Located to the West of Chania, Platanias is part of a long stretch of sandy beaches that runs from Stalos to Gerani. Stalos, Agia Marina and Platanias run into each other forming one long coastal strip and beach. It is the most developed tourist area in the Chania region.
Type of beach: a long, wide sandy beach. Rough sand and small pebbles in parts.
Size of beach: hard to say where Platanias beach starts but its total length up to the Platanias river is over 3 km
How busy: as it's the main tourist area of Chania it is busy. Some areas can be pretty packed but it is also easy to avoid if you prefer it less crowded: if you head towards the West (and the Platanias river) it gets very quiet.
Winds: open to the North so it will be affected by north winds (prevalent in summer) and can have waves on those days.
Sunbeds and umbrellas, a few cabins to change, showers, life guards, water sports
Safe for children: on quiet days the water is safe though it can drop quite quickly in parts. If it's windy you will get waves and sometimes currents so children need to be supervised (and adults should be careful too).
Car parking: free parking in a number of areas though it might get a bit tight in high season.
Chania is only 12 km from Platanias along the coastal road. There are plenty of regular buses from Chania.
A huge choice to cater for the large number of visitors. The beach is also lined up with beach cafeterias serving snacks and drinks.