] (the second most important in Greece)

  • Maritime Museum of Crete [)

  • The White Mountains through which the Samaria, Aradena, Imbros and other gorges run, are the limestone peaks topped by snow until May that occupy much of Chania prefecture. They contain more than 40 peaks over 2,000 meters high. The highest peak in this area is Pahnes, at 2,452 meters above sea level.

    Western Crete is popular with tourists for its spring flowers that linger on into early May in the mountains. Birdwatching is also popular, with the lammergeier and golden eagle especially sought for. As an island, Crete has many endemic species of plant and animal.

    Crete's only freshwater lake, Lake Kournas, is in the prefecture close to the border with Rethimnon prefecture, 47 km from Chania. It is relatively large, with a perimeter of 3.5 km. The lake used to be called 'Korisia' after ancient 'Korion', a city thought to be in the area with a temple to Athena. The lake used to be reportedly full of eels but now is better known for its terrapins and tourists. Tavernas and pedalo rental shops line part of the shore. Overall, however, the lake retains its beauty, the White Mountains reflected in the mirror-like waters.

  • Alexis Minotis (famous theater actor active between 1930s-1980s)
  • Manos Katrakis (famous theater and film actor)
  • Eleni Daniilidou (Greece's Number 1 Tennis Player)
  • Eleftherios Venizelos (prime minister of Greece 1910-1920, 1924, 1928-1932, 1933; an important statesman of modern Greece).


    Chania International Airport


    Divisions of the Chania prefecture

    Provinces of the Chania prefecture

    Apokoronas | Kissamos | Kydonia | Selino | Sfakia

    Municipalities of the Chania prefecture

    Akrotiri | Anatoliko Selino | Armeni | Chania | Eleftherios Venizelos | Fres | Georgioupoli | Innachori | Kandanos | Keramia | Kissamos | Kolymvari | Kryonerida | Mousouri | Mythimna | Nea Kydonia | Pelekanos | Platanias | Sfakia | Souda | Theriso | Vamos | Voukolies

    Non-municipal communities of the Chania prefecture

    Asi Gonia | Gavdos

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