Attractions In Hania

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Agios Nikolaos Church, Maza
Crete / Hania

In the small, scenic village of Maza is the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos. Inside the church is decorated with a lovely collection of religious paintings by Ioannis Pagomenos that tell the story of Saint Nikolaos. At the entrance to the town a sign directs you to the Chapel of Metamorfosis Sotiros that contains 14th-century frescoes. The fresco of the Transfiguration on the south wall is particularly impressive.

Agios Nikolaos, Armeni
Crete / Hania

Located in the small village of Armeni, east of the city of Hania, and nestled amongst numerous olive groves as well as colourful orange and avocado trees is home of the Byzantine church of Agios Nikoloas. A lovely yet weathered yellow stone church worth a view.

Ancient Falassarna
Crete / Hania

Known mostly to travellers as one of the most exquisite beaches on the island, Falassarna like almost every destination in Crete, has an ancient past steeped in historical significance. Once a city itself with a grand trading port one will find evidence of this at its archaeological site which includes remains of the port itself, a cemetery with small, rectangular cist graves, ruins of the city and its walls, as well as an enormous stone throne thought to have been built as a platform for speeches or possibly as an offering to Poseidon, God of the Sea.

Aptera
Crete / Hania

Within 15 or so kilometres east of Hania lie the remains of the hilltop town of Aptera with its breathtaking panoramic views. A very important archaeological site on Crete, Aptera is now run by the Greek Ministry of Culture, Department of Antiquities.

Archaeological Museum, Old Town
Crete / Hania

Situated inside a gorgeous Venetian church that has since seen itself reinvented as a mosque and a movie theatre, the archaeological museum has a number of beautifully maintained collections from the Neolithic to the Roman era including pottery.

Arkoudospilios (Bear Cave)
Crete / Hania

Approximately a ten minute walk from Gouverneto Monastery in Akrotiri is Arkoudospilios Cave. A footpath through the Avlaki Gorge is easily followed. Once a small temple dedicated to the Goddess Artemis which was used for worship in Antiquity, this cave boast an impressive stalagmite that resembles a crouching bear and of course has an old fable to accompany it.

Botanical Park of Crete, Fournes
Crete / Hania

Situated on almost 20 hectares of land in the village of Fournes (also famous for its stunning orange groves) is this gorgeous park. The park showcases over 150 different varietals of plants, trees and herbs where visitors can spend a couple hours winding their way through the gardens. Lemon, lime, almond, cherry plum, pecan, quince and carob are just some of the species of trees visitors will come into contact with. The lush surroundings and blooming trees make for an unforgettable experience with nature and offer a window into the island’s exceptional biodiversity.

Castle of Selino
Crete / Hania

Found at the southernmost point of Paleochora, there are now only remnants of the castle; a few walls are still barely intact, other stone wall divides and relics also on site.

Church of Panagia and basilica
Crete / Hania

The road from Hania to the beginning of the Samaria Gorge is one of the most spectacular routes in Crete. After heading through orange groves to the village of Fournes, a left fork leads to Meskla, twisting and turning along a gorge offering beautiful views, with many religious surprises in store.

Cretan Folklore Museum
Crete / Hania

The Folklore Museum in Crete is located in Gavalohori in a beautifully renovated building that includes a wonderful array of pieces of exquisite craftsmanship including weavings, pottery, woodcarvings and fine works of lace.

Frangokastello
Crete / Hania

Sitting stoically on the southern shores of Western Crete, Frangokastello is a remarkably well-preserved Venetian fortress built in the 14th century. It boasts four towers connected by its large stone walls with serried battlements. Check out the remnants of smaller rooms inside.

Gouverneto Monastery (Our Lady of Angels)
Crete / Hania

A short distance away from Agia Triada monastery is Gouverneto Monastery, another of the most historically important monasteries on Crete, built in 1537.

Gramvousa
Crete / Hania

Dotting the Gramvousa peninsula is this remarkable Venetian fortress, once home to pirates and one of the very last places to be conquered by the Turkish invaders. Situated high above its dramatic waters visitors are rewarded for climbing the steep stone staircase into its belly with extraordinary panoramic views of the surrounding beach and mountains. The fortress is still in relatively good condition and can be explored easily.

Katholiko Monastery (Monastery of Saint John the Hermit)
Crete / Hania

Amid jagged rock and arid surroundings are the remnants of the Katholiko monastery. A half hour walk through the Avlaki Gorge brings you to the buildings, some built right into the rock. Built in the 11th century the monastery was abandoned in the 16th, perhaps due to threats of pirate raids.

Lissos
Crete / Hania

An ancient city located near the village of Sougia, Lissos boasts remains of an ancient theatre, Roman tombs, and an aqueduct. Possibly the most precious finds are remnants of the ancient mosaic floors belonging to the Temple of Asklepios who was the Greco-Roman God of Healing.

Park for Preservation of Flora & Fauna, Hania
Crete / Hania

Belonging to the Technical University of Crete this park was built to provide a protected habitat where native Cretan flora and fauna could thrive away from any human intervention. Since 1994 the 30 hectares are fully protected and the olive grove is cultivated organically. As a site of environmental tourism, travelers are encouraged to visit the park and learn about Crete’s vast plant and animal life.

Polyrrinia
Crete / Hania

Yet another ancient city, Polyrhenia prospered during the Roman period on Crete. Founded by the Archaeans, there remain ruins from various Greek and Roman structures as well as highly impressive walls and reinforcement of its acropolis (built during the Byzantine era).

The Cave of Saint John the Hermit
Crete / Hania

Next to the vestiges of Katholiko monastery is the cave of Saint John the Hermit. On the outside it looks like the entrance of a simple chapel but the cave itself (once the bed of an underground river) is OVER 100 meters long and about 1,500 m2. Visitors can admire the rock where the saint purportedly took his last breath; it is rumoured to have healing effects.

The Cave of Saint John the Hermit
Crete / Hania

Next to the vestiges of Katholiko monastery is the cave of Saint John the Hermit. On the outside it looks like the entrance of a simple chapel but the cave itself (once the bed of an underground river) is OVER 100 meters long and about 1,500 m2. Visitors can admire the rock where the saint purportedly took his last breath; it is rumoured to have healing effects.

The Church of the Koimesis
Crete / Hania

Just outside the village of Alikambos is the small, pale yellow church of Koimesis. It dates back to as early as 1000 AD and houses some nicely preserved frescoes painted by Ioannis Pagomenos – a famous Cretan painter of the 14th century whose work is in numerous churches around the island.

The Holy Monastery of Agia Triada of Jagarolon (The Holy Trinity)
Crete / Hania

One of the most famous and extraordinary monasteries in Crete, Agia Triada was built by two brothers, Jeremiah and Lavrentio Jagarolon (both monks and progeny of a prominent Venetian-Cretan family) in 1634 and was finally completed after 1821.

The Naval/Maritime Museum of Crete
Crete / Hania

Once a Turkish prison, the Naval Museum of Hania houses a fantastic assortment of model ships, paintings and other collections dating from the Bronze Age to more recent times including naval instruments used in the Battle of Crete.

The Tower of Loutro/Finix
Crete / Hania

One lonesome stone tower lies secluded between the small coastal village of Loutro and the Bay of Finix. In the past the ancient town and port of Finikas (or Phoenix) lay just west of the promontory in Loutro.

The Typography Museum of Hania
Crete / Hania

Opened in 2005, the typography museum is a very unusual concept. The museum was developed due in large part to the efforts of a local journalist and now houses an interesting collection of various typography devices through the late 19th century to present. Also on display are a variety of rare books, seals, banknotes, stamps, maps and calendars; some dating back as far as the 16th century.

The Venetian Fort in Rokka
Crete / Hania

Close to the village of Koleni is the small village of Rokka, also known for its somewhat precarious location beside the Rokka Gorge. Overlooking the village are relics of a Venetian fort with remains of various buildings and some cistern graves.

Winery Dourakis Andreas
Crete / Hania

Wine buffs will enjoy a stop at the Dourakis winery near the Alikambos turn-off on the road to Hora Sfakion. Winemaker Andreas Dourakis is happy to show visitors around the stone-built winery and there is a pleasant tasting room upstairs where you can sample some of his 17 excellent wines, including an organic red and his well-known Logari label. Dourakis produces more than 180,000 bottles a year using local and foreign varietals.

Xrissoskalitissa Monastery
Crete / Hania

Just a couple of kilometers from Elafonissos beach is the impressive monastery of Hryssoskalitisa. Overlooking the sea and situated atop a large slab of rock, this gorgeous blue and white monastery (now a convent home to just one nun) is dedicated to the Assumption of the Holy Mother. Inside is a small chapel containing some religious relics and texts. As tradition goes, this monastery was given the name ‘Monastery of the Golden Stair’ dating back to beliefs that just one of its ninety-eight steps was made of gold but only the most faithful and pure of heart could recognize it.

Ancient Falassarna
Crete / Hania

Known mostly to travellers as one of the most exquisite beaches on the island, Falassarna like almost every destination in Crete, has an ancient past steeped in historical significance. Once a city itself with a grand trading port one will find evidence of this at its archaeological site which includes remains of the port itself, a cemetery with small, rectangular cist graves, ruins of the city and its walls, as well as an enormous stone throne thought to have been built as a platform for speeches or possibly as an offering to Poseidon, God of the Sea.

Aptera
Crete / Hania

Within 15 or so kilometres east of Hania lie the remains of the hilltop town of Aptera with its breathtaking panoramic views. A very important archaeological site on Crete, Aptera is now run by the Greek Ministry of Culture, Department of Antiquities.

Lissos
Crete / Hania

An ancient city located near the village of Sougia, Lissos boasts remains of an ancient theatre, Roman tombs, and an aqueduct. Possibly the most precious finds are remnants of the ancient mosaic floors belonging to the Temple of Asklepios who was the Greco-Roman God of Healing.

Polyrrinia
Crete / Hania

Yet another ancient city, Polyrhenia prospered during the Roman period on Crete. Founded by the Archaeans, there remain ruins from various Greek and Roman structures as well as highly impressive walls and reinforcement of its acropolis (built during the Byzantine era).

The Tower of Loutro/Finix
Crete / Hania

One lonesome stone tower lies secluded between the small coastal village of Loutro and the Bay of Finix. In the past the ancient town and port of Finikas (or Phoenix) lay just west of the promontory in Loutro.

The Venetian Fort in Rokka
Crete / Hania

Close to the village of Koleni is the small village of Rokka, also known for its somewhat precarious location beside the Rokka Gorge. Overlooking the village are relics of a Venetian fort with remains of various buildings and some cistern graves.

Castle of Selino
Crete / Hania

Found at the southernmost point of Paleochora, there are now only remnants of the castle; a few walls are still barely intact, other stone wall divides and relics also on site.

Frangokastello
Crete / Hania

Sitting stoically on the southern shores of Western Crete, Frangokastello is a remarkably well-preserved Venetian fortress built in the 14th century. It boasts four towers connected by its large stone walls with serried battlements. Check out the remnants of smaller rooms inside.

Gramvousa
Crete / Hania

Dotting the Gramvousa peninsula is this remarkable Venetian fortress, once home to pirates and one of the very last places to be conquered by the Turkish invaders. Situated high above its dramatic waters visitors are rewarded for climbing the steep stone staircase into its belly with extraordinary panoramic views of the surrounding beach and mountains. The fortress is still in relatively good condition and can be explored easily.

Arkoudospilios (Bear Cave)
Crete / Hania

Approximately a ten minute walk from Gouverneto Monastery in Akrotiri is Arkoudospilios Cave. A footpath through the Avlaki Gorge is easily followed. Once a small temple dedicated to the Goddess Artemis which was used for worship in Antiquity, this cave boast an impressive stalagmite that resembles a crouching bear and of course has an old fable to accompany it.

The Cave of Saint John the Hermit
Crete / Hania

Next to the vestiges of Katholiko monastery is the cave of Saint John the Hermit. On the outside it looks like the entrance of a simple chapel but the cave itself (once the bed of an underground river) is OVER 100 meters long and about 1,500 m2. Visitors can admire the rock where the saint purportedly took his last breath; it is rumoured to have healing effects.

Agios Nikolaos Church, Maza
Crete / Hania

In the small, scenic village of Maza is the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos. Inside the church is decorated with a lovely collection of religious paintings by Ioannis Pagomenos that tell the story of Saint Nikolaos. At the entrance to the town a sign directs you to the Chapel of Metamorfosis Sotiros that contains 14th-century frescoes. The fresco of the Transfiguration on the south wall is particularly impressive.

Agios Nikolaos, Armeni
Crete / Hania

Located in the small village of Armeni, east of the city of Hania, and nestled amongst numerous olive groves as well as colourful orange and avocado trees is home of the Byzantine church of Agios Nikoloas. A lovely yet weathered yellow stone church worth a view.

Church of Panagia and basilica
Crete / Hania

The road from Hania to the beginning of the Samaria Gorge is one of the most spectacular routes in Crete. After heading through orange groves to the village of Fournes, a left fork leads to Meskla, twisting and turning along a gorge offering beautiful views, with many religious surprises in store.

Gouverneto Monastery (Our Lady of Angels)
Crete / Hania

A short distance away from Agia Triada monastery is Gouverneto Monastery, another of the most historically important monasteries on Crete, built in 1537.

Katholiko Monastery (Monastery of Saint John the Hermit)
Crete / Hania

Amid jagged rock and arid surroundings are the remnants of the Katholiko monastery. A half hour walk through the Avlaki Gorge brings you to the buildings, some built right into the rock. Built in the 11th century the monastery was abandoned in the 16th, perhaps due to threats of pirate raids.

The Cave of Saint John the Hermit
Crete / Hania

Next to the vestiges of Katholiko monastery is the cave of Saint John the Hermit. On the outside it looks like the entrance of a simple chapel but the cave itself (once the bed of an underground river) is OVER 100 meters long and about 1,500 m2. Visitors can admire the rock where the saint purportedly took his last breath; it is rumoured to have healing effects.

The Church of the Koimesis
Crete / Hania

Just outside the village of Alikambos is the small, pale yellow church of Koimesis. It dates back to as early as 1000 AD and houses some nicely preserved frescoes painted by Ioannis Pagomenos – a famous Cretan painter of the 14th century whose work is in numerous churches around the island.

The Holy Monastery of Agia Triada of Jagarolon (The Holy Trinity)
Crete / Hania

One of the most famous and extraordinary monasteries in Crete, Agia Triada was built by two brothers, Jeremiah and Lavrentio Jagarolon (both monks and progeny of a prominent Venetian-Cretan family) in 1634 and was finally completed after 1821.

Xrissoskalitissa Monastery
Crete / Hania

Just a couple of kilometers from Elafonissos beach is the impressive monastery of Hryssoskalitisa. Overlooking the sea and situated atop a large slab of rock, this gorgeous blue and white monastery (now a convent home to just one nun) is dedicated to the Assumption of the Holy Mother. Inside is a small chapel containing some religious relics and texts. As tradition goes, this monastery was given the name ‘Monastery of the Golden Stair’ dating back to beliefs that just one of its ninety-eight steps was made of gold but only the most faithful and pure of heart could recognize it.

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Archaeological Museum, Old Town
Crete / Hania

Situated inside a gorgeous Venetian church that has since seen itself reinvented as a mosque and a movie theatre, the archaeological museum has a number of beautifully maintained collections from the Neolithic to the Roman era including pottery.

Cretan Folklore Museum
Crete / Hania

The Folklore Museum in Crete is located in Gavalohori in a beautifully renovated building that includes a wonderful array of pieces of exquisite craftsmanship including weavings, pottery, woodcarvings and fine works of lace.

The Naval/Maritime Museum of Crete
Crete / Hania

Once a Turkish prison, the Naval Museum of Hania houses a fantastic assortment of model ships, paintings and other collections dating from the Bronze Age to more recent times including naval instruments used in the Battle of Crete.

The Typography Museum of Hania
Crete / Hania

Opened in 2005, the typography museum is a very unusual concept. The museum was developed due in large part to the efforts of a local journalist and now houses an interesting collection of various typography devices through the late 19th century to present. Also on display are a variety of rare books, seals, banknotes, stamps, maps and calendars; some dating back as far as the 16th century.

Botanical Park of Crete, Fournes
Crete / Hania

Situated on almost 20 hectares of land in the village of Fournes (also famous for its stunning orange groves) is this gorgeous park. The park showcases over 150 different varietals of plants, trees and herbs where visitors can spend a couple hours winding their way through the gardens. Lemon, lime, almond, cherry plum, pecan, quince and carob are just some of the species of trees visitors will come into contact with. The lush surroundings and blooming trees make for an unforgettable experience with nature and offer a window into the island’s exceptional biodiversity.

Park for Preservation of Flora & Fauna, Hania
Crete / Hania

Belonging to the Technical University of Crete this park was built to provide a protected habitat where native Cretan flora and fauna could thrive away from any human intervention. Since 1994 the 30 hectares are fully protected and the olive grove is cultivated organically. As a site of environmental tourism, travelers are encouraged to visit the park and learn about Crete’s vast plant and animal life.

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Aptera
Crete / Hania

Within 15 or so kilometres east of Hania lie the remains of the hilltop town of Aptera with its breathtaking panoramic views. A very important archaeological site on Crete, Aptera is now run by the Greek Ministry of Culture, Department of Antiquities.

Archaeological Museum, Old Town
Crete / Hania

Situated inside a gorgeous Venetian church that has since seen itself reinvented as a mosque and a movie theatre, the archaeological museum has a number of beautifully maintained collections from the Neolithic to the Roman era including pottery.

Botanical Park of Crete, Fournes
Crete / Hania

Situated on almost 20 hectares of land in the village of Fournes (also famous for its stunning orange groves) is this gorgeous park. The park showcases over 150 different varietals of plants, trees and herbs where visitors can spend a couple hours winding their way through the gardens. Lemon, lime, almond, cherry plum, pecan, quince and carob are just some of the species of trees visitors will come into contact with. The lush surroundings and blooming trees make for an unforgettable experience with nature and offer a window into the island’s exceptional biodiversity.

Castle of Selino
Crete / Hania

Found at the southernmost point of Paleochora, there are now only remnants of the castle; a few walls are still barely intact, other stone wall divides and relics also on site.

Frangokastello
Crete / Hania

Sitting stoically on the southern shores of Western Crete, Frangokastello is a remarkably well-preserved Venetian fortress built in the 14th century. It boasts four towers connected by its large stone walls with serried battlements. Check out the remnants of smaller rooms inside.

The Cave of Saint John the Hermit
Crete / Hania

Next to the vestiges of Katholiko monastery is the cave of Saint John the Hermit. On the outside it looks like the entrance of a simple chapel but the cave itself (once the bed of an underground river) is OVER 100 meters long and about 1,500 m2. Visitors can admire the rock where the saint purportedly took his last breath; it is rumoured to have healing effects.

The Holy Monastery of Agia Triada of Jagarolon (The Holy Trinity)
Crete / Hania

One of the most famous and extraordinary monasteries in Crete, Agia Triada was built by two brothers, Jeremiah and Lavrentio Jagarolon (both monks and progeny of a prominent Venetian-Cretan family) in 1634 and was finally completed after 1821.

The Naval/Maritime Museum of Crete
Crete / Hania

Once a Turkish prison, the Naval Museum of Hania houses a fantastic assortment of model ships, paintings and other collections dating from the Bronze Age to more recent times including naval instruments used in the Battle of Crete.

The Tower of Loutro/Finix
Crete / Hania

One lonesome stone tower lies secluded between the small coastal village of Loutro and the Bay of Finix. In the past the ancient town and port of Finikas (or Phoenix) lay just west of the promontory in Loutro.

The Typography Museum of Hania
Crete / Hania

Opened in 2005, the typography museum is a very unusual concept. The museum was developed due in large part to the efforts of a local journalist and now houses an interesting collection of various typography devices through the late 19th century to present. Also on display are a variety of rare books, seals, banknotes, stamps, maps and calendars; some dating back as far as the 16th century.

Winery Dourakis Andreas
Crete / Hania

Wine buffs will enjoy a stop at the Dourakis winery near the Alikambos turn-off on the road to Hora Sfakion. Winemaker Andreas Dourakis is happy to show visitors around the stone-built winery and there is a pleasant tasting room upstairs where you can sample some of his 17 excellent wines, including an organic red and his well-known Logari label. Dourakis produces more than 180,000 bottles a year using local and foreign varietals.

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Winery Dourakis Andreas
Crete / Hania

Wine buffs will enjoy a stop at the Dourakis winery near the Alikambos turn-off on the road to Hora Sfakion. Winemaker Andreas Dourakis is happy to show visitors around the stone-built winery and there is a pleasant tasting room upstairs where you can sample some of his 17 excellent wines, including an organic red and his well-known Logari label. Dourakis produces more than 180,000 bottles a year using local and foreign varietals.