Chania Places of Natural Beauty

Discover the natural beauty of Chania Prefecture

Endless stretches of seashore bordered in frothy lace, inlets and islands of exotic beauty and sandy beaches tucked away at the foot of forbidding mountains. Impenetrable but yet such majestic gorges , holy caves , blessed rivers and lush, green plains thickly covered with olive and citrus trees.

These karstic shapes are only one side of the coin however. The prefecture of Chania which overlooks the sea has endless beaches to offer in its 350 km of shores to satiate even the most demanding palate: from the isolated, pristine beaches to the organized cosmopolitan ones.

Clean BeachesOlive GrovesWhite MountainsLake Kournas

A place of singular beauty is considered to be that of Madara, or the infertile and barren peaks of the White Mountains. At an altitude of more than 1000 m, it presents an absolute challenge for the hiker.

It has rocky landscapes, with very little, low, bushy vegetation, quite a few wildflowers and a view that will leave you speechless.

Also unique for the island is the lake of Kournas, next to the village of the same name, close to the border of the prefecture of Rethymno.

It is at an altitude of 20 m above the surface of the sea and has a circumference of 3.5 km with its deepest point being 23 m. Osiers and Myrtle trees envelope the lake and the precipitous mountains that surround it are mirrored in its calm waters creating the illusion that it is deeper than it actually is.

It is this phenomenon that is responsible for the legend that it is "bottomless".