Visit the most popular sights

Tens of wonderful exotic beaches, impressive monuments, destinations not to miss when visiting the island of Crete. Check out a few of the activities and create your memorable holiday experience, every experience is a sweet memory.

Kolymbari is a nice village 24km from Chania on the way to Kasteli. It is located in the centre of the Gulf of Chania, where the peninsula of Spatha starts.

Every half an hour there is a daily bus connection from Chania to Kolymbari. For information for the timetable please visit the site following web address΄

Gonia Panagia Odigitria Monastery


The Gonia Panagia Odigitria Monastery is located in the peninsula of Spatham which is built as a castle overlooking the Gulf of Chania. The main church dedicated to Panagia Odigitria consists of narthex and chapels surrounded by a courtyard.

The Gonia Panagia Odigitria Monastery has a great collection of invaluable icons of Meta-Vyzantine  Age, relics and other religious treasures.  Plenty of signs on the walls testify the importance of the monastery. A cannonball in the wall which faces the seaside reminds the Turkish assaults on the monastery. The single-aisled church of Panagia located in the back of the monastery.

The Orthodox Academy


The Orthdox Academy of Crete is located next to the historical monastery of Gonia, which is a modern Conference  Center. The Academy hosts conferences of local, national and international interest.

Platanias & Agia Marina

Sandy beach, Beach bars, Restaurants

The beach of Platanias and Agia Marina 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.

Elafonisi Beach

Sandy beach, Family friendly

Elafonisi is a tiny island with white sand, which is separated from the shore by a lagoon no more than a metre deep. The island is less than 200 meters away from the beach and you can easily walk in the warm, shallow waters of the lagoon . On reaching the island you will discover lot of tiny beaches on its south coast.

The sand in Elafonissi is white, but in many places it has a pinkish from the thousands of broken shells it contains. The limpid, blue-green waters color will remind you of an exotic paradise.

Balos Lagoon

Access with car & Daily boat trips.

Balos is a lagoon located at the cape of Gramvoussa, which is the furthest point of the Southwest Crete. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, with its crystal clear water and the pink color of the sand. You may reach the beach either by boat from Kissamos, or by car through a non-asphalted road.

Falassarna Beach

Sandy beach, Beach bars & Restaurants

Ancient Falassarna is located in the south of the prefecture of Chania 59km from the city and consists of 2 large beaches. In the ruined town you can admire the city walls, parts of the Acropolis wall, the remains of houses, ancient tombs and a stone throne, which was probably intended for the God of the Sea, Poseidon. Falassarna is an enormous sandy beach with crystal clear waters.  Enjoy the incredible sunset or discover ruins of the ancient city of Falassarna.