Be Merry

Chania Guide

Even though downtown Chania is absolutely beautiful, you’ll miss out if you don’t explore the greater region. The Chania region boasts stunning beaches on the west and south coasts, local festivals — serving delicious, traditional Cretan food — breathtaking mountain landscapes and picturesque seaside villages. Below is my list of the top things to see and do in the Chania region, which I refer to as Be Merry Suburbs Chania. All these locations are easier to visit by car, but plenty can also be reached by the regional KTEL bus. If you’re up for a day excursion or a long trip, check out my recommendations in the page Chania Excursions, too!

The Orange Feast & Other Panigiria-Celebrations

The Orange Feast is one of the many Feasts-Panigiria that take place in Chania during summer. The Panigiria of Chania are local celebrations that involve a lot of eating, drinking and dancing to live traditional Cretan music.

Museum of Contemporary Art – “Olivepress”

Olivepress, is an old oil factory in Dromonero village (a 40-minute drive from Chania) transformed into a Contemporary Art Museum.

Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete

The Botanical Park, is located in the outskirts of Chania and it exhibits both Greek and Cretan herbs and trees as well as various tropical and exotic plants from all over the world.

Venizelos Tombs – The-graves of Venizelos family

The Venizelos tombs are located on top of Prophet Ilias hill, which has a fantastic panoramic view of Chania and the Cretan sea.

Chania Guide