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2023. By R4W.
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Chania is a beautiful city located on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. Here are some places you can visit in Chania:
A road trip could be just what you need to make the best of your vacation and explore new destinations. The freedom of the open road, the opportunity to discover hidden gems, and the chance to create unforgettable memories all make for a great adventure. In this blog, we’ll be sharing some of our favourite road trips to help inspire you and plan your next getaway. From winding coastal drives to rugged mountain passes, we’ve got something for everyone. So buckle up, roll down the windows, and get ready to hit the road!
Agia Marina & Platanias
Platanias and Agia Marina are two popular destinations located on the northwest coast of Crete, just a short drive from Chania. Platanias is a bustling resort town known for its lively atmosphere and stunning beach, which offers a range of water activities, including jet skiing, parasailing, and windsurfing. The town also boasts a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars, making it a great spot for dining and nightlife.
Agia Marina is another popular coastal town located just a short distance from Platanias. The town offers a more laid-back atmosphere, with a long sandy beach, crystal-clear waters, and a picturesque harbor where visitors can enjoy a meal or a refreshing drink while watching the boats come and go. Agia Marina also offers a range of water activities and a variety of restaurants serving fresh seafood and traditional Greek dishes.
Both Platanias and Agia Marina offer a perfect blend of relaxation, natural beauty, and during the peak summer, buzzling atmosphere. Whether you’re looking to unwind on the beach or explore the local vibes, these two towns are definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Chania.
Picture: Cabana Mare (click bellow).
Kalathas Beach, Macherida & Stavros
Next to the small Cretan village Kalathas, one may find Kalathas Beach. Located on the Akrotiri Peninsula, only 11km from the city centre its an ideal choice for a quick get-away that can also be part of a trip exploring the north side of Akrotiri. It is a beautiful beach with fine -grained sand and crystal clear water. Situated in almost unspoiled natural surroundings with mountains, trees and small island about 120m away that you can reach by swimming. The beach is organised with umbrellas, restaurants, hotels etc. West of the main bay, beyond the rocky end, there is a secluded sandy bay. This is not organized, offering an alternative to those who do not like crowded places. In the centre of the beach you will find an almiriki , a tree that you will often see next to the Cretan seaside, offering a place to hide from the sun and enjoy the serenity.
Following your visit in Kalathas, 4km further north you can move towards Macherida. It is a small and well hidden beach inside a rocky bay. The bay faces the south and is almost always serene. In the centre, it forms a beautiful small beach with white sand and turquoise waters, surrounded by beautiful cliffs. The beach is not organised and attracts nudists.
The final stop of Stavros is found 5km further north. The captivating feature of this beach is the very steep mountain that rises opposite the port of Stavros, with the beach becoming famous due to the 1964 Zorbas film (video). The small bay has wonderful white sand and shallow turquoise waters. The beach is very well organised and provides all possible services. It is however one of the most profound tourists traps (Zorbas beach sunbeds) so our suggestion is that you enjoy the scenery and then move to the north part of the village.
Seitan Limania (Devil's Port)
Also known as Stefanou beach, found 22km away from Chania city centre on the Akrotiri Peninsula. A small beach created by the Aegean Sea protrusion into the mainland. Inside the narrow slip between two cliffs, it has white sand reaching out into turquise waters that turn into deep blue as it joins the sea. There is a narrow steep path starting from the parking area and leading to the beach. You should expect 10-15′ hiking (video) so ensure you have adequate footwear. There are absolutely zero amenities once at the beach (you will see a cantine as you approach the beach and that is all in the area) so ensure that you pack everything that you need for the day. Consider getting there early. This beach was known only by locals a decade ago is a very popular destination nowadays, getting there early will let you beat the crowd and get a nice spot. And most importantly.. Beware the goats! The goats are walking around with such confidence and assurance as its neither the first nor the last time they’ll terrorize Seitan Limania. They will ravage your food if you keep it unsupervised, so be sure to hide it well or have someone hold onto it if you don’t want them to eat all your beach snacks.
Important Note: The road leading there has high inclination, you should avoid this trip if you are significantly afraid of hights or you are driving a 50cc scooter.
Marathi Beach & Loutraki Beach
Marathi beach is a picturesque beach located on the Akrotiri peninsula near Chania, on the island of Crete in Greece. The beach boasts crystal-clear waters and fine white sand, making it a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing. It’s also a great place for families with children, as the shallow waters are safe for kids to play in. The beach is surrounded by several tavernas, where you can enjoy traditional Cretan food and drinks while taking in the stunning views of the sea. Additionally, Marathi beach is known for its beautiful sunsets, which are best enjoyed from one of the many waterfront restaurants. If you’re looking for a relaxing and scenic beach day, Marathi beach is definitely worth a visit.
Loutraki beach is another beautiful beach located on the Akrotiri peninsula in Chania, Crete. This stunning beach is well known for its crystal-clear blue waters and pristine sandy beach, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Loutraki beach offers a range of amenities, including sunbeds, umbrellas, and several beachside cafes and restaurants where visitors can enjoy a delicious meal or refreshing drink while soaking up the sun. The beach is surrounded by natural beauty, including impressive rock formations and a nearby cave. Additionally, Loutraki beach offers plenty of opportunities for water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. With its serene atmosphere, stunning views, and range of activities, Loutraki beach is definitely worth a visit for anyone traveling to Chania, Crete.
Kournas Lake, Georgioupoli, Almyrida, Ancient Aptera
Kournas Lake is a picturesque lake located in the region of Apokoronas, near Chania, on the island of Crete in Greece. The lake is surrounded by rolling hills, lush greenery, and scenic mountain views, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals looking to escape the city and immerse themselves in nature. The lake is also home to a variety of wildlife, including turtles and eels, which can be seen swimming in its crystal-clear waters. Visitors to Kournas Lake can take a refreshing swim in the lake or rent paddle boats to explore its peaceful waters. Additionally, the surrounding area offers several restaurants and cafes where visitors can enjoy a meal or a refreshing drink while taking in the breathtaking views. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day by the water or an opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Crete, Kournas Lake is definitely worth a visit. Please make sure you rent a paddleboat there, you will have the time of your life!
Next, two charming coastal towns that are definitely worth checking out are Almyrida and Georgioupoli. Almyrida is a small fishing village located on the northwest coast of Crete, and is known for its tranquil atmosphere and stunning beaches. The village offers a range of amenities, including several restaurants and cafes serving fresh seafood and traditional Greek dishes, as well as a variety of water activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving.
Georgioupoli is another coastal town located on the northern coast of Crete, known for its long sandy beach, crystal-clear waters, and charming town center. The town offers a range of activities and attractions, including horseback riding, hiking, and a picturesque harbor where you can enjoy a meal or a refreshing drink while watching the boats come and go.
Both Almyrida and Georgioupoli offer a perfect blend of relaxation, natural beauty, and traditional Greek culture. Whether you’re looking to unwind on the beach or explore the local history and culture, these two coastal towns are definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Chania.
Finally, if you’re interested in history and archaeology, a visit to Ancient Aptera is a must-see attraction in Chania. Located on a hill overlooking the Souda Bay, this ancient city was founded by the Minoans in the 14th century BC and played an important role in the region throughout the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods.
Visitors to Ancient Aptera can explore the extensive ruins of the city, including the remains of the city walls, Roman baths, and the impressive theater which could seat up to 4,000 people. One of the most notable features of Ancient Aptera is the Roman cisterns, which were used to collect rainwater and supply the city with a reliable source of water.
In addition to the impressive ruins, Ancient Aptera also offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape, including the Souda Bay and the White Mountains. The site is also surrounded by olive groves and citrus orchards, making for a pleasant and peaceful atmosphere.
Overall, a visit to Ancient Aptera is a great way to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Chania. Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking for a unique and educational experience, Ancient Aptera is definitely worth a visit.
Elafaonisi Beach, Chania, Crete
Elafonisi Beach is a breathtaking and unique beach located on the southwest coast of Crete, near the village of Elafonisi. Known for its stunning pink sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters, this beautiful beach is a must-see destination for visitors to Chania.
Elafonisi Beach is situated on a small peninsula, which is actually an island that can be reached on foot during low tide. The beach is surrounded by a natural park, which is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including rare species of flowers and birds.
In addition to its stunning natural beauty, Elafonisi Beach offers a range of activities for visitors to enjoy, such as swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and even kiteboarding. There are also several restaurants and cafes in the area where visitors can enjoy a meal or a refreshing drink while taking in the breathtaking views.
Overall, a visit to Elafonisi Beach is a must-see for anyone visiting Chania. Whether you’re a nature lover, beach enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, this stunning pink sand beach is sure to leave a lasting impression.