The traditional knife makers in Chania and Crete

The traditional Cretan knife makers in Chania city are mainly located around Sifaka Street in the Old Town. Their knives are in demand all over Crete, but also in the rest of Greece and abroad.

Maleme, Chania: A quiet seaside village that defined the Battle of Crete

Maleme is a small village west of Chania city and east of Kolymbari, with a nice beach. It is of great historical significance, as it was here that the fiercest fights took place in the Battle of Crete during World War II.

Gonia Monastery (Panagia Odigitria) in Kolymbari, Chania

Gonia Monastery in Kolymbari is one of the most significant monasteries in Chania and Crete. Also called Panagia Odigitria, it has a long history that spans 12 centuries, as witnessed by the relics in its ecclesiastical museum.

Orthodox Academy of Crete, Kolymvari

The Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolymvari, Chania, is one of the most known religious institutions of its kind in the world. Its main role is the research and education on issues regarding Orthodoxy, and its relationship with other religions, and other relevant scientific and cultural fields.

Koum Kapi district and beach in Chania city, and Sabbionara Gate and Bastion

Koum Kapi district is one of the most recognizable parts of Chania city, adjacent to the Old Town and the eastern edge of the Old Venetian Harbour. The district has its own Koum Kapi beach, and is known all over Chania for its nice cafes, taverns and bars next to the sea.

Kucuk Hasan Pasha Mosque, or Yiali Tzamisi, in Chania city

Kucuk Hasan Pasha Mosque, or Yiali Tzamisi, is the only surviving mosque from the Ottoman era in Chania city. Also called Mosque of the Janissaries, this building with the striking architecture is located in what is possibly the most central spot in the Old Venetian Harbour.

Chalepa district in Chania city

Chalepa is a district of Chania city that easily stands out until today. With a very rich past, that literally shaped the history of modern Crete and Greece, and with unique sights, like Eleftherios Venizelos' house, Agia Magdalini church, and Tabakaria neighborhood, Chalepa is the place to visit if you want to get a glimpse of how Chania city was more than a century ago

The village of Kolymvari and Rodopou Peninsula

Kolymvari village, with its authentic Cretan village feeling, is one of the best places in Chania to stay. And if you combine it with the magnificent Rodopou Peninsula, you have one of the most unique travel destinations in Crete, full of hidden treasures to discover.

The Venetian Arsenalia

The Venetian Arsenalia (or Neoria) are among the most prominent historical buildings in the Old Venetian Harbour of Chania. Originally used as dockyards, their architecture defines the eastern part of today's harbour.

Kolymvari beach

Kolymvari beach is a characteristic beach in northwest Chania, located in one of the most picturesque bays in Crete. Unknown to many visitors, it is one of the best tranquil beaches in the island.

Kolymvari luxury at its best

You will not find an apartment of more luxury and style in Kolymvari than Avra Apartments. Their smartly designed interior, combined with their excellent location and amazing views, create a true haven that will make your stay in Crete something to talk about for years to come.

Impeccable luxury in Chania Old Town

Not many apartments in Chania Venetian Harbour can claim to balance luxury with style and great design. Avra Apartments do just that, along with the opportunity to stay right in the center of Chania Old Town.