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On the north-west coast of Crete you'll find the small town of Platanias, which bursts at the very seams with life, culture and fun. The strip features some of the island's most popular clubs and bars, while the beach provides the perfect place to soak up the sun, and the old town offers plenty of opportunities to explore.

Why Platanias?

The town is also perfectly placed to explore the west side of the island, a few miles outside of Chania – the second biggest city in Crete – and not too far from plenty of historical landmarks and areas of amazing natural beauty.

To begin your search for holidays in Platanias, have a look at some of our great deals, or keep reading below if you want to learn more about the town.

Most popular hotels in Platanias

Porto Platanias Beach Resort
Porto Platanias Beach Resort
Porto Platanias Beach Resort

Platanias, Crete

from £384 pp
Solimar Aquamarine Hotel
Solimar Aquamarine Hotel
Solimar Aquamarine Hotel

Platanias, Crete

from £365 pp

At a glance

  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Greek
  • Time Zone: GMT +2
  • Average flight time: 4h 10m

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With one of the largest beaches in Crete – 7km long – Platanias is ideal for a sandy seaside break and will have plenty to offer for both sunbathers and swimmers. The raucous main strip, splitting the town in two, should be more than enough for anyone out to party, but don't forget that the cosmopolitan hub of Chania is only 20 minutes away along the coast if you're keen to dive in to the big city and discover local favourites for yourself.

Things to see in Platanias

Head further inland, and you'll reach the protected White Mountains forest, an absolutely stunning landscape of greenery that gradually gives way to snow-capped mountains. Similarly striking is the nearby Theriso Gorge, which gives way to the farming town of Theriso itself, a truly authentic slice of Crete life.

A visit to Platanias will see you truly spoiled for choice, with countless ways to unwind, explore or hit the town. For cheap holidays to Platanias, look no further than loveholidays.com – the adventure starts here.