Agia Marina, Chania - The busy tourist resort
Agia Marina, Crete is a small, fully organized resort on the northern coast, some 9 km west of the city of Chania on the road to Kasteli.
Named after the church which is located on the small hill of the old village, Agia Marina, Crete is set within lush vegetation; endless olive and orange groves, all kinds of fruit-bearing trees and a limpid seashore. The fine golden-pink sand and the trees along the beach create an exotic setting. Looking north and 400 meters out at sea, is the island of Agii Theodori.
Very close to the beach, is the old village of Pano Agia Marina (upper Agia Marina) with lovely traditional Cretan houses and hospitable restaurants serving original Cretan dishes in a traditional atmosphere. There is also a cave (water cave) of unknown length, which became an issue of study for archaeologists and speleologists from all over the world.
Agia Marina, Crete caters mainly for the package holiday market and lacks a Cretan atmosphere. The old part of the village located on a hill still retains its Cretan charm though. Agia Marina consists almost only of hotels and apartments of all categories, many of which can only be booked through agents though. You will also find a bank, a drugstore, many shops, gas stations, hotels, rooms for rent, restaurants, tavernas, car rental, cafes, bars, clubs, discos, travel agencies, jeweleries, water sports, camping and many other tourist enterprises.
There are plenty of restaurants to cater the large number of visitors and many good nightlife options in Agia Marina and in neighbouring Platanias which is only a short walk away. The long sandy beach is a little exposed to north winds (currents can be quite strong) and has good facilities and water sports. There are several pleasant beach bars and small tavernas with sea view.
Agia Marina Map
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How to get here:
There are regular public buses to and from Chania.