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Platanias is a picturesque village in the region of Kydonia, in the northwest coast of Crete, approximately 12 km west from the city of Chania, 25 km from the airport and 19km from Souda bay.
It was a former fishing village which in recent years has undergone a spectacular increase in tourism which has transformed into a cosmopolitan touristy resort.
It is built on the banks of the ancient river Iardanos which is now called Platanias.
Its name derives from the numerous plane trees (platania in Greek) which can be seen at the shore of the aforementioned river.

The long sandy beach of Platanias has earned a Blue flag and apart from the relaxation one receives from swimming in its pristine water and its spectcular view of the Thodorou islet it is a beach catered by beach front bars and cafe-restaurants.
The beach is exposed to the northern winds  “meltemia”  during summer, therefore a prior check is recommended.

The village of Platanias offers a variety of sea sports like jet skiing, snorkeling and sea bananas but there are also many clubs that provide gear and tutoring in sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, diving, sea parachuting.

Apart from the above activities there are still plenty more to do in Platanias with its abundance of shops, numerous restaurants and Greek taverns, bars, clubs, mini-golf courses, all in all, Platanias is a resort with an assortment of attractions which keep the traveler engaged and satisfied even for a lengthy visit.

Platanias, being among the most developed resorts in Crete offers accommodation ranging from luxury hotel resorts to family owned rooms for rent, always accompanied by bars which offer an exquisitely dynamic nightlife.

To reach Platanias, take one of the frequent local buses from Chania or rent a car taking the national road from Chania to Kastelli.
An exit to Platanias is found after about 11 km.










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