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Platani, situated 7km to the west of Sitia and 60km east of Agios Nikolaos on Crete island, can be reached by taking the road to Faneromeni Monastery, which starts near the village of Skopi. Around 2km after Skopi, just before reaching the monastery, you’ll discover two adjacent small pebbly beaches with crystal clear waters.

The first beach, known as Agii Pantes, is nestled at the exit of the verdant Agii Pantes gorge, which can be accessed easily by a hiking trail. Limestone formations near the beach, resembling Pleurotus mushrooms, are a sight to behold. The gorge houses two freshwater springs, Koutsounari and Hosto Nero, the latter located inside a cave. During winter, Agii Pantes beach floods and transforms into a significant wetland.

The second beach, Platani, is formed at the exit of another lush canyon that runs parallel to Agii Pantes. The canyon starts from Faneromeni Monastery. The beach is named Platani, which translates to platan tree in Greek, after the platan trees that line the beach. A spring with fresh water is located next to the beach. This undeveloped area is perfect for peaceful solitude and calm swimming. To the west of Cape Trahilos lies Papadiokambos, a spot renowned for windsurfing.

While you’re in the area, it’s worth paying a visit to the Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni, located adjacent to the Platani gorge. The monastery, likely built in the 14th century and renovated in 1624, houses paintings dated to 1455. These were blackened by the destructive raids of the pirate Barbarossa in 1538 and by the Turks in 1829. The monastery’s name, Faneromeni, which means ‘Revealed’, is derived from the image of the Virgin Mary that reportedly “appeared” in a small cave next to the church. Today, the monastery is uninhabited.

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Most frequent asked questions

What activities can I do at Platani beach?

There are various activities you can do at Platani beach such as swimming, sunbathing, beach volleyball, beach soccer, and snorkeling.

Is Platani beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Platani beach is suitable for families with children as the water is shallow and calm, and there are lifeguards on duty during the day.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Platani beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Platani beach where you can enjoy local cuisine and drinks.

Can I rent beach equipment at Platani beach?

Yes, you can rent beach equipment such as umbrellas, sun loungers, and beach towels at Platani beach.

Is there a parking area near Platani beach?

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

Are there any water sports activities available at Platani beach?

Yes, there are several water sports activities available at Platani beach such as jet skiing, parasailing, and banana boat rides.

Is there a designated area for pets at Platani beach?

No, pets are not allowed at Platani beach for hygiene and safety reasons.

What is the water colour of the Platani beach?

The water colour of the Platani beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the Platani beach?

The Platani beach has pebbles as its sand type.

How deep is the water at the Platani beach?

The water at the Platani beach is deep.

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

The sea surface at the Platani beach is usually wavy.

What is the crowd like at the Platani beach?

The Platani beach is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the Platani beach?

There are no facilities available at the Platani beach.

How can the Platani beach be accessed?

The Platani beach can be accessed through a paved road.

What other information is available about the Platani beach?

The Platani beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing, and there is tree shade available.

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The villas feature 1 separate bedroom and includes a kitchen with an oven and a dining area.

The villas offer a terrace. If you would like to discover the area, snorkelling is possible in the surroundings.

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The villa comes with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

The villa offers a children’s playground. After a day of snorkelling, diving or cycling, guests can relax in the garden or in the shared lounge area.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 10 km from Papadiokampos Maissonete.

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The apartment with a terrace and sea views has 3 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 2 bathrooms with a bath. Towels and bed linen are offered in the apartment.

Deep River Beach is 2.2 km from the apartment, while Vai Palm Forest is 24 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, a few steps from Mira Sitia Luxury Apartment.

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The air-conditioned holiday home consists of 2 bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a coffee machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower and a hair dryer. Towels and bed linen are available in the holiday home.

Windsurfing and fishing can be enjoyed nearby.

The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 10 km from the holiday home.

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Deep River Beach is 2.7 km from the apartment, while Karabopetra Beach is 2.9 km away. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, a few steps from Terrace house.

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