Great activities during your stay at To Spiti...
The Splantzia Quarter (were To Spiti is located) has recently been restored and is considered to be one of the new choices in the Old Town of Chania. It has a multicultural character and is full of colorful contrasts. Its residents include both a strong local and immigrant population. The Splanzia area has not succumbed to the exploitation of mass tourism and thus offers both serenity and safety, day and night.
The bell tower of the church of Saint Nicholas is quite probably the only noise heard in the neighborhood as it chimes on the hours. This church is a rare example of a bell tower and minaret combined in one structure.
On Daskalogiannis Street, a distance of 100 meters from the house, you will be able to find: a bakery, a mini-market, a pharmacy, and a delicatessen for your basic needs. You will also be able to find many interesting and quality restaurants and bars within walking distance.
On the ground floor of the house, there are two bicycles at your disposal. The city of Chania does not offer riding paths or bicycle lanes. As To Spiti is located next to the Venetian Port and close to the center of town, you will be able to enjoy many pleasant trips along the coast, walkways and narrow streets of the Old Town.
A well worth walk in the area is to Koum Kapi by following the coast eastward. This area is a hot spot for local young people. Also, if you are seafood lovers or are interested in a quick dip in the sunny Mediterranean sea, head westward, about 500 meters after the end of the Old Port. Here you will find the beach of Nea Hora. This small trip is also worth doing on a bicycle.
From the pretty small fishing harbor of Chania, regular boat trips run in summer to the island of Agii Theodoroi, a wild goat or kri-kri sanctuary, for snorkeling and swimming.
Swim. The nearest beach is 500m away, Agii Apostgolli Beach is 4 km, and the famous long beach of Agia Marina is 7km away. Or maybe you prefer the enclosed waters of Marathi bay, on the Akrotiri peninsula.
Also on Akrotiri peninsula, beyond the airport, there are two very impressive monasteries, inhabited by a few monks and both are opened to appropriately dressed visitors in the morning and late afternoon, Agia Triada or Jakaoron, renowned for its traditions this unique olive oil is produced, and the historic monastery of Gouvernetou the more remote which resembles a castle, with towers which served to defend it from raiders.
Beyond Gouvernetou lies a wonderful hiking trail to the cliff chapel of Katholikon and an azure-watered inlet below. The aquamarine water would be very inviting for a swim before the climb back up to Gouverneto Monastery if this were not strictly prohibited by the monks.
If you are looking for more quiet beaches, Falasarna is a very long beach that is located on the west part of the island, 44km from your hotel, What makes this beach so unique, is the length, you can walk along the sandy beach for a lot of time. Or drive 2 hours southwest to Elafonisi (try and get there before the afternoon crowds), or 1 hour west the well-known Balos Beach (the latter requires a short hike or a boat from Kastelli).
Samaria Gorge is the longest gorge in Europe, if you like gorges, walk through this gorge and the experience will be unique. It is a long gorge, 16km, and you need about 6 hours to pass it, that means that it is not allowed to walk the long way if you have any health problem. If you think that 16km is too many, you can see the last part of the gorge. You have to drive till Chora Sfakion and then you take the boat to Agia Roumeli, where is the exit of the gorge, you just have to walk a few kilometers in the gorge, at least till the most narrow point "portes".
Next to Samaria Gorge, there is another gorge, shorter but very beautiful because it is very narrow in some points. This is Imbros gorge and you need just 2 hours to pass it. You can combine this walk, with swimming in Fragokastelo beach, as it is very close to the exit of the gorge.
For those who love horse riding, there is a horse riding center in Akrotiri, that organizes daily excursions in that area. You just need to make a reservation.
Explore Rethymno's old town and especially the waterfront and streets just behind. Walk along the harbor wall to the Venetian lighthouse. The Fortezza (fortress) was built by the Venetians (1573) to protect the city. Not only are walls, but the church and the remains of its buildings of interest, the views from it to the town are also a great way to start planning your tour of the town. There are also sweeping sea views. Open daily.
Don't miss visiting Rethimnon's Archaeological Museum which occupies a building almost directly opposite the entrance to the fortress. It's worth a look especially if you are going to the bigger museums in other towns. Here you could enjoy Minoan pottery and sarcophagi and lots of Roman coins, jewelry, pots, and statues, all from Rethimno province. Take a look at an unusual unfinished Roman statue of Aphrodite.
Head South from Rethymno to the sandy Palm Beach of Preveli, a sand-filled cove right at the end of the Kourtaliotiko gorge, where a freshwater estuary feeds a little oasis complete with palm grove and a cluster of oleanders ( at the beginning and the end of the season it is lovely).
Tassos the owner will be glad to give you many suggestions for eateries and day trips and he can provide you with maps and recommendations which are spot on!
For more activities around Chania, please have a look here.
Check out: 12.00 pm
Minimum Stay: 2-3 nights, depending on the season
How To Get There
To Spiti is a small, charming three-story Venetian house located in the historic Ottoman quarter of Splanzia, right in the heart of the beautiful old city of Chania.
From May through mid-October there are direct charter flights to Chania Airport (15km) and, more frequently, to the capital Heraklion Airport (144km). Tickets can be bought in advance for almost all flights via our partner website.
The journey is the thing". A superb way of enjoying the journey to Crete is to fly to Athens and take the ferry from Piraeus (Pireas) - the port serving Athens. A still-romantic way to travel by the overnight ferry from Piraeus to Chania-Souda port (7km from the Hotel). Tickets can be bought in advance for all ferries via our partner website.
If you want to explore the region while you're here, we recommend that you rent a car, other means of transport are limited and/or infrequent. We suggest our sister website, which offers competitive prices and you can collect your car at either airport.
Book your taxi transfer online easily and safely from the airport or port to any location via our partner website.
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Dining: This a self-catering house with a fully equipped kitchen (electric stove and oven, refrigerator, coffee maker, electric sweeper, kitchen table with four chairs)
Internet Access: Wi-Fi connection 8Mbps
Swimming Pool: Not available
Disabled Access: Not suitable. No elevator
Pets: Not allowed
Languages Spoken: Greek, English
Parking: The old town area is pedestrian-only. So you park at the nearest street or in a car parking area. We will provide you with all the valuable information and directions.
Good to know :
The House is self-catering. Upon arrival, you will find it clean and the beds made. Towels and bedsheets are available for changes every three days.
For two or more weeks stays it needs the house to be cleaned at least once, in the middle of that period but this is charged extra for 50.00 Euros. To Spiti as most Venetian structures, has its foundations resting on rocks and boulders from which sea salt rises into the walls of the ground floor.
Whoever stays in the house for longer than three nights, should have the courtesy of watering the flowers on the terrace.
The House is located in one of the picturesque narrow lanes of the Old town which makes it impossible to reach its door by car. You will be able to come within a 20 -30-meter distance of the house