Holidays to Gerani take you to a petite village on Crete’s north coast, where lazy days on the beach are paired with picture-perfect walks through tree-covered landscapes.
Rural days, rave-filled nights
Tucked away on Crete’s north coast, in the foothills of the White Mountains, Gerani is a quaint village that's geared up for the holiday crowd. That said, it never feels too busy. Hikers will be in their element here, as the surrounding countryside is etched with hilly walking trails. And if you're looking to dance until dawn, you've got Platanias and Chania just down the road.
Blue Flag beauty
Gerani's beach comes with plenty of elbow room. It's a spacious spot that's sand on the west side and pebbly on the east. You'll never struggle to find a place to lay your towel, but if you want seclusion, head for the east side, which tends to be quieter. Sunloungers, parasols and showers are available for those taking it easy. Or, ramp up the pace and get involved with beach volleyball, windsurfing or kayaking.
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 four kilometres of Gerani. And if you're up for the challenge, you can hike into the foothills of the White Mountains.
Daytrips to historic Chania
It’s an easy 20-minute bus ride to the region's capital, Chania. After a wander around the Byzantine churches and Minoan ruins, you could take a look at the Venetian merchants’ houses, and, down near the front, a 17th-century lighthouse. After, treat yourself to a drink in a pocket-sized bar by one of the cobbled squares in the old town.
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