Platanias is the largest tourist resort in West Crete. It is just 10 km west of Chania
and east of Kissamos. This beautiful coastal village features several kilometres of sandy beach and so is a great destination if you are looking for a lively yet relaxing beach holiday.
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One of the most popular attractions to visit in the area is the War Shelter of Platanias. This local WW2 museum focuses on the events which took place during the Battle of Crete and more. It is a great place to visit if you are wanting to learn more about the history of the area. Another popular attraction is Odigitria Monastery, it is a monastery of great importance and historical value and one of the oldest in Crete. It is roughly a 15-minute walk from Kolymbari harbour and inside you can watch a short movie about the island's history, again this is great for those who enjoy learning about the history of places. Alternatively, why not visit Karavitakis Winery? The winery is open to visitors for a tour of the facilities as well as the tasting of wines, they are open every day except Sundays and it is advised to prebook your visit to avoid disappointment. But overall this is a great way to try some of the local areas most popular wines.
With Platanias being such a large tourist resort it is not surprising that there is such a great selection of accommodation for you to choose from. You will find many hotels, hotel resorts, apartments and villas so there is sure to be something perfect for you regardless of how many are travelling in your group. Some of the most popular places to stay include Porto Platanias Beach Resort & Spa, Mythos Platanias, Platanias Mare and Athina Suites Platanias.
The nearest airport to Platanias is Chania Airport, this is just over 22 km away and will take roughly 30 minutes to reach by car. However, if you decide you don’t want to splash out on a taxi and don’t want to hire your own cheap rental vehicle in Platanias there is the option to get a bus but the journey will take around 1 hour and 15 minutes so that is something to bear in mind.
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