Diving – Scuba diving
Chania has wonderful beaches with unique submarine environment that is offered for unforgettable diving experiences and enchanting images, ready to reveal in those who decide they discover it. The entire northern bay of Chania constitutes a wonderful place for diving, thanks to the special biodiversity and morphology of its seabed that is the favourite destination of Greek and foreign scuba divers.
Some of the most appreciable diving areas, which the local diving centres and scuba divers visit daily, are located in the geographic limits of the Municipality of Chania and are the following:
- Agios Onoufrios
- Marathi (Marathi isle or Palaiosoudas)
- Thodorou isle
For a submarine exploration of the bottom in Chania you can refer to any of the specialised diving centres that are located in Chania and which provide services and educational programs for experienced qualified divers, as well as for beginners that want to make their first steps under the water.
In Chania, the visitor can enjoy relaxing sailing with weak to moderate winds, enjoying the aquamarine waters of the region and admiring its enchanting natural places. If you wish to come in contact with the sport, you can rent such a ship with experienced captains in the Venetian Port of Chania and experience unique moments in Cretan sea.
Chania constitutes an ideal destination for cycling routes because of the excellent weather conditions and the morphology of the terrain. Learn the culture, the history and the superb natural landscape of Chania with a bicycle.
In Chania you can find many cycling centres that offer services, information on routes, guidance and support. They can organise your route through different landscapes combining mountain, denticulated beaches, fruitful plains with historical monuments, making this experience unforgettable.
Mountaineering – Climbing
Hospitable shelters in Chania, climbed as nests of birds on the mountain tops, wait for climbers and tourists. Information is available in the local mountaineering clubs (Greek Mountaineering Club of Chania, 90 Tzanakaki Street, Tel. +30 28210 44647). Shelters on Lafka ori: Kallergis, Svourichti-Chouliopoulos, Volikas and Tavri.
Suggested climbing routes:
1. Kalathas, climbing deck near the sea of Akrotiri, about 30 routes with protection top rope, difficulty level ΙV-VII.
2. Stavros, Akrotiri, 6 routes with protection only in relay, difficulty level V-VII.
3. Gigilos, above Samaria, 15 routes, difficulty level V-VII.
4. Therisso, above Theriso gorge, difficulty level V-VIII.
There are Riding Centres in Chania that work during the whole year and provide every visitor the opportunity of admiring the horses, big and small, and also riding them. With the help of specialised personnel you can begin the first courses of Riding in a controlled area or enjoy your route choosing selected routes and enjoying the nature and the beauty of Chania.
In Chania the visitor can enjoy unique moments of freedom and the magic of flying in the sky, observing the ground from on high with a recreation flight with a paraglide (Parapente). Chania constitutes an ideal place for this sport, since the climatic and land conditions are encouraging it and for this reason, the lovers of this sport are continuously increased during the last years.
Flight with small airplanes
If you like emotions and you want to enjoy enchanting air tours in Chania but also in the islands of Aegean with qualified pilots (or with your own operator certificate) with four-seated small planes, then you should contact with Aeroclub of Chania.
The water park of Limnoypolis In Chania, is located in a distance of 8 km from the city, with an extent of 100 square kilometres. The place of the Park impresses the visitor not only with its original architecture, but also, mainly, with the impressive water park “games”, the swimming-pools and the exotic artificial river.
The park is open from May until October. It includes surgery with complete equipment and drugstore, W.C., locker room, shower and Mini Market, while it also allocates place for parking 600 vehicles.