From historic gems with long, sandy beaches to more hidden rocky coves, you're sure to find a place perfect for your stay. Renowned for its charming coastal area and the magnificent surroundings, Platanias is the ideal destination to enjoy the Mediterranean breeze and soak up the local culture.
Platanias area has a few hidden gems besides its wonderful beaches and perennial monuments, and one of them is the villages – each one with its own beauty and distinctive character.
Perhaps more rewarding for the discerning traveler are those smaller corners of exceptional beauty, many reachable only by car or boat. On world maps these beautiful villages and settlements are marked only by the smallest pinhole, assuming they appear at all.
Hidden across the territory towards the magnificent White Mountains, they have something exceptional and special where it seems time came to a standstill.
Whether it is their architecture, historical aspect or simply their attractiveness, the villages of Platanias are definitely worth a visit.
From cobblestone paths, to 19th century churches, and from Venetians remains to luscious green fields – these authentic Cretan villages in Platanias will surely charm you away.
There is a unique culture in the area of Platanias that sets it apart from anywhere else in Crete. From the cuisine to how they spend their time with family and their hospitality.
There are many ways to discover this way of life, but exploring the lesser-travelled but equally stunning locations on the island is one of the best!
Vouves village is located approximately 26 km west of the charming city of Chania. Idyllically nestled on the edge of the Rodopos peninsula the village consists of two parts: Kato Vouves and the further inland Ano Vouves.
The village is well known for its local wine production and traditional forms of viticulture which produce superior quality wine. However, today, the biggest amount of the vines has been replaced by olive trees.
In August do not miss the Wine Festival. The festival is dedicated to the long viticulture of the Vouves where you can enjoy traditional Cretan music in accompaniment with excellent wine and delicious food.
The festival provides a complete picture of the authenticity, diversity and peculiarity of the Cretan viticulture and wine making traditions.
The attraction of the village is the olive tree in Ano Vouves, of which it is estimated that it was already there in the Minoan period (1100 – 800 BC). The estimated age cannot, be predicted accurately, but it would have to be 3000 to 4000 years old.
Its bole, chiselled by time as a magnificent culpture, has a circumference of 12.5 meters and a diameter of 4.6 meters. Surprisingly, up to this day the tree bears still bears fruit.
orth to mention, that its branches were used during the Athens Olympic Games 2004 and during the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as a crown for the first Olympic champions.
Full of colour, warmth and charm Platanias countryside overflows with beauty, from the dramatic White Mountains stretching throughout the region, to the magnificent azure sea contrasting with the yellows and golds of the beach sand.
The region is also home to a large number of beautiful villages, each adding to Platanias’ unique landscape and culture.
The hustle and bustle of Platanias seafront is offset by the small surrounding villages and settlements that can be found in the area immediately surrounding one of Crete’s most popular seaside resorts.
All along the coastline, seaside towns and villages not only vaunt a wide variety of stunning beaches, but they’re often flanked by many of the Platanias region most historic gems.
Despite the flow of traffic, Platanias is also home to wide range of beautiful beaches worth visiting. The area is also a perfect spot for scuba diving and boasts a lively nightlife. Platanias sea-side resort has it all: wild nature, unspoiled landscapes, excellent food and wine and endless things to see.
We offer a wide range of services to fulfil your numerous and varying requests including the possibility of dedicated property searches if our current portfolio or off-market database fail to offer you the ideal property in Platanias.
In these cases, our in-depth local knowledge as well as working synergies with third party real estate firms help us to identify the ideal property in Platanias based on specific needs.
Discover the key steps to buying or selling a property in Chania. ARENCORES Magazine is is the only real estate magazine in Crete devoted exclusively to Chania Real estate investors. The magazine is distributed to several countries such as Denmark, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Germany and the USA. To request a complimentary copy, please contact us.
Vouves Village – Platanias Property Guide Disclaimer: Feedback about living in Vouves, Platanias has been submitted directly by the public and may not necessarily reflect the views of ARENCORES. The description of ARENCORES was modified from Wikipedia and Lonely Planet and is available under the Creative Commons license.
Moreover, any content, no matter the form it takes (whether digital, print, or media) is protected under copyright law. All the views and contributions contained within Vouves Village – Platanias Property Guide are those of the contributors.
All content about the Vouves village assessed before publishing for taste, however free opinion is encouraged. ARENCORES accept no payment or sponsorship for this content.