Crete is known for its stunning shoreline and beautiful clean beaches, but one of the absolute best is located in western Crete, in a village called Agia Marina. Just 9km from the bustling city of Chania, this village is a perfect location for those looking for a relaxing beach holiday with some nearby attractions for potential day trips.
Read on to find out what you can enjoy in Crete’s most picturesque seaside village.
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The Beach, Of Course
You could not visit Agia Marina without setting foot on the sand – it is simply too beautiful to miss. The beach is long and sandy; just perfect for an evening or a morning stroll. Along the shore are all the facilities you could need, including bars and restaurants. The sea is perfectly clear in most parts, and warm enough for paddling!
Opposite the beach is the Island of Thodorou which, although small, enjoys a rich history and ancient legends. There are some old remains of forts as well as the Church of Saint Theodore still left on the island, though unfortunately most of the structure has been destroyed. Thodorou has suffered intense battles of ownership in the past, but finally became part of Crete during the Second World War.
For a cultural diversion, you can visit Agia Marina’s Folklore Museum. In this traditional rural house, you’ll experience the Cretan way of life and discover some authentic Greek skills such as weaving art and olive oil making. The house is a non-profit organisation and has accumulated some extraordinary objects over time that were originally owned by local families. This unique museum definitely makes for a fantastic cultural day out.
Almira Beach Bar & Restaurant
This is a fabulous place to enjoy some refreshments, during or after a day at the beach. The bar and restaurant offers a range of beverages including a large selection of beers, wines and cocktails. The beautifully prepared food dishes range from Mediterranean to European, and include fresh seafood and pasta (these meals can be brought to you on the beach while you’re lounging under an umbrella!). During the day a lighter beach menu is also available, serving delicious salads, burgers and sandwiches. Almira also provides some great entertainment in the form of live music events.
The gorgeous scenery that surrounds this area is truly magical; the décor is clean and modern, and there’s a wonderfully fresh, light feel to the restaurant due to the calm sea breeze. It really is the perfect place to enjoy an intimate meal with a breath-taking view.
Where to Stay
Kyriaki’s Cozy Apartments – This accommodation is fantastic value, and perfect for couples or small groups of friends. The apartments come with kitchens with the usual facilities, as well as a seating area, bedrooms and bathrooms. Some apartments have a sun terrace or balcony. There is a private swimming pool for guests with its own poolside bar, and the property is just five minutes from the beach and a few miles from Chania town.
Alexia Beach – Located just a two minute walk from the coastline, this accommodation is great for a relaxing holiday. The property also has its own pool, sun terraces, and a breakfast buffet served daily. The rooms are stylishly decorated and each one includes a kitchenette and dining area.
Santa Maria Plaza – If you’re looking for somewhere a little more luxurious, this adults-only hotel is ideal. The breakfast buffets and main restaurant dishes are exquisitely prepared, and drinks and snacks are available throughout the day at the poolside bar. The rooms are modern, beautifully finished, and have stunning sea views from their balconies. The hotel also organises music nights, and has a hot tub for ultimate relaxation.
How to Get There
I would recommend flying into Chania Airport if you are travelling from the UK. There are around 17 flights each day, and seven airlines currently fly direct, so you have plenty of choice. Usually the duration of the flight is just under four hours.
The transfer from Chania Airport to your location will take around 30 minutes with a pre-booked Shuttle Direct service.
About Shuttle Direct
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