After our tour at the invitation of Agia Marina, we continue our journey towards the town of Platanias ….  Maps Travel Xania     Maps Travel Xania 

Municipal Unit Platanias

The first village of Platanias on the road to Kissamos and the right bank of the river Platanias or Keritis (Homer Iardanou) river begins from the beach and runs uphill to the Acropolis, with superb panoramic view of the bay of Chania.
The village (formerly community) is now apartment Platanias Kydonia. Indicate the province Cydonia in 1577 by Fr. Barozzi and 1583 by Kastrofilakas called Pirgo Platanea and 154 inhabitants.
But the story seems to be much older, and in this region have seen remains of Hellenistic and Roman period.
As in almost all coastal villages discern here two residential zones, Pano Platanias (Platanias old) and Kato Platanias. More On Platanias (or Citadel) was fortress (observatory) in Turkish, of which remnants still remain. The observatory was laxemmeno into the rock. Used by the Germans during the occupation, as in the rock hid the cannon with which polyvolousan allied planes.
The overhead and an amphitheater is part of the village retains the resonance and the color of other stratified seasons. Rocks and streets Acropolis recount the passing of peoples and nations of this land of the Cretan land. The soul of the place prevailed. Never assimilated, but instead, fight the foreigners. Example of years of modern history, the journey of the German paratrooper in the Battle of Crete, who returned in Platanias, years later, to find that he had spoken to his heart into the darkness of war. They married and lived beloved and inseparable here in the Acropolis until the death away.
Kato Platanias developed in recent decades and has evolved rapidly in a tourist area. Crops and greenhouses have given way to countless tourist businesses. Visitors from all countries are numerous, and the combination of sea and area of ​​natural beauty close to the center of Chania is a powerful incentive and attraction.Tourism in the region generally has a family character.
Platanias is community and private clinic, pharmacy, public kindergarten, elementary school and high school, and private kindergarten. Operate during the summer period of about six hundred businesses (hotels, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, grocery stores, tourist shops, jewelleries, etc.).
Despite the intense tourist development the residents seek to preserve and revive key elements of tradition, customs and traditions that make up the character of the area. The temples of the village opened a joyous embrace the days that honor the memory of the saints who are dedicated. Agios Dimitrios, a monastery before, in Pano Platanias is the central church for the winter months. The divine and historic church is built in a central location with great views.
The cemetery of the village, then in the garden of the church to the south, dressed with flowers the Megalovdomada. On Good Friday procession of the Epitaph starts from here the night of the Resurrection, the Holy Saturday with exquisite dormer and perfumes of spring, is an unforgettable event every year.
Notre Faneromeni in Kato Platanias, next to the school where the Monument to the Fallen, is the central church for the summer season. Celebrate with a feast every year on August 15.
St. George “Methistis” very old church with murals, located in the district Drakiana, a beautiful green landscape in the western part of the village, 5 km. above the tavern “Grinder.” Celebrates every year on November 3, then opened the barrel and tried the wines.
The path to Drakiana is the church of Agia Paraskevi. It is the first church was encountered while and then half of this route is the church of St. George, who celebrates every year after Easter (floating holiday). Higher than the Holy Friday is built the Church of Transfiguration of the Saviour Christ celebrated on August 6.Finally, St. Anthony, west of the village, located about 200 meters from the main road, celebrated on 1 7 January.
Platanias there is active cultural associations. There is also a printed word (the bimonthly newspaper “The Voice of Platanias”) and reported in yesterday and today the place, with concerns and suggestions for the future. There are also impressions of yesterday’s tracking of young people with passion visible firms (such as the restaurant “MILL”, which has a history of several decades and is now a topographic reference point and the newly formed namesake house on the main road, the western edge of the village). This attempt to prosper buildings, businesses and homes is the nostalgia of the people of the place for quiet reverie of the past. The far more populous and faster pace of life is back position for anchorage in the sand of the beach at dusk. And on the narrow streets in St. Dimitri in Vigli in yards with lime and flowers. In an open horizon to the island of St. Theodore opposite, the beast of the sea which, according to legend, he chose to petrified here.

Geographical and population data:

Distance from center of Chania: 10.6 Kilometers
Height above sea level: 10 meters
Residents: 790 (1991)

Tour of the City

In Platanias, visitors have the opportunity to tour areas of outstanding natural beauty, admire great sights and experience thetraditional hospitality. Ideal for trips or holidays combining a series of naturalistic and archaeological routes, taken together, constitutean important “map” of experience. Link : The brochure of the City in English

Platanias is situated 11 km west of Chania, right next to the National Road to Kastelli and has 740 residents. The village is built along the coast and climbs amphitheater on the slopes of a hill, from where the view is breathtaking.

The village is one of the most developed tourist villages of Chania, due to extensive beaches and its proximity to Chania. This offers accommodation for every budget. However, if you want to spend the night in August, you should check first the availability of rooms.

There are many taverns and restaurants and cafes and you will not miss all the night life and entertainment.

It has good transport links with regular buses running from early morning until late evening. You can also use a taxi from Chania, rented or private car and motorbikes.

What sykgekrimena along the northern road from Chania to Kissamos and continuous contact with a beautiful coastline overlooking the Cretan Sea, we find the most organized and most popular tourist area of ​​Chania.

At its heart, just ten kilometers from the capital of the prefecture is Platanias.

Like nearly all villages of the region the first signs are found in antiquity and clearly mentioned in the historiography of the Venetian era.

Starting from a hill, stretching towards the beach watching the beautiful river Keritis or Platania, known from Homer Iardano.

The Pano Platanias (or Citadel) is the oldest part of the village that retains vivid details of the story (such as residues Turkish observatory) and the architectural heritage of the place. The courtyards with flowers and basil, whitewashed “bentenia” and easy hello people survive is a lifestyle joyful and hospitable.Amphitheater built on the hill offers a rare panoramic views and a backdrop of peace and becoming acquainted with the place.

Kato Platanias is a modern extension of the village towards the sea and collect all the comforts and services of a modern tourist destination. From dining and shopping to water toys and banks, the visitor will find here that needs to spend beautiful days …

Spread around beautiful beaches consistently get the “blue flags” that gives the European Union for the organization and cleanliness of the coastline. It overlooks the island of “Theodore” which according to ancient legend was just the sea monster who chose this location to stay for Follow up petrified …

Platanias offers perhaps the most complete and best quality network of tourist services in the prefecture of Chania. Beyond the known infrastructure of hotels, restaurants, clubs, shops entertainment of all kinds, jewelry, supermarkets etc. also has community and private clinics, police station, pharmacy, Kindergarten, Elementary school, high school, and taktikotati bus to Chania .

This regular connectivity and location near the city of Chania offers the visitor of Platanias the opportunity to quickly find the most beautiful sights of Chania. To know the island of farmers, the rare natural landscape of unsurpassed taste and tradition in the villages of the hinterland or monuments with which he endowed place indelibly stamped his long and admirable career in history and culture of man.

Area Hotels

Rania Category C Tel: +30 28210 68840
Sofia Beach Category C  Tel: +30 28210 60823
Sun Set  Category C   Tel: +30 28210 60022
Sunrise Village Category C Tel: +30 28210 83640
Varouxakis Category C      Tel: +30 28210 68760
Villa Platanias   Category C     Tel: +30 28210 83733
Agapi  Category D                  Tel: +30 28210 68106
Giannis Apartments       Phone: +30 28210 68313
Ilias Apartments                    Tel: +30 28210 60004
Irini Apartments                    Tel: +30 28210 60040
Irini Apartments                    Tel: +30 28210 68204
John Apartments                   Tel: +30 28210 60442
Kalitsakis Beach                      Tel: 28210 68218
Kidonia Apartments              Tel: +30 28210 60738
Kydonia Apartments             Tel: +30 28210 60739
Lola’s Apartments                   Tel: +30 28210 68345
Maria Apartments                   Tel: +30 28210 60455
Maria Suites                                Tel: +30 28210 68860
Medousa                                      Tel: +30 28210 68176
Perry’s Apartments                 Tel: +30 28210 60202
Popi Apartments                      Tel: +30 28210 68300
Proimos Apartments              Tel: +30 28210 68105
Reveka Apartments                Tel: +30 28210 68714
Rosmaris Apartments            Tel: +30 28210 68025
Sonio Apartments                    Tel: +30 28210 68260
Stella Apartments                    Tel: +30 28210 68063
Sunday’s Villa Apartments  Tel: +30 61 662 2821
Vasiliki Apartments:               Tel: +30 28210 68317
Vaso Apartments:                    Tel: +30 28210 68297
Villa Anna:                                  Tel: +30 28210 60727
Villa Giorgios:                            Tel: +30 28210 68613
Villa Orsalia:                               Tel: +30 28210 88244
Zoi Apartments                        Tel: +30 28210 60080

How to get to Platanias

From the airport of Chania Platanias. Platanias is situated 11km from Chania, and you can get there by following the highway from Chania to Kissamos.

As a major tourist destination signs are detailed so you need not worry that you might miss the exit from the National to the resort of Platanias.

Leaving the highway to go to a big crossroads and opposite you will see a sign to Platanias and Agia Marina, and one in Maleme Kolymbari.

Follow the right direction and after one kilometer you will see the sign that welcomes you to Platanias – even if you do not notice the sign, however, is much the development of the region there is no way not to understand when you get to Platanias.

If you turn on the highway to the village of Ano Stalos will reach the coastal road to Agia Marina and continue straight towards Platanias. The road from Ano Stalos is very nice and pleasant, so if you want to enjoy the journey by the seaside choose this path.

From the port of Souda Platanias. To go from the port of Souda Platanias apply exactly the same as the route from the airport.From Souda exit the highway Rethymnon – Chania. Do not get in Chania, because you will lose time in traffic.

Platanias bus from Chania Airport. There is a bus connecting the Airport Chania Platanias. You should first take a bus from the airport to Chania and from there another bus to Platanias.

Platanias bus from Chania. If you have your own vehicle, Platanias connected with local buses to the city of Chania with frequent services every day. Especially during the summer months there are many routes throughout the day until 10 pm.

Platanias drive from Chania. From the center of Chania Kissamos follow the avenue that will lead you along the coastal road to Platanias.

It’s easy route and not risk becoming lost.

Practical information for your holidays in Platanias

Hardly need anything during your holidays in Platanias, you will not find here.

Platanias is the most tourist places in Crete, so here you will find every kind of business addressed to the many tourists enjoy their holidays in Platanias.

On the main road that runs through the village you will find:

  • banks and cash dispensers (ATMs)
  • post office, pharmacy, health center and police station
  • tourist shops to buy souvenirs that will remind you of your holidays in Platanias
  •  ovens, besides bread, sell wine and raki, and
  • sandwiches, pies and other snacks for breakfast. mini market stay open until late at night
  • car rental and bike / motorbike
  • many bars, restaurants, clubs and cafes that succeed one another along the road to Agia Marina.

If you come by bus from Chania to stop at is the main road, about 500m after entering the area. Therein lies the main square of Platanias and the taxi rank.

What will complicate the garage is enough, especially in the evening, and requires some caution when driving, because one must go slowly, the other to watch out for pedestrians who do not necessarily walk on the sidewalk, especially after midnight few drinks.

Hotels and Apartments in Platanias 

The hotels in Platanias renowned for their quality.

Here you will find luxury hotels that occupy large chunks of the beach and offer all inclusive vacations.

You’ll also find many apartments and rooms in Platanias, aimed at younger tourists are more affordable.

Most hotels and apartments in Platanias, located along the road near the beach, but you will find several of them in the rear (south) side of the road to the mountain, however, a short distance from downtown and the beach.

If you come on holidays in Platanias in July, August and September you will need to close hotel very early because these months are filled with everything normal.

Hotels in Platanias 

Restaurants and taverns in Platanias

Smashing Beer from Chania, do not miss the try, as well as refreshments from Gerani

Platanias will find many restaurants an

d taverns, which is an advantage forthose who want to have many options for eating on vacation.

Although most shops in the area aimed at Scandinavian and German tourists who crowd the area every year, there are restaurants that insist on a more traditional style and offer Cretan and Greek cuisine in a more homely style and tastes.

Platanias will find grills, fast food outlets and many restaurants with familiar signs with pictures of Greek food. Of course by not missing Platanias restaurants with international cuisine, including Chinese, Indian, Mexican and English – style pub.
However, most restaurants in the area will impress you with their variety of food offered after they have huge lists. If you choose any of the Greek tavernas, after lunch you will get a treat for dessert with fruit and ice Cretan raki (raki).

If you get tired of you every moment of your vacation near the sea, ascend the traditional village of Ano Platanias, where things are quieter, more traditional and excellent views! Run restaurants and taverns, 5-6 from noon to night, offering mainly Greek and Cretan cuisine and will reimburse you for a few minutes journey to the spectacular views offered in Platanias, Agia Marina and the Bay ofChania.

The view is equally impressive late at night and if you choose to dine there, you’re lucky to get some Greek nights are often organized in the taverns of Upper Platanias.

If you stay for dinner and try marathopita alatsolies!
Bars and clubs in Platanias – Nightlife

The bars and clubs of Platanias attract crowds in the region, especially the many young visitors, both from abroad and from Chania.

There are different types of bars in Platanias:

  • rock cafe
  • bar karaoke
  • cafes that turn into bars when they stop the big screens showing sports and games
  • Scandinavian bar known flags outside
  • more atmospheric lounge music shops
  • you will find ellinadika but kritikadika – as some jokingly call shops that play live Cretan music.

Even though the holidays in Platanias last a whole month, you can visit every night and different bars or clubs, without having to go the second time in itself.

The nightlife in Platanias is concentrated along the main street that runs Platanias and Agia Marina, but the truth is that Platanias has much more traffic in the evening from Agia Marina.

There are also many beach bar and club on the beach of Platanias, with tables, sofas and loungers on the beach, and you can enjoy your drink there in company with the loud music and the sound of waves.

Usually the shops are half full at 10pm but around midnight chock filled until the early morning hours.

The next morning we all sleep, so if you are the exception to be awake before 11am, you will find empty streets and shops.

What to do in your holidays in Platanias 

Enjoy the sea and the Cretan sun all day.

The sandy beaches and street selling fruit and massages on the beach give a ton of fun to stay there.

Moreover both Platanias and Agia Marina, and have many facilities and amenities for water sports of all kinds of banana up scuba diving, canoeing, beach volleyball and surfing the waves

Can party until dawn in one of the bars and clubs in Platanias and find you in the morning to run the hotel for breakfast before bed, or outside a bakery to try to decide what works to choose from.

Play mini golf or video games in one of the many shops available in the area.

Platanias has many playgrounds, with swings and various children’s activities that can keep your kids busy for hours.

You get the Magic Train running Platanias and Agia Marina and offers useful information about the area, but also a way to make young children to see the area without getting bored.

Try to learn Cretan dances in one of the evenings organized by local associations in cooperation with the taverns in the area of ​​Platanias.

Visit the Upper Platanias. In contrast to modern cosmopolitan seaside piece, Ano Platanias is a picturesque village with old houses and winding narrow streets, built above the hill that overlooks the beach from above

The Ano Platanias offers great views but a sense of peace that will seem almost incredible that there is just 3-4km from the bustle of the seaside town.

In Ano Platanias will see many cats sunning themselves in the quiet streets and elderly residents to sit on terraces of houses.

You can leave your car at a specialty parking is outside the church and Ano Platanias wander the streets, taking pictures or just enjoying the silence and the sounds of nature.

All you seem more human once. 

You can visit nearby villages like Manoliopoulo the Ksamoudochori, and Vlacheronitissa famous for olive oil and go shopping or sample traditional Cretan cuisine with homemade flavors.

Visit the nearby Maleme and go to the German cemetery was erected there to commemorate the heroic battle of 1941. Even if you host a tribute to the conquerors and the importance of giving, keep only the antiwar message generated by the visit to this site.

Visit Syrili, located 2 km from Platanias and is famous for the church of Saint Spyridon and the xerotigana

Take some time to learn about the company Archelon present in the area and aims to protect marine turtles in Chania, Crete.

In some parts of the beach of Platanias will see fenced paths for young turtles.

Visit Chania and walk to the beautiful and picturesque harbor, or wander the alleys of the most beautiful and romantic city of Crete.

Visit the lake of Agia, one of the ponds in Crete, located approximately 10km to the SE edge of Platanias. From here springs the river Platanias.

If you come on holidays in Platanias, do not let your first impression to make you an idea immediately.

Platanias is a place that can offer you exciting holidays and hours of relaxation at sea and the beach.

If you get tired of the hustle and bustle can head to the Upper Platanias or any of the neighboring villages to fill your mind with beautiful images and moments of calm and go back for another wild night in Platanias

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Vrisses, Patelari
From Platanias, taking the fork of the road Chania-Kissamos to the mainland, lies the village taps owes its name to the many sources that he had previously.Archaeological investigations have shown here uninterrupted human presence since the Neolithic Age (6000-3000 BC).
Patelari In a typical Dikorfo hill that dominates the taps in the area as a natural citadel has discovered the most important archaeological discovery of the region.An ancient settlement situated in the Late Period (16th century BC) and wonderful findings are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum.
The Patelari is next, very close to the taps, settlement. The monument at the entrance of the village reminds us that here was paid a heavy price in the struggle against German occupation: In 1941, shortly after the Battle of Crete, several villagers were executed in reprisal for resistance.

Visitors will find the two green settlements typical examples of the lives of ordinary people of Crete dealing mainly with agricultural crops.
 Fountains, Chania
Click image to close30 km southeast of Chania, just 2 km from National Road to Rethymno are the fountains, a beautiful village with 850 residents, situated in a valley full of trees, lush vegetation and springs.A visit to the area around where you will find many traditional villages, such as Fre, Dyes, Emprosmeno, Alikambos and Mass, besides the traditional architecture have also retained the old Cretan way of life. As these villages are outside the popular tourist destinations, visitors can find here the most authentic picture of the Cretan village and its people.Right at the intersection with the highway, there is the “Greek Arch”, a Roman bridge and features from more recent periods, such as Venetian and Ottoman.Click image to closeAlso note worthy are some churches and fountains and the surrounding villages.

Two festivals are celebrated with festivals. On July 7, Agia Kyriaki, the Fountains, and the Assumption, the fifteenth of August in Alikambos.There are a few rooms for the taps, but the food can be a real treat.Small restaurants and cafes in the shadow of trees offering traditional dishes. The most interesting is that the village is known for good quality milk, do not forget we can taste fine cheeses and yogurt.The village has regular bus the bus all the time. Also you can use taxis or private cars and motorcycles. To visit the beautiful villages need your own instrument or rented.
Gerani, Modi
The Geranium is the largest district and the capital of Platanias.

Spread over a vast landscape of outstanding beauty with forests, citrus orchards and olive groves and offers a wide range of tourist and recreational services. Dominance in geography, holds the famous and huge beach to which that consistently awarded the blue flag of the Union for the organization and cleanliness.

Large and modern hotels and several smaller offer all the comforts for a holiday will surely be unforgettable. Here you will find traditional tavernas, car rental mini markets etc.

From the Geranium, leaving the road Chania-Kissamos and moving inland, we come very close to the green village of Modi.Grave goods found in the excavations on display in the Archaeological Museum of Chania narrate a root that is the Geometric period ie between 100 and 600 BC In Modi will encounter a typical quiet rural life as the inhabitants are basically the cultivation of the famous orange area and olives.

Some historical data on: Pano Gerani apart from the coastal village located a mile south. Mentioned by Fr. Barozzi in Gerona in 1577. From Kastrofilakas with 149 inhabitants in Gerani in 1583.From Basilicata with 35 outstanding chores in 1630. In the Egyptian census of 1834, referred to Gherani 10 8 Christian and Turkish families. The 1881 is in the municipality of Pyrgos Psilonerou with 326 inhabitants in 1900 Christians in the same municipality with 390 inhabitants in 1920 is home to the eponymous rural municipality with 498 inhabitants in 1928 is 578 in the 1940 by 726, in 1951 at 558, in 1961 at 502 in 1971 at 390 and now 903 legal residents and seasonal around 2500
The E. Lambrinakis believes that there were ancient Cydonia and that there was a temple of Vritomartidos. In 1867, he became Gerani battle with the Turks who defeated the rebels. By request of residents, the rebels fled after the Turks returned to the village and proceeded to massacre and pillage. Gerani born in 1793 the well-known in history as “Geraniotis”, aka John Papadogiorgakis. Also in the neighborhood Petoulia, Gerani, Modi began his career as a teacher for the great Cretan writer John Kondilakis.

Beach Gerani, Chania
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The beach Gerani is located 13 km west of Chania, right onNational Road to Kastelli is a sandy beach, very popular. Situatedon the north coast is affected by the wind.
Very well organized, it offers accommodation, food and drink inrestaurants and beachside bars and opportunities for swimming and sunbathing (chairs, umbrellas, sea sports etc)It has very good connection to Chania on regular bus routes. One can also use taxis and private hire cars or motorbikes.
Loutraki Xirokampi, Valley, Manoliopoulo, Warehouses
After Gerani Modi and moving to the mainland will find the abovesettlements developed around the larger, Manoliopoulo at veryshort distances between them, reaching the semi Stores.

In these villages, the visitor will encounter other than the beautifulscenery and pure, authentic pictures of everyday people who liveaway from the tourist centers and tourist businesses.

A trip here is a meeting with the serenity and authenticity.


Village and community Kydonia Chania, at an altitude of 120 metersaway from Chania, 20 km from the coastal road Chania – Kissamos, left to fork Geranium, Loutraki Manoliopoulo. First found in the Egyptian census of 1834 as Manoilotos, with 14 Christian and 3Turkish families. The 1881 refers to the municipality as ManilopouloAlikianos by 122 Christian inhabitants. From 1920 onwards it has its own community.

Sign in Loutraki
At an altitude of 70 m is 2 km from cranes and 17 from Chania, branching  from the coastal road Chania-Kissamos, in Gerani-Loutraki. It has about 150 in.  Earliest reference to the municipality ofCydonia by Fr. Barozzi, as Monodhavli et Lutrachi the 1577. ApoKastrofilakas as Monodafli Loutraki and the 1583.
Apo Vasilikatasas lutracha in 1630. The 1920 has its own community, and from 1928 onwards refers to the community Gerani.
Pirgos Psilonerou, Kontomari

The next village that we come across after Gerani following the seaside national road is Pirgos Psilonerou, with its beautiful beach, modern hotels and quality tourist services.

Immediately after this, taking a left turn, we encounter the village of Kontomari.

Here, in June 2nd 1941, one of the biggest war crimes of the Second World War in Greece took place.

In retaliation for acts of resistance from the local population, all the men of the village were executed.

The monument that stands in the village reminds locals and visitors of one of the gravest moments in the resent history of this land.

In the same region we will meet, amongst the beautiful hills, the villages of Kilada and Xirokambi.

Turning towards the sea again, we meet a traditional village with most of its buildings restored to their original state. This is the village of Metohi

Xamoudohori, Kyparissos
Platanias VilagesContinuing our tour, we will find on our route among the low hills the village of Xamoudohori .At its traditional cafeteria in the center of the village awaits us, aside from local manufactured soft drinks, the traditional homemade famoustsikoudia.

The hills of Xamoudohori offer a panoramic view of the vineyards and olive groves, as well as of the bay of Hania and the cape of Spatha.
A little after Xamoudohori, we meet the village of Kyparissos with its characteristic “cantounia”(neighborhoods) and its centenarian cypress tree that gave the name to the village (Kyparissi-cypress tree).Most of the population of the above villages is engaged in viniculture, winemaking, olive gathering and the making of tsikoudia.
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The historic village, apartment today of Platanias is found at 16.5 km of road to Kissamos. The history goes back centuries, as demonstrated on archaeological finds. Specifically Kafkalas position north of the village has been discovered Late Minoan vaulted tomb from which pulled (despite the fact that he had looted several shells and two seals, one of copper and the other from agate depicting a deer. The French archeologist Paul Faure etymologies the name from the word Gold (gold) on the grounds that maybe there was a gold mine in the area.
The area now called Maleme mentioned first in the province of Cydonia in 1577 by Fr. Barozzi called Maleme and Kastrofilakas called Maleme et Venerocori with 101 inhabitants in 1853 and 28 due chores.
Maleme, with the same name ever, crossed the Turkish occupation and the years after liberation from Turkish rule until today. When the Turks began to flee from Crete came here several families from the pits:
“The village eginike by residents who came from the pits, in the years 1832 -1842. As shepherds of the pits using the capes and Spada Grambousa on pasture during the winter months, rose and fell every year and went from Maleme. Once on the imminent departure of the Turks, they suggested some of those who were from the family of Paraskakis to buy property in Maleme. Buy one and then followed others who came in Maleme and Ksamoudochori. When they came in Maleme there was no church.He went to nearby villages for Christmas and Easter. They assign someone to awaken at night to go into operation. One year, however, the crier forgot to wake, so to go to church too late and not communion. Then decided and said: We are here to build a church. To find a location and get apiece from a stone to throw there.

Because many residents of Maleme was from pits, where stood the Temple of San Antonio, dedicated the temple of Maleme, the same saint.
Villagers from the Galanis family gave the land and thus echtistike the old St. Anthony, a small church with a vaulted roof (around 1840).
Over time, the need for larger church began to be felt. Decisive was the support of those who donated the land, among them Michael Smith Giannaris, who gave the main area and Galanis, who had already granted the land where they built the first St. Anthony. “
In 1918 he founded the great church. When I had to dig the foundations, there were two opinions. One said to build a new church a little over the first and the other view, which prevailed, argued that the new church should be grand and imposing: “Since there was the phrase” Pull ribbon “which told the residents to the contractor that measured the dimensions for the digging of the foundations of the temple. The phrase is now used metaphorically to denote a fact or situation which is expected to be a long time. “
The inauguration of the temple were in 1938. Then came the war:”The British wanted to build the airport at Maleme. The villagers donated the necessary land. Besides the children already fighting in Albania.
The Battle of Crete the Germans had intended to occupy the airfield at Maleme, and only then would free descent of the aircraft.This succeeded in the evening of the second day of the Battle. By then the planes stack fell, hit by machine guns, cannons and even onshore, but mainly from the position in the Battle of hill 107 Vlacheronitissas. That night I had managed to send the English back-up on the hill. The telephone conversation was interrupted.When information is decided by the commander of British troops was sent to Platanias and messenger to go to the hill and turn to say what happens. The messenger never came back.
With the Germans who came to the hill 107, Crete fell. “The village during the German occupation was deserted. The residents sought refuge in other villages”After the occupation of the village became part of Maleme prison camp. There 5-6000 prisoners, Greek and English, within the barbed wire. Inside the camp was Saint Anthony. When the Germans emptied the camp used the church as a warehouse for spare planes. This was the reason the church repeatedly bombed by the British.

Maleme had three other churches in the area of ​​the airport. In the center of the airport, about 200 meters above the sea, there was St. George. Chalastike to become the airport. Nearby was the village cemetery and the church of Agia Marina, which echalasan the Germans because they give a view on bombing the airport.Finally, St. John, who was one hundred meters before the bridge Tavronitis chalastike for the same reason. ”

The village was abandoned by its inhabitants during the German Occupation:
“We lived f other villages where everyone knew. We specifically went to Dere in the early days. Then we went to the lake after the Kontomari and Kissamos. Our village testified in every respect. “
After liberation, when he finally met the village began to heal the wounds in the buildings. The school was damaged by bombing.Beneath the floor was dug by the Germans retreat. The building was most inappropriate. Until recently the school was housed in the hall for cultural events, which is next to San Antonio. Today is the perfect school complex Maleme. The exataxio elementary school (and kindergarten) brings children from all surrounding villages. The cemetery was moved to a hillside south of the village. There he built and the new church of Agia Marina, who solemnly celebrated every year on 1 7 July.
Since the tragic grandeur of the Battle of Crete and the gloomy days of German occupation now have left are memories. German cemetery in Maleme, 1 km outside the village, rest the remains of German soldiers who took part in the Battle of Crete.Maleme, summer tourism region, acquires, like all the coastal villages faster and more life in the summer. The village has a wealth of hotel facilities. Along the coastline there are many restaurants and cafes. The village’s permanent clinic. There is also a pharmacy, grocery store, souvenir shop, kiosk and two cafes.Maleme operates Cultural Association and a Hall of cultural events.
Platanias VilagesIt is the village that we meet after Maleme moving inland. It is a small but active village that engages mainly in agriculture work, olives, grapes, tsikoudia etc. On the hill that overlooks the airfield of Maleme the famous hill 107 is located, where the fiercest battles for the capture of the airfield took place in 1941. Today at this landmark stands a simple cross to remind the younger generations the sacrifice of those who fell for their country and freedom.VlaheronitissaAt the village of Vlaheronitissa we will have the chance to witness ways of the agricultural life that tend to be lost, like the vine harvest in September and the “rakokazana” for the manufacture of the traditional spirituous drink of tsikoudia at the end of October.Here you will certainly understand what Cretan hospitality and Cretan feast really mean. You just have to visit one of the 11 festivals that take place through the year at the chapels of the village!

The Vlacheronitissa not put off by the indifference of the government as happened in many villages of the county who have been or are about to be left without a permanent population. In this contributed to the fact that they are close to Chania and most residents work in tourism businesses of the north road as, Maleme, Platanias, but, above all, because people are among the beloved not have differences and together they offer for their village.

Up to the mandatory consolidation of municipalities and communities, a community of Vlacheronitissa Kydonia and now included in the boundaries of the municipality of Platanias. Since yesterday we recorded a transition useful historical and cultural figures, who kindly gave us writing two young men, pillars of the village, the chairman of the Local Council Manolis Bamiakis and Chairman of the Cultural Association Ms. Emerald Gompaki, speaking in his native abundant love, even noting that: “The Vlacheronitissa acquired and tourist infrastructure because apart from the traditional cafe and a very nice restaurant, this year work for the first time modern accommodation. The village has started now and several years to establish the feast of the snail (21 June) as treats and live Cretan music and is also unfailingly every year the feast of raki. Our elementary school is closed for years, regardless of how the village had been children. It is better to go to elementary school Maleme. Ours was the 1993 Sports Center, while housed the Cultural Association and do many events. There is a clinic where they housed the community and work every week with a physician from Maleme.

The Vlacheronitissa is one of the villages of the valley directly experienced the horrors and the greatness of the Battle of Crete.The height 107 is the location where the Germans threw a strong force of paratroopers to take over the airport of Maleme, which succeeded after a furious fight and fought a brave and heroic resistance of incomparably less figures and little-armed local residents. On this hill, near which is built the Church of Saints Constantine and Helen is now plain wooden cross. Nearby are the ruins of the (underground) German tilefoneiou.Apechoume from Chania, 19 km at an altitude of 65 meters above sea level. Our population is around 150 people many of whom are young people.Our land is very fertile and produces everything, but mainly we have income from the oil and citrus. We live in the village because they deserve to keep it and we want to set an example to follow to do the same in many other villages. ”

HISTORICAL KAI cultural elements: 

“The province referred Blacheronitissa Cydonia by Fr. Barozzi called Vlagheronitissa and Kastrofilakas as Vlachieronitissa in 1853, with 82 residents and 12 due chores. The village’s name is directly linked to the Notre Blachernae.

According to tradition, after the conquest of Constantinople (29 May 1453) one of those who survived smuggled the divine image and brought it here, where she hid in a field. There, in a bush, was found later. In the place that built the first church of the Virgin Mary, a small chapel which was demolished when they built the church in the same downstream position. According to the Orthodox Christian tradition the church was normally celebrated on July 2, the day on which solemnly celebrated the memory of the Virgin Mary and the Church of Blachernae Istanbul. But the fact that all residents have Vlacheronitissas vineyards and the harvest is in September, led, for practical reasons, to postpone the celebration on September 8, the day which celebrates the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. In recent years started again be celebrating on July 2 and remains of the feast on September 8. Agios Eleftherios, old small church has its own history, which started in earnest and unfavorable prognosis disease is the son of a priest from the celery. The priest wanted to bury his child to the cemetery Vlacheronitissas. Because the origin was from another province does not give its consent, the then vicar of the village. So the priest from Celery built this temple and buried in the courtyard of his child. There etafike himself after his death. The church celebrates on December 15, the day which honors the memory of the saint. There are also the church of St. George (festive celebration Tuesday after Easter), the church of Saints Constantine and Helen (festive celebration May 21) next to hill 107, the church of St. Anthony, also an old (festive celebration on 17 January) The church of Agia Anna (old chapel built in Brook, celebrated on December 9), the church of Saint Stylianos (Day November 26) and the old church of St. Nicholas (feast on December 6), who has also built by monk and the bell was later capped englezikis bomb. It is worth noting that all churches (except St. Eleftherios and St. Nicholas) have been built by families who own property near the church because the neighborhoods have developed Vlacheronitissas scattered, a considerable distance between them. All the temples also celebrated solemnly with artoplasia, treats and foods that provide the villagers who live around each temple. ”

Here are several snapshots from the beautiful, clean village with its central church dedicated to Mary, the Elementary School as a Sports and Cultural Center Association, the town at the eastern entrance, small children, the Chairman of the Local Council Manolis Bamiaki (top), the President of Cultural Association Emerald Gompaki and (bottom) the owner of the new tourist accommodation Kostas Roumeliotis.


Syrili, Zounaki, Lake 
Πλατανιάς και τα χωριά της περιοχήςSmall settlements encountered after Vlacheronitissa always moving to the mainland.

Villages with a strong authentic local color, away from tourist centers, with magnificent landscapes, and traditional architectural interest. Perfect for listening to the Cretan mainland.

The residents are here mainly to growing olives, citrus, vine


Πλατανιάς και τα χωριά της περιοχήςAt the edge of the City continuing its journey to the mainland is after the Lake, the village of Derry.

A semi-mountainous village consisting of several “neighborhoods” with lots of water, lush green landscapes and great for browsing and relaxing. Interestingly dependency, a complex of buildings of the Venetian era and survived several churches in the “neighborhoods”. Surely you will never forget the “images” from the traditional Cretan hospitality to feasts of Dere. Find time to go …honor with your presence at any of the four festivals that take place from early July to early September, with local treats, local honey, cheese, wine Romeikos, xerotigana, raki.

Here the residents except the olive growers also chestnut, honey, produce and some even engaged in the production of coal in the traditional way. The cafes you can buy local products from the village.

Also in the running, equestrian club for learning riding and trekking on horseback, and restaurant with traditional dishes.