Holidays to Gerani take you to a peaceful village on Crete’s north coast that’s a great base for exploring the area. There’s a long beach, great walks – and lively Chania is just 15 kilometres away.
A peaceful village with options
Tucked away on Crete’s north coast, in the foothills of the White Mountains, Gerani is a quaint village that may be geared up for the holiday crowd but still manages never to feel too busy. It makes a great base for hiking in the hilly surrounding countryside, while Platanias and Chania are just down the road if you want nightlife.
Blue Flag beach
The spacious beach, sandy on the west and pebbly on the east, is never crowded – if you really want seclusion, head for the east side, which tends to be quieter. Sunloungers, parasols and showers are available for those taking it easy, but there’s also beach volleyball, pedalos and windsurfing on hand, too.
With its nearby hiking trails and picturesque olive groves, Gerani attracts casual walkers as well as dedicated hikers. There are some lovely little walks to local villages like Pano Gerani, Loutraki and Modi – all within 4 kilometres of Gerani. You can also hike into the foothills of the White Mountains for more of a challenge.
Daytrips to historic Chania
It’s an easy 20-minute bus ride into the regional capital, Chania. After a wander around the Byzantine churches and Minoan ruins, you could take a look at Venetian merchants’ houses, and, down near the front, a 17th-century lighthouse. Then it’s a stop for a drink in the atmospheric alleys and squares of the old town.
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