West Crete beaches

Agia Marina


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 city and is one of the most popular resorts in Chania, with thousands of hotels and all types of touristic infrastructure one can ask for. The village is named after the local church of Agia Marina celebrating on July 17.

The shore of Agia Marina is fantastic with lovely consecutive sandy beaches. At the west side, near the port of Platania, we meet many small artificial piers where one can swim. In the east part the beach, there is a long 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, but access is not allowed as it's located in private land. This has been a place of worship during the Middle Minoan period. In Agia Marina you can visit the local folklore museum.

Thodorou isl. Beach

Opposite the beach of Agia Marina you'll see the protected island of Thodorou, which has been declared a natural reserve. There is a large colony of the endangered Cretan wild goats in Crete, moved here from the White Mountains (i.e. the area around Samaria Gorge). Approaching the island is 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. 

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture, West Crete, North Crete, Kissamos Area, Chania city area (Kydonia)
  • 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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