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PLATANIAS is a village about 10 km’s west from Chania, following the road towards Kissamos. It is situated by the mouth of the homonymous river Platanias (Iardanos river, Homer). At the river’s shore there are many plane trees -platania – which explains the name of the village.
In the Venetian inventories PLATANIAS is mentioned as Platanea and Pirgho Platanea, there were possibly two different settlements. Originally the village was built amphitheatrically on a high, rocky place with picturesque houses. Now it has spread to the sea-side.
The wonderful beaches and the considerable touristic development, with numerous facilities for the visitors, make PLATANIAS the most important tourist centre of western Crete.
In this village you may find practically everything, Restaurants, bars, beach bars, farmacies banks, clinics, supermarkets, watersport activities, mini golf, etc.