We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Brendan, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Brendan is from England, and submitted the following report about his trip to Chania on the Greek island of Crete. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Greek, English
Costs at Destination: Reasonable (local transportation, dining, tours, events, and attractions)
Reasons to Visit Chania
I have just returned from a solo week in Chania in Crete, and I loved it. I stayed in a hotel overlooking the harbor but there are many rooms available in the old town, so there's plenty to choose from.
Chania has old (very old to ancient), plus new to explore. The history is certainly remarkable. There are lots of eateries to relax in and chic local shops to browse through. It is safe for couples, families, and solos with the locals being friendly and accommodating.
Why not go to the central bus station and go exploring further afield? I went to Heraklion (for the excellent museum) as well as west to the beaches, which are all affordable and about an hour away. There is also a superb beach and eateries (especially if you like fish) about a 20-minute walk west.
On a personal note, the Greeks need our support and this is such a wonderful way to truly benefit yourself and them. I'm going back in September and I would recommend Chania to you all.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)