Ten kilometres west of the town of Chania and just a twenty minute drive from Chania international airport, Platanias is the biggest resort in the area. With one of the few soft sandy beaches along the Gulf of Chania, and with blue flag status to boot, Platanias attracts large numbers of tourists in summer and offers a lively sun and sea experience.
There is plenty of beachfront action here from jet skiing and banana boating to boisterous bars and the only real clubbing in western Crete. For a more peaceful sunbathe or swim, head west along the beach which continues uninterrupted for 4km. You may have to put up with some small pebbles in your sand, but you will find a quiet spot.
Alternatively, head out of the resort, up the hill to the traditional old village of Platanias, or into the countryside. Within a kilometre of town you will find scenic hills with herb-filled undergrowth, olive and orange groves, particularly beautiful in spring when the wild flowers are in bloom.
To really leave the noise behind (and for this trip it is important that you do), take one of the occasional boat trips out to Agia Theodoroi (Thodorou islands) just off the coast at Platanias. This is a protected reserve for Crete’s wild goat the Ibex.