The Chania region, often informally termed 'Western Crete', is a beautiful and in many parts unspoiled part of the island. Well known Chania spots include verdant Apokoronas, mountainous Sfakia and Selino, while apart from the town of Chania, other notable towns are Chora Sfakion, Kastelli-Kissamos, Paleochora, Maleme, Vamos, Georgioupolis and others. The town of Chania is a romantic place to stroll around, with its medieval architecture, elegant mansions and wonderful Venetian port, the town’s landmark.The natural park of Samaria Gorge, a major tourist attraction and refuge for the rare Cretan wild goat or kri-kri, is located in the region's south. The White Mountains through which the Samaria, Aradena, Imbros and other gorges run, are covered by snow until May. Equally amazing are the beaches in the Chania region with Falasarna and Ballos, stealing the show, being two of the most photographed beaches in the entire Mediterranean. Keep in mind that in the Chania region, as in most other regions of Crete, there are splendid villas for rent, for the eclectic traveller.