Chania village Afrata is located 30 minutes away from Platanias. This Cretan village is charming and quiet, slowly increasing in its popularity thanks to the recent development in vacation rentals in this area.
Down the winding steep road (a reminder to drive slowly) the visitors will find Afrata beach, a small bay well-protected from the wind and hence almost always perfect for a relaxing swim. This is a pebbled beach, so entry in the water can be a bit tricky – make sure to be careful or wear suitable water shoes.
However, because of the lack of sand the water is crystal clear and if you are lucky you will spot some crabs, sea urchins and small fishes. That being said, Afrata beach with its beautiful underwater sceneries makes for a great snorkelling and diving location.
Perhaps, one of the reasons the underwater life is well-preserved and the waters of Afrata beach are so clean is the fact that this beach is not yet discovered by many tourists. On the other hand, the bay is quite popular amongst some of the locals, especially on the weekend and in the late afternoons.
Afrata beach has some facilities that are pretty basic but more than enough for people who appreciate remote undiscovered beaches like this one: a few sunbeds and umbrellas, toilets, free parking and a small canteen that serves food and drinks (open only in the summertime).
If you are looking for a place to enjoy a traditional meal after the day on the beach, we suggest our personal favourite – Tis Litsas Ta Kamomata, located in the main crossroad up in the village. This place has an interesting interior showcasing some elements of traditional Cretan culture.
Afrata and many other smaller beaches show that Crete offers far beyond Falassarna and Elafonissi!