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Agia Marina Holidays & Hotels

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If your idea of paradise is laying back on the beach listening to the waves lapping gently at the shore while the sunlight makes the turquoise waters sparkle, then Agia Marina on the Greek island of Crete is just the place. Best known for its 2.8 kilometre-long, Blue Flag beach complete with its red and golden sand and fragrant pine trees, it offers the ideal backdrop for long-awaited holiday in the sun. There’s plenty of accommodation to choose from here too, mainly made up of traditional whitewashed villas, low-rise self-catering apartments and wallet-friendly family hotels.

Where to stay

Pano Aghia Marina

Just along from the main beach you’ll come across the old village of Pano Aghia Marina. The picture-postcard square lends itself to long, lazy lunches at one of the many beautiful tavernas dotted along its ancient streets. Carry on walking passed the grazing sheep as you make your way up the hill, where you’ll be rewarded with views across the orange plains that are absolutely stunning. With just a few apartments and villas here the vibe is cool, laid back and relaxed. It’s the perfect place to make some new memories for when you’re back at home on a cold winter’s night.

Platanias

The neighbouring town of Platanias is rather more lively than Agia Marina and is a busy seaside resort with a thriving main strip that serves to split the town in two. To the north its gorgeous long sandy beach is flanked by larger hotels, resorts and holiday apartments, while the south is much quieter boasting a charming old village meandering its way up towards the hillside surrounding it. During the hot summer evenings you can wander down the main street with its numerous nightclubs and bars that stay open until the early hours for a buzzing night out.

What to see

Aghia Marina beach never gets particularly crowded, even during the height of the season. With its warm, shallow water it’s great for young children and offers plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas when you need a bit of shade. An assortment of bars and tavernas are on hand, and there’s watersports here too with everything from pedalos to snorkelling to jet-skis.

If you decide to get out and about, Crete’s former capital, Chania, is an easy bus ride away taking only around 20 minutes. The historic city centre showcases a gorgeous Venetian-style harbour lined with cafés, restaurants and Ouzo bars plus there’s even a 17th-century fortress, Turkish mosque and eye-catching lighthouse jutting out into sea.

Nightlife

Being much quieter than its noisier neighbour Platanias, Agia Marina appeals more to couples of all ages and families looking for a memorable Greek holiday away from it all. Why not start the evening off with a lovely glass of local wine or colourful cocktail before moving on to a music bar or welcoming local taverna for some traditional Greek dancing. The nightlife here doesn’t go on too late so is ideal for those whose partying days are either long behind them or yet to come!

What to eat

There’s a fantastic range of authentic Greek tavernas, bars, pubs and restaurants to be discovered in Agia Marina with everything from casual dining options to something a little more special. The fresh seafood here is out of this world with all sorts of shellfish and rice dishes on offer down on the marina front – just sit back, inhale the delightful aromas and enjoy.

Shopping

If your idea of a good time is a resort with plenty going on but quiet enough for young families, then Agia Marina is for you. The meandering cobbled streets are full of little boutique shops selling beautiful handmade souvenirs to take home while the supermarkets and pharmacies cover everything from snacks and drinks to toiletries and more.

Fast Facts about Agia Marina

  • Direct flight time: 4.5 hours from London
  • Transfer time from Heraklion Airport to Agia Marina: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Time Zone: 2 hours ahead of the UK
  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Greek
  • Average price of a domestic beer: €4.50
  • Average price of a bottle of wine: €8
  • Number of Brit tourists per year: Around 150,000


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8/10 Great

20 April 2012

very nice city

nice people, and see side

6/10 Good

14 May 2013

Busy resort

Good long sandy beach. Plenty of shops, supermarkets but as we were All Inclusive did not use these facilities. Rather developed -could not tell where Agia Marina ended and the next resort started!

The best thing about my stay was ...

The beach

6/10 Good

30 June 2011

Resort

Nice beaches. Life gaurds on beach everyday. Current quite strong, could pose a problem for children.

6/10 Good

16 October 2013

Friendly resort

Lovely resort with plenty nice tavernas and friendly people. Quite a built up main street though which obscured the view of the ocean.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Friendly resort