PhotoSecrets Chania

A Photographer’s Guide

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A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Venetian harbor ChaniaLapplaender/Wikipedia


41 views to photograph
Agia Triada MonasteryAconcagua/Wikipedia
Chania LighthouseWouter Hagens/Wikipedia
Old street in ChaniaBernard Gagnon/Wikipedia
Agios NikolaosEchiner1/Wikipedia
Eleftheriou Venizelou Square in ChaniaMoonik/Wikipedia
Fort at Imeri GramvousaLevenius/Wikipedia
Mocenigo bastion, ChaniaC Messier/Wikipedia
San Salvatore bastion, ChaniaC Messier/Wikipedia
Archaeological Museum of ChaniaBernard Gagnon/Wikipedia
Arkoudiotissa CaveWolfgang Sauber/Wikipedia
Balos Lagoon with Cape TiganiSergio Alvarez/Wikipedia
Center of Mediterranean architecture ChaniaBernard Gagnon/Wikipedia
Firkas Fortress, ChaniaBernard Gagnon/Wikipedia
Gouverneto MonasteryJerzy Strzelecki/Wikipedia
Imeri GramvousaMichael Brys/Wikipedia
Küçük Hasan Pasha Mosque in ChaniaJebulon/Wikipedia
Market Square in ChaniaLapplaender/Wikipedia
Orthodox Cathedral in ChaniaBernard Gagnon/Wikipedia
Souda Bay Allied War CemeteryPaul Fenton/Wikipedia
Agioi TheodoroiMartin Belam/Wikipedia
Assumption Cathedral [Chania]C Messier/Wikipedia
Nautical Museum of CreteMoonik/Wikipedia
Prefecture building ChaniaKaelkael/Wikipedia
Samariá GorgeDeneb/Wikipedia
St.Rocco Church in ChaniaFuesto Fuesto/Wikipedia


Map of Chania


About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

Name:Chania (Greek: Χανιά)
Area:• Urban 29.4 km2 (11.4 sq mi)
• Municipal unit 12.56 km2 (4.85 sq mi)
Population:91,066 (municipal unit, 2011)
Time zone:EET (UTC+2)
GPS:35.516667, 24.016667
Far:273 km (170 miles) from Athens

Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. It lies along the north coast of the island, about 70 km (43 mi) west of Rethymno and 145 km (90 mi) west of Heraklion.

The official population of the municipal unit (the former municipality) is 53,910, while the municipality has 108,642 inhabitants (2011). This consists of the city of Chania and several other towns and villages, including Kounoupidiana (pop. 8,620), Mournies (pop. 7,614), Souda (pop. 6,418), Nerokouros (pop. 5,531), Daratsos (pop. 4,732), Perivolia (pop. 3,986), Galatas (pop. 3,166) and Aroni (pop. 3,003).




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