Having a busy travel schedule for business this summer, I’m due for some relaxing time away from hot and humid South Florida. This year, I’m aiming for chilling out along the water, perhaps the Mediterranean and even a special visit to my hometown. Despite spending a couple of years in Europe, I regret that I missed visiting Crete. So, I asked Ricky, a fellow wanderluster and writer, to recommend some R&R in Crete for my readers. I pass the baton for this post to you, Ricky. Here’s to relaxation and exploration in Chania Old Town Crete!

After a long slog at work, many people look forward to their holidays and treat it as the time to sit back and recharge the batteries. But you may or may not have noticed that the world we live in is quite large, and therefore finding somewhere which allows for this can be hard to find. We all know the popular places, but aren’t there any so called ‘hidden gems’ which tick all the right boxes for relaxation as well as plenty of exploration opportunities?

Chania Old Town

Well, the sort answer is yes – and one such place is Chania Old Town. You may not be too familiar with the old city or indeed the new areas, but there is so much packed into its walls that you should seriously give it some consideration when looking at Crete holidays. Located on the popular Greek island, the city was once for a brief period of time the island’s capital city, but these days’ draws in tourists thanks to its history and stunning architecture.

The pebbled streets that lead from the Old Town’s harbour are often filled with people from all over the world, all taking in the gorgeous view and looking for a quiet taverna or café in which to stop and have a relaxing drink or bite to eat.

History and Beaches

Chania was constructed on the site of a previous settlement in 1252 by the Venetians and their architectural style is imprinted throughout the tight and narrow streets in the old town. Make sure you try out the Archaeological Museum if you want to know what treasures have been unearthed on the island and to learn a bit more about its wonderful history.

If discovering local history is not for though or if you want to get out and work on that tan, then another feather in Chania’s cap is that there are some beautiful beaches right on its doorstep. Head to Kalathas Beach just 15 minutes away if you want sand, sea and little taverna’s to sit in when looking for a bit of shade. It really is pure bliss.

When it comes to holidays to Crete, you really should consider at least taking a trip to wonderful Chania Old Town. It has everything you would expect from a Greece holiday – sun, architecture, history, beaches and sensational sea views to name but a few!

**Guest post provided by Ricky, who is a keen traveller and writer who shares a passion for both. Ricky has travelled extensively, visiting various countries in Europe and South East Asia along with Australia, New Zealand and the USA.