West of Chania and next door to Agia Marina, Platanias is a bustling coastal resort on the island of Crete, with a lively strip, a charming Old Town and a long, sandy beach. Platanias holidays offer up some of the best nightlife in western Crete – on summer evenings certain areas are flooded with locals and holidaymakers having fun until the sun comes up. You’ll have your pick of excellent restaurants and tavernas, too.
For those who fancy a stroll, the Old Town spreads up the hillside, providing fantastic views of the coast and the island of Theodorou. There are numerous water sports to keep you occupied during the day, all centred around the small harbour in the middle of town. Not only that, from May to September you can watch endangered loggerhead turtles nesting on the sand – a unique and magical sight. Together, it all makes holidays to Platanias an unbeatable combination of fun, beach frolics, nature and relaxation.
Visit a village
Drive through spectacular mountain scenery to the historic village of Theriso. The nearby gorge, lined with chestnut and oak trees, is a great place for a hike.
Take a dive
Theodorou island is uninhabited (apart from a few goats) and is a prime snorkelling and diving spot. There are dive centres and boat services in both Platanias and Chania.
Visit a war shelter
On Platanias Hill, beneath the church, you’ll find a fascinating underground complex of rooms and tunnels, built in 1942 by German troops to store guns and ammunition.