Greece – Chania

Last week, it snowed for the first time this season in Luxembourg…  So now I’m writing about my summer beach vacation 😂

A bunch of us living in Luxembourg took a friends holiday in June to Chania, Greece, which is on the western end of Crete.  Crete is the largest island in Greece, and also where you can find the Minotaur and Mt. Ida, the birthplace of Zeus.

We were staying in an Airbnb in Kissamos, about a 50 minute drive from the Chania Airport.  Note, if you don’t have an EU driver’s license, you’ll need an international driving permit to rent a car in Greece.  We got in pretty late in the evening, but found a nice dinner spot by the beach with a really warm and friendly owner, who introduced us to the local drink, raki.

Venetian Lighthouse in the Chania Old Town
View of Kissamos from our Airbnb

Day 1 – Elafonisi Beach

After an ambling breakfast, we drove an hour to Elafonisi Beach in the southwest corner of the island.  It’s by a super scenic lagoon with shallow, turquoise waters, and white & pink sand.  Although it was a bit windy, we walked across a sand bar to the Elafonisi island and hiked to a chapel at the end of it called the Church Agia Irini.  After we got back, we had dinner at Fish Tavern in Kissamos.

Pink sand at Elafonisi Beach

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