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Basic info and car hire in Chania (Crete Island)

Location: Along the north coast of island Crete, Greece

Population: 108,642 (as of 2011)

Official language: Greek (People living on Crete speak a dialect known as Cretan Greek. It is rarely used in written language and doesn’t differ much from Standard Greek.)

Currency: Euro € (EUR)

Weather: Chania has a typical Mediterranean climate. This mean that you can expect sunny and dry summers. Between April and October, clear-sky is almost an everyday occurrence. An average high temperature in the summer is around 29 °C. It is always warm but there are rarely any fierce heat waves.

Public holidays in Chania: It can be a nuisance trying to get somewhere during the bank holidays so we recommend you to come prepared and check the dates of public holidays in Greece to avoid unnecessary complications.  

Internet coverage: If you want an access to the free Wi-Fi hotspot the best way is to visit a café. More and more small Cafes and Restaurants are providing free Wi-Fi hotspots. Check this site for some cafes with free access to the internet.

About Chania (Crete Island)

Chania is set along the north coast of the Crete island and is its second largest city. Much of the city’s old district was developed around the harbor which was built in the 14th century by the Venetians. Even though if seems like most of the old building are from this era Chania has much richer history. It is built on the site of the Minoan settlement called Kydonia. The settlement was important enough to be mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. After that Chania was for some time under the Byzantine rule and the rule of the Arabs. Under the Arab rule the Christian population was persecuted. This ended when the Byzantine Empire retook the city in 916 AD. In the late 13th century the city was under Venetian rule. During that time the Chania was fortified and strengthened giving it the form that it still has today.

Driving in Chania (Crete Island)

  • Age limits: Minimum driving age is 18, however many car hire companies require you to be at least 21 years old and in a possession of a driving licence for at least one year. It is not uncommon for car hire companies to charge a young driver surcharge for drivers under the age of 25. Be sure to check their Terms & Conditions prior to the hire.
  • International Driving Permit: If your driving licence is in non-latin alphabet you are required to have an international driving permit.
  • Additional papers: You need an ID (a passport is best). For hiring a car you usually need a proof of an address. Check with your car hire company which additional papers they require prior to the pick-up.
  • Additional requirements: You are required to have a warning triangle and a reflective vest in the car at all time.
  • Children in the car: It is required by law that the children under the age of 13 must be seated in the appropriate child seat. If you would like to avoid the complications of traveling with your own baby seat, you can hire one with your car hire company.
  • Driving side of the road: Right
  • Lights: It is recommended to have your light on at all time but required by law only at night time.
  • General speed limits: In the urban area, the meter must not exceed 31 mph (50 km/h), otherwise, the rule is 56 mph (90 km/h).

Drive your rental car around Chania (Crete Island)

Chania is a beautiful city by itself and it can take you your entire holidays to explore and enjoy it. However, there is much to see in the surrounding area. With car hire in Chania it will be a breeze to plan your trips. Here are few suggestions for day trips dorm Chania with the commodity of a hired car.

Samaria Gorge is the longest gorge in Europe and is a popular destination for tourist and locals alike. There you can take a hiking trip where you can enjoy the stunning scenery.

Knossos Palace in Heraklion is three hours away which should be no problem if you hired a car in Chania. This palace is well worth the trip as it is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. There is a famous legend of the Minotaur’s Labyrinth was located here.

What to see in Chania (Crete Island)

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Major events and festivals

There is always something going on in Chania. People are celebrating one thing or another all the time. Numerous festivals and events are usually accompanied by food and live entertainment. If you enjoy traditional Greek cuisine than you should visit at least one festival while in Chania.  

There is always something going on in Chania. People are celebrating one thing or another all the time. Numerous festivals and events are usually accompanied by food and live entertainment. If you enjoy traditional Greek cuisine than you should visit at least one festival while in Chania.