Chania is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. The big number of tourists from around the world is not a coincidence. After all, Chania combines outstanding natural beauty of the area with its rich history and significant cultural tradition and complete tourist infrastructure.
Chania is the capital of the prefecture of Chania, located on the northwest coast of Crete. Its extension is approximately 11 sq. km. 53,910 people live in the town of Chania (according to 2011 census). Throughout the Municipality of Chania there are 108.642 residents, while the entire area has 156,585.
The city has an important historical background and cultural heritage mainly because of contact with different cultures. The at least superficial knowledge of the history of Chania since the Neolithic age until the modern era is essential for every visitor to be able to understand what he sees in the city and region. Chania was important Minoan city that is identified with ancient Cydonia.
Main attractions of Old Town of Chania are the Venetian Port, the Maritime Museum, the Archaeological Museum , the Residence of Eleftherios Venizelos, the tombs of the Venizelos, the War Museum and many other monuments of Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman and modern periods.
The climate is mild Mediterranean with normal temperatures throughout the year. The economy, besides tourism, is particularly based on agriculture and more specifically the cultivation of olive trees and citrus. The production of wine, avocado and cheese products is also expanded.
In Chania you can find unique handicrafts made of glass, wood and metal, along with pottery, woodwork and metalwork. The Cretan knives are also very characteristic with the witty quatrains forming good idea for gifts.
The University of Crete was founded in 1977 in Chania. The city also houses the TEI of Crete – Branch of Chania and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania.