We initially chose Chania, Crete for Thea Thalassa, Villa. We were just looking for somewhere in Europe, preferably that we hadn’t been to before, that we could rent our own space with a private pool. Villa Thalassa had everything we were looking for and more. We loved it so much that we ended up going back again a year later.
Failure to plan is planning to fail.
We first visited Crete in August 2019. There are two airports on the island, Heraklion and Chania. On our first visit, we made the rooky error of not checking how big the island was before booking flights. Consequently, we had to make the three-hour drive, in our tiny little hire car, between Heraklion airport and our villa just outside of Chania. All the while knowing full well that had we just done a little bit more research, we could have flown directly to Chania airport, which was just 20 minutes drive from the villa.
On our second visit in September 2020, we had an equally unfortunate experience at the expense of us failing to do sufficient research before leaving the house! We made (what now seems an entirely ludicrous error) of not checking the Covid travel guidelines for travelling from the UK to Greece. On arriving at the airport, we were told that we couldn’t fly as we hadn’t filled in the passenger arrivals form. Luckily BA was amazing and re-booked us on a flight the next day free of charge AND re-arranged our return flight so that we could still have the same number of days away. But it was a close call.
Despite the rocky start(s)…
Even though we got off on the wrong foot (twice!), we absolutely love Crete, and it’s fast becoming our go-to summer destination.
Villa Thalassa: We’ve stayed, on both trips, at the two-bedroom Villa Thalassa, which is kept immaculately and has a stunning private pool with views of the sea. We love having our own space as we can balance chilling by the pool and doing the odd bit of work/writing when we need to. Villa Thalassa’s location is also perfect for easy access to Chania town or Platanias if you fancy a livelier atmosphere.
Food: Aside from the location, the Cretan food also keeps us coming back year on year. The food, pretty much everywhere we’ve tried, is absolutely delicious. There is so much choice when it comes to eating out in Chania. The fair tends to be quite traditional and is all the better for it. I love that restaurant owners have stuck to serving local cuisine (and, believe me, local Cretan cuisine is bloody delicious). Check out my post below for some of my favourite restaurants in and around Chania.
Chania’s old town: is very pretty and definitely worth a visit. Especially if you’re a foodie and/ or a shopaholic (this covers both James and me, so we’re both kept very happy!). The old town is set on the harbour and is made up of pretty cobbled streets housing loads of cute little boutiques and trinket shops. There are also countless excellent restaurants to try out, most of which have plenty of open-air dining options.
If you’re looking for sun, great food and plenty of choices for things to do. Chania is a great option. Although there are beaches within a 10-minute drive of Chania, the best beaches are on the south of the island. This can be an hour to an hour and a half away, so this is worth considering if you set on spending your days on the beach. If (like us) you are happy by the pool or don’t mind making the odd day trip, then Chania is perfect.