The city of Chania is situated almost in the middle of the prefecture on the northern coast and is the capital of the prefecture of Chania and according to the locals is the cultural capital of Crete. The city has approximately 54,000 residents and many university students.
Chania is a vibrant city, a commercial and financial center of the Prefecture. It offers all kinds of facilities and amenities to visitors. Banks, travel agencies, car rental agencies, hospital and many other services are available in Chania. The old town of Chania, which is situated next to the modern city, is a vibrant town with many contemporary and traditional coffee shops, bars and restaurants.
The food is exquisite and alcohol is abundant in most places. There are countless tavernas and restaurants of every type, fast food, coffee shops, meze shops (tapas), pastry shops and bars, all at your disposal. The locals usually head out at night and pass their time drinking raki or wine and enjoying intense conversation. Later in the evening you can enjoy the intense night life in Chania at any of the many bars and night clubs with Greek and International music.
Movie theatres, theatres, art galleries, cultural centers and the University all contribute to the city's cultural character.