Crete's second biggest city is built for leisurely strolling. Enjoy the splendour of the Venetian style architecture in the old part of town, and head to the nearby town of Rethymnon for more of the same. If your idea of a Cretan weekend break involves lying on a sunlounger, lots of ouzo and a turquoise blue sea, then you'll love the beaches at Stavros, Aghia Marina and Georgioupolis, which are as laid back as it gets. Back in town, Chania offers a wide range of shopping opportunities, and what could be nicer than an afternoon wandering through the narrow, shady streets from shop to shop, picking up a few typical Cretan souvenirs for your friends stuck at home? Continue the relaxed weekend trip vibe with your dinner choices; select one of the numerous oceanside restaurants where you can feast on local dishes such as Greek salad, olives and cheese, all washed down with Cretan wine as you watch the sun set over the Mediterranean.