Chania covers the western part of Crete. It occupies an area of 2,376 square kilometers, a coastline of more than 250 kilometers and a population of about 150,000 residents. Divided into five provinces: Apokoronas, Kissamos, Cydonia, Selino and Sfakia. The capital of the prefecture are Chania. Most of the county is mountainous, with the main mountain massif of the White Mountains, so named because the peaks are always snow-covered throughout the year. The White Mountains are the highest mountain, the highest peak n 'reaches 2,453 meters. Among the large and smaller mountains created many small fertile plains and valleys, well irrigated by the numerous small rivers and streams that flow between them, many of which have water even in summer, unlike what happens in the rest of the Greek islands .
The region of Chania is a wonderful natural environment. Not only the calm rivers and creeks, pop up everywhere small lagoons, bays and coves with rocks, pebbles and sand, and canyons, both north and south, the most famous among them is the famous Gorge of Samaria, Europe's largest a protected place and designated as National Park. The visit to the villages of the hinterland is a fascinating experience, both for their landscape, and for a particular colour. Most are untouched by tourism and maintain their traditional features, including the architecture and the old way of life. Here, in these villages, the visitor will understand the specific characteristics of the Cretan people will enjoy the experience of hospitality the tastes and aroma of the particular area.
The paths from one village to another in many cases their own attractions for visitors, as the secondary roads traverse areas particularly scenic beauty and infinite, making driving there a charming experience. The Chania prefecture has coasts to the north, the south and west. The coastline to the north forming 3 large bays: the Gulf of Kissamos, Souda and Chania bay, which are better protected from the wind. The Souda is maybe the largest natural harbours around the Mediterranean. The northern and western beaches are mostly sandy and influenced by the winds and the winds in summer. This happens because the surrounding islets are unable to protect the beaches and prevent the strong winds to get to them with all their might.
The southern coast is the south coast, but some large or remarkable bays. The beaches are sandy clean and with small stones (pebbles). All have blue flags with clear waters and seabed very interesting, especially for fans of snorkelling and lovers of underwater swimming. On the area of the county is the part of the E4 European trekking trail which crosses through Europe and ends in Crete.
The place is quite rich. Traditionally, one of the main sources of wealth was, and still is, agriculture and livestock. Additional attractions of the place, the magnificent nature, the development of tourism infrastructure and the traditional hospitality of the locals have made tourism one of the main sources of wealth for the county. The area is one of the main destinations for both the Greeks for holidays, trips and business trips, as well as foreign tourists from all parts of the world.