Kolymbari beach, Platanias, Chania


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

Kolymbari is a fishing village on the western end of the Gulf of Chania. The sea is usually rough as the beach is exposed to the north from where it is usually windy. When calm, though, you can enjoy its fine grey pebbles, do water sports or just forget all your troubles under one of the umbrellas that you can find here. Kolymbari is also popular for its traditional taverns where you can taste fresh fish along with many local delicacies. Also don't miss taking a walk around the alleys of the village and then relaxing while having a coffee or a drink by the port.

Same as the rest of the region, the beach is a breeding area for the endangered caretta caretta sea turtles, so it is possible that you will see cages that have been constructed and put around the turtle nests to protect them. If you drive further after Kolymbari you will enter Rodopou Peninsula which is listed as a Natura 2000 protected area and can give you a good taste of the spectacular Cretan wild scenery. At the fringe of the village there is the Orthodox Academy of Crete and the historical monastery of Gonia that was built in the 17th century and has a precious collection of rare icons.

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