Amazing Locations Vacations
Concentrated mostly in Platania, Gerani, Maleme and Aghia Marina, there are many athletic clubs that can provide access, gear and tutoring in water sports, as sailing, windsurfing, water-ski, diving, sea bananas or sea parachuting
Chania Old Venetian Harbour
The old Venetian harbour of Chania, a mixture of West and East civilisations, is within 9km from hotel premises. Boasting some of the most stunning and awe-inspiring dramatic scenery, the Venetian harbour with its timeless tranquillity and the old town next to it are the most special places in Crete
Walking down the streets in the old harbour of Chania, Venetian elegance welcomes you as you face the old Venetian shipyards called Neoria.
Around the 14th to 16th century, there was a great need for presence of the Venetian fleet in the island of Crete, so a place was created which was used to build & repair shipyards, called Arsenali or Neoria. In total, 17 Neoria buildings were constructed with only 7 surviving today and are used to host several types of events and a small museum.
The Lighthouse at the old harbor of Chania
Venizelos Tombs and panoramic Chania lookout
One of the most popular spots offering a panoramic view of Chania is the Tombs of Venizelos, a few kilometers east of the city, on the way to Akrotiri and the airport. Eleftherios Venizelos was one of the most important Greek statesmen (1864- 1936) who played a significant role in the autonomy of the Cretan State and later in the union of Crete with Greece. He was elected eight times as Prime Minister of Greece.
If you find yourself at the tombs of Venizelos to see Chania from above, you can enjoy your drink or coffee in a nearby cafe, the well-known Ostria or Koukouvaya, which also offers a wonderful view.
Samaria Gorge, Sfakia
The Gorge of Samaria, one of the largest in Europe, with 18 km (11 miles) in length and 300 to merely 3 meters (1000 to only 10 feet) in width. In its unique landscape and beauty, many native species of wildlife find refuge, for example the well-known Cretan wild goat, “Kri Kri”
At 73 km from Platanias, you will find Elafonisi. It is one of the most rare and beautiful landscapes in all Europe: an extensive beach of unique beauty that overlooks the Libyan sea and an island that you can even walk to! Here, amongst the rare vegetation, we can find a kind of cedar tree and sand lilies that grow nowhere else in Europe. An area of about 2,000 acres of the seaside is protected by “NATURA 2000”
At 45 Km west of Platanias you will find Falassarna beach. Falassarna beach has won prizes for being the most beautiful beach in Crete and is always one of the top ten beaches in Europe, with its wonderful, fine white sand and warm, crystal-clear water. The fun begins as the sun goes down, with what is admittedly one of the most impressive sunsets in Crete.
The Bay of Balos (42km from Platanias) is simply stunning and is one of the iconic pictures of western Crete. The main attraction of Balos is the beautiful sandy beach, the clear turquoise water of the sea and the stunning natural surroundings
This is a lovely secluded beach (about 40km from Platanias) with pebbles and deep crystal blue waters. It is not affected by the usual winds blowing in the area and is ideal for isolation, far away from the touristic centres. There is absolutely nothing reminding of the modern civilization in the area, so make sure you have all essentials with you
Seitan Limania beach
This spectacular beach is located just a short 20 km drive from the city centre of Chania, nestled in a canyon leading out to the sea. Inside the narrow slip between two cliffs, it has white sand reaching out into turquoise waters that turn to deep blue as it joins the sea.