Chania prefecture - Introduction

Chania prefecture - Introduction

The prefecture of Chania occupies the west section of the island. It’s a mainly mountainous region with the White Mountains rising just behind the city of Chania, but it is also a picturesque place characterized by sandy beaches. There are many different things to see in Chania but some places cannot be missed. The one and only fresh water lake of Crete, Kournas is near the cosmopolitan resort of Georgioupolis, on the north coast.
The Samaria gorge, is the longest and most impressive gorge in Europe and it starts in the White mountains and ends in Aghia Roumeli, the small fishing village on the south coast of Crete.
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During your tour of the prefecture of Chania you cannot miss the ancient monasteries in akrotiri, a penisnula only 15 klm away from the city of Chania.
The south coast of the prefecture is rich in sandy and quiet beaches, like Frangocastello, the beach with the Venetian castle, Paleochora, a place that offers tranquility and Sougia the long sandy beach that is not overcrowded yet. Loutro, is a charming coastal village that is reachable only by sea and Chora Sfakion is a traditional village, where you can learn about the glorious local traditions and listen to some Cretan music.
On the west coast of Chania the tropical beaches of Falasarna and Elafonisi can be found, along with the monastery of Chrisoskalitisa.
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