Things to do in Chania- Hiking and E4 Path

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Things to do in Chania- Hiking and E4 Path

Many of our beloved guests in Platanias Ariston Executive hotel are constantly looking for things to do in Chania. We have to admit that our beaches  are one of the top reasons to visit Greece, Crete and Chania altogether. However there are many alternative things to do in Chania that will make your vacations in Crete a better and more pleasurable time.

Things to do in Chania: Hiking

Many consider Chania to be a hiker’s paradise. There are many different gorges, hiking paths and trails that you can do in order to enjoy untouched nature, wildlife and bond with locals in an unprecedented way. We are privileged enough to have one of the biggest gorges in Europe just an hour away from Platanias Ariston Executive Hotel in Platanias . This gives you one excellent opportunity to pass through the most well known gorge in Greece.

Samaria Gorge View from Above- Chania, Crete, Greece- Jimzoun, Samaria Gorge - Crete, Greece (3), CC BY-SA 4.0
Samaria Gorge View from Above- Things to do in Chania, Crete, Greece- JimzounSamaria Gorge – Crete, Greece (3)CC BY-SA 4.0

Hiking in the Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge is a hiker’s paradise! 16 kilometers of untouched and preserved Crete which start in an elevation of 1250 from Ksiloskalo at Omalos Plateau, in the heart of the White Mountains. You start the trip from Ksiloskalo and after a tedious procedure of hiking for many hours (ranging from 5 to 8 hours) you will reach the traditional fishermen village of Agia Roumeli. Many traditional Cretan food restaurants can indulge you into Cretan hospitality and you can primarily enjoy a relaxing and rewarding swim to crystal clear south Cretan sea waters.

Vacation in Chania- Hiking in Chania- Platanias Ariston
Vacation in Chania- Hiking in Chania- Platanias Ariston

There are plenty of ships transferring goods, people and cars all over the south coastline of Chania, so it is also a first class opportunity to explore the local traditional way that locals live in villages of Chania that are only approachable by sea. Agia Roumeli and Loutro are two distinctive villages of Chania south part that you can only approach by boat because of the absence of roads over the steep high cliffs of those north coast shores.

Loutro- Sfakia- things to do in Chania
Loutro- Sfakia- Things to do in Chania- Platanias Ariston Executive Hotel


Many of the people who wonder about things to do in Chania don’t know that there are many hiking paths and trails in Greece (and in Crete!) are part of the so called E4- European long distance path  which is a must for hikers and nature lovers.

Thousands of Visitors every year are coming to Crete in order to hike in parts of the E4 path and the hiking options across the island of Crete are countless, thus you need to do your program in order to know and see which of the paths you like to see and hike on .

Hiking in Chania: Head for the mountains.

The hiking alternatives that we proposed are considered long and enduring. For travellers that want to explore Cretan Nature but don’t want to hike for hours or drive long distances in order to get there we recommend that you visit Therisso Gorge by car. Therisso Gorge  can be passed on foot or with your car and you will get the chance to explore nature and the villages of our homeland.

Alternatively you can find more things to do in Chania if you head to the mountains. There are many smaller mountains closer to places of interest. Depending on where you live, Malaxa mountain may be an excellent alternative close to you. There are numerous small paths and hiking trails as well as many sightseeing options that make this small road trip a worthwhile experience. You can also wander around the surrounding area and reach other villages that are far from tourist crowds and hike, wander around and bond with locals in an unprecedented way. Traditional Cretan food can also be found on these desolate non tourist areas.

Hiking tips from Platanias Ariston Executive Hotel.

When searching for things to do in Chania or hiking trails you always need to do your research. Knowledge is key, and you can save a lot of aggravation by planning ahead. You will also need to carry some sun protection (hat, sunscreen, glasses) , comfortable shoes and clothes as well as plenty of water for long hikes.

You will also need to pay special attention to the hiking trail and paths signs which are developed specifically to help you self navigate and avoid getting lost or selecting wrong paths. You have to also remember that the hiking duration on the paths is considered with a normal pace of a normal person and without stopping for relaxation or sightseeing. Having this information you can adjust your pace in order to avoid being late at dusk or dawn or maybe missing some bus or ferry routes on your way back.

We wish you a safe hike!



Elafonisi Lagoon crystal waters- things to do in Chania- Hiking and swimming activities
Elafonisi Lagoon crystal waters- things to do in Chania- dronepicr, Aerial view of Elafonisi Lagoon on the south-west coast of Crete, GreeceCC BY 2.0