hours on end, soaking up the Greek sun and talking in the island’s beautiful surroundings.

Mosque of the Janissaries

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Iguana Beach

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Allied War Cemetery

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Byzantine and Postbyzantine Collection of Chania

Theotokopoulou 78, Chania

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Venizelos Graves

Agorastaki 4, Chania

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Municipal Garden

Str. Tzanakaki 82, Chania

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