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Agia Marina Crete

Beautiful Beaches in North Crete

Agia Marina Crete

Agia Marina Crete is located 10 km west of Chania Greece on the north-west coast of Kriti.

This sandy beach meets at the headland of Platanias beach, which is a long sandy beach to the west, with Agioi Theodori island opposite.

Looking across to Agioi Theodori IslandAgioi Theodori Island

On the Beach

This is a happening place, full of fun and activity, there are water sports of jet skiing, para gliding and wind surfing. On the beach are plenty of bars, pool bars, beach volley ball and beach tennis.

This stunning beach can be reached easily by the local bus, as it sits just a hop skip and a jump from the national road. It is also only 31 km from the international airport at Chania.

Agioi Theodori island off the north coast of Chania, Crete

The village has expanded and there are many, many rooms, hotels, apartments and resorts here. It is good for tavernas, bars and nightclubs, and an easy location for visiting the town of Chania. The beach can get a little crowded in summer. Popular beach bar is Summer Theatro.

Here is Chania Surf Club where you can organise your surfing, kite surfing or Stand Up Paddle Boarding SUP. You can take lessons, rent boards, surf or join trekking and other activities

Stand Up Paddle boarding with Chania Surf Club

Beach Bar and Med - Crete

Busy summer buzz at the beach in Crete

Eat and Greek

A couple of streets inland from the beach you will find Horiatiko Taverna, run by Dimitris, serving good, traditional Cretan food.

Restaurant Manoli - traditional Greek food

Inland on a small hillside is the upper village Pano Agia Marina which has stayed more traditional and has some nice tavernas including Restaurant Manoli.

Aletri Taverna, mixed menu

On the road up to the old village is Aletri Taverna with a delightful balcony setting. A mixed menu to please all the family. Try the Dakos, local Cretan style salad, the Saganaki Prawns and the Zucchini Balls. Mmmm. The Katzanakis family will look after you here.

Enjoy the seaside at your table dining at Mitsos Taverna (below) or the very popular Casa di Mare which is also right on the water.

Taverna dining by the Sea - ChaniaTaverna by the Sea, Agia Marina Crete

Where to stay in Agia Marina Crete

Stay on the beach side of the local road, and definitely on the beach side of the national road. Stay as close to the beach as possible, or head to the hinterland to find a 'home away from home' surrounded by olive groves.

Vergina Beach Hotel, Agia Marina Beach, Crete

Vergina Beach Hotel is very close to the beach, a modern stylish hotel with excellent service, a beach bar and restaurant, and a cocktail bar. Enjoy exquisite views from the upper studios and balconies.

Villa Xara - set back from the beach

Villa Chara is just a little inland from here, a stunning property, set in an olive grove, that is modern yet constructed in the traditional Cretan architectural style. Perfect for bonding with the family whilst combining a beach side holiday. 700 metres to Agia Marina Beach.

My Villa Dafne near Agia Marina and Stalos Beaches, is located in Stalos Village, near Chania, Crete

My Villa Dafni is located in the village of Stalos, in the hinterland behind the beaches. It is an oasis of calm with complete privacy. A 2 bedroom villa welcoming 5 guests in comfort. 1 km from Agia Marina Beach, best visited with a car.


Choose to take off and explore the culture and stunning scenery of the Chania region with experienced local guides. As this beach is only 10 km from Chania, guides will pick you up from your hotel here.

Food and Wine Gourmet experience in Chania

Discover the Slow Food and Local Culture on a Gourmet Experience in Chania.

Explore the narrow lane ways of the Old Town of Chania, taste local delicacies, the strong Cretan spirit raki, enjoy winetasting and a sunset dinner with a knowledgable local guide. 3 hours.

Balos Experience in Crete Greece

Visit the exquisite Balos Lagoon, take a boat trip out over the Gulf of Kissamos to the headland, where pirates roamed, see Gramvousa castle now in ruins, with a gorgeous view of this dramatic north-west cape. Then float in the azure waters. 14 hours.

Imbros Gorge Experience in Crete Greece

Walk the 8 km hike of the Imbros Gorge, a smaller, lesser known path than Samaria Gorge, yet no less beautiful. Enjoy local tavernas and beaches on the southern coast. 9 hours.

Chania Town

Old Town of Chania

Take the local KTEL bus to Chania town which takes about 25 minutes. There are many routes that run past Ag. Marina including Chania-Kasteli, Chania-Kolimbari and Chania-Gerani. See bus timetables here.

Or to drive simply take the Kissamou-Chanion road into town which is a 10 km drive.

Stay a while to enjoy the highlights of Chania Town, which include:

  • Narrow Laneways of the Old Town
  • Venetian Harbour
  • Harbourside cafes and tavernas
  • Fresh seafood
  • Venetian Lighthouse
  • Fort Finca
  • Maritime Muesum
  • Chania Archaeological Museum
  • Mosque of the Janissaries
  • Ancient Kydonia
  • Trimartiri Cathedral and Square
  • Pedestrian Shopping Streets
  • Cafes and Restaurants with local Cretan Food
  • Chania Food Market

Nearby beaches are Platanias, Gerani, Pirgos and 8 km west is Maleme, famous for the cemetery for German soldiers from WWII, and a lovely beach. Kolimbari Beach is 16 km west.

Agia Marina would serve as a good base for visiting many of the local villages and beautiful beaches of Chania prefecture including KalivianiTherisoFalasarna, and Elafonisi and of course the mountains and gorges including Samaria Gorge.

Balos Lagoon is a great day trip from here

From Agia Marina Crete there is so much to explore in the region of Xania

Beaches of Chania

Agia Marina Crete Images

Vergina Beach Hotel, Agia Marina Beach, Crete

Chania Beaches with sand and sun loungers

Romantic Beach Umbrella for two

White sand beach with umbrellas and lounges, Chania

Beach, Crete


Below you will see the Agia Marina Crete at the beach on a typical day in August.

Enjoy many of the beaches of Chania here including Agia Marina, Stavros, Balos, Elafonisi and more.

Getting to Crete

To get to Agia Marina Crete - arrive via Chania International Airport, take a taxi or bus or hire a car. The distance from the airport to Agia Marina is only 23 km.

You and also arrive by ferry into Souda Bay Chania, the distance to this beach is only 19 km.

More details on how to get to Crete are below.

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