Experience Cretan Culture With a Food Tour in Chania

Chania is known for its wonderful people, warm hospitality, and fresh produce. And if you would like to learn about the Cretan cuisine and culture, this unique food and wine tour run by a local will allow you to experience all the gastronomical delights this beautiful city has to offer on foot. 

Awaken your senses as you leisurely stroll through the picturesque streets of Chania that are adorned with a fascinating history; and immerse yourself in the aromas and flavours of Cretan cuisine, as a hospitable local Cretan host guides you to spots where you can taste authentic savoury and sweet treats. 

Kelly Michelakis from The Greek Odyssey, says her tours are designed for guests to “learn about the food that makes Crete so special, as you will be able to sample many Cretan delicacies and learn what the Cretan culture is all about by a local. 

“Sip on a Greek coffee and enjoy every bite of the famous Cretan bougatsa, as well as enjoy a light lunch at an iconic Cretan eatery. Our guests can learn about the different cakes and biscuits on display as we browse the local bakery, sample Greece’s famous loukoumades, try local cheese that you can’t find elsewhere and view the regional and seasonal produce of the passionate traders who are so proud to share their knowledge,” says Kelly. 

With two tours currently available, there is a three-hour Food Day Tour through the backstreets and little-known pockets; where guests can sample Cretan specialties, in between visiting some old traditional stores to learn about Cretan culture and heritage.

There is also a Food and Wine Night Tour that allows guests to taste Cretan delicacies as they sip on local wine and spirits. This is where you can enjoy every bite of traditional Cretan appetizer, while admiring the stunning views of the city by night.

To learn more head to The Hellenic Odyssey 

9 Best Beaches in Chania

Whether you are seeking breathtaking natural landscapes, crystal blue seas, shallow waters, or seaside taverns- discover the best beaches in Chania, from our list of favourites! 

Seitan Limani 

From the breathtaking scenery to the magical views and pristine water, Seitan Limani boasts rocky land, beautiful coves, and emerald waters. It’s a bit of a hike to get there, as you need to walk down quite a few steep steps but it’s worth the effort! Tip: it’s not an organised beach so make sure you come prepared with water, sunscreen, a hat, and snacks! 

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For a morning swim and a great Freddo (cold coffee), head to Loutraki beach, which has a  great cafe, and lots of sunbeds that are located on both the grass hill (with steps to the sea) and the sandy beach end. 

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This is the perfect spot for families!  With two beaches to choose from- both are sandy and organised. Here you will also find a range of traditional taverns that serve local dishes and delicacies! 

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This has been voted the best beach in Crete and one of the ten best beaches in Europe! Featuring a huge bay, which consists of five exotic beaches, Falassarna has pink sand, stunning blue waters, and a wonderful landscape.

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Stavros Beach 

Where “Zorba the Greek” was filmed, this is a peaceful and organised sandy beach that is less crowded than most. Actually a lagoon, it’s nestled in a bay and protected from the strong winds. The striking mountains that surround it create a unique scenery that you won’t find elsewhere. 

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Balos Lagoon

One of Chania’s most popular beaches (for a good reason) the waters at Balos are warm and shallow, while some parts of the beach also boast pink sand! Located near Kissamos, Balos beach can be reached either by car from Chania or by boat from Kasteli. 

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Another must-see beach that offers both organised and unorganised sections. One of the most photographed beaches in Greece, Elafonisi is a perfect day trip from town- where you can spend hours swimming and relaxing. 

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Gramvousa Islet 

A 15-minute cruise from Balos, this 200-metre-long beach is one of the most stunning in all of Greece. Boasting soft golden sand and crystal-clear turquoise water, it’s the perfect spot for swimming and snorkelling.

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Golden Beach 

Often named one of the best beaches in Chania, here you will find golden sand and clear, calm waters. It’s one of the closest beaches to Chania Town and has a range of sunbeds and umbrellas to choose from. Perfect for families, as there are so many kid-friendly activities available here too. 

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Getting to Chania

Flights to Chania from Athens are around one hour, otherwise, you can take a ferry. There is one ferry line that takes 6.5 hours, or you can do an overnight trip, which is roughly nine hours.