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Gerani beach

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Beach description

Situated 13 km west of Chania city, nestled between Maleme and Platanias, lies the quaint coastal village of Gerani. The village is nestled in a lush valley filled with olive and citrus groves, which were once the primary source of income for the villagers. Today, tourism drives the economy of Gerani.

Stretching across 2.5 km, Gerani’s beach is known for its beautiful sand and crystal-clear water. The beach is equipped with numerous amenities such as umbrellas, showers, beach bars, water sports facilities, and lifeguards, making it an ideal destination for family vacations. Several tamarisk trees provide shade, and for those preferring less crowded spots, there are unorganized parts of the coast. However, visitors must tread carefully, as the sandy beach serves as a nesting ground for the Caretta caretta turtles from May to September.

The village of Gerani got its name from a simple water-pumping method used in the village. The method involved the use of a wooden fork and a horizontal piece of wood, with a rope tied at one end to a bucket and a counterweight at the other end.

Historically, Gerani is thought to be the site of ancient Kydonia, according to some scientists. It is also believed that the village once housed a temple dedicated to Goddess Vritomartis, the Cretan counterpart of Goddess Artemis.

The village witnessed a battle against the Turks in 1867, where the Cretan rebels emerged victorious. However, fearing retaliation, the locals asked the rebels to leave, leading to the Turks returning and causing havoc. Gerani also holds significance as the place where famed Cretan novelist John Kondilakis started his teaching career in 1885-1886. The school where he taught, located in Pano Gerani, still stands today.

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Most frequent asked questions

What activities can I do at Gerani beach?

There are various activities you can do at Gerani beach such as swimming, sunbathing, beach volleyball, and water sports like jet skiing, parasailing, and banana boat rides.

Is Gerani beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Gerani beach is suitable for families with children as the water is shallow and calm, and there are lifeguards on duty during the day. There is also a playground nearby.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Gerani beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Gerani beach where you can enjoy a meal or a drink while enjoying the view of the sea.

Is there a parking area near Gerani beach?

Yes, there is a parking area near Gerani beach where you can park your car for free.

Can I rent beach chairs and umbrellas at Gerani beach?

Yes, you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas at Gerani beach for a fee.

Is Gerani beach accessible for people with disabilities?

Yes, Gerani beach is accessible for people with disabilities as there are ramps and special facilities available.

Are there any water sports schools at Gerani beach?

Yes, there are water sports schools at Gerani beach where you can take lessons and rent equipment for various water sports activities.

Is there a walking or cycling path near Gerani beach?

Yes, there is a walking and cycling path near Gerani beach where you can enjoy a scenic view of the sea and the surrounding area.

What is the water colour of the Gerani beach?

The water colour of the Gerani beach is blue.

What type of sand can be found on the Gerani beach?

The Gerani beach has sand and fine pebbles.

What is the water depth like at the Gerani beach?

The water depth at the Gerani beach is normal.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Gerani beach?

The sea surface at the Gerani beach is usually wavy.

What is the crowd like at the Gerani beach?

The Gerani beach is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the Gerani beach?

The Gerani beach has accommodation options, food/water nearby, umbrellas/beds, sports, lifeguard, showers, and a Blue Flag.

What are the access options for the Gerani beach?

The Gerani beach can be accessed by bus services, paved road, and is handicap friendly.

Is there any tree shade available at the Gerani beach?

Yes, there is tree shade available at the Gerani beach.

Is there a seaturtle nesting point at the Gerani beach?

Yes, there is a seaturtle nesting point at the Gerani beach.

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