PLACES TO VISIT IN CHANIA
PLACES TO VISIT IN CHANIA
Beaches in Chania
Imagine endless stretches of sandy beaches with crystal clear blue and turquoise waters extending all along Crete’s northern coast, from Platanias Village itself westwards right along the neighbouring villages. This is one of the region’s major attractions and the reason why every season visitors from around the globe return here for their holidays.
A photographer’s heaven
The most iconic and most photographed beaches in the area, in fact the whole of Crete, renowned for their exotic beauty and majestic natural environment, are the heavenly lagoons of Balos at Gramvousa peninsula and Elafonissi, also at the southwestern edge of the island. Between them, lies the virgin beach of ancient Falassarna. And if you’re looking for seclusion, try the secret paradise of Kedrodasos and White Lake near Elafonissi and the African seascapes of Agiannis and Lavrakas on Gavdos island.
From the sandy white and blue beaches, to the luscious orangeries and olive groves; the awe-inspiring gorges and ravines and the snow covered peaks of the Lefka Ori, this land has it all. Οne thing is for certain: You’ll never get a moment’s boredom in Platanias. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the famous Samaria, Aghia Irini or Imbros gorges.
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Be a (good) sport
Do you love water? Here you can swim, go surfing, diving or even parasailing in the bluest, clearest of waters. Do you want to go with the zeitgeist? You’ll be spot on with some Sup or Kitesurfing. Looking for an adrenaline rush? Paragliding and Bungee Jumping may be just the thing for you. Are you a mountain enthusiast? You’ll be more than rewarded with the cave-exploration opportunities around here ( after all there are 1503 natural caves in the Chania area only) and will certainly indulge in some rock and mountain climbing.
Make the most of the free of charge bikes provided at the hotel, to take a leisurely tour around Crete’s version of Garden of Eden: the plains with the orange groves all around Keritis River and the hills with the olive trees which produce the miraculous, world acclaimed, olive oil wait to be discovered. Don’t forget to visit Agias Lake with its amazing flora and fauna and the Lake of Kourna, a serene place and important biotope, as well as the various villages in the area, each and every one remarkable in its own right.
Venetian harbour's charm
Crete’s Liquid Gold
Cretans are renowned for their good health and longevity. Their secret lies in their world famous diet and its protagonist, is undoubtedly the extra virgin olive oil: a powerful natural antioxidant used freely to bring out the intense tastes of Cretan fertile lands’ local produce. It is no coincidence after all that olive oil is often likened to liquid gold. Discover its miraculous qualities while reveling in its flavors and aromas, through a guided tasting in an Olive factory, such as Terra Creta in Kolymvari.