It is said that the west side of Crete is the most beautiful part of the island, because  it is very green and it has many nice beaches.

Thalassa Beach Resort is situated on this part of the island and very close to the Chania city. The adults-only hotel offers a seafront location and swish pool scene, just a short walk from Aghia Marina. Lots of restaurants, Greek taverns, cafes and shops can be found in Agia Marina, Agia Marina has an interesting nightlife and a peaceful village atmosphere at the same time! In Agia Marina beach there are several water sport activities like beach volleyball, windsurfing, kite surfing, jet skiing, parasailing, and many others. Here you can warm yourself with the Cretan sun and local hospitality.

Splash about in the pool or the sandy shallows of the bay right in front of the hotel; there are sunbeds and parasols for shade.

Visit Chania, the most beautiful city of the island, enjoy your drink at the old port or a meal in one of the restaurants of the old city. Walk in the narrow streets and see the different architectural styles of the buildings. Visit the naval museum that  is situated at the port and walk till the lighthouse, this is the right point to admire the port and the city. Enjoy live Cretan folk music over dinner at many of the tavernas; or browse through the souvenir shops – leather goods, jewellery and more others.

A trip by car I would suggest: To "Therissos" - you drive through a beautiful gorge. The village itself is historic and has some good tavernas like "Andartis". But if you have time, you can continue further to Zourva and come down to Chania again via Meskla. This is a spectacular drive (if the atmosphere is clear and not too hazy), marked on some maps as unpaved - but it is now paved. Just after Zourva there is a taverna on its own with glass windows with 360 views and good local food.

Samaria Gorge is the longest gorge in Europe, if you like gorges, walk through this gorge and the experience will be unique. It is a long gorge, 16km, and you need about 6 hours to pass it,  that means that it is not allowed to walk the long way if you have any health problem. If you think that 16km are too many, you can see the last part of the gorge. You  have to drive till Chora Sfakion and then you take the boat to Agia Roumeli, where is the exit of the gorge, you just have to walk a few kilometers in the gorge, at least till the most narrow point "portes".

Next to Samaria gorge there is another gorge, shorter but very beautiful because it is very narrow in some points. This is Imbros gorge and you need just 2 hours to pass it. You can combine this walk, with swimming to Fragokastelo beach, as it is very close to the exit of the gorge.

Falasarna, is a very long beach that is located on the west part of island, 44km from your hotel, What makes this beach so unique, is the length, you can walk along the sandy beach for a lot of time. Or drive 2 hours southwest to Elafonisi (try and get there before the afternoon crowds), or 1 hour west the well-known Balos Beach (the latter requires a short hike, or a boat from Kastelli)

The island of Agii Theodori is located very close to the Hotel. You can reserve an one day cruise to visit the island that is a refuge for the typical cretan goats " kri-kri".

For those who love horse riding, there is a horse riding center in Akrotiri, that organises daily excursions at that area. You just need to make a reservation.

Take a day trip to Knossos (about 2 hours' drive each way), seat of the Minoan palace culture and legendary home of the labyrinth and Minotaur, stop off for at Heraklion Town and visit the Archaeological Museum and Naturam Museum of Crete. maybe one of Heraklion's excellent restaurants, and enjoy a tour of its imposing Venetian sea walls.

More activities in Chania Region.

Hotel Information Recommended For
Type: Mid-Size Hotels Beach/Seaside :
Rooms: 81 Architecture & style :
Pool: Indoors and Outdoors Food :
Dining: Yes Honeymoon :
Children: No Nice atmosphere :
Closed: November to March Young Couples :

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