Platanes or otherwise called Platanias is a beach which stretches from the Town of Rethymno in an easterly direction 5 to 6 kilometres away from the City of Rethymno with frequent buses which connect it to the rest of the island of Crete. It is a blue flag beach which means that the beach water has been tested and is very clean and clear. It is a coastal beach and very touristic as they are many hotels, apartments, supermarkets, travel agencies, pharmacy, bakeries, clothing shops, jewellery, fur shops and car rental companies. There is night life as there are bars and coffee shops and tavernas which are open until the early hours. The location is ideal by the beach and close to all amenities as well as having access to the rest of the island of Crete!