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Platanias, Crete - The party town of the West of Crete


Platanias was once a mainly agricultural village, but now it has become one of the most cosmopolitan resorts on the west of Crete.

Popular Platanias

Popular with tourists from all over Europe and the UK Platanias welcomes tourists and holidaymaker’s all through the summer.

The village has a wealth of popular bars and smaller clubs, as well as some excellent Taverna’s and restaurants.

Getting to Platanias is very easy and it sits just 10 km away from Chania, the 2nd largest city in Crete.  The first sight you will see when you arrive in the area is the rock of Platania, according to local myths and tales the rock was the site of the ancient city of Pergamos and the tomb of Agamemnon.

A town of contrasts

There are two parts to the village of Platanias, like most villages in Crete you have the old town which begins on the steep hill, the houses here are covered in lovely red, pink and white flowers and are charming and traditional.  

Moving down the steep hill of Platanias you come into Kato Platanias or the new village, this is where the village becomes more modern and you see more of the bars, restaurants and shops.

As you will find out, the resort is very cosmopolitan and now has a thriving club scene, which a bit like the Balearics is very cool and relaxed, with visitors looking for top DJ’s and great funky bars.  This also translates onto the beaches where you will find regular beach parties during the day and night.  One of the more popular beach parties is when George Makrakis & Nikos Diamantopoulos, two excellent local DJs play.

Platanias is great for those who want to enjoy a different side of Greece and Crete.  Its not too overcrowded and not too quiet but the resort offers everything you need to enjoy the perfect Cretan holiday.

The beach of Platanias is lovely and sandy, and runs through the whole front of the village, the beach is well looked after and you will find beach bars and excellent beach service.  Sunbeds and umbrellas are available but just as in the rest of Crete they come at a small charge of 3-4 euros.

If lounging around on sun loungers is not your idea of a holiday then there is plenty more to do and see.  Why not go scuba diving in Platanias or take a boat trip round the local seaside resorts.  There is also the resorts of Balos, Gramavoussa and Samaria Gorge to visit.

A night to remember

Platanias is attracting a lot of attention for its excellent clubs and the DJs who play in Platanias.  After living in Platanias for some time and experiencing the bar and club scene that is slowly emerging there we can offer the best choices for you to visit on your holiday.

For some excellent bars then try Eclipse Bar, a very popular small bar in Platanias.  Also try out Utopia, which is a lovely bar, with 2 levels and is well decorated and you can enjoy some excellent cocktails here.

For the best club then try Mylos Club, this is a large well recommended club in the village and has the latest dance, trance and funky house tracks every year laid down by the DJ.  The club does some good drink deals and has an excellent light show every night.

Eating out

With so much choice in one small town, its best to find some of the more recommended places to visit.  Save time and money by using our “where to eat guide” for the town of Platanias.

The first Taverna to try is the
Old Village Restaurant, which overlooks the town of Platanias.  It does excellent well priced Greek dishes which when we tried them were an absolute delight.

Try the Cosmos restaurant for a touch of contemporary and modern excellence, with Cretan food blended with international cuisine and stunning views of the bay of Platanias.  This restaurant has earned 2 top awards from the Hellenic Guide.

Another excellent place to try is Symposium restaurant, which has gained an excellent reputation mainly by word of mouth alone.  It has a stunning interior and relaxing cool outdoors tables.  The food here is amazing and its very popular in the high season.

With the restaurant on this guide being so popular its best to book in advance to avoid disappointment.  Usually if your in Platanias for 10-14 days you will get a table at some point.  There are other excellent Taverna’s to visit though if you don’t get a table at any of the above.


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