After a long -and quite harsh- winter, summer is finally here to stay. No doubt your spirits are considerably lifted in view of the upcoming holidays. Downside is that your holidays are still far away, and you’re currently stuck in the big city. Good news is that it is actually very easy to do yourself a great favor and treat yourself, and yours, to a sneaky vacation preview-even for as little as a long weekend.
The Chania region, and its beautiful beach resort, Platanias, is always a great place to visit, but especially so at this time of the year. Nature is at its best, the weather is sunny and mild, waters are cool and crystal clear, food and drinks are as always copious and delightful, the hordes of tourists are absent still, and the locals, not yet tired and frustrated from the season, are at their most jovial and kind. Plus there are always the low cost carriers, which indeed will carry you here for a symbolic, low cost.
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.