Afrata beach, Platanias, Chania

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Author: Giannis Foudoulakis

Afrata is a beautiful village, about 6 km north of Kolymbari and 30 km west of the city Chania. The village and its picturesque beach are located in Rodopou peninsula, which is protected by the Natura 2000 network and is an area of unique natural beauty and environmental value. The beach is 1 km from the village in a small sheltered bay. There, you will find a canteen with umbrellas and sunbeds as well as tamarisk trees for shade by the sea. The beach is pebbly and the sea is ideal for snorkeling.

In the village Afrata you will find some taverns for food or coffee after the sea while the nearby Kolymbari is known for its fish taverns. A little further north and west of the beach starts the trail to the cave Ellinospilios, where have been discovered prehistoric graves and other important archaeological finds. The trail is passable and has a length of about 1,5 km but the entry to the cave requires experience and the proper equipment. On the route between Kolimvari and Afrata do not forget to make a stop at the Orthodox Academy and the Gonia Monastery in order to experience its rich history.

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