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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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