Platanias only a few years ago  was mainly a rich agricultural area. Today Platanias is a cosmopolitan touristic resort, one of the most famous in Crete. Platanias is 10 Km from Chania, on the highway to Kasteli. The 4 kiometers of the white shining sandy beaches, have  given to Platania beach for 7 years in the row, the blue flag, a hallmark of quality of EEC for clear and organized beaches. The area offers all swimming facilities. The pleasant hotels, the evergreens, the orange groves and exotic bamboo along the riverbanks, draw visitors year after year.