Tavronitis beach, Platanias, Chania


Author: Giannis Foudoulakis
Beach of Tavronitis in Platanias, Chania, Crete, Greece

Tavronitis is located in the municipality of Platanias, on the coast of the gulf of Chania. The first historical mention of the village, which was named after the river Tavronitis, is in a Venetian census of 1583. During the Second World War was a conflict area as from here began the Battle of Crete in 1941 with the invasion of German troops, who wanted to bring under their control the nearby airport of Maleme. Above the river Tavronitis, which dries up in the summer, there is an impressive iron bridge built in early years of 20th century, which is protected by the Service of Modern Monuments and has been declared as a historical building. The mouth of the river creates a biotope that is shelter for many wild animals and migratory birds, which fly in flocks over the area in autumn.

The clean beach of Tavronitis is pebbly. It is an ideal choice for those who seeking peace and tranquility because it is quite isolated. It has a lifeguard and therefore you can enjoy safe swimming in the crystal clear waters, especially on days when there is no wind. Along the beach there are trees that provide shade in the summer as well as umbrellas and sun loungers for sunbathing. In the village you will find 2-3 lovely traditional taverns where you can eat after swimming. Tavronitis, which is 18 km away from Chania, has regular bus services.

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