Here in Platanias you will find everything you need for a fantastic holiday. This small but long shaped village has it all. Beautiful nature, busy nightlife, taverns and restaurants, kilometers of long sandy beach, activities for all ages the choices are many. For sure You made a good choice booking your holiday here. Find here what there is to do in Platanias and you will be surprised how many services the village offers you.
One attraction that the village is in particularly proud of is the War Museum in the old village of Platanias, the museum is in tunnels under our church Agios Dimitris. Make sure you pay it a visit. The church offers a fantastic view of the village and the whole Chania area. Walk among the small old houses in the upper village and it's narrow alleys. Here you get feeling of a small picturesque traditional village of Crete.
Now, down at the main street is a different story. Here life is in a faster and more modern tempo. You can find just about anything you need. Platanias is not so big but it has most services you require, restaurants to pick and choose from, traditional coffee shops and up to date bars/clubs. It's definitely the heart of the turism on the westside of Crete. Even if you don't live in Platanias during your holiday most people make at least one visit to the busy and popular village. All practical services are found along the main street such as doctors, dentist, banks, post office, optician, hairdresser, spa, tattoo parlour and more. It's a small metropolitan!
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On your way to the old village you have an opportunity to pass by the old Carob tree which grows right in the middle of the road. This well known landmark has been used for years as a notice-board of local events as well as the obituary notices .
A century ago most of the population lived in the upper village. The small square in front of the Agios Dimitris church was the center of the village where people used to get together for the special events and celebrations. There were an oil factory, a few coffee houses “kafenions” where men used to relax after work and also a small store for everyday needs.
Nowadays you will still find a very traditional Cretan atmosphere walking along the narrow roads. Don’t forget to admire the panoramic view over the sea from the church or from one of the restaurants which are open during the summer evenings.
The war shelter was constructed by the German troops in 1942 on Platanias hill, below the Church of Agios Dimitris. It consists of an underground complex of booths and tunnels that was used to store ammunition and military material during the World War II. In recent years the shelter is preserved as a historical monument in memory of the Cretan Resistance against of Nazi Occupation (1941-1945).
Most likely you will meet Kyriakos, a local man, who will guide you and tell you all about how the Germans occupied Platanias and Crete. Learn interesting information and amazing stories! The war shelter is usually open daily in the mornings and in the evenings. If Kyriakos is not there, you will find his phone number hanging at the entrance. Just give him a call and he will show up as soon as possible.
The main church is named after the Saint Dimitris and is located in the upper village. The orthodox service is usually on every Sunday starting at 8am with Papa (the priest) Dimitrios. Nowadays the doors are locked other times but you are welcome to peak in whenever the doors are open. Just remember to be dressed up properly!
Behind of the church is a small cemetery and under the church you will find an old war shelter which has been renovated as an interesting war museum.
A small Virgin Mary’s church is located next to the preschool and the football field of Platanias, close to the beach. The special ceremony of Virgin Mary’s day is collecting the locals together here to celebrate the biggest event of the Greek summer in August.
On the way to Drakiana you will find many small chapels which are kept closed except during each chappels name day when a special ceremony will be held. After the ceremony everybody is welcome to join the local “fiesta” called panijiri.
When you look at the amazing view from the upper village of Platanias, you will understand why it was worth walking up these 500 meters in the summer heat! The view really takes your breath away. From some points of the peak you will see all the way from Akrotiri until the village of Kolimbari. Choose one of the restaurants on the hill and enjoy a lovely meal with this fantastic view. We truly recommend it!
When you have manage to arrive up at the square of the old village of Platanias, take to the left and follow the narrow small roads that lead you through the older parts. This was the village in the beginning of the century and people had donkeys as an helping hand to climb up the hill every day with the daily products they collected from the fields. Read more history of the village bellow. Today many people still live here, there are some luxury villas, a few traditional houses and some of the buildings are almost falling apart. Amongst the houses you can also find restaurants with the most amazing view.
If you just steer away from the main street in Platanias and head for the mountains you will discover Platanias beautiful nature. A walk in the nature is really to recommend! For sure you will meet some of the local farmers and very often their hospitality is shown and they will give you and orange or two...
Riding a bike is also a lovely way to spend your holiday. With the sun in your face whilst enjoying all the beautiful surroundings. Discovering the villages around you and the possibility of stopping and having a swim where ever you like along the coast. If you are interested in going on a guided bike tour we cooperate with a local company that have some fantastic routes to select from.
Visit Platanias main street for its large selection of shops, restaurants and accommodation options. After Chania Platanias has become the most visited village for guests looking for amusements as shopping, good food and hotels which all offer the famous hospitality of Platanias. The village is full of life especially during the summer months and here you have everything you need for all ages. If you are looking for nightlife, this is the place where you can dance until early morning.
It is amazing how the owners recognize the yearly returning guests. This must be one of the reasons so many love to return – to feel the real connection with the locals. Check out our small Greek lesson, if you can say a few Greek words there’s no doubt you will fast get new friends in the village!
The kafeneio of Platanias is situated in the middle of the village, it's the meeting point for the locals. People of all ages discussing such as politics, fotball etc always expressing their own opinion in all matters. All greeks have an opinion that is from their point of view of course the correct one! In the summer time the kafeneios outside is a restaurant, but don't hesitat to come inside and order a greek coffe and meet the owner him self Mr Vagelis, a personality!
There is one bank office and several ATM’s along the main road. The Chania Bank is located on the west side of the Platanias square.
The dentist Dr. Eva Papadimitriou is located by the main road approx. 200m from the center of the Platanias to the east. Opening hours and more information: www.surgical-dentistry.gr. We also have a Swedish dentist in Chania, Dr Valentina with many years experience and who is educated at the Karolinska Institutet.
The post office is located next to Alpha bank, by the main road and on the east side of the central square.
Just beside our Post Office and Alpha Bank is Platanias Optician who can help you with any eye matters. Another important service in our village.
Most of the supermarkets are located by the main road. Besides the local supermarket SYNKA by Platanias square, you will find several small private supermarkets which are open every day from the morning until late night during the summer season.
For simple flower bouquets visit our shop Destination Platanias, just across our gas station at the square.
If you like a little sea adventure, Platanias has that for you also. Jet Ski, parasailing or why not a ride with the whole family on a sofa ride. Rent a SUP (Stand Up Paddle board) and have yourself a good workout while enjoying the sea.
Jannis and his family are on the beach daily from morning until early evening to provide you with all kinds of water activities, they are very professional and with many years of experience. We recommend the paragliding for an unforgettable experience.
We have a few different mini golf places most of them have arcade games and some other activities like for example Go carts for children, trampolines, shooting range or climbing games. We also have a children's playground filled with bouncy castles, inflatables and balance games. Some of the restaurantes have a small play area.
At our square you will find the Info kiosk where you also can get information about Platanias, Chania and the area around.
Dr. Charalampos Vittorakis private clinic is located by the main road on the west side of Platanias. Well-equipped treatment rooms are staffed by highly trained doctors and nurses. They provide safe and effective care to our patients. A team of receptionists can help you out in many languages if you have any questions or concerns.
There are several hairdressers and barbers in the village located by the main road. Usually they prefer you to make an appointment before. If you need help with the booking, contact us!
If you are in need of a pharmacy we have a very well stocked pharmacy with helpful and service minded staff. Their knowledge and experience with guests needs are excellent. You will find the pharmacy a 100 meters west of the central square. Look for the green cross!
Local bus stops are all on the main road. The local bus is an easy way to get to downtown Chania. One ticket costs 2,10€ and can be bought inside the bus.
Use Taxi transportation for shorter distances or longer destinations for a more private and easy way to get around. To rent a car is a practical way to see and explore western Crete more. Don’t be afraid of the traffic we will give you good tips and help you with a trustful car rental!
Shiny Laundry is located in the small alley next to the gas station by the central square.
The Gas Station you will find at the square of Platanias. Here Nikos with his family will help you in a very professional and easy way. They just come to you and ask you for what amount you want to buy gas for and then they do the rest. A service we don't find at many places in Europe anymore!
Mathioulakis family have their bakery shop close to the square and has daily fresh delicious Cretan bread, baguettes, croissants and cookies.
You might be in need of a professional masseur. In the village we have Violetta who has many years of experience and is situated at the second floor across the restaurant Mylos tou Kerata.
A good way to see and experience the area around Platanias if you don't want to rent a car. The train has many different routes during all hours of the day. A guide will come along and tell you all sorts of things. Popuar tours are for example the "Hidden Tresures" and "Seven Villages".
Mini golf is a very popular activity for families visiting Platanias. Therefor you can find three mini golf courses, one in the beginning of Platanias, one in the middle of the village and one in the end.
Platanias beach is one of the most popular beaches on the west side of Chania. The beach is approximately 2km long starting from the border of Agia Marina and reaching until the Keritis river where you'll find the next village, Gerani. The beach is sandy/rocky and it’s not so shallow. The most shallow part is today on the east side of Platanias harbour.
Platanias beach is a public beach meaning that you are free to choose the best spot for you! You will find several small beach taverns and bars along the beach which also rent out sunbeds and umbrellas. Many of these taverns are also offering dining in the evenings. Perfect to admire the beautiful sunset!
Thodorou is right across the village of Platanias, it's not allowed to set foot on the island because of the “Kri Kri” goats. They are protected so the island is a nature reserve. The only day you can go ashore is on the 8th of June when the island church has it's nameday, Agios Thodorou. You can go to the island with boat from Platanias that has been especially organized for this day. Note that it's only in the morning time so make sure to be there early.
From the sweet little harbour of Platanias during the whole summer you will find boat excursions that leaves from there. Go for half day trip and see the island of Thodorou up an close. Snorkel around the island and see what the staff of the boat will find to show you. A perfect activity for all ages.
During the summer months you have the option to do different water sport activities. In the harbour you can meet the local fishermen or you can join one of the daily organized small boat tours, or book here!
If you prefer more quiet atmosphere, choose the western part of the beach closer to the Keritis river. There you might also find a sea turtle nest from June to July marked by Archelon, a voluntary association protecting the sea turtles.
The Blue Flag is world known, a sign that you are on a healthy and well organized beach. Platanias Beach of course obtains a Blue Flag.
The flag is considered the gold standard for beaches. The criteria are divided into four categories with a total of 33 individual targets. These main categories are:
“We educate to protect. To protect not just our environment but the people who live in it, the communities who depend on it, the businesses who profit from it and the ecosystems which rely on it!”
— Sophie Bachet Granados
Since 1983, the primary objective of ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece has been to protect the sea turtles and their habitats in Greece through monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans, habitat restoration, raising public awareness and rehabilitating sick and injured turtles. Some of their achievements:
During summer in Platanias Caretta Caretta informs where they are saving turtles, please find where at their facebook page: ARCHELON Crete
The village has a small picturesque harbor with traditional fishing boats, here you can see the fisherman in action if you are up bright and early. To get there take the road down towards the sea just before Alpha Bank if you are coming from the square.
If you are not a morning person come at the evening, walk out on the pier and get some nice photos of the coastline, feel the calm and peaceful feeling that harbors often bring. From here all of our boat excursions are leaving with Captain Argiris.
Platanias has history from as far back as the late Minoan period, archaeological finds have been discovered, smaller artifacts but also rural villas and tholos tombs were found which shows life and development of the local area from the 13th to the 4th century BC.
Even in mythology Platanias is mentioned! First when the goddess Athena visited Crete she only drank water from a spring in Ano Platanias. Secondly when king Agamemnon was on his way home from the Trojan war he founded the city of Pergamos at the river Platanias.
During the Arab, Venetian and Turkish periodes the village was on top of the hill. During these times it was very dangerous to live close to the sea due to pirate raids. Up in Ano Platanias they had a good view if enemy ships were on their way. In 1645 Crete was conquered by the turks the 70 men who were defending the cost were stationed at the island Thodorou they all blew themselves up rather than to surrender to the turkish army.
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