Rent a Car at Chania Port Greece
Chania Port lies on the picturesque Bay of Souda, located on the northwest coast of Crete, just 6 km from Chania city center and 17 km from Chania International Airport. It is the largest and deepest natural harbor in the Mediterranean that measures 15 km in length and 2 to 4 km wide. Protected by glorious mountains on both sides this beautiful bay is formed between the Akrotiri peninsula and Cape Drapano that run from east to west. Chania Port occupies the entire southwestern part of the bay and is the main passenger and commercial port of western Crete as well as the main ferry link to Piraeus in mainland Greece. Arrivals and departures of ferry boats run daily to and from Chania Port with an increase in traffic of scheduled routes during the high season from April to November. Hundreds of thousands of passengers arrive at Souda Port each year either for business or pleasure as it is the gateway to western Crete accessible from the sea. Once you arrive to Chania Port the beautiful scenic views of the picturesque bay and the surrounding towering white mountains will enchant you! Of course, the location of the port also provides close proximity to the charming city of Chania and neighboring seaside villages that can be easily accessed by renting a car in Chania Port. Giving you the freedom to discover and explore all that western Crete has to offer in the comfort that your Chania Port Car Rental can provide.
Car Rental Port of Souda Crete Greece
Historically, port facilities have always existed in Souda Bay since antiquity when it served as a port to the ancient city of Aptera, an important city during the early Byzantine Era that was founded in the 7th century. It was once one of the most important ports of its time due to its strategic location on the ancient sea routes found in the Mediterranean Sea. The port of Souda Bay during the 16th and 17th centuries was also a target for the Ottomans in their pursuit to capture Crete from the Venetians. During the Ottoman occupation, the entire Bay was transformed into a large military port. In the later years during the Independence of Crete, the port was used as a naval base. Then in the early 20th century when Crete joined modern Greece the Greek Naval Services were stationed here in Souda Bay and the Old Venetian harbor in Chania fulfilled the daily duties of the port. Today the beautiful Bay is home to the Hellenic Navy and the NATO Naval Base as well as Chania Port that hosts its visitors to the fascinating Greek island of Crete.
Rent a Car Chania Port
As you explore the area and its vicinity with your Chania Port Rent a Car you will discover that the town of Souda is relatively new as it was first built and inhabited in 1870 on what once was a large area of salt beds and marshlands. The town stretches along the southern coast of Souda Bay that offers panoramic views of the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea from every angle. There are many facilities, amenities, and accommodations in town including hotels, shops, fashion boutiques, cozy cafes and renowned seafood and fish taverns while the services offered are always accompanied with exceptional Cretan hospitality. Visit with your rental car in Chania Port the archeological site and ancient city of Aptera featuring ruins of an old castle, the Venetian fortress found on Souda Island located at the entrance of the bay, the Fortress of Itzedin that was built by the Ottomans located on a cliff with a panoramic view of the gulf and the Souda Bay War Cemetery the last resting place of a 1,500 soldiers who died in the violent Battle of Crete during WW2. Also, visit the beautiful beaches in town including Almyrida Beach and Stavros Beach both featuring golden sand and crystal-clear azure sea waters. Continue your journey and drive your Chania Port car rentals to the west and visit the Cretan city known for its history and culture Chania home to the romantic Old Venetian Harbor and antique lighthouse. Then drive to the north of the bay, the Akrotiri peninsula where important historical and religious monuments are found. Next drive to the south of Souda Bay to Apokornos where you will find picturesque traditional villages and popular seaside resorts. Explore all that and more as you drive around this beautiful bay of historical importance with your Chania Port rental car in Crete.