Chania which is also spelt as Hania in Western Crete attracts a lot of package holiday tourists and is also popular with independent travelers on their way to visit the Samaria Gorge. If you are looking for budget accommodation the best choice is to be found around the Venetian port area. There is also a camp site approximately 3km west of the town.
There are many sights and tourist attractions for you to visit in this area. In the 16th century Venetian Church is the Archaeological Museum, it houses a good collection of finds from Neolithic to the Roman era, and there are exhibits on show of jewelry, pottery and floor mosaics. Another interesting museum is the Naval Museum which is housed in the fortress overlooking the Venetian port.
You may like to take a stroll around the Splantzia quarter here you will find a maze of narrow streets and small squares. Away from the harbour if you explore some of the back streets you will come across some good tavernas/restaurants where you can try traditional Cretan fare. Most visitors enjoy sitting around the harbour area relaxing with a cool drink. There are various live music bars in Chania offering jazz, rock and Cretan music.
Chania once was the islands capital the town is still full of character and charm; it has a Venetian style harbour with waterside café bars and chic restaurants. There are shops for you to browse around some selling local arts and crafts.
A visit to the Samaria Gorge which is supposedly the longest in Europe may be of interest to you. The trek can take between four and a half to six hours to complete; you will need to be reasonably fit. There are excursions from most resorts on Crete to the gorge.
After all that exercise you may need to relax and enjoy your beach holiday with plenty of sun, sea and sand. Chania has all the amenities various watersports etc to make your holiday a success. This area is suitable for all age groups; there is something on offer to suit most people.