Agia Marina Crete travel guide

Agia Marina is a busy holiday resort on the north coast of West Crete about 9km west of Chania. Extensive tourist development has erased most of the Cretan charm, although parts of the old town still retain some character.

The main village is inland while the beach resort of Kato Stalos straddles the main coast road. Both the beach and the main road are lined with plenty of tavernas, bars and cafes jammed between souvenir shops.

Greek food probably come with chips; the staple fare here is burgers or full English breakfast.

Expect plenty of nightlife although it's mainly disco and karaoke bars. Wilder and noisier entertainment is on offer in nearby Platanias, just a few minutes walk.

The best beach area is at Kato Stalos, mostly good flat sand, deep and long, although it can get a little scruffy in places.

Exposed to the northern winds the sands can attract rubbish blown in on the tides.

The sand shelves gently into the sea so it's fine for families and there are all the tourist facilities you would expect on a busy, popular beach including watersports and several beach and pool bars. Offshore, the islet of Agios Theodoros enhances the view.

Agia Marina is as good a holiday beach resort as any if you like holiday crowds. Regular buses provide easy access to Chania and to several other beaches along this part of the Crete coast.

The buses into Chania are frequent and the Crete arterial road is just 2 kilometres inland from the beach area.