The seaside village of Platanias is located 11km west of Chania city. The area has faced a great development in tourism during the last decades and the small viillage has now turned into a lively suburb of Chania. The proximity to Chania, the beautiful beach and the regular bus services from Chania have made Platanias the most popular beach near Chania city. The old village is built on a hillside with fantastic view of the sea and the islet of Thodorou.
The beach of Platanias is a lovely long sandy beach, along which there are many hotels of all categories and all the usual touristic facilities. On the beach you will find everything that is provided on well organized beaches, such as beach bars, umbrellas, showers, snack bars, lifeguards, water sports etc. On the east side of the local harbor, close to Agia Marina, you can enjoy swimming in the several small artificial coves. During summer nights, the night clubs in the area host thousands of people, both Greeks and foreigners, who dance till dawn.