Kato Daratso Holidays
The island of Crete is one of Greece’s most popular holiday hotspots and Kato Daratso is one of it’s little-known gems. Perfectly located for exploring the nearby sights of Crete’s second largest city, Chania, the small traditional Greek village of Kato Daratso is also the perfect place to escape Chania's hustle and bustle and treat yourself to some serious beachside relaxation.
Once a hilltop village surrounded by olive groves, Kato Daratso is a pretty whitewashed village which has spread down the mountain and is now all about the beautiful beaches and those warm Mediterranean waves. Tavernas and beachfront cafes are dotted along the coastline and the village boasts several golden sandy beaches to enjoy. By night, the seafront is lit up by the welcoming glow of Kato Daratso’s relaxed nightlife scene. If you want sun, sand, sea and serenity on your holiday, this beautiful, sleepy village is a great destination.
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Kato Daratso is a quiet village where the sandy beaches speak for themselves. While you’ll find a good selection of beachfront tavernas, cafes and shops for all you need for a relaxing holiday, when it comes to larger attractions you’ll need to venture out of the village.
Luckily, the vibrant city of Chania is just 3km away. Chania is a historic city which has lots to explore, from the atmospheric Old Town to the lively modern areas.
Head down to the Old Venetian Harbour for the best views in Chania. You’ll find an impressive Venetian lighthouse and fort, lots of little sailing boats to admire, and picturesque walkways along the Chania waterfront – perfect for a romantic sunset stroll! The nearby Maritime Museum of Crete is well worth a visit to discover more about Crete's proud nautical past.
Other top museums in Chania include the fascinating Archaeological Museum, where you can travel back to the time of the Ancient Greeks, and the fun National Football Museum, which is a must for any footie fans. For more family fun, Limnoupolis Water Park is a great destination for a day out full of watery spills and thrills.
Life's a Beach
Kato Daratso’s crowning glory is its stunning sandy beaches. You can choose from long golden stretches to small, secluded coves – all within easy walking distance of the village. The largest beach in Kato Daratso is Kalamaki Beach, where you can find clean Blue Flag sands and safe, shallow waters that are perfect for splashing around with the family. Children will love the sheltered waves and the soft, fine sand, while parents will love the peace and quiet and some spectacular views.
If you want to explore further, head along the coast from Kato Daratso and you’ll find a gorgeous trio of coves with deeper waters that attract snorkelers and divers who want to discover this lovely island’s colourful marine life. Whether you want to lounge under an umbrella topping up your tan and sipping cold drinks or enjoy some family fun splashing around in the waves, Kato Daratso is a fantastic beach holiday destination.