An unsurpassed natural landscape; countless monuments of civilization; endless sandy beaches. You only need to visit Chania in Crete once to become yet another of its effervescent fans.The options here are vast and varied any time of year, but in glorious June, when days are at their longest, your holiday is bound to be even more spellbinding.
Read on for some suggestions and insider’s tips on how to make the most out of it.
Choose to stay at Oscar Suites & Village Studios in Platanias, Chania
As it is with every holiday, location is everything. Just a few miles away from Chania– arguably the most picturesque and beautiful town in Crete– Platanias is a world class resort boasting more than four miles of sandy beach. In fact it is the recipient of a European Union Blue Flag award indicating a high level of safety, cleanliness and water quality. The beach front is lined up with restaurants and bars, while umbrellas and sun lounges are available for rent. There are also ample sporting opportunities-water ski, tubes, parasailing etc-while nature enthusiasts will be happy to discover that Platanias Beach is a renowned sea turtle nesting site, with fenced-off areas to protect the species. Among the abundant tourist facilities in the village are a mini-golf course, numerous playgrounds and a “Magic Train” that travels through Platanias and the adjacent Agia Marina. On the hilltop above this lively, modern seafront resort you’ll find the traditional, settlement. It’s worth taking the time to walk the two miles up the hill to the old village. You’ll be rewarded by unmatched views over western Crete, a much quieter atmosphere, quaint houses lining the narrow, winding streets, and some great traditional tavernas with local specialties and live music. Platanias with its many charms is in effect an ideal base for your holidays in Crete. At the heart of it you’ll find Oscar Suites & Village: A family run, family style complex of beautifully appointed apartments and studios in Platanias, Chania, offering a vast array of choices between room types to cater for different party sizes and accommodation needs. While each one boasts a distinct character and decor, all are spacious, bright and airy, featuring their very own balconies with a garden, pool or mountain view. They furthermore come equipped with state of the art amenities, as well as fully fitted kitchenettes, allowing you to live as independently as you wish in self catering style. What’s more Oscar Suites & Village apartments and studios in Platanias, Chania also boasts a luxury private Jacuzzi suite, which, with its minimalist chic furniture, open plan design and sizeable private terrace with the Jacuzzi bathtub and breathtaking sea vistas, is designed for extra glamour and comfort.
This beach town is undoubtedly lovely, but it’s surroundings are certainly worth exploring too. A home away from home, Oscar Suites & Village apartments and studios in Platanias, Chania, shall be the starting point for your many escapades in this wonderful corner of the world.
Discover Chania old town
Easily accessible by bus or rental car, Chania is not to be missed. Among its notable sights are the picturesque Venetian harbor, the trademark lighthouse, the cross shaped municipal market -where you will find all the goods of the blessed Cretan land, Firkas fortress with the Maritime Museum, Yali Mosque, the Splantzia with the huge plane tree in its center that offers a much sought repose from the heat, the old Turkish quarter where you’ll see the imposing St. Nicholas Church, the only one in Greece that holds both a belfry and minaret.
There is also the bustling Eleftherios Venizelos Square in the heart of the old town, as well as numerous shops, taverns and restaurants, next to important historical monuments in the cobblestone, narrow alleys, seemingly blending the present with the past.
See the sunset at Falassarna
A wooded landscape, thick, golden sand and blue waters as far as the eye can see. Falassarna is undoubtedly one of the most popular beaches in Crete. Though most of the coast is organized with umbrellas and sunbeds, still there is some free space, if you’re looking for peace and quiet.
One of the most unique natural wonders of the region is the Lake of Kournas in Apokoronas about 45 km from the city. It is the only natural freshwater lake in Crete, and as the summer waters slightly recede, several small beaches are formed on the shore. You’ ll find umbrellas, sunbeds and small cafes to provide you with the essentials, but also you’ll get the opportunity to rent a marine bicycle to admire the striking landscape in the green lake.
Elafonisi is world famous and not without (a very) good reason. Picture an exotic scenery with expansive sand dunes, huge cedars, white lilies, black rocks, rare species of indigenous animals and birds, emerald waters and pink-white sand. It can’t go more sublimely beautiful than that! Make sure not to miss it!
If you’re a bit of a sucker for stories, shortly before Elafonisi, lies the Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa: A whitewashed monastery, perched high on a large rock of 35 meters with breathtaking views of the Libyan Sea. According to myth, one of its 90 steps, which lead to the top, is made of gold, but only the ones with a pure heart can discern it!
In the same direction there is also Balos: A sandy lagoon with turquoise waters that is bound to leave you speechless. It’s best to visit it by land. Though this requires driving on a (passable) dirt road and then a 15 minutes hike to the beach, the amazing view will certainly recompense you. Otherwise, you may catch one of the boats that depart daily from Kissamos.