The Charm of Chania, Crete island

Crete is a beautiful Greek island, unspoilt in many parts, and developed in others, but never overly so. For a perfect sunshine holiday, this is one island that delivers again and again. Malia is of course well known for its hedonistic night-life and drunken antics, however, the slightly more sedate, but no less entertaining resort of Chania is perfect for couples and families alike, with the opportunity to get out and about in the surrounding nature to boot.

The stunning White Mountains overlook proceedings, and there are some beautiful views, and a great range of wildlife and flora to see. Any keen walker will love putting on their boots and heading out to Samaria Gorge, second longest in the world to the Grand Canyon – but only do this in summer, when the waters are low!

If you don’t fancy being that energetic, which I have to admit, I wouldn’t either, the local beaches are fantastic, and offer all the facilities you need for a day’s lounging and splashing. There’s a long stretch of sandy coastline, so wherever you decide to place yourself, you’ll be picking the perfect spot, and if you want more in the way of traditional summer beaches, nearby Malia has Dolphin and Agapi, which can get crowded in high season.

There are many great value package deals heading over to Crete this summer, many that will not break the bank, however cut costs even further by looking into great value airport extras before you leave. I rarely travel without airport parking these days, and I regularly book Parking at Stansted airport from Park BCP to add convenience and value to my travel plans. There’s something strangely reassuring about knowing your vehicle is there waiting for you when you land back in the UK, not to mention the lower stress levels in getting to the airport in the first place East Midlands Airport parking is one I’ve also booked in the past and wouldn’t hesitate to use again, so check out what’s available near you.

If you get the opportunity, I’d suggesting hiring a car and getting further out into Crete’s nature, as there is plenty to see on this large island. Elafonissi Lagoon is a must visit – around an hour’s drive from Chania, but completely worth it for the stunning sunsets.

Back in Chania itself, and the Old Town is a great place for a wander in the sun, with quaint buildings, winding alleys and lots of opportunities to stop for a refreshing drink and watch the world go by. Relaxation is the name of the game! The Venetian Harbour is also a fantastic place to visit, particularly in the evening, and again this is great for sunset viewing.

After dark, the pace of life can either slow down, or speed up, it’s all down to your personal choice. If you want serious partying, I’d suggest you head to Malia, however for something a little less raucous Chania has a great range of bars, clubs and restaurants. Food-wise, nobody will go hungry as there are many international restaurants around, but do try some traditional cuisine if you can – the moussaka and kalamari are delicious.

As you can see, Chania has much to offer, with plenty more outside the area too, and makes for a fantastic holiday destination. Cut your costs wherever possible, such as the extras mentioned before, and you’ll have more to spend during your time away. Check out Tourismforhelp if flying from the Midlands, and you’ll see that nobody misses out with this fantastic budget extra.

Sun, sea, sand, everything else you could want – happy holidays!