Chrissi Akti Crete: Means Golden Beach due to the incredible colour of the sand on this beautiful beach. It is one of the closest beaches to the town of Chania offering plenty of accommodations like sunbeds and umbrellas.
Chrissi Akti consists in three soft sandy beaches with clear and shallow waters particularly safe for children. One of the beaches has a children play area and all have various touristy facilities such as umbrellas and sun beds rentals and sea sports.
The Golden Beach (greek: Hrissi Akti) is located 2.5km west of Chania and a few meters east of Agii Apostoli. It actually consists of two sandy beaches separated by a small hill. The west cove is the main Golden Beach and the east one is called Aptera beach. The west bay, which is the most popular, is very well organized with umbrellas, lifeguards, showers, cafes, water sports etc. It has fine golden sand and shallow waters, making it ideal for young children. Moreover, there is a playground for kids nearby.
The sandy beach of Aptera, located on the other side of the hill, is more peaceful and less organized. There are the ruins of the hotel Aptera Beach, which was abandoned in the late 90s due to debts. The beach is very nice and suitable for those who seek for a place with relatively few people, close to Chania. The whole area to Agii Apostoli is full of small parks with pines and eucalyptuses. Golden Beach can be accessed either by bus from Chania or on foot.