To arrive at this southern location one must drive from Hania through the Sfakia plateau; 11 klms east from Sfakia along the southern highway stretches a long sandy beach guarded by the Frankish Castle; swimming is safe and do not forget to ask the local fishermen for fresh fish.
A modern tourist resort, located approximately 9 klm west of Hania along the provincial road. Several small but picturesque beaches stretch from Agia Marina towards Kato Stavlos and Platanos. Fancy restaurants and traditional taverns as well as bars and nightclubs are spread along the road and near the beach.
One of the best beaches all over Greece. White-pinkish sand and broken sea-shells. The water in the lagoon is very shallow and warm but the seabed is muddy and sometimes there is a bad odour. There is a primitive cafe here if you fancy a cold frape coffee or a beer. People occasionally camp here but there are no trees and no shade. Unfortunately there is a very bad tar problem, so be careful of where you step
One of the prettiest beaches in Crete and equally famous with Vai palm-forest beach. Pinkish sand, very shallow water and really crowded till 16:00 when the tourist buses depart. This is the time to enjoy the place. Wait till the sunset and have your camera loaded and ready.
A pebble beach located approximately 70 klms from Hania, surrounded by small hills and slopes nearby the local port. The overall landscape is beautiful. Nudists usually show up but they prefer isolated spots.
A fine beach with dark pebbles. The Agia Roumeli village is at the exit of the Samaria Gorge and a dive into the cool water is reviving after the long hike. Your first impression of Agia Roumeli is that of a crowded tourist place but it will be totally different when the Samaria hikers will take the last ferry to Sfakia. The village will be beautifully quiet and you will realise that there are many reasons to explore the place. A stay here is recommended, especially during the less busy months.
The best known location of the prefecture apart from Hania, an excellent seaside location with a famous and wide beach, with thick sand and large crowds on the west side but pebble and quiet on the eastern. It is an organized resort attracting any kind of tourists. The nearby beaches of Pachia Ammos (Thick Sands) and Chalikia as well as the nudist bays of Anidri, Psilos Volakas and Krios are excellent for swimming.
Pebble beach of Loutro village. The sea is always calm and the water is crystal-clear. Great for snorkelling but be careful of the many boats and speedboats, especially in August.
Approximately 20 klm east to Hania is located the village of Kalives with lush vegetation, hot springs and a long picturesque cove; near the village is found the ruins of the Castle of Apokoronou. Plaka, Almirida, Drapano and Kalami are also good locations to swim.
One of the busiest tourist destinations in western Crete is the capital of Kissamos, Kastelli; for decades now this agricultural community has been producing and exporting excellent wine, fruit and vegetables; however, due to the invasion of tourists and vacationers the small port has grown considerably of late. Of course, the center of attraction is the long pebble-beach, with the clear water and the magnificent view.
Approximately 40 kilometers southeast of Hania at the Armiros River Valley is located the thin-sand beach of Georgioupolis. The location is surrounded by hills that do not permit the strong northern winds to affect the local climate; as a result, the area has become a famous tourist resort.