Ferries to Chania depart from Piraeus port, which is the largest port in Greece and one of the largest in the Mediterranean. Piraeus is located in the southwest part of Athens.
Getting there shouldn’t be difficult since you could catch a taxi, get on the metro line or even travel with your own vehicle. Each ferry has a specific departure gate which is mentioned on each reservation.
There are two regular overnight crossings with the conventional ferries of Minoan Lines company and Anek-superfast company.
The departure with Minoan Lines company takes approximately 6,3 hours to get there as the one of Anek-Superfast takes about 9 hours.
In case you are considering on getting back to Piraeus keep in mind that there’s a return trip discount if you reserve both tickets at once.
One of the most captivating and interesting cities of Crete, is undoubtedly the city of Chania, located on the northern coast of the island about 145 km from Heraklion and 60 km from Rethymnon.
The old town of Chania has been well preserved to this day and it is rightfully considered as one of the most charming cities in the Mediterranean. The architecture of different eras, the narrow streets of the city, combined make this place an amazing atmosphere.
One of the most interesting places is the picturesque promenade and the old harbor built by the Venetians in the 14th century, at the entrance of which an old lighthouse rises on one side and the Firka Fortress (1629) on the other. The Firkas Fortress was constructed in Chania in order to protect the Venetian harbor entrance from invaders.
You will also find the Venetian arsenal there, one of the most enduring landmarks in Chania from the 16th-century, which is known for its historical vaulted buildings. Do not miss the opportunity of visiting the Maritime Museum of Crete which nowadays is housed in the Firkas fortress.
Make sure to get to the famous Yanichar Mosque (1645) one of the oldest buildings in Crete.It was erected in 1645, the minaret was destroyed during the bombings of World War II. Since then the mosque was used for a variety of purposes in the past years, it was renovated and has become an exhibition space. However, other sights of the city deserve special attention, including the Archaeological Museum located in the building of the former St. Francis Cathedral, the Folklore Museum, the Byzantine Museum, the Chania Cathedral (Cathedral of the Three Martyrs) and the Church of St. Rocco.
Crete as the largest island in Greece has so many seductive attractions to offer, so make sure to stay long enough in order to enjoy every aspect of it!
Travelling with a ferry can provide you with a number of benefits such as the fact that there are no luggage restrictions. You can fill your car up with as much luggage as you like, take them with you, or leave them at the luggage rooms plus there’s no need to worry about putting all your liquids into little plastic bags.
It also means you can bring back all the souvenirs for your family, as well as any treats you pick up for yourself while you’re away.
While on board you could grab a bit from the restaurants or even enjoy your trip at the lounges. Otherwise, you could book airplane type seats in order to get a numbered seat for each passenger or even book a cabin to sleep which will provide you as much privacy as you need.
Just a little tip, in case you’re awake by the arrival time make sure to get outside on deck and get a glimpse of the most astonishing sunrise you’ve ever seen.
If you feel like visiting a few of the closest islands keep in mind that from Rethymno and Heraklion ports you’ll be able to visit Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, Ios, Rhodos, Kasos, Karpathos, Milos, Chalki, Anafi and Naxos.