Kingly Kato Daratso holidays 2020
The pretty town of Kato Daratso overlooks a beautiful bay just 3 miles west of Chania in Crete. It’s particularly popular with families and couples, thanks to its quiet charm and great facilities. It has a fantastic sandy beach (which has been awarded a Blue Flag for the clarity of the water and excellent amenities), plus a couple of wonderful nearby coves to explore. Behind it stretch rugged hills and olive groves, and there is a handful of shops, bars and inviting tavernas for eating out. The gorgeous city of Chania, with a magnificent harbour and narrow streets full of historic sights, is right on the doorstep.
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Your guide to Kato Daratso holidays
The main attractions of Kato Daratso are the sleepy, old-fashioned village atmosphere and the wonderful beaches. The main beach is a long swathe of sand, with plenty of sunbeds, parasols and a sprinkling of cafés and restaurants nearby. There are also two more glorious coves, including the aptly named Golden Beach, to spread your towel. While there are plenty of shops and tavernas in the town, you’ll find plenty more in Chania, just 3 miles east. This stunning city, with its narrow streets and beautiful harbour, is packed with historic sights and museums. It also boasts a huge range of water sports, and a host of attractions including a waterpark and boat trips.
The main beach at Kato Daratso is broad and sandy, shelving gently into the sea, and has been awarded a Blue Flag for its transparent waters and extensive services. You’ll find plenty of amenities, from sunbed and parasol rental to lifeguard posts and facilities for water sports. Although it’s very popular with families, note that the wind can pick up and make the sea choppy – ideal for wind-surfing, which is one of the most popular water sports along this stretch of coast. There are two more smaller beaches close at hand: Golden Beach (which also has a Blue Flag) is the prettiest, named for the colour of the sand, and is also well equipped with sunbeds and other useful amenities. All of the beaches have delightful beach bars, where you can tuck into some lunch or just relax with a drink.
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