Holidays to Kato Daratso put Blue Flag beaches, traditional tavernas and Crete’s second-biggest city at your fingertips.
Hillside to seaside
Trace your finger along Crete’s northern coast and you’ll hit Kato Daratso – barely a thumb’s width along from Chania. It started out as a hillside village, but has expanded down to the golden coast. It’s still got a traditional feel, though, with rustic tavernas and a string of sandy coves. Plus, the whole place is backed by rugged mountains.
A sandy coastline
It’s the beaches that really steal the spotlight here. The longest – Kalamaki – stretches for just over a mile. A bit further along the coast, you’ll find two smaller coves and the so-called Golden Beach. They’re all favoured by families, thanks to the shallow, kid-friendly waters and fine sands.
Crete’s second-biggest city, Chania, is just down the road – about a 10-minute drive. Wander along the harbourfront, where you can tick off landmarks like the 17th-century fort and Venetian lighthouse. When you’re done sightseeing, there are shops and markets to hit. Head back to the harbour for a bite to eat – think seafood, washed down with ouzo.
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