If you’re craving a simple holiday of beach bars, gorgeous sand, and heady weather then Aghia Marina is the place for you. This beautiful town is a hit with happy-go-lucky holiday-makers as it sports a great variety of restaurants, water sports and buzzing nightlife - all key for a brilliant beach holiday.
But don’t worry, if you’re not partial to dancing the night away, or slipping onto a banana boat, there are plenty of local tavernas, hidden pathways and quiet sandy spots to really bring that ‘village vibe’ home.
When it comes to exploring, Aghia Marina caters there too. Hop over to the town of Chania, just 12km away, or stroll into neighbouring Platanias. Alternatively, you could grab a good book and head down to the sandy stretches of Aghia Marina’s beach.
Classed as one of the best beach resorts in Crete, Aghia Marina makes for beautiful views, sunny weather and a fantastic holiday. The long stretch of golden sands and the deep blue sea is the perfect way to de-stress and unwind.
The town of Chania is known for its beauty. The Venetian Harbour, built between 1320 and 1356, is one of the most popular tourist destinations. With the old buildings and narrow lanes dotted with shops, Chania makes for a perfect day trip. The Maritime Museum of Crete is a popular past time for locals and tourists visiting Chania.
Situated on the main coastal road, Stalis is quite the tourist attraction. With a quiet atmosphere, Stalis will make for a relaxing day whether you choose to browse the local shops, head to the beach or enjoy a bite to eat. If you get bored of being relaxed, then the Rocky Pass Mini Golf Centre is great fun for all ages.
The relaxed town of Gerani is perfect if you are looking for a slower, more relaxed environment. With a few shops and a long pebble beach, it has a charming, quiet vibe to it. Gerani has a few restaurants and bars if you get peckish on your trip, and traditional Greek dishes will fill the air with aromatic scents. If you’re looking for a buzzing nightlife then neighbouring town, Platanias, is the place to be.
Exploring Aghia Marina...
Aghia Marina beach
If relaxing on a beach is your idea of heaven, then Aghia Marina beach is the place for you. This family-friendly beach is a real winner for everyone. The golden sands stretch on for miles and can be difficult to tell when Aghia Marian stops and neighbouring town Platanaias starts. Crete is known for its beautiful beaches and Aghia Marina beach is no exception.
Take a hike
If you’re after a break from the soft sands, why not head to the Samaria Gorge to explore the 18 km-long ravine - the longest in Europe. It’s no mean feat, and the trail includes 700 steps down into the gorge, a long wander through the gorgeous scenery at the bottom, through to the seaside beach of Agia Roumeli.
The Little Fun Train
Discovering the hidden gems of Aghia Marina has never been easier, learning the history of the things you see will gain new knowledge on places you may not have known existed. This enjoyable train ride makes for fantastic memories and is fun for children and adults.
Who doesn’t like to feel relaxed? We know we do, that’s why the Wonderfish Spa is the perfect place to visit when you’re in Aghia Marina if you’re after a little TLC! Offering a wide variety of treatments, you’ll feel like you’re floating on a cloud. Bliss.
Paraflight Sea Sports Aghia Marina
Unleash your inner wild child with this adrenaline-packed activity. Paragliding is an experience that you’ll never forget. Finally, your dream of flying can come true (well, sort of), as flying above the sea, you will have breathtaking views all around.
Calling all daredevils, all ages will want to be able to experience paragliding and when better to try something completely different than on holiday?
There is a variety of restaurants in Aghia Marina offering lots of different cuisines. Mainly Mediterranean and Greek, you will find Moussaka (a courgette or potato-based dish often including ground meat), Octopus and Taramasalata (a Greek meze made from local fish mixed with olive oil, lemon juice and a starchy bread base). Don’t eat meat? Not a problem, as most of the local restaurants offer a separate vegetarian menu.
Fancy trying a traditional Greek drink? Why not try a traditional tipple of Ouzo? Made from grapes, herbs and berries, it has a punchy liquorice flavour. Other classic Greek drinks include Tsipouro, Tsikoudia/Raki and Retsina.
Aghia Marina offers some amazing views and with the warmer climate, you’ll love relaxing at the beach or in a restaurant with a refreshing drink in hand or a tasty plate of food. The local Greek cuisine is very popular and filled with flavour.
Aghia Marina is a gorgeous holiday destination, and the relaxing beaches, adrenaline-filled activities, and relaxed places to eat will have you clamouring for more.
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