Guide to Chania & West-Crete + 7-day itinerary along the highlights

Guide to Chania & West-Crete + 7-day itinerary along the highlights

Are you (thinking of) traveling to West-Crete (the areas of Chania and Rethymno) in Greece? After tons of research I found (and did!) a 7-day itinerary that shows you all the highlights of this side of Crete island. Below you will find a mini guide to West-Crete answering the most asked questions, as well as a full 7-day itinerary including tips for where to stay and where to eat.

Do keep in mind that this road trip was hell of a trip and not a ‘relaxing’ holiday. But of course you can decide to leave out whatever you want!

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You can get to West-Crete both by plane and boat. The nearest airport is Chania airport, and the nearest port is the port of Souda, outside Chania. Note that Heraklion (2.5 hours away from Chania) has even more options for ferries and domestic flights. In case you fly or ferry there, you have to transport yourself to West-Crete afterwards.

By plane:

By boat:

Chania (Souda port) is very well connected by boat to Athens. It is mostly served by night ferries, meaning you’ll sleep on the boat (preferably in a private cabin) and wake up in either Athens or Crete after about a 10-hour ferry trip. These boats are large, stable ro/pax ferries that generally will not make you seasick and have a low chance of getting cancelled due to weather conditions.

Chania also has a ferry connection to Milos island. And there are other, smaller ports in West-Crete as well: Kissamos in the northwestern tip and Chora Sfakion, Paleochora and Agia Galini in the south. Departing the port of Kissamos, one can voyage to the islands of Kythira and Antikythira, and Gythio on the mainland in South Peloponnese. From Chora Sfakion, Paleochora, and Agia Galini you can reach the tiny island of Gavdos which looks like a Caribbean paradise.

You can browse, compare and find the ferry time and price that suits you best easily Ferryhopper. Not only do they have and interactive map on which you can build a route between different destinations, they also have an app that shows the location of the ferry you booked in realtime. This is called live tracking of your ferry. They have even implemented the bonus / loyalty programmes of the ferry companies into their platform. So you can save your points and miles even when booking through Ferryhopper.

I have written an extensive blog on how travelling by ferry in Greece works, answering all the frequently asked questions. There are also pictures of what the ferry to Crete and sleeping in cabin looks like. You can find it here.

After arriving at Souda port or Chania airport, you will have to take a bus or taxi to Chania city. There are regular bus lines and of course taxi’s waiting. Check the section on ‘how to get around in West-Crete’ for more information on these means of public transport. The bus schedules both to and from Souda port and Chania airport can be found here, if you click on ‘From Chania and Rethymno to the airport of Chania’.

Yes, West-Crete like other Greek islands is generally considered to be a safe destination for travelers. The crime rate is low, and visitors are generally welcomed by the Greeks with open arms. It is always important to take the usual precautions when traveling, but on Greek islands you’ll find that people go swimming while leaving their belongings unattended on the beach, houses and scooters are left unlocked, et cetera. Except from Athens, crime in Greece is rare. In 29 years I have never had something stolen or experienced any other form of crime.

The best time to visit West-Crete is in the spring (April to June) or fall (second half of September to the end of October). This is when temperatures are warm but not too hot. The sea is mostly warm enough for swimming, the days (in spring) are long and sunny, and you can explore the stunning landscapes and ancient sites in comfort. In July and August, the hotspots of West-Crete get extremely busy. Crete is one of the most popular Greek islands. Also, prices go up tremendously in those months. If you can, you must avoid going mid-summer. It is however a big island so there are always more quiet and remote spots on hand.

Crete arguably has the best and mildest climate in Greece. Even though tourists businesses close down, you can very easily navigate your way through the island even in winter. The cities and traditional villages are fully operational. And you’ll find that on good November and December days, sunbathing and swimming is still possible. If you must go during winter and you need to choose an island, Crete most definitely is the best choice.

If you are planning on exploring only Chania or Rethymno city and do maybe one excursion, you can get away with 2 to 3 days in Crete.

Generally speaking, you need at least 5 days in West-Crete only to see even some of the highlights. Distances are big and visiting some sites or beaches requires hiking or walking, making them  unsuitable for a short photo stop.

I managed to squeeze all the highlights of West-Crete into a 7-day trip, and it was an amazing but also exhausting trip. So be aware of this and the distances on the island while planning. You can find the itinerary below.

You could however easily spend 2 to 3 weeks in this area and still find lots of place to explore. It takes a lifetime do fully discover Crete!

Renting a vehicle

The best way to get around in West-Crete is definitely by car. It is safe to say you need to rent a vehicle for sure. Distances are big, easily 1.5 – 2 hours one way and the roads are windy and mountainous. Sometimes the last part to a beach or other site is a dirt road. This makes me say that cars are to be preferred over scooters or (slow) ATV’s, especially if you’re planning on driving at evening or night times. However, you’ll find that many people are exploring Crete on a scooter or ATV and are completely fine. To rent a car you need to be at least 21 years of age and to rent a scooter or ATV you need to be at least 18 years of age.

In case you are uncapable of renting a vehicle you have 3 options:
  • The public bus: it is cheap (couple of euros per ticket) and will get you to the most visited places such as Chania, Rethymno, Elafonisi beach and Falasarna beach. The bus company is called KTEL CHANION – RHETYMNOU and you can find the routes, timetables and prices on their website. The buses for larger distances (everything except city buses) are comfortable touring coaches.
  • Organized tours (by group or private): there are tons of those to choose from and you can book those one to a few days ahead upon arrival. Many times your accommodation can help you with this.

Taxi: check the video below for an explanation on taxi’s in Crete.

In the TikTok below I’m explaining the options for transportation in Crete


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If you want to stay in one place and not move around, I’d highly recommend staying in or near Chania. It has a port where large ferries arrive, it has an international airport. Also it is a large city with a Venetian-style old town that will keep you entertained for days. There are all sorts of nightlife, restaurants and shops available. It has beaches all around as well, with all types of accommodations (from Airbnb to resorts). And the most important thing: it is in the middle of West-Crete. So you can literally choose where to go when exploring: east towards Rhetymno, southeast towards Plakias, west towards Kissamos, southwest towards Elafonisi. If you stay further east or west, chances are you’re going to leave exploring other parts out because the drive is too far.

Below, in the 7-day itinerary that I am suggesting, I point out where to stay in West-Crete for every day of the road trip.

Below I have written down a complete 7-day itinerary in which you can see all the highlights of West-Crete. It is a very full road trip with little time to relax for a day on the same beach. But if you think you might not come back to West-Crete for a while, this is the way to see ‘it all’ (the highlights). Video footage of this trip is in my highlights on Instagram. Although based on my experiences I tweaked the sequence of some activities a little bit. You get the improved version here!

  • Seitan Limania beach

    This – literally translated – ‘devils beach’ looks like a natural wave pool with every shade of blue water you can imagine. The view from on top and down at the beach are both amazing. To get there you have to drive down a windy but asphalted road and park your car on top. You’ll notice many friendly goats around 😊. Then you have to walk / hike down to the beach in 20 minutes. A part of it is stairs, a part of it is a path. This is not doable for people with disabilities or with a stroller, et cetera. Relax and recharge on the beach. One piece of advice: don’t walk up alone. When you go down, the path seems so logical. When you go up, I remember there is a point at which it is not clear where you have to go, if there is no one descending or ascending in front of you. So it is best for your own sanity to have some company that you can figure out the route with in case you get confused. If you go here with children or disabled people, you can just enjoy the view from up above and use it as a photo stop.

  • The monastery of Agia Triada

    This is a very impressive building with beautiful gardens. It was built in the 17th century by 2 wealthy brothers of the Tzagaroli family and therefore also called the Tzagaroli monastery. I believe it is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Greece. There is a small entrance fee for foreighners (€ 2.50 when we visited in 2021). If you speak Greek, try to pretend you are a Greek. We got in for free! You can walk around, enter the church and visit the small museum with all kinds of religious artefacts such as icons and wood carvings. Also, you can visit the chamber in which the bones of the late monks are stored. This is called an ossuary and it is a monastery tradition. The monastery harvests its own grapes and olives and therefore produces excellent wine and olive oil, that you can buy on your visit.

  • Zorba beach / Stavros beach

    A shallow, sandy beach with warm (because its closed off in a bay) and very clear water. It was used for the famous ‘sirtaki’ dance scene in the movie ‘Zorba the Greek’. It is based on a story that actually happened. In real life, the story took place in the Peloponnese on Kalogria beach in Stoupa. Because this beach is sandy and has shallow waters, it is a perfect swim stop for those traveling with children. During the tourist season, there are options for drinking, eating and renting a set of loungers and an umbrella.

  • The Tombs of Venizelos

    Elefterios Venizelos was the most important Greek political figure of the 20th century and a successful priminister for a long time. He was born in Crete and thus he is buried here together with his brother. It is not just a grave, it is actually a whole park that looks out over the city of Chania. A stunning view and an even more stunning sunset. I recommend going here at sunset time and having dinner at the restaurant Carte Postale to watch the sunset. The restaurant is located on the side of the park, near the parking lot. It is not the cheapest restaurant in Greece, but definitely reasonably priced considering te view. And the food was great.

Other options for the Akrotiri peninsula:
  • Gouverneto Monastery: a hike to the ruins of an old monastery built on the side of the cliffs (with a footpath to the sea).
  • Kalathas beach: one of the best organized beaches of the peninsula, with an amazing sunset, where locals go on weekends as well.
Where to stay in Chania?
  • Elia Kentron. A nice hotel in the heart of Chania, that offers rooms with a jacuzzi. Really enjoyed relaxing a bit in the jacuzzi after a day of exploring. And so easy to go out for a drink after because you’re inside the city already.
  • Domus Renier Boutique Hotel: a modern boutique hotel inside a beautiful historical building on the waterfront in the Venetian harbor, the signature site of Chania old town. What more can one want?

From Chania, drive towards Rethymno.

  • Lake Kournas

    Your first stop will be lake Kournas, a freshwater lake located on the foothills of the White Mountains and surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. It is a 55-minute drive from Chania. The lake is renowned for its crystal clear waters, and visitors can take a boat ride to explore the surrounding area, while taking in the breathtaking views. The lake is also home to a variety of wildlife, including the endangered European water vole, and is a popular spot for fishing, swimming, and bird watching. In the summer months, visitors can enjoy a relaxing stroll along the lake’s shore and enjoy a picnic in the shade of the olive trees. There are also excellent fish restaurants.

  • Kourtaliotiko gorge

    While driving from Rethymno towards the south (45-minute drive from Lake Kournas), you will pass by the Kourtaliotiko gorge. What you can’t see from the road is that this is a place straight out of a fairytale! With waterfalls from the cliffs of the gorge that you can swim in. Park your vehicle where it says ‘Church of Saint Nicholas’ on Google Maps. Walk down a few hundred steps of the stairs. At some point you can go left and right. The left stairs go to a point where you can see the waterfalls from above, so you see the water pouring into the canyon. The right ones go to the place where you can swim through the canyon towards this point. The last part involves a little bit of climbing over some rocks and pipelines. Remember to bring swimwear and dry clothes. The water is only 8C so it is cold. but not so cold that your body doesn’t get used to it. But on a windy day you might want to put on your dry clothes directly after swimming. To get to this point you have to swim maybe 50 meters, because at that point the canyon is deep and you can’t stand. But after these 50 meters, you can stand again. So be sure to be able to swim and to put your phone in a waterproof case!

  • Preveli beach

    Preveli beach is where the Kourtaliotis river flows into the sea. So it is basically the end of the Kourtaliotiko gorge and just a short, 15-minute drive from the waterfalls you visited earlier. And it has a palm tree forest right on the beach with 10 acres of palm trees! You can park your car on the parking lot above the beach for 2 euros (2021), and walk down in 20 minutes. It means (again) hundreds of stairs though. You can also drive straight to Plakias as there are boat trips from there and other nearby coastal villages. Or you can hike all the way through the gorge to the beach! Beware: it is crowded as it is famous and popular. There is a café on the beach. Some other fun facts about the beach you can read on an information sign on the beach:
    – Pirates use to stop over here for fresh water
    – The homo erectus might have lived here 130.000 years ago
    – It was a favorite destination of hippies some decades ago

If this activity is too much for one day, you can postpone Preveli beach and do it on day 3.

  • Plakias

    The laid back coastal village of Plakias will be your end station for the day. It is a relaxed place with a fabulous sunset and some nice tavernas and shops on the boulevard. I would definitely recommend taverna Christos. It has the best sunset view and the traditional Greek food is cheap and delicious.

Where to stay in Plakias?

All of these are near the beach, are clean and have a pool 😊.

    • Irida Guesthouse (budget option, we paid € 56 per night in October 2021 including homemade breakfast for 2 people and everything was perfect)
    • Nerea Boutique Hotel (more luxurious option)
  • Calypso beach

    This is a stunning beach sandwiched between high rock formations. It has crystal clear waters and is the perfect place to enjoy snorkeling or take a professional diving course. There is a diving center on the beach. There is an old resort on this beach, but you don’t have to stay in this resort to access the beach. Although in summer it might be full with hotel guests from early morning.

  • Kleisidi beach, Ammoudi beach and Skinaria beach

    These are 3 amazing little bays with white sand and blue waters close to Plakias. In high season they tend to be organized and at least one of them is worth a visit. Kleisidi beach in my opinion is the most beautiful.

You will spend the night again in Plakias.

From Plakias, leave in the direction of Chora Sfakion. After a 45-minute drive you will make your first stop.

  • Frangokastello

    Frangokastello beach will be your first (short) stop. The Venetian castle on the beach has been completed in 1374. It was initially called St. Nikitas after a nearby church. But locals persistently called it ‘Castle of the Frank’s’ and that’s how it got its final name. There is a myth to this castle. Around the anniversary of the battle of independence each May, shadows of the armed Cretan and Epirote soldiers who lost their lives there seem to march towards the fortress around dawn. These ‘Drosoulites’, or dew-men, in reality are caused by the (position) of the sun and how the light falls onto the castle that time of the year. On the left side of the castle I found another building that made a perfect photo spot due to the high grass (see picture below). After a short stop to check out this castle (maybe drink or eat something at the taverna on the beach) you will continue towards Chora Sfakion.

  • Chora Sfakion & Loutro

    Chora Sfakion is not a destination on this day, but the endpoint of the ‘main’ south road from which you have to decide how you want to get to Loutro, the main attraction of the day. Loutro is a very very picturesque village (whitewashed houses and streets) that is very peaceful and far away from any hustle and bustle, because you can only reach it by boat or hike. People go here to do absolutely nothing except from swimming, eating and sleeping. You got to see it with your own eyes. There are 3 ways to reach it.

How to get to Loutro?
  • By boat from nearby villages such as Chora Sfakion

    Boats leave regularly from Chora Sfakion, for instance with Anendyk The journey takes about 20 minutes and costs € 8,- at the moment of writing (2023). It is probably the fastest and most convenient way.

  • Through a very long hike from Chora Sfakion or Anopoli

    I won’t get in to this option in detail here, but you can start a very challenging hike all the way from Chora Sfakion or drive up a windy road to Anopoli and start from there. This will take you at least 2 hours one way.

  • Through a short hike from Finikas

    This is what we did because at the time, we weren’t able to take a boat due to COVID-regulations. There are few big benefits to this and also a few negative points. The negative point is that the drive to Finikas takes one hour and is a challenging one with extremely windy and steeps roads (and a small part of it is a dirt road). After the drive, you have to do the 25-minute hike to Loutro of course. The benefits however are that you can decide how long you want to stay in Loutro yourself and that you see some amazing things on the way to Finikas that most tourists will NEVER get to see. First, you’ll pass by Anapoli, which is a traditional mountain village with some amazing traditional tavernas. After 40 minutes and just before you start your descend to Finikas, you will pass the Aradena gorge and bridge on your right. The MESMERIZING bridge was constructed in 1986 and consists of a steel construction and wooden planks. It therefore makes a terrifying (or so I believe) sound when a car or truck (even worse) crosses it. But the Greeks have no fear of this bridge as they casually cross it with 50+ km per hour. I couldn’t listen to it. Next to the bridge you can find a path/stairs that leads you down into the gorge. There is also a coffee place next to the bridge. Though it is on the other side so you’d have to cross it, haha. When you arrive at Finikas you can park at the hotel and restaurant ‘The Old Phoenix’. From this taverna there are 2 walking routes to Loutro, a shorter but steeper one (700 m) and a longer but more relaxed one (1300 m), which is more of a path around the cliffs of the peninsula. We took both (one while going there and the other one while coming back). On the shorter one you’ll pass by the nice ruins of an old Turkish castle, and you have the most amazing view of Loutro from right above. The longer path passes by a white church on the cliffs and gives you a nice view of the coastline. Of course, you can also visit Loutro by boat and do a 1-hour walk around the peninsula before leaving by boat again. But you’ll miss out on the Aradena bridge.

If you can make it to Loutro around (late) lunchtime, you can have a nice swim and meal there and leave on time again to make the drive up north. Take the road next to the Imbros gorge and enjoy some amazing views. Next:

  • Have dinner at the traditional mountain village of Vryses

    This village is worth a stop because a river flows right through the heart of the village. This is about 50 minutes from Chora Sfakion, meaning 1 hour and 50 minutes if you’re coming back from Finikas.

  • Drive all the way to Kissamos in the far north-west

    And go directly to your accommodation to rest 😊.

You will spend the night in Kissamos, after you’ve already had dinner in Vryses

Where to stay in Kissamos?

We stayed at Arodamos Apartments & Suites, which I would DEFINITELY recommend. The biggest and most modern room we ever had for just € 35 per night (in October 2023). They also offer an apartment with pivate pool. The garden is beautiful and the location is very convenient, near the main road but not noisy. You won’t spend much time in your room anyway if you follow this itinerary so it’s very good to be on the main road within seconds.

On day 5, you will drive to Falasarna beach. After the hours of driving of day 4, this is just a relaxed, 20-minute drive. Falasarna is an enormous beach with the clearest blue waters, the most amazing sunset and is also super organized. So

Then, walk to the stand of Falasarna Activities on the beach. They offer Jet Ski Safaris and cruises with a small boat to Balos from Falasarna. Yes, this opton is more expensive than driving and hiking to Balos or taking a boat tour from Kissamos. But it is the only way in my opinion to combine both beaches and have a more relaxed day. Going by jet ski or speed boat from Falasarna is way faster and ensures you can relax the rest of the day on a comfortable bed on a beach that is way more suitable for that and for swimming.

The other option for this day then is of course skipping Falasarna and taking a boat tour from Kissamos to Balos, or driving there (40-minute drive partly on a dirt road) and hiking down.

In the evening you can have dinner in Kissamos on the cute boulevard. We had fish with some locals (so you know it’s good) at FIshTavern1960. Alternatively, on your way back from Falasarna or Balos, you can have lunch at the renowned Gramboussa restaurant or Taverna Spilios, the latter overlooking Falasarna beach. Both locals and tourists agree that these are 2 places that serve amazing food and are great to sit at in terms of location.

You will spend the night in Kissamos again.


I totally recommend 2 to 3 short stops on the way to Elafonisi because there are so many interesting things to see!

  • Visit the Komolithi in the village of Potamida

    A weird and beautiful geological phenomenon, often referred to as the Cappadocia or Arizona of Greece. But what are they? They are 7️million years (!!) old ‘clay’ hills that have shaped this way due to weather conditions throughout the centuries. Dutch researchers found fossils of 15-meter sharks that lived over 7 million years ago within this landscape. That is because around 10 million years ago, this part of Crete (before the Mediterranean Sea took its current shape) was under water. The funny thing is that they are ‘naked’ except for their tops that have plans on them, making them look like the humps of camels. Whenever the weather is warm & dry, you can climb these hills and play around. When it has rained, all is of course muddy. Just park your car on the side of the road, and whatever you do, please respect the nature.

  • Have breakfast at Topolia

    And try a traditional Sfakian pie, which is a crepe with feta and honey inside! There is a taverna in Topolia with a spectacular view of the valley below, it is called Spilaraki.

  • Visit the cave of Agia Sofia

Of course you can also decide to head straight to Elafonisi and make these stops on the way back.

It is a one hour drive to Elafonisi beach:

  • Elafonisi

    This is in fact a lagoon where the water is shallow and crystal clear and the sand is white and pink. Pink because of crushed pink shells and organisms that wash up on the beach There is lots and lots of parking space available (biggest parking lot in Greece I have ever seen) but even that fills up. If you go early you can park closest to the beach, you have more space and can take pictures without anyone on it. AND the pink sand seems to be more clearly visible in the morning, before many have walked on the beach. Also, don’t sit where everybody sits. Walk over to where it says ‘Elafonisi south beach’ on google maps. There are no sunbeds here but it is more quiet and the water is more beautiful.

Because of the crowds and the prices at Elafonisi, I actually recommend you to have a walk around and a swim on the ‘south beach’ on the other side of the little island. And then leave again. Why? Next to Elafonisi is a stunning, secret beach with the exact same water and pink sand that is not organized and doesn’t get many visitors. It is called Kedrodasos.

  • Kedrodados beach

    The parking place for this beach is a few minutes drive from Elafonisi beach. Then you need to walk/hike 15 minutes on a path down to the beach. But it is definitely worth is, since it is a true hidden gem. It is unorganized however, but has lots of stunning trees that provide shade. I advise spending the afternoon here.

After your visit to Kedrodasos beach, you will head back north. You can decide whether to stay in Kissamos again for the night or drive straight back to Chania (which is worth it so you have the full day in Chania from the next morning). For the recommended hotels in Chania, check day 1.

Have a stroll through all the alleys of the old town, do some (souvenir) shopping. Also, you can’t miss out on the Old Chania Market (although at the time of writing it is closed for renovation), which is more of a ‘souk’.

For dinner, walk east alongside the coast. First you will pass by Koum Kapi beach first. When holiday goers in Chania want a swim  they ususally walk to the left, to Nea Chora beach. But if you walk to the right, you will end up in Koum Kapi, where you can drink and swim with the locals. It used to be a neighbourhood for Bedouin immigrants, who lived in huts. But these have now been replaced with trendy cafés and bars. And WHY arent’s these changing rooms super Insta famous yet? Perfect spot for pictures!

Continue your walk on the coastal path and you will end up in Tabakaria.

Tabakaria is an area full of deserted tanneries -> leather factories, on a lovely 10-15 minutes walk alongside the coast from Chania’s city center. It is as if time stood still, with used equipment still inside. Raw, and interesting to wonder around at. Read more about the history online before you visit and find out that the neighborhood was built ‘far’ from the city center to prevent the inhabitants from smelling the factories all the time. It is now very quickly becoming a well know romantic dining spot. Not hard to understand why. The scene at Thalassino Ageri restaurant could literally be a movie set, and the sunset view is amazing!

You will spend your last night in Chania, for which I have made hotels suggestions below.

Other options for eating and drinking in Chania are discussed below.

Breakfast & lunch

I have made a TikTok video with the best breakfast / lunch / brunch spots in Chania. Check it out below.

I would like to add Bougatsa Iordanis to the list. Bougatsa is a pie with phyllo pastry that can be filled with either sweet cream (and cinnamon and icing sugar on top), or savory things such a spinach and feta. Bougatsa Iordanis is very famous for it because they still make it the traditional way. Gordon Ramsey even came to this shop to learn it from the best.

  • Thalassino Ageri: the food is not world class quality but the scene and view are unmatchable (seeabove)
  • Kali Kardia: are you in for a little bit of a crazy Greek traditional dinner? Go to Kali Kardia. They serve all the traditional Greek foods in the traditional way: not placed esthetically nice on a plate. No embellishments. Just food. The sausages and meatballs specifically were very nice. And most evenings they have live music going on with 2 older guys that are almost caricatures. Also, they are a little bit famous because they have been on Greek tv. Every night again, they never fail to entertain the whole street. The Greeks who are eating there will burst out in dancing! And you can of course join.
  • Kritamon: I don’t know how we ended up at Kritamon but I ate one of the best risotto’s I ever had here. And since it is a wine restaurant they know what to pair with your food!
  • Pallas: a stunning historical building on the side of the Venetian Harbor. They serve delicious cocktails. If you also have dinner here, you can sit on the rooftop!
  • Sinagogi cocktail bar: one of the best cocktail bars in town, in a stunning ‘patio’ between historical buildings in the heart of the old town.

Crete is almost a country in itself and has so many traditions going on that you can’t count them. Lots and lots of Greek dishes have their origin in Crete, some of which you can hardly find outside of the island and some of which are available (but less good) all over the country. In the video below I name 5 traditional Cretan foods you HAVE to try on your visit.

Thank you very much for reading this guide to West-Crete with a 7-day itinerary along the highlights of West-Crete and Chania. I hope it helped and you will enjoy your holidays in West-Crete.

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  • Service Provider means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Company. It refers to third-party companies or individuals employed by the Company to facilitate the Service, to provide the Service on behalf of the Company, to perform services related to the Service or to assist the Company in analyzing how the Service is used.
  • Usage Data refers to data collected automatically, either generated by the use of the Service or from the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).
  • Website refers to Tzatchickie, accessible from
  • You means the individual accessing or using the Service, or the company, or other legal entity on behalf of which such individual is accessing or using the Service, as applicable.

Collecting and Using Your Personal Data

Types of Data Collected

Personal Data

While using Our Service, We may ask You to provide Us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify You. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:
  • Email address
  • First name and last name
  • Usage Data

Usage Data

Usage Data is collected automatically when using the Service. Usage Data may include information such as Your Device's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that You visit, the time and date of Your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data. When You access the Service by or through a mobile device, We may collect certain information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of mobile device You use, Your mobile device unique ID, the IP address of Your mobile device, Your mobile operating system, the type of mobile Internet browser You use, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data. We may also collect information that Your browser sends whenever You visit our Service or when You access the Service by or through a mobile device.

Tracking Technologies and Cookies

We use Cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on Our Service and store certain information. Tracking technologies used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze Our Service. The technologies We use may include:
  • Cookies or Browser Cookies. A cookie is a small file placed on Your Device. You can instruct Your browser to refuse all Cookies or to indicate when a Cookie is being sent. However, if You do not accept Cookies, You may not be able to use some parts of our Service. Unless you have adjusted Your browser setting so that it will refuse Cookies, our Service may use Cookies.
  • Web Beacons. Certain sections of our Service and our emails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) that permit the Company, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other related website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of a certain section and verifying system and server integrity).
Cookies can be "Persistent" or "Session" Cookies. Persistent Cookies remain on Your personal computer or mobile device when You go offline, while Session Cookies are deleted as soon as You close Your web browser. We use both Session and Persistent Cookies for the purposes set out below:
  • Necessary / Essential CookiesType: Session CookiesAdministered by: Us Purpose: These Cookies are essential to provide You with services available through the Website and to enable You to use some of its features. They help to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts. Without these Cookies, the services that You have asked for cannot be provided, and We only use these Cookies to provide You with those services.
  • Cookies Policy / Notice Acceptance CookiesType: Persistent CookiesAdministered by: Us Purpose: These Cookies identify if users have accepted the use of cookies on the Website.
  • Functionality CookiesType: Persistent CookiesAdministered by: Us Purpose: These Cookies allow us to remember choices You make when You use the Website, such as remembering your login details or language preference. The purpose of these Cookies is to provide You with a more personal experience and to avoid You having to re-enter your preferences every time You use the Website.
For more information about the cookies we use and your choices regarding cookies, please visit our Cookies Policy or the Cookies section of our Privacy Policy.

Use of Your Personal Data

The Company may use Personal Data for the following purposes:
  • To provide and maintain our Service, including to monitor the usage of our Service.
  • To manage Your Account: to manage Your registration as a user of the Service. The Personal Data You provide can give You access to different functionalities of the Service that are available to You as a registered user.
  • For the performance of a contract: the development, compliance and undertaking of the purchase contract for the products, items or services You have purchased or of any other contract with Us through the Service.
  • To contact You: To contact You by email, telephone calls, SMS, or other equivalent forms of electronic communication, such as a mobile application's push notifications regarding updates or informative communications related to the functionalities, products or contracted services, including the security updates, when necessary or reasonable for their implementation.
  • To provide You with news, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about unless You have opted not to receive such information.
  • To manage Your requests: To attend and manage Your requests to Us.
  • For business transfers: We may use Your information to evaluate or conduct a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of Our assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which Personal Data held by Us about our Service users is among the assets transferred.
  • For other purposes: We may use Your information for other purposes, such as data analysis, identifying usage trends, determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns and to evaluate and improve our Service, products, services, marketing and your experience.
We may share Your personal information in the following situations:
  • With Service Providers: We may share Your personal information with Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service, to contact You.
  • For business transfers: We may share or transfer Your personal information in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of Company assets, financing, or acquisition of all or a portion of Our business to another company.
  • With Affiliates: We may share Your information with Our affiliates, in which case we will require those affiliates to honor this Privacy Policy. Affiliates include Our parent company and any other subsidiaries, joint venture partners or other companies that We control or that are under common control with Us.
  • With business partners: We may share Your information with Our business partners to offer You certain products, services or promotions.
  • With other users: when You share personal information or otherwise interact in the public areas with other users, such information may be viewed by all users and may be publicly distributed outside.
  • With Your consent: We may disclose Your personal information for any other purpose with Your consent.

Retention of Your Personal Data

The Company will retain Your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use Your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies. The Company will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of Our Service, or We are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.

Transfer of Your Personal Data

Your information, including Personal Data, is processed at the Company's operating offices and in any other places where the parties involved in the processing are located. It means that this information may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of Your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from Your jurisdiction. Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by Your submission of such information represents Your agreement to that transfer. The Company will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that Your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of Your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of Your data and other personal information.

Delete Your Personal Data

You have the right to delete or request that We assist in deleting the Personal Data that We have collected about You. Our Service may give You the ability to delete certain information about You from within the Service. You may update, amend, or delete Your information at any time by signing in to Your Account, if you have one, and visiting the account settings section that allows you to manage Your personal information. You may also contact Us to request access to, correct, or delete any personal information that You have provided to Us. Please note, however, that We may need to retain certain information when we have a legal obligation or lawful basis to do so.

Disclosure of Your Personal Data

Business Transactions

If the Company is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, Your Personal Data may be transferred. We will provide notice before Your Personal Data is transferred and becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy.

Law enforcement

Under certain circumstances, the Company may be required to disclose Your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).

Other legal requirements

The Company may disclose Your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
  • Comply with a legal obligation
  • Protect and defend the rights or property of the Company
  • Prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
  • Protect the personal safety of Users of the Service or the public
  • Protect against legal liability

Security of Your Personal Data

The security of Your Personal Data is important to Us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While We strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect Your Personal Data, We cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Children's Privacy

Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13. If You are a parent or guardian and You are aware that Your child has provided Us with Personal Data, please contact Us. If We become aware that We have collected Personal Data from anyone under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, We take steps to remove that information from Our servers. If We need to rely on consent as a legal basis for processing Your information and Your country requires consent from a parent, We may require Your parent's consent before We collect and use that information.

Links to Other Websites

Our Service may contain links to other websites that are not operated by Us. If You click on a third party link, You will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise You to review the Privacy Policy of every site You visit. We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may update Our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify You of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. We will let You know via email and/or a prominent notice on Our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the "Last updated" date at the top of this Privacy Policy. You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

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If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, You can contact us:
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