Welcome to Chania, The second largest city in Crete and capital of Chania prefecture. Located 60 km from Rethymnon and 145 from Heraklion. It occupies an area of approximately 11 square kilometers and according to the 2001 census has 55.838 inhabitants population. There was a significant Minoan city believed to ancient Cydonia since historically and based on archaeological research proves that is built on the ruins of. Ancient Cydonia was a remarkable ancient city, built in prehistoric times by Kydon, son – according to the ancient Cretans – Mercury – in other Apollo – and nymph Akakalidas, daughter of Minos. Mentioned by Homer as one of the most important cities of Crete, while Kydonians considered prehellenic sex. The ancient writers consider Cydonia ”
There are many theories regarding the etymology of the place name of the city. Probably a corruption of the name Chthonia, who was one of the ancient names of Crete, come to Chania. According to another version from the Arabic Hani or end of alchania Komi (suburb or district of Cydonia).