This charming town
Chania Town is a must-visit in this part of the island. Life buzzes around the ancient harbour and its pastel-coloured cafés, so spend some time here eyeing up the chalkboard specials. But don’t miss a walk around the cobbled streets behind, where you can try a Turkish hammam or pick up some produce from the indoor market.
Get out the history books
History buffs are in luck around here. Minoan must-sees like caves and tombs are dotted all over, so there’s plenty to get stuck into for a trip back in time. Ancient Aptera’s Theatre is an interesting site worth seeing, as is Chania’s Archaeological Museum. Head into the hills to visit the Venizelos Tombs, and the best panoramas around are the icing on the cake.
Back to nature
Take a hike among the wild flowers, monasteries and goats of Samaria Gorge. It’s a serious trek, so be prepared to tough it out if you want to reap the scenic rewards. Castles, caves and forests are in plentiful supply on Crete's west coast, so adventure’s always around the corner. And the beautiful Lake Kournas has swim stop and photo op written all over it.