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Get the most out of your visit!

Arkadi Hotel‘s location gives you the advantage to easily explore the city of Chania. Being in the center, it takes only a few steps to experience Chania’s most popular attraction.
Furthermore, we have gathered what we feel that will give you the opportunity to fully explore our destination.
Experience nature, culture, tradition and people by choosing your favourite activities and take those memories with you.

Municipal Market Chania

Chania Municipal Market

300m from the hotel

Cross-shaped mall built in 1912 featuring shops & stalls selling local foods, souvenirs & gifts.

Chania Old Town

Chania Old Town Streets

250m from the hotel

The old town is situated next to the old harbour and is the matrix around which the whole urban area was developed. It used to be surrounded by the old Venetian fortifications that started to be built in 1538.

Chania Lighthouse

The Lighthouse of Chania

1.6km from the hotel

The original Venetian lighthouse was built around the late 16th century and during the Turkish occupation it was destroyed. Eventually rebuilt between 1824 and 1832 as a minaret, now is often referred to as ‘Egyptian’ because it was built during a time where Crete was occupied by Egyptians who were supporting the Ottoman Empire against the rebelious Cretans.

Neoria Chania

Neoria

750m from the hotel

During the Venetian occupation (1204 – 1669), the need for the closer presence of Venetians in Crete made them construct a large number of “Neoria” (arsenal) in Chania, where the ships would be repaired during the winter.

Chania Old Harbour

Mosque of the Janissaries

450km from the hotel

The Kucjk Hassan Mosque (or Mosque of the Janissaries) is the oldest Ottoman building in Crete. It was erected in 1645 when the Turks captured Chania.

Grand Arsenal Chania

Grand Arsenal

800km from the hotel

The Impressively restored building, dating back in the 16th-century, as a Venetian arsenal, was the last of the 17 shipyard buildings in CHania’s Venetian Harbour. In the following years it served as a school, a hospital and the city hall, and now is the home to the KAM Centre of Mediterranean Architecture, which hosts regular events and exhibitions.

Jeep Safari

Explore the White Mountains of Crete, with Uncharted Escapes

  • Visit the White Mountains and enjoy the best panoramic view of Chania
  • Semi private safari tour for up to 6 or 8 persons per vehicle
  • Visit an original shepherd’s hut or else “Mitato” at 1350m
  • Savor coffee, tea or juice in a traditional coffee shop
  • Enjoy scrumptious lunch with traditional Cretan food and wine

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Sunset Tour

Chania Premium Sunset Safari Tour, with Uncharted Escapes

  • Semi private tour up to 6 or 8 persons per vehicle
  • Sunset panoramic view of Chania
  • Uncharted off road routes in Non-touristic areas
  • Traditional villages
  • Wine Tasting with Cretan delicacies

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Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving, with Blue Adventures

Blue Adventures Diving Ltd was established in 1993 offering recreational diving for beginners and certified PADI diver instructors. Blue adventures is offering a variaty of Scuba activities for all levels, from snorkeling, PADI Certification courses and experienced diving tours.

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Wine & Olive Tour

Explore the Secrets of Wine and Olives

  • Visit to an olive mill and winery to enjoy a tour with wine tasting
  • Marvel at 3000 years old ancient olive tree
  • Embark on a semi private safari tour for up to 6 or 8 persons per vehicle
  • Enjoy a delicious traditional Cretan lunch with wine
  • Explore numerous Cretan villages

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Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Wine, among other products, is a distinctive product of Chania. The region offers many different options for visiting local wineries and experience the methods as well as taste exclusive local wines.

Olive Tasting

Olive Oil Tasting & Farm Tours

Olive oil is a traditional product and a big part of agriculture in Chania & Crete. The quality of the Cretan olive oil is considered to be unique.

While in Chania, you can explore a variety of tours & olive farms and experience first hand what makes Chania olive oil so unique. From olive trees to your healthy meal.

Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge

43km from the hotel

The Samaria Gorge is a National Park of Greece since 1962 on the island of Crete – a major tourist attraction of the island – and a World’s Biosphere Reserve. The gorge is in southwest Crete in the regional unit of Chania.

Aradena Gorge

Aradena Gorge

93m from the hotel

Aradena is a unique gorge located in the South Chania, near Hora Sfakion, in Sfakia area. It is one of the longest in Crete (15km long) as well as one of the deepest in Crete as it reaches 138 m. at its highest point. It is ideal not only for sightseeing or hiking but also for bunjee jumping.

Palaiochora

Palaiochora Village

71m from the hotel

Palaiochora is a small town in Chania regional unit, Greece. It is located 77 km south of Chania, on the southwest coast of Crete and occupies a small peninsula 400m wide and 700m long. The town is set along 11 km of coastline bordering the Libyan Sea. Wikipedia

Sougia beach

Sougia Village

60m from the hotel

Sougia is a community and a small village in Chania regional unit on the island of Crete, Greece. It is part of the municipal unit of East Selino. It is located on the south coast of the island, 70 km south of Chania.

Imbros Gorge

Imbros Gorge

54km from the hotel

Imbros Gorge is an 11 km long canyon located near Hora Sfakion in southern Crete, the Mediterranean island. It runs parallel to Samariá Gorge, its narrowest part has 1.60 m and it ends at the village of Kommitádes. Wikipedia

Topolia Gorge

45m from the hotel

The Topolia Gorge is located at west side of Crete and it leads to to Elafonissi via Elos. The gorge entrance is located near the Strovles Village and exits near the Topolia Village at a lower atlitude. The wider area hosts many rare endemic flora and fauna.

Balos Beach Chania

Balos Beach

53km from the hotel

Balos Beach, named the Balos lagoon, is located between the island and the coast of Crete, 58 km from Arkadi Hotel. It is one of the most famous landmarks in Crete, as it is famous for its unique landscape and turquoise waters, the wild natural beauty and exotic scenery.

Falassarna Beach

Falassarna Beach

59km from the hotel

This exotic beach is located 53km west of Chania town and it is located on the western part of Crete, in Gramvousa peninsula. At the northern end of the beach there are the ruins of the ancient Grecoroman city of Phalassarna.

Elafonissi Beach

Elafonissi Beach

73km from the hotel

Elafonisi is an island located close to the southwestern corner of the Mediterranean island of Crete, of which it is administratively a part, in the regional unit of Chania. When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water. The island is a protected nature reserve. It is known for its pink sand beaches, created by tidal and wave-induced deposits of pigmented microorganisms living in a symbiotic relationship with native seaweed.

Kournas Lake

Kournas Lake

43km from the hotel

Lake Kournas is a lake on the island of Crete, Greece, near the village of Kournas. It is in the Apokoronas municipality of Chania regional unit close to the border with Rethymno regional unit, 47 km from the town of Chania. Kournas is a fairly large village perched on a hill overlooking the lake.

Loutro Settelment

Loutro Village

94km from the hotel

Loutro lies on the south coast of Chania regional unit in west Crete, between Chora Sfakion and Agia Roumeli, the exit to the Samaria Gorge. The whole area is known as Sfakia. The village got its name from the Greek word for “bath,” for the many ancient baths found in the area

Botanical Park

Botanical Park

18km from the hotel

Nearly 20 hectares of land are waiting to welcome you, full of fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants in a park different from others, where the land’s formation and the region’s microclimate make it a paradise for hundreds of plants and animals!

Archaeological Museum of Chania Arkadi Hotel

Archaeological Museum of Chania

250m from the hotel

The Archaeological Museum of Chania is a museum located in the former Venetian Monastery of Saint Francis at 28 Chalidon Street, Chania, Crete, Greece. It was established in 1962.

Maritime Museum of Crete

Maritime Museum of Crete

650m from the hotel

This museum, at the tip of land across the channel from the lighthouse, traces Crete’s centuries-old relationship with the sea, from the Minoans, through the Byzantine, Venetian, and Turkish periods, to arrive at the German invasion of the island during WWII.

Trimartiri Chania’s Cathedral Church

Trimartiri, Chania’s Cathedral Church

300m from the hotel

The Cathedral of Chania is built in the exact position of an older temple, dating back to the 14th century. During the Ottoman Rule, the Cathedral of Chania turned into a soap factory.

Chrysopigi Monastery

Chrysopigi Monastery

3km from the hotel

The Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Chrysopigi lies a short distance from the town of Chania. It was founded in the middle of the 16th century in the last period of Venetian rule in Crete. The Monastery is dedicated to our Lady of the Life-Giving Spring, who is known popularly as ‘Chrysopigi’, the Golden Fountain.

Gonias Monastery

Gonia Monasteri

300m from the hotel

Gonia Monastery, Monastery of Our Lady of Gonia or Monastery of Panagia Hodegetria is an Orthodox monastery located 1 km north of Kolymvari and some 26 km from Chania, on the coast of the south-east Rodopos peninsula in Crete, Greece, overlooking the Gulf of Chania

Gouvernetou Monastery

Gouverneto Monastery

20m from the hotel

Dated to 1537, the monastery is a Venetian style fortress with towers at each end with some Baroque influences added later. It measures roughly 40 metres by 50 metres and contains some 50 monks’ cells on two floors.[1] It is reputed to be one of the oldest monasteries in Crete, and a 1637 census, recorded shortly before the Turkish invasion, revealed that at the time there were 60 monks living in Gouverneto Monastery, also making it one of the largest in Crete at the time.

Katholikou Monastery

Katholiko Monasteri

20m from the hotel

Katholiko Manastery is considered to be the oldest Monastery in Crete, as it was founded on the 11th century by Saint John the Hermit. The monastery is abandoned since 17th century due to several attacks by pirates & thieves.

Chania Art Gallery

Municipality Art Gallery

80m from the hotel

The Municipality of Chania now actively engaged in the area of culture and in particular in that of the arts. That was for many decades, but even previously, many inhabitants, a vision, is now taking shape with the existence and operation of the Municipal Gallery.

For more info, visit: https://pinakothiki-chania.gr/

Byzantine Museum

Byzantine and Postbyzantine Collection of Chania

750m from the hotel

The purpose of presenting the material of the Collection is to depict the historical and artistic profile of the prefecture of Chania during the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine times. The exhibits were grouped by genre into sections: mosaics, tombstones, frescoes, icons, architectural sculptures, pottery and miniature works, coins.

Typography Museum

Typography Museum

7km from the hotel

The first Museum of Typography in Greece is located in Chania, Crete, in the heart of the Mediterranean sea. It is a private initiative by Yannis Garedakis, founder of the newspaper “Haniotika nea”, with the support of his wife Eleni. He has been collecting, for more than thirty years, machines and other exhibits that mark the evolution of European typography.

For more info visit: http://www.typography-museum.gr/

Agia Triada Monastery

Agia Triada Monastery

17km from the hotel

Agia Triada Monastery or the Monastery of Agia Triada Tsangarolon is a Greek Orthodox monastery in the Akrotiri peninsula in the Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece. It also contains a museum.

Chrysoskalitisa Monastery at Elafonisi

Chrysoskalitissa Monastery

70km from the hotel

Chrysoskalitissa Monastery is a 17th-century Orthodox Christian monastery located on the island of Crete, Greece. Located on the south-west coast of the island, in the municipal unit Innachori, it lies some 72 kilometres south-west of Chania. Built up on rocks some 35 metres high, it overlooks the Libyan Sea.

Ioannis Prodromos Monastery at Korakies

Ioannou Prodromou Monastery

9km from the hotel

Moni Agiou Ioannou Prodromou is a monastery glued against the canyan walls of the Loussios gorge. The monastery dates from the 12th century. It is one of the most spectacular sites along the Loussios gorge.

Eleftherios Venizelos Museum

2km from the hotel

Eleftherios Venizelos Museum of Chalepa is an historic house museum in Chania, Crete, Greece. It is the paternal house of Eleftherios Venizelos, where he lived from 1880 to 1910, and occasionally, from 1927 to 1935

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