Sep 29, 2015

How to spend Wintertime at Chania

The beautiful town of Chania has an alluring character all year long and there are plenty of things to enjoy even in Winter. The town’s long history has left footprints all over the region, either as archaeological sites or preserved monuments, giving it a wide prism of colours and styles that all together blend in a unique pattern of beauty. Ancient, Byzantine, Latin, Venetian, Ottoman and Contemporary motifs coexist peacefully, carrying a message of inclusiveness and calm, that is amplified in the more quiet months of Winter.

Explore the ancient Minoan settlement of Kydonia, ancient Aptera, in the outskirts of Souda, the Byzantine Wall, the Grand Arsenal and the rest of the Venetian Neoria, the Venetian Walls that form the Revellino del Porto fortress and the Gate and rampart of Sabbionara and the Entrance of Renier Mansion are always magnificent and full of people, locals that either visit them as tourists or simply pause for a minute to take in their splendour, before they continue to go by their business.

There are so many places to explore while in Chania, one of the best ways to do that during the colder days of winter is by bike! When it’s sunny (and that’s way more common than rain during wintertime), rent a bike and tour the town in your own time, while keeping warm from the exercise. You could also head out of town with one of the local mountaineering clubs, and go hiking and climbing! Last but not least the fact that Chania has an airport, but not the air traffic of summer allows for the Aeroclub of Chania to organise air tours of Crete and other Aegean islands, with qualified pilots (if you’re not one -but really who isn’t??) in small four seater airplanes!

Most importantly, during wintertime, it’s the best time to get to know the locals and learn from their favourites. Visit a small tavern, ask your next table at a cafe, get info on where to go and what to do; walk the town and take in all that it has to offer. No matter when you visit there is always an aspect that will captivate you and make you want to visit again and again.

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