Platanias is located where the Platanias (also called the Keritis) river empties into the Sea of Crete. The village is so-named because of the plane (platania) trees which used to line its banks. Of course, we are talking about the Platanias in Chania, not the Platanias in Rethymno. The two places are many kilometers distant but you might be confused by the same name.
It is a bustling seaside town where a raucous main strip splits the town in half. To the north there's a long beach lined with bars and hotels, while to the south there's a charming old town climbing up the surrounding hillside. And along the main street itself you've got late-night bars and the most popular nightclubs on the island.
Like many villages on the north coast of Crete, there is an Upper (Ano) and a Lower (Kato) Platanias. Upper Platanias is the old village built on a hillside with fantastic view of the sea and the islet of Thodorou. Kato Platanias began to thrive thanks to the burgeoning tourist trade. It is now one of the most popular destinations in Crete. It has grown and spread out so much that it has practically merged with next door Agia Marina to the east. Platanias can be a noisy, busy place but lots of fun if you're looking for that sort of thing.
The beach is a beautiful strand of golden sand, and there are many nice little beach bars, restaurants, snack places, and terraces to sit and enjoy the sun all along its length. It is a favorite of young people but it also attracts large numbers of families with children. In short, there is something for everyone at Platanias. It has some of the most popular night clubs in Crete, which line the main street of the village, running parallel to the sea.
Platanias is not only a popular tourist destination, many locals live there too and it offers plenty of amenities all year round like shops, supermarket, bank, post, bakery, taverns, cafeterias, police stations, school etc. - a bustling center full of activity and entertainment..
Chania, a bustling, fascinating medieval city is only 20 minutes away. A little further, about 45 minutes' drive, is Falassarna Beach. This is one of Europe's top 10 beaches, and comes with a vast swathe of sand, crystal-clear blue water and a mountain backdrop. Chania International Airport is about 40 minutes by car.
The proximity to Chania, the beautiful beach and the regular bus services from Chania have made Platanias the most popular beach near Chania city.