The Villages of the Municipality of Platanias.

Every village is on its own a remarkable place to visit. A tour through more than one is a marvelous choice for a daily excursion.

All the villages are linked by the provincial road network, but are better appreciated by trekking.

The landscape that Chania has to offer, combined with the aspect of everyday authentic way of life of its provincial population with their traditional occupations and customs, is an experience that any visitor would cherish.

Lake of Agias

The lake is located in the southeast end of the municipality of Platanias, at its borders with the municipality of Nea Kydonia.

Although it is a man-made lake, it has been transformed into a living, unique biotope with a great variety of flora and fauna.

Ancient Aptera

It is located about 10 kilometers from Chania and 25 kilometers from Platanias, on the national road Chania-Rethimno. Ancient Aptera is built on an open plateau 200 meters above sea level, with an extraordinary view of the bay of Souda. Its history begins in the Minoan era (3500-1070 B.C.), but the most visible ruins are those of the Geometrical era (1000-685 B.C.), Hellenistic era (323-67 B.C.) and the Roman era.


At 80 km from Platanias, we will find Elafonisi. It is one of the most rare and beautiful landscapes in all Europe : an extensive beach of unique beauty that overlooks the Libyan sea and an island that you can even walk to! The water is not higher than an adult's knee! Here, amongst the rare vegetation, we can find a kind of cedar tree and sand lilies that grow nowhere else in Europe. Only 5 km. from Elafonisi, by a small detour, you can visit the historical monastery of Chrisoskalitissa. The monastery is open for the public, and the hospitable monks will be glad to guide you through the grounds. Here you will also find fresh running water.

The Gorge of Samaria,

one of the largest in Europe, with 18 kilometers in length. In its unique landscape and beauty, many native species of wildlife find refuge, for example the well-known Cretan wild goat, "Kri Kri".