Stretching for a mile, the beach at Aghia Marina is the main focus of the resort, and boasts not only golden sands and clear waters, but a host of facilities for visitors, and a good number of beach bars.
Water sports available include jet-skiing, pedalos, banana boat rides, ringos, windsurfing, water skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, snorkelling and canoeing. Boats can be chartered, and speedboat rides are available.
Sports & Activities
Hotels and apartments have pools and tennis courts, and there are facilities for volleyball, mini golf and table tennis, whilst scooters and mountain bikes can be rented, and horse riding is available.
Aghia Marina is bustling and lively, with a good choice of bars and clubs and dining for all visitors, from traditional Greek food to familiar English fare. For more choice head to Platanias which is just a short walk along the coast.
Regular buses head to the main town on the west of the island, where there is plenty to see and do, such as touring the Old Town, with its charming cobbled streets, wandering along the Venetian harbour, or visiting the Archaeological Museum. The city has excellent shopping and dining, and makes for a great day out and a change from the beach, and is also the departure point for many different boat trips around the island.
Visitors in July can experience a traditional religious festival, the Feast of Aghia Marina - a lively celebration with plenty of dancing, food and drink.
Take time to explore the quieter more peaceful regions of Western Crete, and head inland to see a traditional mountain town, or tour the local monasteries. The island's famous attraction, the Samaria Gorge lies to the south, and offers the chance for a strenuous hike, and the towns of the east, such as Rethymnon and Elounda are an easy day trip.