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Visit the botanical gardens in Chania, Crete, a beautiful day out!

Visit the botanical gardens in Chania, Crete, a beautiful day out!

Botanical gardens

Last Updated on April 3, 2024 by Celeste.

Today we will take you to one of the places that inspire us the most, not only for its natural beauty and excellent services but for its original story.

The botanical gardens in Chania

Located on the outskirts of Chania, the botanical gardens are an easy half-hour drive on the foothills of the White Mountains. The entire area was heavily destroyed back in 2004 by a furious fire, leaving behind only ashes and sorrow as the ecological and economical destruction that occurred was unspoken. But the ashes for those with a clear view and love for life can turn to a precious gift back to the environment and the people, so the idea of the botanical gardens was set in action.

Today thousands of visitors and locals enjoy the beautiful pathway that will amaze you not only with the local flora and fauna but also with the tropical plantation, exotic fruits, medical herbs and more pleasant surprises will unfold before your eyes as you proceed this friendly to walk path.

Easy to walk both for kids and elderly people, with lots of nicely placed resting spots, and beautiful handmade artistic decorations you will never feel tired or bored. 

The path will take you to a beautiful lake which is surrounded by colourful peacocks, turtles, ducks and geese, and also two small farms with deer, local kri kris goats and donkeys that will excite the kids.

A nice place to rest make lots of pictures, relax and continue your way exploring more plants, artworks, walk under the vineyards to finally reach the amphitheater which will take you to the restaurant.

Not only you will enjoy their special cuisine with local ingredients, but you will also be treated with exotic fruits from the park you will be tasting for the first time. The view from the restaurant is amazing, and you will enjoy the peaceful feeling.

The park is open from spring till late fall and its easily accessible from Chania. You will notice that there are signs on all the main streets that will direct you. Just wear comfortable walking shoes, avoid very hot summer hours, and feel for your self that from the ashes may rise a miracle.

Explore Crete with Kids

After you visit to the gardens, head over to 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.

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  • Want very much to visit here would also be interested in many other manageable walks
    I usua6visit in June and stay Georgeopolis as a single traveller

    • Thank you for your comment Yvonne, Natassa is the local insider expert to tell you more about walks in the area as she is there out and about with her kids! She will get in touch!

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