Agia Marina Beach – Chania

Agia Marina Beach – Chania

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Agia Marina is a seaside village with significant tourist development. It is 9 km from Chania and 2.5 km from Platanias and is nestled between the beaches of Agioi Apostoloi and Gerani. Gerani could be the site of ancient Kydonia and as such is of significant archaeological significance. This part of the beach is preferred by the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) as a nesting place. So if you come here, be cautious of any markings that should not be disturbed. The beach of Agia Marina has clear water, a broad strand and enjoys views of the island of Agioi Theodoroi right opposite. The whole area is well organized with all the desired amenities for visitors. Numerous hotels line up the beachfront and offer sunbeds, umbrellas, showers and changing rooms. Also, the lifeguard ensures the safety of bathers. Nevertheless, you can still find quiet stretches of sand to place your towel and belongings away from the beach bars.

The beach is quite popular with children and sandy, however, parts of it have small pebbles. The long stretch of beach is perfect for leisurely walking. Walking east, you will reach Agioi Apostoloi, which is practically a cluster of three small and sheltered bays separated by rocky outcrops. The bays have sand, blue-green waters and plenty of vegetation all around. The name, meaning Holy Apostles, comes from a church near the beach on a small hill. You can walk up the hill for a panoramic view of the bays and the surrounding area; the church is very popular during the summer for weddings.

Agia Marina Beach

Access to the beach is easy and there are frequent bus routes to the village of Agia Marina. In the evening and nighttime, the area takes on a whole different vibe, with cosmopolitan beach bars and seaside restaurants being the main points of attraction. The area is named after the church of Agia Marina that has its feast day on July 17. If you want to experience a Cretan festival, with lots of food and dancing, don’t miss it. The island visible in the distance, Agii Theodori, is a protected natural reserve, where Cretan wild goats roam free. Approaching the island is forbidden.