Western Crete

Regional unit of Chania

The regional unit of Chania is one of the four regional units of Crete. It covers the western and most beautiful part of the island, featuring dramatic scenery with deep gorges, steep mountains, green foothills and a spectacular coastline. Apart from Chania other notable towns of the area are Kastelli (Kissamos), Platanias, Palaiochora, Sougia, Hora Sfakion, Vamos, Georgioupolis, Almyrida and Kalives.

Numerous beautiful beaches with soft sand or colored pebbles are found here. In fact, many Chania beaches such as Elafonissi, Balos and Falassarna are world famous and among the best in Greece. Apart from the organized beaches, there are also plenty of smaller bays and quiet coves, for those seeking total privacy and relaxation.

The natural park of Samariá Gorge, a major tourist attraction and home to the rare Cretan wild goat, lies in the South of the regional unit. The White Mountains (or Lefka Ori) through which the gorge runs is the largest massif of the island. There are more than fifty peaks above 2.000m here, offering an incredible opportunity for the hiker in both winter and summer.