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Agia Marina is 9 km away from Chania in the way to Castelli. It took its name from the church which is located on the small hill of the old village.

The endless olive plantations, orangeries and all kindsof fruit-bearing trees with the limpid seashores make Agia Marina a modern touristic resort. There is a beautiful 2.5 kilometer beach with all the standard facilities. The thin golden pink sand of this beach and the trees along the seafront create an exotic setting.

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The most poetic city of Crete when you walk through it leaves you with a pleasant taste of beauty. Built on the ruins of ancient Kidonia it has seen and survived many invaders, but has also tasted civilizations that left their marks on building faces, castles, walls, antiquities, monasteries and churches.

The Venetian port picturesque any time and season is attractive to visitors and locals, for it's beauty and for it's choices of entertainment for all tastes and demands. The old city "intramural" districts preserve their Venetian nobility.

Narrow paved alleys are surrounded with tasteful renewed houses, from various ages, are offered for a pleasant walk.

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Georgioupoli is built on the delta of the river Almiros. In fact it was called Almiros or Almiroupoli (city of Almiros) up to the beginning of the century when Crete united with Greece and the city took the name of the then king of Greece King George.

About a mile from the village on the way to Chania is a small hill, on top of which the ruins of the ancient city Amfimalla was built. Georgioupolis was first settled in modern times in the late 19th century (1880) , by Miltiades Papadogiannakis.

Up to then the whole area was abandoned due to the swamps that surrounded the river delta. The fear of malaria kept every one away. With the passing of time however, and the efforts of the first settlers the swamps are dried, eucalyptus are planted and the city starts to grow.

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The name Kissamos is of pre-hellenic origin and it was the name of an ancient community that existed in the same place.

The ancient Kissamos was a marine and commercial center of the Western Crete, and it was the port of the ancient town of polyrenia. Later, when it was occupied by the Romans ,a new theater and Roman villas were built on top of the old town.

The city continued to prosper during the early Byzantine period when it was an episcopical seat. The Venetians built the wall that parts of it are still standing inside the city.

The Venetian fortress, Castelo, was the special characteristic of the city and thus the city was named after it Kasteli. Because in Crete there are many towns with the name Kasteli, it was named Kasteli Kissamou.

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Paleohora is located in the prefecture of Chania, on the southwest of Crete, on a small peninsula in the middle of two scenic bays fed from the waters of the Libian Sea and it is justifyable considered to be the border of the Libian Sea and the country of the sun.

Paleohora differs from many villages on the south coast of western Crete in that it is a large village where Cretans live and work all year around. Its popularity with foreigners goes back to the hippy heydays of the 1970's.

Nowadays, many more visitors come to spend their holidays in Paleohora but they are still, on the whole, more of the individualist type. The village is not pretty but its long sandy beach is superb (and often windy) and there is a good choice of hotels, rooms for rent, restaurants and bars.

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Platanias is a village about 10 km's west from Chania, following the road towards Kissamos. It is situated by the mouth of the homonymous river Platanias (Iardanos river, Homer). At the river's shore there are many plane trees -platania - which explains the name of the village.

In the Venetian inventories PLATANIAS is mentioned as Platanea and Pirgho Platanea, there were possibly two different settlements. Originally the village was built amphitheatrically on a high, rocky place with picturesque houses. Now it has spread to the sea-side. Opposite of Platanias is the island of St. Theodori or Thodorou.

The Turks mention it as Tourlou-Andasi, and the Venetians as San Theodoro or San Todaro. In 1574, during the Venetian dominion, it was decided to fortify it, in order to prevent the Turks from landing in Platanias. So they built a multi-angled fortress on the highest point of the island and called it Turluru, and another multi-angled fortress at a lower level, which they called San Theodoro or San Francesco.

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