Platanias - the cosmopolitan resort
The resort of Platanias has successfully retained its individual charm and hospitality whilst developing into a popular, cosmopolitan holiday destination with a wide range of hotals, rooms, tavernas, shops, bars and restaurants; a bustling centre full of activity and entertainment.
Located in the bay of Chania by the mouth of the homonymous river Platanias (Iardanos river, Homer), it is about 10 km from the city of Chania on the road to Kissamos. At the river's shore there are many plane trees (platania in greek) which explains the name of the village. An extent and breathtaking coast, which oversees the Cretan Sea, forms the front of the municipality of Platanias, before continuing inland to meet the sublime beauty of the White Mountains. The landscape will certainly hold the viewer’s attention; among hills, valleys, rivers, gorges, tracts of forest, villages and gardens, the tour unfolds with a continuous succession of landscapes of undiminished interest.
In the Venetian inventories Platanias is mentioned as Platanea and Pirgho Platanea; there were possibly two different settlements. Originally the village was built amphitheatrically on a high, rocky place with picturesque houses. Now it has spread to the sea-side. In the upper old village history is all around you with old picturesque stone and wooden structures.
Opposite of Platanias and not far from the coast is the island of Agii Theodori. The Turks mention it as Tourlou-Andasi, and the Venetians as San Theodoro or San Todaro. In 1574, during the Venetian dominion, it was decided to fortify it, in order to prevent the Turks from landing in Platanias. They built a multi-angled fortress on the highest point of the island and called it Turluru and another multi-angled fortress at a lower level, which they called San Theodoro or San Francesco. Today the island serves as a rearing place for the Cretan mountain goat, Kri-kri. There are also the foundation remains of the three-aisled chapel of the St. Theodori to be seen.
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How to get there:
There are regular public buses from and to Chania.