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Oscar’s Top Chania Restaurants (part 2)

February 19, 2019
Menus on a table in Valentino Pasta & Grill in Oscar Suites & Village hotel in Platanias.

“When one has tasted it he knows what the angels eat”, wrote Mark Twain. Somewhat arbitrarily but quite safely, one could assume that Cretan food might as well had been in his mind.


Boasting one of the oldest, healthiest and most delectable gastronomic traditions in the world, Crete has to show for a cuisine that is based on the -exceptional- quality and freshness of its ingredients. Rather than the use of complicated sauces or lots of spices, its -considerable- strength lies on the purity of taste: Wild herbs and greens, copious amounts of olive oil- Crete’s liquid gold- Cretan cheeses, dakos, lamb, goat, fresh seafood, snails and green and black olives…To be savored on their own right, or combined together to produce simple, yet extremely flavourful and of course, downright delicious dishes. Indeed Crete is a culinary paradise for foodies and gourmands from all over the world!

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Amazing places to visit in Crete

January 15, 2019
Tourists walking along Samaria Gorge in Chania, Crete, where Oscar Suites & Village is located.

Not one, but myriads are the reasons for which Crete is one of the best places for a summer holiday in Europe, claims British acclaimed publication, The Telegraph. With more than 300 days of sunshine in a year, a wealth of exotic beaches, untouched villages and quaint towns, Unesco monuments and historical sites, a striking, ever changing scenery, world famous food and drink-and that’s not to mention hospitable, welcoming locals renowned for their pride and zest for life, Crete has something for all.


Whether you’re chasing the sun, are a history buff, nature lover or simply an epicurean, should you visit, you’ll be aptly rewarded. And to make sure to not miss out, read on for Oscar Suites & Village handpicked places to visit in Crete:

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Magical Christmas in Chania

December 20, 2018
People dressed like Santa Claus at the port of Chania in Crete where Oscar Suites & Village.

We Cretans choose to live each moment to the fullest; so with the Christmas holidays just around the corner we are once more, getting ready to celebrate with loads of fervour, gusto and zest.


Granted Crete’s former capital, second largest and arguably most picturesque city, Chania, a couple of kilometres from our Oscar Suites & Village at the seaside Agia Marina- Platanias, is not your typical “Rovaniemi-esque”, destination. Yet it does proffer an amazing, magical (and somewhat unconventional ) “Christmassy” experience. For new customs and old traditions seamlessly blend during Christmas in Chania. This is what makes a world of difference and we can not help but feel excited and super eager to join the festivities.

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Astounding Beaches in Chania

November 21, 2018
Golden sand and crystal clear sea at a beach in Chania, Crete.

Winter has really started showing its teeth by now -especially if you live in Northern Europe or parts of the states. A bullet proof way to beat these November blues though, is to start daydreaming. And what could be more fantasy stimulating, than an exotic beach with transparent, crystal clear waters and fine, golden sand?


Like the astonishing, world class beaches in Chania; in fact one of Crete’s principal claims to fame. Good news is that Greece’s largest island, made from the stuff of legends and dreams, also boasts one of the longest beach lounging seasons in the continent, if not the planet. Which means that if you’re brave enough you might as well still venture into the sea, as the water temperature during November is not lower than it is in May or June (around 20°C). And if not, bear in mind that the swimming season here starts in mid April. So while summer seems eons away at the moment; sea and sun bathing shall be actually possible, even for the less courageous, in the beaches in Chania within the space of five months.

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Oscar Suites & Village top 5 delicacies you have to try when visiting Chania

September 21, 2018
Cut tomatoes, olive pasta and other delicacies a tourist can sample in Oscar Suites & Village.

The perfect holiday requires a balanced amalgamation of many factors. But great food and drink is always, a non negotiable, element of the equation. Crete with its sun kissed local products and age old culinary tradition, has in recent years become one of the leading gastronomic destinations on the planet. After all the Cretan diet is internationally recognised as the paragon for sound health and delectable taste.


Specially dedicated to all of you-aspiring or accomplished- foodies, without further ado, we hereby present our handpicked Oscar Suites & Village top 5 delicacies you have to try when visiting Chania.

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Top 10 things to do in Chania-handpicked by Oscar Suites & Village

August 27, 2018
Crystal clear sea in the port of Chania in Crete where Oscar Suites & Village is located.

It is almost impossible not to fall in love with Chania. This Cretan vibrant port has so much to offer: abundant history and culture; traditional tavernas; elegant waterfront restaurants and cafes; quaint little shops with local arts and crafts; a beautiful old town with maze like alleys to get lost in-and a stunning, surrounding countryside. Is your appetite whetted? Read on for the top 10 things to do in Chania:

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Top 5 landmarks to visit in Chania, handpicked by Oscar Suites & Village

July 30, 2018
The Egyptian lighthouse in Chania at night. The lighthouse was built by the Venetians.

Oscar Suites & Village aims to be an ode to the good life. And the latter of course entails knowing where and when to go whilst on holidays.So without further ado we hereby present a list with the top 5 landmarks to visit in Chania. After all at Oscar Suites & Village– which is just 9 km away from this world famous historic town, at the heart of cosmopolitan, seaside Agia Marina -Platanias– we are lucky to call home a super privileged corner of the earth. And indeed we take great pride in showcasing its manifold attractions to the world!

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Top 5 restaurants in Chania

June 29, 2018
Dining tables in the Valentino Pasta & Grill restaurant in Platanias at night.

At Oscar Suites & Village Hotel in Platanias, Chania, we are passionate about food and drink and we love to make our guests happy. To this end we have amassed several insider’s tips regarding the top 5 restaurants in Chania. All of the following establishments are geared towards maximum enjoyment of the senses; but won’t break the bank in the process. Yet the list is in no way exhaustive, so stay tuned for more intel about Chania’s superb culinary offerings.


A great variety of indigenous aromatic herbs, seasonal fruit and vegetables; in fact more than 500 different types; used raw in salads or cooked in several ways. An array of delectable, trademark local cheeses-gruyere, galotyri, xinomizithra, athotyros, staka- made with sheep and goats milk. Thick and rich olive oil; aptly named “Crete’s liquid gold”. Creamy, fragrant honey. Dusks made from wheat or barley. Plenty of fresh fish and seafood; lots of snails; some baby lamb or goat. Fiery raki and strong local wine.

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Chania’s 10 most astonishing beaches: A List by Oscar Suites & Village best hotel in Platanias

May 31, 2018
Crystal clear sea and footsteps on the sand at a beach in Chania, Crete.

Just close your eyes and imagine: Long stretches of golden sand; crystal clear, turquoise and blue waters; a hot, scorching sun; secluded coves and idyllic sunsets…We bet that this is what paradise must look and feel like!


With your summer holidays just around the corner-but not quite here yet-daydreaming is all you can do in the meantime. To whet your appetite a little further, at cozy, family style Oscar Suites & Village, arguably the best hotel in Platanias, just 9 km from the historic town of Chania; we have compiled a list of the 10 most astonishing beaches in the region. After all at Oscar Suites & Village best hotel in Platanias, we aim to please. And to this end we place a great emphasis on insider’s intel: In fact our staff goes the extra mile to provide our guests with exclusive tips and information for just about everything. This essential lowdown does make a world of difference in our guests’ stay; and it is, accordingly, one of the reasons that make Oscar, the best hotel in Platanias.

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