Souda Chania: Souda is one of the closest villages to Chania town and counts on 5500 inhabitants. It is situated 4 km east of Chania and is the second niggest port of Crete from where daily ferries connect the Souda to Piraeus.
Because of the strategic position of the port, a naval station of NATO has been implanted in Souda Bay. In the middle of the bay is a small islet of the same name with a beautiful Venetian castle standing in its centre.
Souda provides all kind of accommodations and entertainment and is linked regularly by bus to Chania. From Souda one can visit the interesting surrounding region as well as Aptera which used to be a powerful city of Greece and where Roman and Byzantine remains and a Turkish fort can still be seen.
The town of Souda is situated on the entrance of the Akrotiri peninsula in the best protected bay of Crete. In front of the bay lies the small island of Agios Nikolaos with a Venetian fortress on it. Souda is the place where the Chania ferries depart to the mainland, to Rhodes and to other islands. It is not a very pretty place / harbour, with a lot of new concrete buildings and an enormous factory (bread) right on the harbour front. There are plenty of taverns and shops though plus of course banks and there is a lot of life (with a lot of young people).
Every 15 minutes there is a bus departing from Souda to the market of Chania. There are no buses from the airport to Souda, but taxis are cheap. It is more like a working town than a typical tourist destination. There is also a large military presence in the town. There are not that any accommodations in the port of Souda, because it is not really a tourist destination.
Yet there are those who sometimes book a room here because they want to take a boat to the next destination. If you take the road that leads from the harbour to the airport you will pass a small stretch of beach and a bit further out there is a larger beach with a tavern. Also in front of the Souda War Cemetery there is a beach.
In Souda there is a large cemetery for 2000 allied soldiers that died in 1941 during the battle for Crete which attracts a lot of visitors (mainly from the United Kingdom) that want to pay their respect. It lies 1 kilometer before the town down a lane and it is indicated by a sign. There is a parking where you can put your car. The cemetery is surrounded by eucalyptus trees. Most of the people buried here died very young.
At the entrance there is a cemetery register of the 1527 people that are buried here. A stone tells you from which country they came. One of the graves is that of the archaeologist John Pendlebury who was excavating Knossos after Sir Arthur John Evans, who discovered the Minoan palace. Pendleburry fought alongside the Cretans against the Germans at the attack of Heraklion, and is now buried in grave 10E.