Easter was as always splendid in Agia Marina, Chania. For it might be transformed into a tourist Mecca during the summer, but it is in essence a picturesque, quaint village, which meticulously observes the age old customs and traditions that make Easter the most important holiday in the Greek world. So throughout the Holy week we once more partook in the baking of sweet breads and “koulourakia”, we dyed our eggs red, solemnly sang along the candle- lit processions and thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent Easter Sunday celebrations. But upon ceremoniously feasting on the exquisitely seasoned spit roast lamb, and-in typical Cretan fashion-danced and drunk our worries away, we got down to (serious) business.
For at Oscar Suites & Village we had plenty to do before our hotel opening for the 2017 summer season on April 21st.
Crete is undoubtedly charismatic but its outstanding natural beauty reaches its peak in spring time. After the winter rains the island is at its greenest and is literally carpeted with flowers;wild orchids and wildflowers are at their prime, and their intoxicating smells and vivid colours- whites, reds, purples, yellows- create an enchanting scenery. Yet mother nature’s magic is but one lure. Crete on early spring is a great holiday destination for another plain, yet important reason: It is off peak season, which means that all those sites that one simply must visit when in Crete -from Chania old town to the famous historical monuments scattered around the island-are not overcrowded with zealous tourists. It also means that you will have more time with the locals: you will be greeted everywhere with a huge smile, served like royalty and chatted up by friendly faces. Plus, the weather, with temperatures averaging 20 C- not too hot, but warm enough-are just perfect for hiking gorges and trails and strolling around quaint villages and historic towns. Granted, venturing into the beach and the water is not for the faint hearted, but the bolder ones do attempt their first dives even as early as late March, in the hotter parts of the island, especially in the South!
Home to the first civilization in Europe, Crete, with its splendid past and vibrant culture is a magnet for tourists from around the globe. Equally, Chania, the island’s second largest city-and notably the most picturesque- attracts its (lion) share of visitors every year: It’s no wonder, as it is hauntingly atmospheric with the remnants of the Turkish and Venetian occupation standing as living testaments of its intriguing history, yet enticingly contemporary with its vibrant nightlife, great shopping and abundant cultural activity. A mere nine klm west of this world famous town, is Agia Marina – Platanias. A lively, bright seaside village, boasting a beautiful, well-organized 20 klm long sandy beach with warm, shallow waters and all necessary provisions for a fun day on the beach: Sun beds, loungers, umbrellas and showers, amazing food and drink in its various tavernas, and for the (more) adventurous ones, all types of water sports and beach volley.
Amidst this exciting scenery you will find Oscar Suites & Village. Ours is a family hotel, much distinguished for its design, amenities, ambiance and above all unique brand of hospitality.
Christmas has been and gone, we’ve ushered in 2017 in style! A blanket of snow has descended on Crete, turning this summer isle into a winter wonderland! And all this snow has made us feel like kids again, which has gotten us thinking about summer family holidays. And specifically what makes Oscar Suites & Village hotel the best family hotel in Agia Marina Chania, and Crete such a great holiday destination for kids. So read on to find out why!
Christmas is on its way! It’s a time of year that brings to mind images of log cabins, snow covered streets and escaping the cold with family and friends huddled around a fire. A long way from the sun-drenched beaches and turquoise blue seas that Crete is best known for! But, while we may not always have winter weather (though we do get quite a bit of snow in the mountains), we do like to get in the festive spirit in Crete, and nowhere is that more in evidence than in Chania during the annual Santa Run!
The Chania Santa Run
Every December just after Christmas a horde of Santas descends on the city of Chania to take part in the amazing Santa Run. This fantastic event attracts a huge amount of visitors, with around 7,000 people travelling from all over Crete to don Santa costumes and complete a 3.5km course around the historic city. The Chania Santa Run raises money for a host of children’s charities in Greece that provide help and support to kids with a variety of disabilities and health problems. The 2016 Chania Santa Run will take place on Monday, December 26th.
The Santa Run is a festive and charitable event where people of all ages walk the streets of Chania wearing Santa Claus costumes.
Skiing and snorkeling? While Greeks are still spotted swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing at the beach, heavy snow have made its way to the mountains of Crete. It is hard to believe that it is possible to go skiing and snorkeling the very same day, but during the winter season in Chania you do have both options. Although the temperatures at this time of the year may not be comparable to the hot summer days of July and August, the sun in still attracts people to the beach in December.
December 13th, Safari Adventures invited us to see Crete’s beautiful white mountains – offroad style! For more information about Safari Adventures and what they have to offer, click here. Enjoy this post of photos, and we will be back again shortly to wish you a Merry Christmas.
One can simply not overlook the fact that the summer is coming to an end here in Chania. October 1st started off with heavy, dark clouds, giving us a glimpse of what winter is like in Crete. Light rain showers in the morning made sure to freshen up the air, giving us spring-like weather when the sun finally made its appearance through the clouds. Today, our beloved guests took advantage of the weather to go hiking and exploring the area, visiting the old town of Agia Marina with its beautiful church up-hill and traditional and cozy Greek taverns, photographing the power of the waves at the beach and shopping downtown in the picturesque city of Chania. As the afternoon sun came out, the summer was back and the sunloungers quickly filled up around the pool.
With 41 days left of this year’s summer at Oscar Suites & Village, the sky is full of surprises. Summer and winter are embracing each other, giving us beautiful and warm beach days as well as the ideal days (or hours) to get wonderfully lost among the charming narrow streets in the old town of Chaniá, Greece. What is not to love about September?
Feel free to enjoy these beautiful pictures showing the magical September atmosphere in Chania borrowed from Chania Crete by Nikos
On first sight, Kastelli does not look like a town full of fascinating things to do, but the truth is quite otherwise.