CHRYSI AKTI (Golden Beach)
Chrisi Akti is a beautiful beach very close to the centre
of Chania (aprox. 2km) A
small peninsula shapes two small bays, perfect for swimming,
with calm waters and sandy beach. On the peninsula there
is a small church called Agii Apostoli. You can get
there by urban bus service from Chania or by car if
you take the road to Kissamos.
Seaside area with rooms for rent, taverns, beautiful
beach and great night-life. You can get there by suburban
bus service (KTEL) from Chania or by car if you take
the road to Kissamos.
A small village in the western part of the town of Chania.
Every summer, on the 17th of July, a great festival
takes place. The beach of Agia Marina, is one of the
most beautiful of the Northern part of the prefecture.Also
visitors can participate in many water sports that take
place. You can get to Agia Marina with suburban bus
service (KTEL) from Chania or by car is you take the
road to Kissamos.
The many plane trees (platania) at the nearby river
exlain the name of the village. At the Venetian inventories
Platanias is mentioned as Platanea and Pirgho Platanea.
The village was built amphitheatrically on a high, rocky
place, with picturesque houses. Now it has spread to
the sea-side. Nowadays we can describe Platanias as
a tourist centre with beautiful sandy beaches, next
to a plush green hill. Opposite Platanias lay the island
of St. Teodori or Thodorou.
Turks mention it as Tourlou-Andasi, and the Venetians
as San Theodoro. In 1574, during the Venetian dominion,
it was decided to fortify it in order to stop the Turks
from landing on Platanias. So, they built on the island,
on the highest point, a multi-angled fortress, which
they called Turluru, and another multi-angled fortress
at a lower level, which they called San Theodoro. At
the present time the island serves as a rearing place
for the Cretan wild goat. The access is forbidden, however,
visitors can reach the islet by pedal-boat or swimming
and can encircle it. Platanias offers hotels, rooms
for rent and taverns. Worth visiting is the village
of Platanias on top of the hill, picturesque and peaceful
with many orange groves. You can get there by suburban
buses from Chania (KTEL) or by car if you take the road
to Kissamos. (18 km west of Chania).
A village which is very important for recent Greek history,
as violent battles took place round its pre-war airport,
between the Allies and the Germans in May 1941. In this
village you can also see the German cemetary with the
victims of the Second World War.
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