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Tracks in Platanias

Our aim: to give our visitor recommendations on the places worth visiting, how to get there in the shortest way, what there is to see or do at each place. Based on the information given in the first part of this guide book, you can judge for yourself which trips are closer to your personal needs or which ones suit you. Of course, you can plan your own trips.

(Where not mentioned otherwise, any means of transportation can be used.
All the trips have been designed with starting point and ending in the town of Platanias. )

Τrack 1

Platanias – Gerani – Maleme (Aeroport, beach, German Cemetery ) – Tavronitis (Bridge, beaches, modern oil producing standardization plant ) – Kolymbari (Fisheries Museum, Gonia Monastery, Orthodox Academy of Crete, Cadets Monument ) – return by means of National motorway – Platanias

Τrack 2

Platanias – Kolymbari (Fisheries Museum, Gonia Monastery, Orthodox Academy of Crete, Cadets Monument ) – Afrata (secluded beach, picturesque village and village square- Rodopou- Gionas(Church and Monastery of St John the Baptist, scenic plateau ) – Agios Pavlos (Monastery) – Menies (ruins of ancient temple of Diktynna , ideal for nature lovers) – Ravdouha – Kalidonia – return by means of National motorway – Platanias
(This trip will definitely take all day.)

Τrack 3

Platanias – Modi (main square and church, , fantastic view, church-cave of Agios Gerassimos) – Loutraki- Psathogiannos (extensive olive groves with gigantic, centuries-old olive trees) – Koufos (Byzantine church of Zoodohou Pigis or Ai Kyr- Giannis )- Alikianos (Byzantine church of Agios Georgios, main church of the Holy Cross, the Keritis river stone bridge, the Keritis Monument of the Battle of Crete) – Vatolakkos (Oil factory museum, winery, picturesque main square, the Varsamiotis river dam ) – Patelari – Platanias

Τrack 4

Platanias-by means of the National motorway – Spilia (magnificent stone tavern and paved square “Platania” at hill top, the impressive main church of the Virgin Mary, “Marathokefala” and the cave-church of Agios Ioannis, the Park of Local Heroes) – Drakona (Byzantine chapel of Agios Stefanos in scenic location) – Episkopi (The Rotunda) – Astrikas (organic oil factory) – Panethimos (picturesque village square, huge, centuries-old plane trees, Main Church of the Virgin Mary, Byzantine chapel of Archangel Michael, trail in the ravine leading to Deliana) – Deliana (Gorge,paths for nature lovers, most scenic square, Byzantine Church of Agios Ioannis, Chieftain Baladinos’ Monument) – Vassilopoulo – Karthiana – Kalidonia – return by means of National motorway-Platanias (probably an all-day trip.)(This trip will definitely take all day.)

Τrack 5

Platanias – Kalidonia – Nohia (ceramics workshops, scenic main square and church) – Astrikas (organic oil factory) – Deliana (Gorge,paths for nature lovers, most scenic square, Byzantine Church of Agios Ioannis, Chieftain Baladinos’ Monument) – return by means of National motorway – Karthiana – Vassilopoulo – Platanias

Τrack 6

Platanias – Neratzia (Park in Memory of Road Accident Victims) – Syrili – Zounaki – Limni – Deres ( rich flora, marvelous trails for nature lovers, chapel of Agia Kyriaki perched on hillside,Horse Riding Club) – Skines (“Calvary” Hill with Crosses, National Shooting Range, Cultural Centre “Ioulianos Tsirakis”) – Alikianos (Byzantine church of Agios Georgios, main church of the Holy Cross, the Keritis river stone bridge, the Keritis Monument of the Battle of Crete) – Patelari – Vrysses – Platanias

Τrack 7

Platanias – Drakiana – Patelari – Alikianos (Byzantine church of Agios Georgios, main church of the Holy Cross, the Keritis river stone bridge, the Keritis Monument of the Battle of Crete) – Vatolakkos (Oil factory museum, winery, picturesque main square, the Varsamiotis river dam ) – Koufos – Psathogiannos (extensive olive groves with gigantic, centuries-old olive trees) – Manoliopoulo (impressive main square with stone buildings, Cultural centre, oil factory, magnificent trails for nature lovers) – Loutraki- Platanias

Τrack 8

Platanias – Patelari – Fournes (amazing trails along the Keritis river, main church, dense orange groves) – Meskla (sources of the Keritis river, Sarakina Gorge, Byzantine chapel of Jesus Christ, main church of the Virgin Mary) – Zourva (unbelievable view, cypress trees forests, the spot called “Tromarissa” -on foot- very many trails for nature lovers) – your return can be either via the way you came or by following the road on to Therissos and from there on to Hania and via the motorway back to Platanias

Τrack 9

Platanias – Fournes (amazing trails along the Keritis river, main church, dense orange groves) – Lakki (impressive main square , marvelous view, Monument for local heros-war victims, impressive main church of Agios Antonios, Byzantine chapel of Agios Georgios, many paths for nature lovers) – Karanou (Byzantine chapels, “Borianon” ravine, “Kydoni” ravine,scenic main square with view, monument for Women Farmers, main Church of the Virgin Mary) – Orthouni (old churches, caves, the site called “Moutsoudia” with water spring and gigantic plane tree) – Skines (“Calvary” Hill with Crosses, National Shooting Range, Cultural Centre “Ioulianos Tsirakis”) – Platanias

Τrack 10

Platanias – Lakki (impressive main square , marvelous view, Monument for local heros-war victims, impressive main church of Agios Antonios, Byzantine chapel of Agios Georgios, many paths for nature lovers) – Omalos (Xyloskalo- entrance of the Samaria Gorge, Kallergis shelter, the chapel of Agios Pandeleimonas, the grave and headquarters of the famous Chieftain Hatzi Mihalis Giannaris, the Tzanis cave) – Sebronas (chestnut trees forests, scenic river, the mountaintop-either on foot or by 4-wheel drive-called “Apopigadi” with the centuries-old chapel of Agios Ioannis, infinite trails for nature lovers, traditional cafes & tavernas ) – Prasses (the site “Askidia with the unique pine forest, trail along the river- the old settlement, Byzantine chapel of Agios Nikolaos, scenic main square , the gorge of Prasses, the little settlement of Hosti & the “Royal Route”) – Nea Roumata (tomb of early Minoan Era, incredible local flora such as the gigantic oak tree and the huge fern plant, magnificent trails for nature lovers) – Skines (“Calvary” Hill with Crosses, National Shooting Range, Cultural Centre “Ioulianos Tsirakis”) – Platanias

Τrack 11

Platanias – Voukolies (Kefala, Kafouros, picturesque main square, the Tower of Voukolies) – Anoskeli (oil factory, winery, standardization plant) – Dromonero (Contemporary Art Exhibition Centre “Oil Press”, Monument for War Victims) – Zymvragou- Panethimos (picturesque village square, huge, centuries-old plane trees, Main Church of the Virgin Mary, Byzantine chapel of Archangel Michael, trail in the ravine leading to Deliana) – Deliana (Gorge,paths for nature lovers, most scenic square, Byzantine Church of Agios Ioannis, Chieftain Baladinos’ Monument) – Astrikas (organic oil factory) – Karthiana – Nohia (ceramics workshops, scenic main square and church) – Plakalona- Platanias

Τrack 12

Platanias – Neratzia (Park in Memory of Road Accident Victims) – Voukolies(Kefala, Kafouros, picturesque main square, the Tower of Voukolies) – Dromonero (Contemporary Art Exhibition Centre “Oil Press”, Monument for War Victims) – Kakopetros (Byzantine chapel of Archangel Michael, road to the hilltop and “Kotsifiana”, ideal for nature lovers, chestnut trees forests, Monument of Civilians slaughtered during the German Occupation) – Deliana (Gorge,paths for nature lovers, most scenic square, Byzantine Church of Agios Ioannis, Chieftain Baladinos’ Monument) – Episkopi (The Rotunda) – Spilia (magnificent stone tavern and paved square “Platania” at hill top, the impressive main church of the Virgin Mary, “Marathokefala” and the cave-church of Agios Ioannis, the Park of Local Heroes) – Platanias

Τrack 13

Platanias – Neratzia (Park in Memory of Road Accident Victims) – Kakopetros (Byzantine chapel of Archangel Michael, road to the hilltop and “Kotsifiana”, ideal for nature lovers, chestnut trees forests, Monument of Civilians slaughtered during the German Occupation) – Palia Roumata (impressive main square with main church of Agios Spiridonas, Monument of the Resistance, the Popular Library, paths of unsurpassed beauty for nature lovers, the Women’s Cultural and Commercial Association “Arhondissa”, most scenic taverns and cafes) – Voukolies (Kefala, Kafouros, picturesque main square, the Tower of Voukolies) – Nio Horyio- Neriana (very rich flora, Turkish style paved streets) – Platanias

Τrack 14

Platanias – Maleme (Aeroport, beach, German Cemetery ) – Kontomari (Monument of War Victims, impressive main church, scenic routes for nature lovers) – Kyparissos (gigantic cypress tree next to church of Agios Georgios, magnificent view from Prophet Elias hilltop) – Xamoudohori – Zounaki – Deres ( rich flora, marvelous trails for nature lovers, chapel of Agia Kyriaki perched on hillside,Horse Riding Club) – Manoliopoulo (impressive main square with stone buildings, Cultural centre, oil factory, magnificent trails for nature lovers) – Platanias

Τrack 15

Platanias – Voukolies (Kefala, Kafouros, picturesque main square, the Tower of Voukolies – Dromonero (Contemporary Art Exhibition Centre “Oil Press”, Monument for War Victims) – Vassiliana- Kares – Agios Antonios- Episkopi (The Rotunda) – Drakona (Byzantine chapel of Agios Stefanos) – Spilia (magnificent stone tavern and paved square “Platania” at hill top, the impressive main church of the Virgin Mary, “Marathokefala” and the cave-church of Agios Ioannis, the Park of Local Heroes) – Platanias

Τrack 16

Platanias – Tavronitis (Bridge, beaches, modern oil producing standardization plant ) – Pontikiana (winery, standardization plant) – Vouves (Monumental Olive Tree, Olive Museum) – Spilia (magnificent stone tavern and paved square “Platania” at hill top, the impressive main church of the Virgin Mary, “Marathokefala” and the cave-church of Agios Ioannis, the Park of Local Heroes) – Platanias

Τrack 17

Platanias – Tavronitis (Bridge, beaches, modern oil producing standardization plant ) – Polemarhi (the site called “Limnie”, trails for nature lovers, incredible view) – Kallithea- Chrysavgi – Gavalomouri – Vouves (Monumental Olive Tree, Olive Museum) – Spilia (magnificent stone tavern and paved square “Platania” at hill top, the impressive main church of the Virgin Mary, “Marathokefala” and the cave-church of Agios Ioannis, the Park of Local Heroes) – Platanias