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Glorious sunshine, vibrant culture and a touch of history welcome you to Platanias, a charming Greek village tucked away on the island of Crete. Platanias, known for its turquoise sea kissed by glistening sands, delightful eateries and its signature hospitality, promises an unforgettable holiday for all.
Whether you're revelling in the gentle serenade of waves, partaking in local delicacies or exploring the treasures of its rich past, Platanias is certain to delight. Offering a taste of Greece undiluted and raw in its beauty, this is the destination where every experience translates into a cherished memory.
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Shelter of Platanias
Uncover the tales of World War II at the Shelter of Platanias, whispering the stories of its past from the spools of underground tunnels.
Revel in the soothing embrace of tranquillity at the lush Archipelagos Hotel, a comforting retreat right in the heart of Platanias.
Treat yourself to the immersive exploration of local art at the WW2 Museum, housing an astonishing collection of artefacts.
Breathe in the intoxicating serenity of the nearby island of Agioi Theodoroi, floating quietly off the coast. For those irresistibly drawn to the pulse of the local life, a wander through the bustling streets, punctuated with cosy bars, nightclubs and cafes, is a must.
Savour the local delicacy of moussaka, a tantalising dish traditionally layered with potatoes, minced meat and eggplant, crowned with creamy bechamel sauce.
Refresh with Ouzo
Refresh your palate with a nip of ouzo, a signature Greek aperitif, floral on the nose with a delicious sweetness that pairs perfectly with a selection of meze.
Delight in Yemista
No visit is complete without tucking into yemista, a scrumptious dish bursting with the flavours of stuffed tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants slow-roasted to perfection.
Indulge in Baklava
For those with a sweet tooth, the sinfully delicious baklava, layered with chopped nuts and honey, is an indulgence you won't want to miss. Enjoy all these and more at the multitude of food spots sprinkled across the town.
The best time to visit Platanias is between May and September when temperatures range between a pleasant 22° to a tropical 30°C. The summer months are perfect for beach lovers as you have ample sunshine, crystal clear waters and a vibrant holiday atmosphere to revel in.
From April to October, the area buzzes with Scandinavian tourists, adding to the international charm of the area. However, if you're seeking a more tranquil escape, consider visiting in May, June or early September when the weather is still warm and the crowds smaller. Keep in mind that January tends to be the wettest month; otherwise, this Greek paradise generally ensures balmy weather and clear skies for a memorable holiday.
Take a day off to relax at Platanias Beach, where the fine pebble shores caress the crystalline waters, creating a breathtaking panorama of colour. Head over to Paralia Platanias for some solitude, or bathe in the vibrancy of local life at the popular Troulakis Beach. Alternatively, feel the rhythm of this coastal paradise at the nearby beaches, where you can lounge in the sun or take a refreshing dip in the crisp waves.
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