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Crete - Chania

The best way to make the most of your time on Crete is to drive and explore the island. Below are some day trip ideas, which combine several locations making your day eventful and most enjoyable.

  • Falassarna beach – Elafonisos beach – Monastery of Chrisoskalitissa The two top beaches to visit are Falassarna and Elafonisos. On route you can also visit the Monastery of Chrisoskalitissa. This is a full day trip with approximately an hour and a half drive each way.
  • Balos lagoon and Gramvousa islet Take a ferry from the nearby port of Kissamos (daily) and spend a day sunbathing and swimming at Balos lagoon and the islet of Gramvousa. Total time on the ferry is 55 minutes. For more information have a look at:
  • Explore the Akrotiri peninsula: Monastery of Agia Triada - Gouverneto Monastery – Eleftherios Venizelos Graves (historical site) Drive through Chania centre towards the airport. Visit the Monastery of Agia Triada and then the Gouverneto Monastery. On your way back towards Chania stop at the Eleftherios Venizelos Graves – a historical site with wonderful views to the old Venetian harbor of Chania. Also there you will find a choice 3 coffee shops for you to enjoy.
  • Hora Sfakion – Frangokastello – Plakias – Myrthios – Rethymno. Drive down to Hora Sfakion and either take the ferry to Loutro or Agia Roumeli (see ferry schedules at: or continue on from Chora Sfakion for a further 12 kilometers to Frangokastello (see the castle on the beach) and onto the large coastal village of Plakias. From there drive up to the inland village of Myrthios (for a traditional Cretan lunch at any of the taverns with panoramic sea views) and then onto Rethymno. From there you can easily get to the New National Road (heading west to ‘Chania’) to Kissamos to get back to Santa Marina Beach Hotel.
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