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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 at Platanias 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.

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.

Most popular hotels in Platanias

Solimar Aquamarine
Solimar Aquamarine
Solimar Aquamarine

Platanias, Crete

from £484 pp
Porto Platanias Beach Resort
Porto Platanias Beach Resort
Porto Platanias Beach Resort

Platanias, Crete

from £351 pp
Sunrise Village Hotel-Platanias
Sunrise Village Hotel-Platanias
Sunrise Village Hotel-Platanias

Platanias, Crete

from £308 pp
Esthisis Suites Chania
Esthisis Suites Chania
Esthisis Suites Chania

Platanias, Crete

from £457 pp

At a glance

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

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

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. For a taste of big city life, head to Chania.

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.

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Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

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. At the end of the long, lovely Platanias beach you'll find Agia Marina beach. The raucous main strip, splitting Platanias in two, should be more than enough for anyone out to party along the seafront, 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.

Read More about Life's a Beach

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.