Getting Ready for Summer in Platanias

Platanias is a super cute beach village sitting along the northwest coast of Crete, Greece.

With numerous hotels and adorable little beach shacks to lively tavernas and popular night clubs, Platanias is a must-see destination during your stay on the island.

platanias lifequard tower

platanias sea and bougainvillea

platanias flowers

platanias beach and walkway

During the Winter and early Spring months, Platanias is a deserted ghost town. Businesses start to open their doors and hotels sweep the spring dust from the mud rain off their doorstep as soon as the summer breeze passes through the village streets.

abandoned yard

platanias streets

rugged beach stairs

platanias potted plants

Finally, with a breath of fresh summer air, visitors start to populate the once abandoned tavernas and souvenir shops. Platanias is a well-known holiday beach village where thousands of travelers either pass through for a day at the beach or stay in one of the quaint hotels throughout the summer months.

A Greek hotel in Platanias

platanias old window

gold and red poolside lounge chairs in Platanias

(I’m just loving the color combo of these bright red & shiny bronze-gold lounge chairs!)

gold and red poolside lounge chairs in Platanias

There are hundreds of pure white and multicolored lounge chairs littered along the beach, along with a picturesque mini island, Thodorou (AKA Saint Theodore – no relation to our mini doxie), in the foreground.

It’s a stunning view that screams SUMMER in the Greek Islands.

platanias colorful beach lounge chairs

platanias colorful beach lounge chairs

Platanias white umbrellas

platanias white umbrellas and blue sea

There are many little souvenir shops that supply all your basic beach and pool needs, as well as fine jewelry and art galleries.

platanias colorful beach floats

platanias artwork

Delicious tavernas are scattered along the village streets, offering amazing traditional Greek food to your basic burger and pizza joint. Dan and I even found out that the Greeks have craft beer! (Along with a very hipster taverna and bar.)

Good Morning!

platanias hipster joint

Succluents in Platanias

platanias microbrew sign

Dan was pretty happy about his microbrew find.

Dan taste testing microbrew

platanias microbrew fridge

Our complimentary dessert (given after every meal) was so delicious. It was a concoction of glazed Cretan oranges, Greek yogurt and crushed cookie crust.

Orange, yogurt and cookie crust dessert

Orange, yogurt and cookie crust dessert

With, of course, complimentary raki.

Raki in Platanias

And a dog. (:

Loungin Pup

Hopefully you get the chance to visit this cute little village. Do you know of another quaint beach town that resembles Platanias? Let me know in the comments below!

looking out to sea