If you fancy a night out after a hard day working on your tan, then the village of Platanias will make the ideal Crete getaway for you. At first, Platanias might seem an unusual destination for a nightlife scene. The old town is found up a steep hill, with pretty traditional houses lining the winding road down to the beach. But Platanias is a destination split into two parts. As you come down the hill, you arrive in the new village - or Kato Platanias, as it’s known. Your surroundings become far more modern here and you’ll come across plenty of bars, restaurants and shops. If you’ve packed your glad rags, there’s tons of nightspots to enjoy in Platanias. It’s a cool, chilled-out clubbing scene, with some great funky bars and sets from top DJs.
Platanias is also a brilliant holiday destination for relaxing on the beach. The golden sands here are not too overcrowded and you can spend days making the most of the sun, sea and sand. If you want to do more than lie on a sunlounger, Platanias is top notch for active holidaymakers. You can take a course of scuba diving lessons here, or admire the scenery on a wander through the nearby mountains. Why not hire a car or scooter for a couple of days too? You’ll be able to see some of the fascinating towns and villages within easy reach of Platanias, including the busy harbour of Chania.
If you’re looking for a souvenir or want to learn more about Crete’s history, then make the short hop along the coast to Chania. This harbour-town is full of hustle and bustle. You can get a taste of its past by visiting Chania’s old buildings, churches and museums. There are markets and cute boutique shops in Chania to buy that perfect memento. If you fancy a change of scenery from the bars of Platanias, then Chania has a vibrant nightlife scene too.Tavronitis
Just a few miles west of Platanias, Tavronitis is a great destination for a day trip. There are several museums and monuments to take a peek at, along with shops selling local goods. One of the big draws of Tavronitis is the beach. It’s pretty untouched, with only a few sunloungers and umbrellas dotted around the sand. You can take in wonderful views over the sea and nearby mountains as you boost your tan.Aghia Marina
Found on the doorstep of Platanias, Aghia Marina is the easiest place to visit if you fancy sitting on a different beach. The sand here seems to stretch on forever, before it eventually merges into Platanias’ beaches. Opposite the beach, you can catch a glimpse of the uninhabited island of Theodorou. The only occupants of the island are wild goats known as Kri Kri.
If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, then make sure you pack the walking boots - you’ll make good use of them in Platanias. The countryside around the village is a great place for a wander or to work off of a few beers from the previous night. Walk along the coast and you’ll come across sandy bays and coves. If you’re after a longer trek, head inland to the mountains of the Kissamos Peninsula, where you’ll see olive trees and rolling hills. You can even conquer the 12-mile long Samaria Gorge.Scuba diving
The clear blue waters off the coast of Platanias are ideal for exploring life under the waves. Whether you’re an experienced scuba diver or a novice, you can catch a glimpse of colorful fish and marine life. There’s a scuba school in Platanias where qualified instructors will teach everything you need to know.Nightlife
Most of Platanias’ nightlife tends to be centred on the main drag. It’s definitely a lively affair. Holidaymakers and locals from across Crete head here for the all-night clubs and raucous bars. You can enjoy yourself in one of the themed bars in the early evening, with the clubs not really getting busy until around midnight. If you fancy a quieter night, then head to one of the pretty tavernas in the old town and sample a glass of the local wine.Beaches in Platanias
There’s everything you need on Platanias’ beach to spend hours unwinding. It’s a huge stretch of golden sand, with sunloungers and umbrellas. There are plenty of beach bars dotted along the coastline for when you’re feeling peckish. Platanias’ beach eventually merges into Agia Marina, where it’s a similar set-up, although there’s also a jet-ski centre here. If you carry on walking, you’ll eventually get to the stunningly beautiful Falassarna Beach.
It’s not just fresh fish that you’ll find on the menu on your holiday to Crete. While seafood plays a big part in the cuisine here, you’ll also find rich, meaty stews, particularly made from rabbit. One of the more surprising items that holidaymakers find on the menu are pies. These are traditional small savoury treats, filled with meat, cheese or vegetables.Restaurants in Platanias
Cheap and cheerful grub can be found along the main street in Platanias, with plenty of kebab restaurants. If you’re after something a little more rustic and authentic, then head to one of the pretty tavernas hidden away in the old town area.
You’re guaranteed to find fun in the sun on your holiday to Platanias. This popular Crete destination is vibrant with nightlife after you’ve spent the day lounging around on the beach. Booking your holiday to Platanias couldn’t be any simpler when you choose easyJet holidays. You can even save yourself some spending money by booking a hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays. Take a look at our other Crete destination guides if you’re still considering your options.