Attractions and Beaches to Visit in Chania, Greece
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The city of Chania, which is located on the island of Crete, is a city of history, culture, and unrivaled beauty. It is an older city and there is evidence of times past, such as the Venetian fortress, built during Venetian occupation, and an old mosque, which was built during Turkish occupation. While on the island of Crete, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit this gorgeous place. Here are some of the prominent attractions and beaches to explore when in Chania.
Elafonisi Beach is a small islet connected to Crete by a shallow reef. This reef can be crossed when the waters are calm. This is one of the most beautiful areas in Crete. Elefonisi is oblong-shaped and features sand that is white and pink and water that is turquoise. The beach of Elafonisi is rich in dunes, junipers, and sand lilies. The beach has been declared a protected area under Natura 2000 as the Caretta Caretta turtles nest on the islet. You will not want to miss this unique and breathtaking beach in Chania, Greece.
Built in 1371, the Fortress of Frangokastello is one of the most well-preserved Venetian fortresses in Crete. The fortress was built to protect that bay from pirate invasions. It wasn’t used or this purpose as much as intended when it was built though. The Venetians had a military base for their army and the fortress was used as a base for attacks in the inland of Crete who was still resistant to Venetian rule.
The Fortress of Frangokastello was originally named Castle of Saint Nikitas in honor of a nearby church. The locals would later rename it. The Fortress of Frangokastello was built in a rectangular shape with large, strong towers at each corner. There is a large gate that features the coat of arms that symbolizes Venetian bravery. The buildings and fortifications that you see inside the walls were completed by the Turks during their rule.
Located 58 km from Chania Town and near the village of Platanos, Falassarna Beach is a must-see. The bay of Falassarna consists of 5 consecutive beaches. The sand is white and the water are turquoise. The area can get windy making it ideal for windsurfing. The beach features a water sports center, beach bars, umbrellas, and sun beds. This lovely beach has been recognized for its cleanliness. If you’re looking for a tranquil beach to spend time at where you can enjoy a little adventure if you choose, Falassarna Beach in Chania, Greece is perfect for you.
Church of Agios Nikolaos
Built by the Venetians in 1320, the Church of Agios Nikolaos is one of the most important religious monuments in Chania. The Church of Agios Nikolaos was constructed as a convent of the old Dominican friary. During Ottoman rule, the church was converted into the main mosque of the city and the Christians converted it into a Christian basilica that is dedicated to Agios Nikolaos, the patron saint of sailors. The church features a cross-vaulted arcade and two balconies. The Church of Agios Nikolaos is located near Splantzia Square where you will find coffee shops and places to sit under the shade of a large plane tree.
Chania, Greece has much to offer visitors of all ages. While in the city, you won’t want to miss the chance to see some of the sites!
This post was written by GreekBoston.com