The city of Chania lies on the west part of the island of Crete and has a population of 52000 (1991 census). The capital of the prefecture of Chania, it is unquestionably one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities of the island.
Built of the ruins of ancient Kidonia, it has seen and survived many invaders and today it is filled with a variety of monuments, historical buildings, churches and monasteries to testify its rich history. Some of the city's landmark is the cross shaped building of the public market that was completed in 1913 and the picturesque Venetian port with the old Venetian city still being preserved to this day.
The whole of the prefecture of Chania has a series of sites of natural beauty waiting to be explored by its many visitors. The world famous Samaria Gorge, Elafonisi with its crystal clear waters and the island of Gavdos - a paradise for those seeking alternative ways to spend their holidays are only a small sample of what this prefecture has to offer.