Platanias is the largest tourist beach resort in west Crete and lies about 10 kilometres west of Chania, on the northern coastline.
Kato Platanias is a very busy resort with a string of hotels and apartments lining the main road, intermingled with tavernas, music bars and tourist shops.
The resort is also home to several nightclubs and discos and, along with neighbouring Agia Marina, forms the main tourist strip for this part of the island.
Platanias is named after the large plane trees that grow along the shore. As well as the seafront tourist drag there is the inland village of Plano Platanias, rather more picturesque.
The beach is long, deep and sandy in some places, mostly pebble in others. and it has all the facilities you would expect such as watersports and beach games.
Platanias beach is split by a small and picturesque harbour and has beach bars and small tavernas galore while the main street is shops, mini markets, cafes and an open-air cinema.
A small tourist train takes trippers on a two-hour tour of the local countryside. To the west is the coastal resort of Kato Gerani which extends to Pyrgos Psilonerou where there are more big beach hotels.
A walk to some of the local villages will reveal a quieter Crete. Pano Gerani, Modi, Loutraki, Manoliopoulo are all within 10 kilometres and surrounded by orange and olive groves.