Chania Basics


The second most populous city in Crete is the favourite of many travelers. Located in the western part of the island on the northern coast, Chania charms visitors from around the world with the atmosphere in the city and the wonders of nature surrounding it.


The region is famous for the hot and dry summer. Take care of the sun protection being in Chania, especially in July and August. Extreme heat is not that typical anyway thanks to the Etesian winds (also called Meltemia) cooling down the air from the north.

Crime & Safety

Chania overall is a pretty safe place. No significant crime reports have made it to the news recently. Walking alone in the night is not a cause for concern. The cases of robbery and burglary are rare. Anyway, take care of your personal belongings in crowded zones to prevent pickpockets.


The health service in Chania is on a reasonably good level. The General Hospital of the city is regarded as one of the best on the island and is also among the largest in Greece. In the countryside, it will be more complicated in the case of a medical emergency. There are options for hospital care in Kissamos, in Vamos Apokornou and Kantanos-Selinou as well as small clinics here and there in the rural area.

Public Toilets

There is only a handful of public restrooms in the city. You can find a public toilet near the harbour and only a few more in the centre of Chania.


Greece is ranked somewhere beyond the world Top 50 in terms of Internet speed, and the Chania region serves as no exclusion. Anyway, most of the hotels even those located in the rural zones provide visitors with free WiFi. The majority of cafes and restaurants in the city are connected too. If you are an EU citizen, you can use your mobile data with no concern or buy short-term service provided by Greek networks.

Tap Water

It is generally safe to drink water in Chania and the region. The taste might differ depending on the location and the mineral ingredients. If you feel cautious about this issue, a 6-pack of bottled water costs less than 2 Euro at the supermarket.

Public Holidays

1 January - New Year's Day
25 March- Independence Day
26 April - Good Friday (Megáli Paraskeví)
28 April – Easter (Kiriakí tou Páscha)
1 May - Labour Day
17 June - Pentecost Monday or Whit Monday (Deftéra Pentikostís)
15 August - Assumption or Dormition of the Holy Virgin
28 October - Ochi Day (Day of the "No")
25 December Christmas Christoúyenna
26 December Glorifying Mother of God

Speaking [language]

In Greece, the official and the standard language for almost 100 percent of the population is Greek. Crete makes no exception. English is the most spoken foreign language, and by some estimates, nearly one-half of the people have some level of command of the speech. A much smaller percentage of Cretan people speak German, French, and Italian.

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