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Douliana in Chania – A magical escape in the countryside of Crete

Douliana in Chania – A magical escape in the countryside of Crete

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Last Updated on April 3, 2024 by Celeste.

Before the summer breaks in for good, making us think only of the beach and the ice-cream flavors, some visits are worth it for many reasons! Douliana in Chania, West Crete is one of our favorites and I will tell you why!

Douliana in Chania

Douliana in Chania prefecture is only a half hour drive from Chania town, and very easy to get to. From the national road, you only take the turn to Kalyves and then you keep going until you reach the signs that take you to Gavalochori. For safety reasons I would recommend you always have Google maps on because you feel more secure.

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The view as you reach this beautiful and newly restored village is unique. The drive through other small villages is great and we were amazed to see many nice newly-built hotels and villas.

The village of Doulania in Chania is neat and quiet. Every year at the end of August a big Fair takes place at St. John Chapel which also defines the end of the summer period. This chapel and the little gorge that takes you there is the magic of this excursion.

Douliana in Chania

I told my children we’d be visiting the magical gardens because I had to tempt them and intrigue their imagination in order to walk through the gorge. The entrance to the small gorge is easily found from the center of the village.

Soon you will reach the chapel of St.John with the beautiful old olive trees in the garden that seem to be standing there like guards ready to ask you for a passport.

The chapel is built inside a cave, and it gives a feeling of serenity. Time seems to stand still in this place of peace and purity.

On the way back, we get to know the precious flora of the area. The trees are tagged so our class is a piece of cake! Carob trees, laurels, oaks, ivies, terebinths, black bryonies, and many more. Of course, being in a typical village we saw the sheep and goats, this is very typical, but kids always love to see animals.

Before we say goodbye to this special village of Doulania in Chania, we always visit the small traditional kafeneio in the village center. The local tavernas offer the best quality meals. And if you are lucky enough and stay for the night, the sky will be your reward!

Explore Crete with Kids

Another great place to visit in Chania is the Old Venetian Harbor. This charming harbor, nestled in the western part of Crete, offers a picturesque blend of traditional and modern elements. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, dine at cozy restaurants, and shop amidst the historic architecture.

And, remember to savor the local cuisine, explore the narrow streets of Chania’s Old Town, and immerse yourself in the rich history and natural wonders of this captivating region! 

If you like to read more posts about the Chania region and Crete in general, click on the below titles:

Where to stay in Crete with Kids

Crete is the largest of Greece’s islands and boasts a diverse and captivating landscape. Here’s a glimpse of its natural wonders and the distinct regions that make it truly enchanting:

  1. Chania: Located on the west side of the island, Chania is dominated by the majestic White Mountains. Its numerous beaches, including the stunning Balos Beach, beckon travelers. 
  2. Rethymno: This smallest region of Crete is renowned for its mountain landscapes, spectacular beaches, and historic monuments.
  3. Heraklion: Crete’s largest region lies along the north coast. It’s home to archaeological treasures like the Minoan palace of Knossos.
  4. Lasithi (Agios Nikolaos): Crete’s easternmost region boasts stunning beaches, intriguing historical monuments, and traditional villages. 

In Where to stay in Crete with Kids | The regions of Crete, we have described each part of Crete islands. For family hotels and kid-friendly resorts in the four regions of Crete, its towns, and agro-tourism accommodation, please check The Best Family Hotels in Crete. 5
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