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The prefecture of Haniá on the island’s west coast is dominated by the impressive White Mountains and famous National Park that occupy the largest part of the region. The city of Hania retains all its characteristic features from the period of Venetian Rule.

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The prefecture of Hania is characterized by the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) and the renowned National Park that occupies much of the prefecture. The National Forest of the White Mountains includes the Samaria Gorge, the longest and most impressive in Greece. About seven hours are required to cross the gorge, but the alternation of its landscape and rare flora and fauna more than compensate for the effort. There are also smaller gorges that visitors will find worth exploring (Aradaina, Agia Eirini, Imvros and Polyrrineia) as well as the fine paths that have made the prefecture of Hania a popular destination for eco-tourists from all over the world.
An unknown miracle of nature is hosted on Elafoniasi:its amazing cedar forest. For those who crave action, there is mountain climbing on the White Mountains, climbing the vertical walls of the gorges of Gkigkilo and Theriso or rafting in the gorges of Klados and Sapounas.
The islands of Gavdos and Gavdopoula belong to the prefecture of Hania, and are located about 20 nautical miles south of the prefecture, in the Libyan Sea, and constitute the southernmost border of Europe.
The main cities of the prefecture are its capital, Hania, and Kastelli in Kissamos.The main towns are Palaiohora and Kantanos in Selinos and Hora Sfakion in Sfakia.
The town of Hania retains unaltered all its features from the period of Venetian rule to the present day.
Wandering through the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town of Hania, with its imposing Venetian homes, its fountains and lovely churches, is literally an escape from time. South of the city is Frangokastello, a Venetian fortress with a view of the Libyan Sea. Discover the traditional settlements in the broader region, with exceptional agrotourism infrastructures, such as Vamos and Milia. Roam through the green fields and orchards of the famous mandarin oranges and discover the lake of the same name and its rare ecosystem by bicycle. And finally, visit the wineries of Hania to try the wines of the Cretan earth accompanied by the tasty local cuisine.
Topanas, or Old Town, the Jewish quarter and Turkish district, is the town’s most striking area, the historic suburb of Halepas with its neoclassical villas and gardens, the old lake with its beach and lighthouse, the city’s trademarks, are all among the important sights of Hania.
A popular meeting place for inhabitants and visitors alike is the historic Municipal Market where you will enjoy local snacks in a feast for eyes and nose alike. If you are interested in history and tradition, don’t miss interesting museums such as the Archaeological, History and Naval museums that reveal the turbulent history of the island. South of the city is Frankokastello, a Venetian fortress with a view of the Libyan Sea.

Source: Visit Greece - The οfficial website of the Greek Tourism Organisation