West Crete beaches

Agia Marina

Chania

Watch your steps!

From May to September each year you can watch
the comings and goings of the endangered Loggerhead sea turtles
nesting on the beach

Agia Marina beach
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The seaside village of Agia Marina is located just 9km west of Chania. It is one of the most popular resorts in Chania, with thousands of hotels and all types of touristic infrastructure. The village is named after the local church of Agia Marina.

The Shore of Agia Marina is fantastic with lovely sandy beaches. The west side, near the port of Platanias is full with small artificial bays, where you can swim. In the east part the beach, there is stunning sandy beach extending to Stalos. Along the shore, you will find all the services offered in a well organized beach.

1.5km south of the village, there is the cave of Nerospilia, which has amazing stalagmites and stalactites. This has been a place of worship during the Middle Minoan period.

Thodorou islet

Opposite the beach of Agia Marina you'll see the protected island of Thodorou, which has been declared as National Park. There is the largest colony of endangered Cretan wild goats (kri-kri) in Crete, moved here from the White Mountains (i.e. the area around Samaria Gorge). Approaching the island is strictly prohibited. However, in recent years a limited number of excursions are offered to visitors by boat, but note that special permission is required by the Forest Service. In the small cove of the islet, serving as the harbour or the island, there is a small sandy beach overlooking Agia Marina. This is totally unknown to everybody, due to the restrictions on approaching Thodorou.

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Chania
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Sand
  • Depth: Shallow
  • Sea surface: Usually wavy
  • Crowds: Crowded place
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby, Umbrellas / beds, Sports, Lifeguard, Showers, Blue Flag
  • Other Information: Tree Shade, Seaturtle nesting point
  • Accessibility: Bus services, Paved road
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