Famous small cities and villages near the city of Chania

Kalami in Chania

Kalami in Chania ©wiseguy71/Flick

The beautiful city of Chania has managed to keep its authentic color, despite the increasing tourism. It is considered one of the most popular Greek cities, and the most picturesque town of Crete as the multitude of artifacts that are found here gives it a special charm. Chania is divided into different neighborhoods, surviving four old districts as well.

If you are visiting the city or you are going to stay there some days, you could also visit the famous small cities and villages near the city of Chania.


Beautiful port in Chania

Beautiful port in Chania ©sisaphus/Flick


Mournies is a small town near Chania (at 4 km to the south) and it is on the same place since the Byzantine period. It is surrounded by many monastic buildings, so you can visit many beautiful churches and monasteries in the city and outside it. Mournies is the seat of the municipality with the same name, which includes several other villages scattered in the area and has about 5300 inhabitants. Its name comes from the blackberry (Mournies in Greek) spread in the city and its surroundings. In the 18th century, Mournies was famous for its magnificent villas, owned by local nobles.


Souda is a small town near Chania, has about 5500 inhabitants and is located in the Souda Bay. The city is considered the second largest port in Crete and one of the largest in Greece. Souda is linked daily by ferry service to Piraeus port. Due to the strategic location of the port in the Souda Bay there was implanted a NATO naval station. In the middle of the bay is a small island with a Venetian castle located right in the middle of it.

Submarine in the Souda Bay

Submarine in the Souda Bay ©Official U.S. Navy Imagery/Flick


Alikianos is a small village located only at 12 km from the city of Chania. Accessible through the luxurious green valley of the Keritis river on the way to Alikianos, visitors will pass over a stone bridge built in 1908. This place is ideal for relaxing and getting in touch with nature. The valley around Alikianos  is very fertile, it is suitable for tropical plants as orange. In fact, many residents of Alikianos trade agricultural products and livestock.

An attraction of the village of Alikanos near Chania is the DaMolin Tower that belonged to the leader of the Venetian region in the Middle Ages. According to the legends this tower is haunted because there was a horrific crime, during the wedding party of his daughter with the son of a Cretan revolutionar, Georgios Kantaleon. The Venetian leader didn’t agree with this wedding, so he slipped a sleeping pill in wine and then hanged all of the members of the Kantaleon family.


At a distance of 10 km from Chania and near Souda there is a small village called Kalami. This beachfront village has several stone houses and paved streets. At a short distance from Kalami is a small sandy beach and an other larges beach in Kalyves. Kalami is built near the Izzedin Fort, an impressive building whose purpose was protection and was built built by Pasha Reouf after the Cretan Revolution of 1866.

Kalami in Chania

Kalami in Chania ©wiseguy71/Flick

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