Welcome to the historic review of Chania Municipality
The Municipality of Chania, always a pioneer, from 1996 has developed and is continualy evolving the specific web pages with the purpose to offer with speed and quality the services and information that it’s registered citizents and the local community need so that they can deal with pretensions the challenges of the times.
City of exceptional beauty, full of the aroma of flowers, city of rich cultural heritage and remarkable natural beauty, Chania and its friendly inhabitants welcome you.
The monuments of ancient and modern ages, the Venetian Harbour and the Old Town, the picturesque neighbourhoods and the traditional life, welcome you warmly and invite you to know that the city is promising you unforgettable monuments.
Tourism Flow in Chania
The district of Chania, due to its natural beauty and its rich variety of sites, attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world. The city also accepts visitors interested in financial activities in the district, as well as scientific and educational visitors interested in historical archives, historical monuments and museums or visiting the Technical University, which is an important research center.
The following diagrams and barcharts show the flow of tourism in the district of Chania during the past decade and come from official sources.
Tourism Flow in Accommodation Units
Tourist Services in Chania
Tourism Flow in Accomodation Units
The following table shows the flow of arrivals in hotels and other accommodation units during the year of 1993. The same statistics were higher during 1994.
During July 1995, from a sample of 2531 beds in accommodation units (44% of the total number), a total of 61967 overnights were counted, leading to a percentage of 85% of fullness.
Tourist Services in Chania
Tourism is a major financial aspect of the city life and there is a large number of private commercial enterprises dealing with tourism. These enterprises include travel agencies, hotels and rooms for rent and restaurants. In particular, there exist 53 Travel Agencies within the district of the city and 26 Travel Agencies in the susburbs, that is within 20 km of the city.
The accommodation enterprises in the prefecture of Chania according to the Greek Tourism Organization, are as follows:
The above lead to a total of 287 units and 14436 beds and a percentage of 21.74% of total accommodation units and 15.46% of total beds in the island. According to statistics from the same organization, collected in December 1994, there exist 780 rooms-for-rent units in the prefecture of Chania, with total of 12411 beds, amounting to 26.98% of total beds in Crete.
Within the district of Chania there exists one camping with a capacity of 100 people, while there exist another 4 camping sites of the same capacity in the prefecture.
The island of Crete concentrates 17.36% of accommodation units and 18.37% of beds of the whole country. In the city of Chania there are also 150 enterprises providing food services such as restaturants, taverns and fast foods.
Archaeological Museum of Chania
The contents of the museum exhibits were discovered locally and follow a chronological order of presentation, beginning with Neolithic artefacts. The exhibits are well-labelled in Greek and English and there is a brief explanation as to their importance and where they were found. The front of the museum is dominated by Minoan pottery, including several of the large pithari jars. In the centre of the room is a collection of larnakes, or Minoan clay tombs, delightfully painted with birds and octopuses as well as the double axe and horns of the Minoan cult. One of the larnakes still contains two small skeletons. Also displayed are two clay tablets inscribed in Linear A and Linear B script. Except for the tablets discovered at Knossos, these tablets excavated in Kastelli are the only examples of the two scripts being found in the same location. Further back are a number of Greco-Roman finds, including glassware, mosaics, and sculpture. At the rear of the museum is a wonderful Roman statue known as the Philosopher of Elyros excavated from that area of western Crete.
Historical Museum and Archives
On Odos Sfakianaki, there is the Historical Museum and Archives. The museum has a large exhibit outlining the history of Crete. The archives contain a wide range of historic collections, including correspondence and old documents. The museum contains two floors of exhibits. The first floor is devoted to Eleftherios Venizelos. The second floor has examples of Venetian furniture and a folklore collection containing examples of local weaving and crafts. The second floor also contains the archives.
RENT A CAR
Most tourists who decide to visit the beautiful island of Crete choose a car rental to get around the island, this together with the fact that Crete is one of the leading destinations, resulting in one of the largest car fleets comparing to other islands in Greece and Europe. All major car rental companies (Hertz, Budget, Sixt, Alamo, CarGreece, Avis) have many bases in Crete, the top two according to statistics found in Heraklion airport and the port of Chania with third top destination being the Chania Airport. Apart from the traditional car rental companies in recent years have made their appearance meta-search websites like www.cargreece.gr which compares prices from all suppliers in the same location and show you the best results according the cheapest price. More often tourists choose to book enough before their car with the most often to make their booking 3-4 weeks before arrival.