Drapanias is a small village in northwestern Crete, Chania (regional unit). It was built in the ruins of the ancient town of Mythimna. The locals describe Drapanias in three parts: Drapanias, Ano Drapanias ("upper Drapanias") and Kato Drapanias ("lower Drapanias").
The village can be accessed via the main road to Kissamos. The small traditional village has 3 traditional Greek taverns which serve Greek food and are more than happy to play a game of back gammon with you. The village has two bakeries in which you can find homemade pastries, bread and cakes and there is also one small shop, selling basic products. A large church is at the heart of Drapanias, situated in the square. Frequent buses connect the village with various locations, such as Kissamos and Chania.
A little walk up the hill, you will come across Ano Drapanias, in which you can sample the makings of local cheeses from the cheese maker, olive oil and Raki and even take some home with you.
"Down" Drapanias you can find the beach and the local beach taverns. It easily accessible from Ano Drapanias, a peaceful 10-minute walk, or 3-minute car drive. The sea is easily accessible to small children and adults alike. Some of the taverns own a few beach sun loungers and showers, which can be used in exchange to buy something from their restaurants. There are also camping facilities and beach rooms to rent.
Like its neighboring beaches, Drapanias beach lies in a long area of 2km. It is actually the central part of the vast beach that runs from Kissamos and extends to the east, till Cape Rodopos. It is sandy and shallow beach, and usually wavy due to the north winds.
The beach of Drapanias is located 5km east of Kissamos and 32km west of Chania. The drive to Kastelli and the amenities takes less than 10 minutes, and Chania international airport is a 50 minute drive.