The City of Chania

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.

Akrotiri (Home of Rea Resort Hotel)

Akrotiri is a circular shaped cape to the east of Chania. The area has an old and rich history, many monuments and even more beautiful natural attractions. There are many nice beaches most of which are protected from the strong Etesian winds and are very close to the city of Chania (10-15 kilometers). The airport is also located in this area situated on a large plateau.

There are many attractions in the area. Travelers can visit some of the many traditional villages one of which is the village Stavros where the famous movie "Zorba the Greek" was filmed, based the novel written by Nikos Kazantzakis.

The old and historic Monasteries in the area are also worth visiting, such as the Monastery of the Holy Trinity of Tsangarolon – approximately 20 kilometers from Chania, the Monastery of Her Lady of Angels of Gouvernetou – approximately 25 kilometers north of Chania and 4,5 kilometers south of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, the Monastery of Saint John the Hermit that is more to the north and is considered the oldest monastery in Crete. Built on a steep canyon one can reach the monastery after a 385 stair climb. The monastery's Catholicon is etched in rock. It is believed that Saint John the Hermit lived in a cave nearby.

In the same area between the two monasteries is the impressive cave of Arkoudiotissa or Arkouda (bear). The name comes from a stalagmite that is shaped like a bear. Today there is a small chapel there dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

One of the most important attractions in the area are the Venizelos graves. The significant Greek politician and prime minister (early 20th century) is buried here (1864-1936) as is his son Sophocles Venizelos.

Festivals are held every year at the Monastery of Saint John on the 29th of August in the village of Kounoupidiana and, on the 8th of September in Sternes dedicated to the Virgin Mary and on the holiday of the Holy Trinity.

At some of the beaches you can enjoy water sports. The northern shores in particular are ideal for windsurfing thanks to the Etesian winds.

More About Rea Hotel

Rea Resort Hotel in
Chania, Crete, Greece

Stavros, Akrotiri, Chania
Tel:  +30 28210 39001-4
Fax: +30 28210 97504