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Chania Crete Greece
The Region of Chania, due to its natural beauty and variety of sights, attracts many tourists from all over the world. The Town Chania{Hania} also accepts visitors who are interested in economical activities in the area, as well as scientists and educators, who are interested in historical files, historical monuments and museums or are interested to visit the Technical University of Crete, which is an important research center.

 Chania Hotels 

ALEXIS HOTEL -99 Kallergidon Street, Chania Town



The county of Chania covers the western part of Crete and has an area of 2.376 km2 and with a population of 140,000 residents (1991 inventory). The county is divided into 5 provinces with the capital the city of Chania (52.000 populations). Since 1999 the county is divided into 23 counties and 2 provinces.

Restaurants Chania 

THEODOSI RESTAURANT Creative Cretan Cuisine
Paparigopoulou Street, Chania Town 

The north area of the county with very welcome seas ends up to 3 peninsulas. Concerning the south side of the island towards the Libyan sea it presents the biggest amount of sunlight in Europe. North, west and south the county is surrounded by sea.


Popular destinations

Agia Marina Chania Crete Greece

is situated on the northwestern coast of Crete, only 9km. away from Chania. Its long, sandy beaches are ideal for swimming with crystal clear waters and a great choice of water-sports.

If you come to Agia Marina do not forget to visit the beautiful cave of Nerospilia, (meaning «water cave» in Greek), with astonishing stalagmites and stalactites. The village offers a great variety of hotels, apartments, tavernas, cafeterias and nightclubs.

Agia Roumeli is a very beautiful and unique place with its genuine Cretan background. It has strong character and soul surrounded by breath taking, wild mountains and a long beach of fine pebble by the clear Libyan sea. The village is remote and a little isolated. You can only reach it on foot or by boat. There is no road. A few lucky visitors have discovered that Aghia Roumeli is a superb place to spend their holidays in and they tend
to return again and again. In Aghia Roumeli and its surroundings you can relax, you can switch off the outside world. You almost forget it exists. Here you can watch all the stars, the galaxies. The natural geographical position of Aghia Roumeli aids this tranquil sensation. Here you also find the point where the Samaria gorge ends.

Many people pass through our village every summer and the majority even forgets its name. Aghia Roumeli lies in the shadow of this great gorge!


Agia Galini 
Every person who has made the long walk through the gorge of Samaria knows that this spectacular experience in nature combined with sore feet and exhaustion are a little too much for them. Aghia Roumeli becomes merely a place where you get some refreshments. Here you wait for the ferryboat to take you back to a tour bus which will bring you to your departure point. But Aghia Roumeli is so much more than this!!

Once the last boat has left, the village becomes again a restful, calm community between wild mountains and the deep, blue sea. 

Aghia Roumeli has no nightlife, no cinemas and no entertainment. However anyone who can relate to nature can find plenty to do besides enjoying the almost deserted beaches.



Almirida, a small fishing village, lies along the east of the Souda Bay opposite the cape of Akrotiri, within 25 kilometers from the Chania.
The surrounding area, with picturesque villages, lovely beaches, and historical sites consists one of the most worth to visit areas in the island of Crete. Kera, Plaka, Kambia, and Kokkino Horio are some of the most renowned and unforgettable places to the numerous friends of Almirida.
The area has been just developed the last eight years, in a way that the traditional characteristics which attract the most demanding guests remained

Historically, it introduces great interest. The whole area used to be a colony of the ancient Foinikes, a place named Finika exists in the area, while some ancient ruins and tombs of the time were unearthed there.
At the entrance of Almirida archaeologists discovered Mosaic and tombs which belong to the Royal Church rhythm of the 5th century A.D. Here the last battle between the Greek revolutionaries and the Turks in 1896 took place.
There are a lot of places of interest which guests can visit: like the "Diktamo Gorge" and the "gorge of Saint Nikolas" and the 215 caves scattered in the area.
In the bay of Almirida is the islet "Karga", ideal for a small sea trip, fishing and relax, while some remnants of ancient walls as well as tunnel from the second world war are worth to see. The islet is also a refuge for migratory and endemic birds.


Kokkino Horio a village where the famous film "ZORBAS" based on the novel of Nikos Kazantzakis the Cretan writer, was filmed stands in a small distance from Almirida. Another point of attraction is the small factory which produces items from "blown glass", located also at Kokkino Horio

A little further from Plaka to the south is the picturesque village "Kambia", with traditional houses, flowery yards and the small chapel of "Aghios Nikitas". A local festival is organized every year at September 15 to celebrate the Saint's name day.
At Kambia you will find an exhibition with the work of the well known painter Santorinakis, who has a special technique of painting on mirrors.
Plaka is the biggest village in the area with 250 permanent inhabitants, occupying mostly with farming, cattle breeding, and fishing and lately with tourism.
The visitor can admire here a magical sunset, as well as many other attractions like the natural sea caves (nerospilia), the old houses, the narrow stone paved streets and will enjoy the July festival "Plakiana", in honor of the Cretan lyra player Mihalis Papadakis, where many old local customs are brought to life.
Almirida has been characterized (by the authorities) as a place of great natural beauty and thus all efforts are made to preserve the authenticity of it.
The climate due to the ever present olive trees which go as far as the beach and the Lefka Ori mountain range is temperate considered to be one of the healthiest in the whole world!


Daratsos village , 4km from Chania,18km from Airport and 11km from port of Chania. The area is divided in 2 parts, Ano Daratso which is the higher part above the sea level and Kato Daratso which is the lower part by the sea. The fishing village has about 2000 residents and it is located on the north side of the prefecture, This village was first inhabited by refugees. It’s a pleasant holiday resort and it is located near the city of Chania. 


Dramia Fishing Village

Nice beach and sea. Fresh fish is serving at the local Cretan taverns. Spectacular mountain scenery nearby. Explore. Relax vacations, very clear beach, write, paint or just spend quality time with someone special. Dramia is a close area to Rethymnon on the north coast of Crete ! This is a small village, approx. 500 m from the sea with an amazing view on the bay of Almirida and the rocks of Apokoronas. To the west the visitor has a charming view to the Lefka Ori (white mountains). Dramia is 30 km distance from Chania and 10 km from Rethimnon. The distance from Chania airport is 40 km and from the Heraklion one 100 km. Nearby is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches of Crete, from Kavros to Georgiopoulis .During the high season (April till October) the area is visiting by a lot of tourists, mostly families . In wintertime it is very quiet), but Chania and Rethimnon are the places who are still alive. Nearby is the famous lake of Kournas (the only sweet water lake of Crete), on the mountain you ca visit the popular villages of Episkopi and Argiropolis. In Dramia you will find the quietness and silence that you are looking for .In this place you can leave the rat-race and enjoy a unique sunset.Welcome for vacations at Dramia Crete.


Fragokastelo Sfakion,This village in the south of Crete, 16 kilometers east of Chora Sfakion, is the Venetian fort "Fraggokastello", an imposing fortress dominating the sea. The four towers and the Saint Markos Lion still subsist.
There, an amazing spectacle awaits you, if you are on the right place the right time.
During the war of independence, 650 Cretans held Fraggokastello, until 8000 Turkish troops arrived to force them out. The Turks took the fort, and all the defenders were killed. This event, the Massacre of Fraggokastello, has given rise to the following ghost story.

For a very strange reason, probably meteorological, around mid-May, a mysterious mist arises at dawn around the fortress, and one can see the phantoms of the Cretan warriors, fully armed, marching silently towards the fortress and then disappear into the sea. These are the famous Drosoulites, the dew shades, still ready to fight against the enemy.

Fraggokastello is otherwise a very quiet sea side place, with a long fine beach, which is very pleasant to swim.
Is dominated by a 14th century Venetian castle (1371), of which only the outside walls remain, with a tower on each corner . The biggest tower in the south west corner was a waiting house for the main gate (above the gate you can still see the Venetian lion of St. Marcus). Frangokastelo is located in a swampy bay with a tiny village and a large beach (hard sand though here and there because a river floats into the sea here). A little bit further west you can find another beach.


The village of Galatas are located on the hills overlooking the beach of Kalamaki. These small village has seen quite a development in tourism in the past few years and buildings now go all the way down to the coast. The lower parts are called Kato Daratso and Kato Galatas
town: 4 km Chania ,airport: 18 km Chania ,port: 11 km Chania


Georgioupoli Chania Crete is built at the "Almiro Pass" on the ancient road between east and west Crete; the bridge of "Elleniki Kamara" still survives. Georgioupoli was built on the site of the ancient city of Amphimala and very close to Crete's unique lake, Lake Kourna.

The village has spread out considerably in recent years along the clean extended beach that stretches 9 kilometers in the direction of Rethymnon. The area has been declared a nature reserve and has a rich flora and fauna. A tourist can visit evergreen Vryses, the villages of Maza and Alikampos with their Byzantine churches, and Kalamitsia places and other places. In the coastal district of Kourna Kavros a lively tourist industry has lately grown up on the endless beach, where every facility can be found.
The main village of Kournas is old and has interesting architecture, with the important Byzantine church of Aghios Georgios, and also Aghia Eirini. Interesting visits can be made to the local traditional villages of Kastelos, Patima, and Phylaki.

Three (3) rivers run into the sea at Georgioupolis. The road bridge crosses the largest, the Almiros, whose mouth creates a small harbor. Today Georgioupoli is an modern tourist resort. Every summer Georgioupolis village comes to life with residents and tourists meeting in the numerous cafe-bars, ouzeries, restaurants and taverns. Many small souvenir shops welcome the visitors as they take a stroll. The beach is busy with people enjoying the sand, the sea, and a drink at the beach bars.
Idyllic places around the rivers and marshy areas can still be found despite the increase in construction. Impressive and beautiful scenery is backed by the panorama of the White Mountains.


Kissamos Chania, on the main coastal road, 17 km from Chania. On the road from Chania to Kissamos, 17km away from Chania is the coastal settlement of Kato Gerani which extends from the Platanias Bridge to the village Pirgos Psilonerou. The beach is awarded every year with the Blue Flag, the beach is organized and provide quite a lot facilities such as sun chairs, umbrellas, shower, W.C. and sea sports. There are many big hotels offering all the amenities, as well as many small family ones which provide quiet and family environment. The visitor may choose from many alternatives covering all tastes. Bars, taverns, car and bike rentals, travel agencies, shops, super-markets everything to make the visitors stay more comfortable. It is worth to take a small walk to the villages of the area, and enjoy the unspoiled Cretan nature and hospitality. Pano Gerani, Modi, Loutraki, Manoliopoulo are all within a distance no longer than 10 kilometers.


Kalathas area is located 12 km from the Chania, 7 Km from Akrotiri nad Venizelos graves. Kalathas have limited public transport. It is better to have your own car.
Kalathas is a fairly new with quiet atnosphere, quiet settlement,in the suburbs of Chania.


Kalives is a real village, not just a tourist invention and this is the charm of the place. The countryside around Kalives is one of the most green in Crete and the backdrop of the White Mountains is beautiful.

Kalives is located about 20 km east of Chania. Frequent public transport from the centre of the village to Chania. There can be a lot of tourists but Kalives still remain a laid-back place.
Plenty hotels, rooms , studios and apartments to let.
In Kalives the visitor has a good choice of small restaurants.
There you can find more things that you might need in the village.
A few bars and a disco running in the summer time.
Excellent sandy beaches. The eastern beach is the most popular because it is in the village. The western lay about one km away and is very quiet.


Kato Stalos
The coastal settlement Kato Stalos distance 8 km from Chania. It has been developed at length coastal street .Last years Kato Stalos has been developed in a tourist resort area of the northern side of Chania. It is located afterwards of Galatas and allocates a beautiful and a very clean beach, main characteristic of which is the extensive sandy beach. The beach has been awarded with the Blue Flag of European Union and is very well organized. In the region operating a lot of hotels, apartments, taverns, beach bars and all kind of shops . In distance of 1, 5 kilometer and 150 meters


The beautiful town of Kissamos is located 42 km west of Chania and it is the capital of the Kissamos County. Kastelli Kissamou is surrounded by beautiful landscape and has about 3.000 inhabitants. Kissamos is not a crowd tourist resort; its development is based mostly in the wine and oil produce, and the agricultural products. Kissamos is the center of production and trade of the famous Kissamos wine.
The climate of the area is excellent, with sunshine most of the year. Kastelli has evolved into quite a big town with all the comforts and the facilities that a town can offer.

There is regular public bus service from Chania to Kissamos. 

From Kissamos harbor there is a regular ferryboat service to Gythion (Peloponnesus) and Kithira.
Kissamos is built along a wonderful sandy beach. It is located where the ancient city of Kissamos stood. As a starting point you can visit the archaeological sites of Falassarna and Polyrinia, the Gramvoussa isles (pirate isles), the beautiful Georges of Topolia, Sirikari, the lagoon of Balos, the medieval villages, etc. The crystal clear sea and the vast sandy beaches of Kissamos make your holiday a unique pleasure. South of Kissamos, at a distance of 7 km., is the ruins of the ancient city of Polyrinia. Polyrinia is considered to be the oldest city that the Dorians built in Crete (following the Minoan Period).
One of its ports was Falassarna, the westernmost town in Crete. Polyrinia was a powerful city; its walls are still visible, and existed until the Byzantine period. Present day Polyrinia is a small village that is built with building materials from the ancient city.
As everywhere in Crete the history of Kissamos goes far back. The name Kissamos is of pre-Hellenic origin and it was the name of an ancient community that existed in the same place. The ancient Kissamos was a marine and commercial center of the Western Crete, and it was one of the Polyrinia's ports. Ancient Kissamos flourished during the Roman period and continued to prosper during the early Byzantine period when it was an episcopical seat.
Kissamos was always a well fortified city, because due to its wealth and its location, was often under attack. The Venetians built the wall that parts of it are still standing inside the city. The Venetian fortress, Castelo, was the special characteristic of the city and thus the city was named after it Kasteli. Because in Crete there are many towns with the name Kasteli, it was named Kasteli Kissamou.
The name Kissamos is of pre-Hellenic origin and it was the name of an ancient community that existed in the same place. The ancient Kissamos was a marine and commercial center of the Western Crete, and it was the port of the ancient town of Polyrenia. Later,
when it was occupied by the Romans, a new theater and Roman villas were built on top of the old town. The city continued to prosper during the early Byzantine period when it was an episcopical seat. The Venetians built the wall that parts of it are still
standing inside the city. The Venetian fortress, Castelo, was the special characteristic of the city and thus the city was named after it Kasteli.
Because in Crete there are many towns with the name Kasteli, it was named Kasteli Kissamou.



20Kilometres east of Chania on the old national road (E65) lays Kolimbari, variously known on both maps and road signs as Kolimbari: Colymbari: Kolibari; and Kolimpari. The village starts at the unmistakable Kolimbari crossroads, where all life seems to pass at considerable speed and seemingly in all directions at once.
The first part of the road into sea-front Kolimbari, between the Hotel Taverna Lefka, the local co-op store and the war memorial at the bottom of the road is distinctly uninspiring right now. A once narrow quarter-mile strip of pot-holed tarmac lined with old Tamarisk trees now looks a bit like a modern building site! A newish wide tarmac strip with modern pavements and scattered development along the edges doesn't really seem an improvement
Walk down between the buildings and you will find yourself in a small open square facing the sea. The small fishing harbor is on your left and the Restaurant-Bar Myles on your right.
This is the view from the small harbor to where you should be standing if you are following the guide. A new extension to this harbor is being built to attract sailing ships , yachts and I would think other pleasure craft. But don't worry, the bay here is very shallow. There is no chance for car ferries and commercial vehicles spoiling the place
Kolymbari has a good beach and some pleasant small and cozy taverns. A wonderful stone-built cafe on the beach is a very pleasing place to enjoy coffees and conversation at the sea-side. The Odigitria monastery just a kilometer from the centre has fine buildings and a church with wonderful icons and frescoes. Smaller new and somewhat older groups of apartments and rooms are available on the sea front and also higher up overlooking this small town and the sea.



Lake Kournas Crete ~ in the region of Chania ...and the west of Crete offers you the best holiday on Crete with its superb and natural beaches, clean, friendly with natural sand. Once a very popular destination for tourists, tourism has died out in recent years, leaving the beaches almost deserted, the food you will be cooked in the local taverns is the best food on Crete with very inexpensive prices.

Kournas Lake About 48 km east of Chania. A picturesque lake, the only one on the island. The mountains surrounding it are reflected in its calm waters. There are taverns in the area for a bite to eat.


16 km west of Chania, is the coastal village of Maleme, famous for the heroic battle against the German paratroopers in May 1941.

There is a German Cemetery up on the hill side facing the plain of Maleme where 4464 German soldiers died during the battle of Crete during the years of occupation and are buried here. Five minutes walking distance brings you to the beach and the wonderful view of Chania Bay, with the deserted Rodopou peninsula to the west, and Chania and the Akrotiri peninsula to the east. Maleme is a large village with many choices of taverns and quality shops. It has kept the original Cretan flavor unspoiled from the massive tourist trade, offering an excellent base to organize numerous countryside daily excursions to the most photogenic places of the Chania county. Rent a car, take the motorway and discover the most photogenic places of Crete in all directions. Take an all-day boat trip round the Gramvoussa peninsula with the dramatic volcanic scenery, and try the sands and water of Balos Bay where Charles and Diana bathed on their honeymoon. Maleme also offers a good bus link to Chania, should you occasionally wish to leave the car at home. Chania itself is the main town of the county, clearly divided between a modern bustling centre and an intimate atmosphere contained in the old quarter beside the port.


Paleochora is a small town of about 1500 inhabitants nestling under the immense White Mountains on the Greek island of Crete. In the summer it entertains up to a couple of thousand tourists of all European nationalities .
The sandy beach is long, over 1 km , and there is space for everyone to lounge or to swim.

Nature and man have lived here in a mystical union throughout the ages. The beautiful landscapes, the abundant wild life, the vivid history, the fantastic seascapes (beaches), the pleasant climate, blend together with the contemporary life of quaint hotels and rent rooms, picturesque and traditional coffee shops, open-air summer theatres (cinemas), discos, and modern cafeterias - all of these create a memorable sensation in the visitor as he descends south, from Chania to Paleochora

Paleohora is a place that you will never be tired of.Most people rate Paleo as unbeatable in comparison with any other place for social life - from quiet, traditional and relaxed Greek style, to bar crawls which end in the open-air disco until 4 a.m.
There are about 30 bars ranging from traditional back street Greek to trendy cocktail, 35 taverns serving excelent food, an open-air cinema (which much took the fancy of the Boards reporter!), and dolphin-spotting trips in the evening.
The main and harbor streets, which are closed to traffic in the evening, are the place to see and be seen, a friendly mess of tables and chairs where you can watch or join in the "volta" (traditional evening glad rags circular perambulation).


a small village built on an altitude of 450 m. It is surrounded by small gorges, water falls and chestnut tree forests. The village is located 29km away from Kastelli Kissamou and 62km from Chania.
It is the capital of the municipality .
The inhabitants occupy with farming, stock breeding, bee-keeping and handicraft (barrels, traditional lamps, baskets).
Trekking paths: Aghios Dikeos- Maha (2km)
Sights: The Skalidis museum, watermill, old olive-press, and old school the archeological site of Myrina and tombs from the Roman period.
Tourist Facilities: 2 taverns and a mini market


Situated 11 kilometers far from Chania, at the West, just off the Old Road to Kastelli, Platanias is a village with 740 permanent residents. The village is built along the coast and climbs amphitheatrically uphill, from where the view is magnificent. The village is one of the best touristy developed places of the Chania prefecture, due to the extended beaches and the vicinity to Chania.

Accommodation facilities are plenty and for all budgets. However, in August it is advised to check availability of lodging. Taverns, restaurants and cafes are numerous and you will not lack nightlife and amusement. Access is possible by public bus with very frequent service from early morning to late evening, taxi from Chania, as well as by private and rented car and motorbikes


It is probable, that the majority of those setting foot in Sfakia may will have walked the length of the Samaria Gorge and be one of the many muscle-aching souls on one of the ferries that travel from the mouth of the gorge, at Aghia Roumeli to Chora Sfakia (or Sfakion).
choara Sfakion Sfakia Chania Crete
There are being collected by buses to return them to their hotels all over Crete. If Sfakia, the village or the region, is your destination, you will probably have driven, bused or taxied over the White Mountains - the Lefka Ori - from Chania and elsewhere on the Northern coast, a journey that is memorable both for the views, villages and the constantly repaired road that is possibly the »grand cornice" of Crete - many tight turns and steep drop-offs! Well worth the trip for the dramatic journey alone. The village of Chora Sfakia is both quiet -busy with individual or independent tourists in the summer - in its role as home and fishing village to local people, and a port for those travelling by ferry to Aghia Roumeli, Sougia, Paleochora and the unspoiled island of Gavdos.


History of Chania
The Origin of the City's Name
Scholars have been trying for years to analyse the etymology of the name "Hania," and to decide on the time when the name was changed from "Kythonia" to "Hania". The new name is first met as "Cania" in the document "Sexteriorum Cretensiu in Militias divisio" in 1211. Then the name "Canea" is mentioned in the document which relinquishes the Hania area to the Venicians in 1252. As for the change of the name from "Kythonia" to "Hania", the most convincing point of view is that of Prof. N. Platonas, who associates it with the existence of a big village "Alhania", named after the God "Valhanos" (Vulcan). The Sarasin Arabs found this name easier to use but confused it with their own word "Al Hanim" (the Inn). After the departure of the Arabs, the syllable "Al", probably taken to be the Arab article "Al" (the), was dropped when the name was translated into the Greek "Hania" and the Latin "Canea".
Historically and Archaelogically, the hill of Kasteli is one of the most significant parts of the city, as it has been inhabited since Neolithic times. The factors which contributed to the uninterrupted use of Kasteli as a residential area were : its geographic position and the fertile plain on the south, both of which contributed to making the district an important commercial and transport junction. Excavations have brought to light remains dating from the first Minoan period (2800-2000 B.C.).
The houses of that period are large with well constructed rooms. The walls and floors are painted with a bright red colour. The Kasteli area was also inhabited in the Post-Minoan period (1580/1550 - 1100 B.C.).
According to the evidence offered by the clay tablets in Linear A scripture found on the hill, the area was reserved for royal use. Between 1380 and 1100 B.C. it developed into a commercial centre which was in constant communication with the rest of Crete and Greece.A historically significant ceramics workshop, known as "the Kythonia Workshop" has also been found in the Hania area. It now belongs to the post-royal period.


 Samaria gorge
The gorge of Samaria is the second most popular tourist attraction in Crete (after the Minoan palace of Knossos) and by far the most popular walk. More than a quarter million people walk through the gorge every year from beginning of May to the end of October. In the winter the gorge (located in the National Park of Samaria) is closed to visitors because of the danger posed by water and falling stones.
The reason for the popularity of Samaria may be that it is said to be the longest gorge in Europe, it may also simply be that it is an area of stunning natural beauty, passing through forests of ancient cypresses and pines, then cutting very deep between vertical cliffs through the mountains to emerge at Aghia Roumeli by the Libyan sea in the South of Crete


Do not be misled by the fact that so many people walk through the Samaria gorge and think that it is just an easy stroll: the gorge is 16 km long (not 18 as is mentioned in most sources) and the path, although it is maintained and in good condition by Cretan standards, is always stony and also steep at times. If you never walk or take any type of exercise you may find it all pretty heavy going and you will certainly feel your legs for days afterwards. The walk through the gorge from Xyloskala at an altitude of 1250 meters down to Aghia Roumeli will take you anything from 3 to 5 hours of walking time (excluding the breaks).For more details about the Samaria walk and how best to do it check The gorge of Samaria

Finally, if you are attracted by the idea of walking through this beautiful gorge but put off by the crowds there is a way around it: 99% of the people walking through the gorge of Samaria do so in the morning. If you start in the middle of the day and, walking at a leisurely pace get to Aghia Roumeli in the evening you will meet only a handful of people. You can spend the night in Aghia Roumeli and if you wish, return to your "base" the following day. In the summer months this will also help you avoid walking the last two kilometers which are without shade in the blazing sun. All in all and if you don't have to rely on organized tours to take you through the gorge it will be a far more fulfilling experience than walking with the masses


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Airport Chania,Souda
Chania (Souda) Airport
Airport Code : CHQ
Airport name : Souda
Runway Length : 11811 ft.
Runway Elevation : 492 ft.
City : Chania
Country : Greece
Country Abbrev. : GR
World Area Code : 433
Chania Airport, Crete, GR-731 00 Chania
Tel: (Airport Operations) +30 2821 06.3418, +30 2821 08.3803












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