Nea Chora west of Chania in Crete
Nea Chora is located about 1 kilometre west of Chania's Venetian harbour. To walk from the metropolis of tourism in Chania city to the true Greek Nea Chora takes just over 10 minutes. It should not be possible with such a change in such a short time, but it is.
The fishing harbour of Nea Chora.
Nea Chora has in recent years become something of a favourite among the readers of Kalimera (the Swedish version of Kalispera). Many people choose to stay here instead of in Chania city. Perhaps the biggest reason for the change is that Nea Chora is so much more Greece than Chania.
The Greek everyday life in Nea Chora comes first, and tourism in the second place. Although the pleasant seafront promenade is lined with tavernas and cafes, it is not perceived as touristy. Maybe the reason is that here many times are more Greeks than tourists, and that the cosy fishing harbour is a workplace and not a backdrop.
The seafront promenade was converted into a pedestrian street in 2018.
It is thanks to the colourful little fishing port that you can revel in fresh fish in Nea Chora. Here you will find a variety of good restaurants and small ouzerias, and almost all of them is located close to the sea. If you like fresh fish, and Greek traditional food when it's at its best, you will find it in Nea Chora. Some of my favourites are Akrogiali, To Magazaki, Volakas and Portes, previously located in the old town of Chania.
The evenings in Nea Chora are really cosy. The sunset is amazing.
Many want to be close to a beach during their holidays, perhaps they want to take a morning or evening swim, and there is a beach in Nea Chora, but not in Chania city. The beach in Nea Chora is really good. Do you like to swim at sunset, then you will love this beach. Here you can swim right into the sparkling sunset. If you like markets, you can revel in everything under the sun once a week when Nea Chora turns into a marketplace.
The sandy beach of Nea Chora.
Nea Chora is located about 10-15 minutes walk from Chania's Venetian harbour.
ACCOMMODATION IN NEA CHORA
There are many accommodation options in Nea Chora, most of them are good, and almost everyone is located along the seafront promenade. Below you will find three good places to stay.