Picture long sunny days lounging on the beach and balmy evenings relaxing over delicious Greek dishes in a traditional taverna. If your idea of heaven is a peaceful Greek village that is off the tourist trail, then Tavronitis is the destination for you. Tavronitis is a charming resort, just a few miles west of the bustling Chania. If you’re looking for a little more life, then it’s easy to reach Chania for the day or evening. There are several museums and old monuments to take a look at there, along with shops selling locally-made souvenirs. But Tavronitis, itself, is all about getting away from it all, while admiring the views of the nearby mountains and ocean.
The beautiful sand and pebble beach in Tavronitis is far from a major tourist operation. There are a few sun loungers and umbrellas dotted around, with shade provided by a cluster of tamarisk trees. When you feel peckish, you can nip off to one of the tavernas on the sea front or order a cocktail from a beach bar. If you fancy getting active, then why not take a stroll in the olive groves and rolling hills of the surrounding countryside. There’s plenty to do out on the water too. Boat trips run from Tavronitis to explore the surrounding coves, while there are watersports down the coast at Kolymbari. At the end of a not-so-busy day, relax over some seafood at one of the tavernas and soak up that welcoming Greek hospitality.
After several days relaxing in the tranquility of Tavronitis, you might be eager for a bit of exploring. The major resort of Chania is a great place to start. There’s a harbour, museums, narrow winding streets filled with shops and plenty of waterfront tavernas. It’s a pretty place, particularly when the sun is setting and the light casts shadows over the old Cretan buildings. If you’re looking for a night out during your stay in Tavronitis, then grab a taxi to Chania. It’s your best bet for a bit of boogying!
If you make a short westwards hop along the coastline, you’ll reach the large village of Kolymbari. In a lot of ways, Kolymbari is very similar to Tavronitis. It’s a resort largely unaffected by mass tourism, with a cute beach to relax on. But one of the main reasons holidaymakers head to Kolymbari is the range of watersports available here.
Nestled between Tavronitis and Chania, Aghia Marina is a popular tourist destination. It has a brilliant sandy beach that stretches on and on and on until eventually reaching the nearby resort of Platanias. Opposite the beach is a quirky attraction; the uninhabited island of Theodorou. Wild goats known as Kri Kri are the only residents of the island.
Whether it’s too much sun or too much raki, many of us are tempted to try our hands at watersports during a trip to Crete. The nearby village of Kolymbari is the place to head for fun in the sea. There are plenty of activities available, including jet skiing and paddle boarding. Those who want to simply lark around can hop aboard that holiday favourite of the banana boat.
If you’ve packed the walking boots for your holiday in Tavronitis, then you won’t be disappointed. The countryside around the village is a great place for a wander. You’ll find sandy bays and coves if you decide to potter along the coast. It’s perhaps even better to head inland to the mountains of the Kissamos Peninsula. There are olive trees and rolling hills to stroll through. Just remember to pack enough water on those hot days!
History buffs can learn plenty on a trip to Crete. The island has had such a chequered past, from its ancient civilisations to World War Two tragedies. There are several museums in Chania to find out more. They include the Naval Museum, Archaeological Museum and Byzantine Museum. Chania is also home to a well-preserved Venetian lighthouse.
Beaches in Tavronitis
There’s no fighting over the sunbeds on the beach in Tavronitis. It’s such a low key resort that there’s plenty of room to find a place to lounge around on the clean, pebbly beach. There’s a handful of umbrellas and sunbeds to rent, while you can enjoy a spot of lunch by taking a few steps to the beachside tavernas.
One of the best bits about visiting Crete is tasting the island’s delicious food. There’s such a huge choice of tender meats, hearty stews, fresh fish and inventive vegetable dishes. Rabbit is one of the most popular ingredients for the locals. It’s found in a dish known as stifado; a stew of rabbit, tomatoes, baby onions and wine. When you grab a slice of bread to mop up the sauce, you’ll soon see why it’s a favourite. Perhaps surprisingly for some holidaymakers, pies are extremely popular in Crete too. Small savoury pies are filled with meat, cheese or vegetables, depending on the local speciality.
You won’t find cuisine from across the globe in Tavronitis. There’s only a handful of restaurants on the seafront, which mainly serve scrumptious Greek cooking. But they offer great scenery for an evening meal as the sun sets over the ocean. It’s difficult to go wrong by ordering a plate of freshly-grilled fish or seafood.
If you’re looking to escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life, then Tavronitis is the perfect destination to relax in a quiet Crete destination. It’s not a place to go for vibrant nightlife. But it’s a tranquil getaway where you can lounge on the beach and splash around in the Mediterranean Ocean. Look no further than easyJet holidays to book your trip to Tavronitis. It’s the hassle-free way to travel and you can save if you book your flight and hotel together with easyJet holidays. Still not quite convinced? Have a read of our other Crete destinations for further inspiration.