The beautiful Cretan city of Chania is absolutely packed with character. Ancient buildings meet modern museums, quirky craft shops and a wide variety of monasteries, chapels and Byzantine churches. One of our favourite pastimes is simply sitting beside the harbour at the sunset. Dine at one of Chania’s excellent restaurants, while the children try their hand at line crabbing over the harbour’s edge. This is where memories are made.
When it comes to Greek cuisine, Crete has a food culture rivalling its status as Greece’s largest island. Chania is one of the island’s hubs of culinary delights. After a delicious meal of succulent fried snails or a crispy Greek salad, you’ll often be served a tumbler of Raki. For some, this local brandy is somewhat of an acquired taste, but it’s definitely worth a shot.
Of course, no trip to Crete would be complete without lounging on one of its glorious white-sand beaches. The glittering waters of the Mediterranean offer a delectably refreshing tonic against the summer heat. Those looking to stay away from the salt and sand could just as easily sit beneath a sunshade next to the sun-kissed pool in their villa. Retiring in the evening to rest your head beneath the starry Cretan skies, you’ll not be sorry you chose one of our luxury villas in Chania.
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Like most European countries, tipping in restaurants is common, with a recommended 10% on a discretionary basis according to service. Check that a service charge has not been added to your bill before deciding whether to tip. Taxi drivers do not usually expect a tip but it is common practice and considered polite to round up taxi fares.
Travellers cheques can easily be converted into Euros; some larger stores will take them as payment. Smaller denominations are preferred. Major credit cards are widely accepted (though American Express less so) and ATM access is widespread.