Hotels and Accommodation in Crete

Accommodation in the prefecture of Chania

The region of Chania

The prefecture of Chania is located in the West of Crete. Its capital Chania has about 70.000 inhabitants. The region has its own airport located 12 km outside the city on the peninsula of Akrotiri. Around one third of all vistors to Crete arrive at Chania airport.

A large area of the region is mountainous but its coast boasts a number of excellent beaches.

Most of the tourists developments are on the North coast, within easy access to the airport. The large resorts are mainly located along the sandy beaches to the West of Chania.

The West coast of the island is almost devoid of tourist developments, probably because it lacks good beaches (with the exception of Falasarna) and is a long way from the airport.

The South of the region has a few villages with good tourist facilities such as Paleochora, Sougia, Hora Sfakion and Frangokasello but it is all on a much smaller scale than on the North coast and tends to cater more to individual travelers. The access to the South is hampered by the mountains and all the roads have to wind up and down the mountain before reaching the coast. Some of the villages such as Loutro and Agia Roumeli can only be reached by boat. This is also part of their charm. This comparative difficulty of access has helped in preventing the area from overdevelopment and makes it attractive to visitors who want to avoid mass tourism.

Tourism is not very developed inland although it is possible to find simple accommodation in many villages.