Chania Airport

Chania Airport

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Chania international airport is approximately just 5 km from Irene Tavern. Chania international airport also known as Ioannis Daskalogiannis, is named after a famous Greek rebel during the rebelion against Ottoman empire in the 18th century.

Chania airport is the second busiest airport in Crete after the Heraklion airport. It hosts flights from Athens, Thessaloniki and many major European cities during the summer months. The airport is connected with regular bus services to Chania, Rethymnon and other destinations in Crete, and also offers many options in renting a car or finding a taxi. The airport is located in the Akrotiri peninsula and the international IATA code is CHQ.

Chania is one of the most beautiful cities all over Greece, full of life during winter and summer. Its architecture is particularly influenced by the Venetian occupation, offering strong doses of Italian finesse, both in the Old Town and in the Venetian port. The combination with the Cretan tradition and the proud culture, offers a multidimensional character in the second largest city of Crete after Heraklion.

There is a belief that Chania is built on the ruins of ancient Kydonia. After the extinction of the Minoan civilization, the area was conquered by the Arabs and then the Byzantine Empire, while the area was conquered in 1252 by the Venetians.

The Venetian occupation brought prosperity to trade and arts, while the conquest by the Ottomans in 1645 also left its own architectural heritage such as the Baths and the famous Kucuk Hasan Mosque.

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Agia Triada

Agia Triada

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Agia Triada monastery is located 4,8 km from Irene Tavern. Agia Triada Monastery also known as  Monastery of Agia Triada Tsangarolon, is a Greek Orthodox monastery in the Akrotiri peninsula and it also contains a museum and a library. The monastery, whose name means “Holy Trinity” in Greek, was built in the 17th century by two brothers of the Venetian Zangaroli family on the site of a pre-existing church. 

The church is built in the Byzantine architectural cruciform style with three domes. The main church is flanked by two smaller domed chapels, one of which is dedicated to the Life-Giving Spring and the other to Saint John the Theologian.

The main church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The monastery also has a library which contains some rare books, and a museum which contains a collection of icons and wood carvings and a collection of codices. Important exhibits include a portable icon of St John the Theologian dated to around 1500.

The monks maintain an organic cultivation of olives and vines and produce fine wine, tsikoudia (raki), oil, honey, vinegar and olive oil soap. The virgin olive oil which has been awarded in international competitions, is sold mainly abroad. All the products of the Holy Trinity Monastery can be purchased at the shop that operates inside the monastery.

The monastery Agia Triada Tsangarolon is located 15 km from Chania and is very close to Chania Airport and the also well known Gouvernetou Monastery.

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Stavros beach

Stavros beach

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Another beautiful village of Akrotiri, Stavros, is located 3,8 km away from Chorafakia, at the northernmost tip of Akrotiri. Today it is a resort with great tourist infrastructure, starting from a small fishing village. Under the mountain that protects Stavros, the central beach of Stavros extends, right next to the harbor, in a very sheltered bay. The white sand, the tranquil and clean sea and of course the turquoise and shallow waters, attract tourists during the summer months, from all around the world. The beach is well organized, with showers, umbrellas, water sports and, of course, a unique scenery that will fascinate you!

There are cafes, bars and accommodation for every taste in the area and can accommodate guests who choose Stavros to spend a quiet vacation by the sea and the windless beach. The picturesque port gathers people from all around, especially on windy days, as Stavros is not affected by the winds and very safe for chrildren to play.

The beach of Stavros, became famous with the characteristic rock, all over the world in the 1960s. There in 1964, the most characteristic scene of the movie “Zorba the Greek” was shot with Anthony Quinn in the leading role dancing an unforgettable sirtaki.

Transportation from Chania to Stavros is frequent and is done by bus many times a day. In a short distance from Stavros you can visit other villages such as Kounoupidiana, the Gouvernetou Monastery, Arkoudospilio and many beautiful beautiful beaches of Akrotiri. With a rental car, moving from Stavros to other destinations will be very easy.

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Seitan Limania beach

Seitan Limania beach

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On the eastern side of Akrotiri and approximately 13 km from Chorafakia and Irene Tavern, there is the beautiful beach of Agios Stefanos. A landscape of wild beauty, a bay with tall white rocks and a tiny beach with white sand and gravel give the waters an extraordinary color.

Protected from the winds, the beach in order to be accessible, takes a 10 minutes hard walk.  For access to the beach of Stefanos, there is also the hiking route through the gorge Diplohachalo.

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Kalathas beach

Kalathas beach

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Kalathas is a seaside, modern village with its homonymous beach, just 1,5 km away from Chorafakia and Irene Tavern, built in a natural bay. The beach of Kalathas is already famous for the beautiful fine sand and the crystal clear shallow waters! It is a calm, well-organized beach with umbrellas, water sports, showers and lifeguard, and it is also preferred by the residents of Chania for its clear waters and the organized beach, ideal for children!

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Akrotiri, Chania

Akrotiri, Chania

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Akrotiri, Chania is a large peninsula north-east of the city of Chania, with sheltered beaches of exceptional beauty and historical and religious sights that you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit.

The natural beauty of Akrotiri will impress you, while you will find great historical and archaeological interest. Starting from Profitis Ilias, the panoramic view of Chania and the Lefka Ori will impress you, while it is worth a visit to the tomb of El. Venizelou, one of the most important political figures of modern Greece, especially early in the morning in summers when the coolness and pleasant quiet of the place gives a unique sense of calm and relaxation to visitors. The special architecture in the villages that you will find in Akrotiri, is due to the era of Venetian rule. Mouzouras, Korakies, Aroni and Sternes are some of the interesting villages you can visit, while Marathi has beaches of exceptional beauty!

In Akrotiri you will find many interesting walking routes, such as Avlaki gorge near Gouvernetou Monastery, Diplochachalo gorge that leads to Seitan Limani and Stefanos beach, caves with wonderful views and beaches that are difficult to reach but of incomparable unspoiled beauty. The monasteries in the area of ​​Akrotiri have significant historical and architectural interest, while offering organic products from this blessed place..

We have distinguished the most beautiful destinations around Akrotiri peninsulafor you, in less than 15 kilometers from Chorafakia! Enjoy the sea, the sun and the beauties of Chania, and the exceptional Cretan recipes with Traditional tavern Irene!

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