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5 +1 unusual but memorable things to do in Chania

August 30, 2023

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Level up your Cretan escape with these fun, unusual and distinctly memorable things to do in Chania.

A vibrant blend of Venetian, Ottoman, Jewish and Arabic influences, Chania is a gem of a coastal Mediterranean town. Attractions take many forms and shapes here – from history buffs to architecture lovers, foodies or adventure seekers, there is something to tempt all. If you’re planning a visit soon, here’s our list of the top memorable things to do in Chania.

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3 Off-the-beaten-path excursions in Chania (part 2)

July 24, 2023

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Looking to beat the crowds of July and August, or just yearning for a bit of seclusion? Venture into the great outdoors to lose yourself in the magic of nature with these three off-the-beaten-path excursions in Chania.


Chania – not only its showstopping old town but the whole prefecture –  is one of the Mediterranean’s top bucket-list destinations with a wealth of natural and man-made attractions: from stunning beaches to awe-inspiring gorges and ravines and from iconic historical landmarks to sleepy mountain villages where time seems to stand still. Factor in the mouthwatering local cuisine and the gorgeous sunkissed weather, and it’s easy to see why Crete’s former capital is swarming with tourists. But you can still find a pocket of paradise to call your own, even in the busy season. Here are our handpicked suggestions for three off-the-beaten-path excursions in Chania, that’ll leave you with fascinating stories to tell.


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Top Chania beaches: 4 popular & 2 secluded options

June 21, 2023

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Rimmed by 1,046 km of pristine coastline, Crete boasts an unbeatable sea-sun-and-sand combo – and it rightfully showcases it to the world. If you’re planning an escape to the Oscar Suites & Village, here’s all you need to know about the best Chania beaches.

Made from the stuff of legends and dreams, Chania in Crete boasts some of the most Instagramable beaches on the planet. From cosmopolitan seaside resorts to world-famous, exotic lagoons and from secluded coves to family-friendly havens and sports-lovers playgrounds, there is something for every taste and disposition. Read on for our handpicked suggestions for the best Chania beaches and take your pick as the mood strikes.

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3 lesser-known historical sites in Crete

March 20, 2023

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Steeped in legend, the lesser-known historical sites in Crete have an authentic charm that fascinates in-the-know visitors as much as, if not more, than their more famous counterparts like Knossos and Phaistos.

With its signature mix of exotic beaches, rugged mountains and gripping landmarks, Crete is brimming with attractions. Perhaps the most famous of them all, the 4,000-year-old palace of Knossos receives an average of five thousand visitors in a day. This spectacularly (though somewhat speculatively) restored Minoan palatial complex captures the imagination of young and old with its sheer size, expressive frescoes and fascinating myths. But there are other, just as captivating, though lesser-known historical sites in Crete that beg for exploration – and the good thing is you won’t have to beat the crowds to it.

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Chania’s secret gems

January 23, 2023

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Its iconic sights have travelled the world many times over be it in postcards, magazine covers and Instagram feeds. But there are other lesser-known sites that tempt the adventurer in you to venture just that little bit further. Whether from the sea or the land, on foot, by boat or by car, explore Chania’s secret gems and fall in love forever.

Surrounded by pristine countryside, with aeons of history inscribed in its every nook and cranny, Chania on the island of Crete, is a postcard-pretty amalgam of striking nature and Venetian, Arabic, Muslim and Jewish influences.


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Chania at Christmas 

December 21, 2022

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Chania at Christmas is perhaps unexpectedly magical. This is a time of the year that has always been special, blending a wealth of enchanting, still-surviving customs and traditions with an array of fun-packed activities designed to lift everyone’s spirits.

This was the year the planet learned how to travel again. As we are looking at everything we did in 2022 – the pics and the vids that are adding up to millions of happy moments with old and new friends at the Oscar Suites & Village Hotel – we can’t help but be grateful for all the great memories: The food that we sampled, the trips that we took, the hikes that we went to, the wine that we tasted, the sights we admired, the beaches we built sand castles on, the music we danced to. We are also super excited about the upcoming holiday season. Though it is not your typical “Rovaniemi-esque” destination, Chania at Christmas is quite magical, as it blends a wealth of time-honoured traditions with an atmosphere that’s pure elation and joy.


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The most famous myths of Crete

November 18, 2022

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Brimming with wonders, Crete’s epic land has been inspiring storytellers since the dawn of history. Colourful narratives about mighty kings and potent heroes, ferocious beasts and even the planet’s first robot were passed down by word of mouth across the generations – and through the skill of their orators became deep-seated legends that attempt to account for the origins of mankind and the workings of the world.


Crete’s oral traditions – a dramatic collection of age-old, richly-narrated tales of lust, betrayal, passion and treason – continue to fascinate young and old alike. So how about imbuing your upcoming holiday on our island with an extra sprinkling of magic? Read on for the most intriguing myths of Crete and get ready to delve into a bewitching realm of fantasy where everything seems possible.

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