Twenty years ago Platanes was an unremarkable suburb of Rethymno lying on the old Rethymno-Iraklio road. Then, thanks to the very long, beautiful beach, tourism arrived.The 8km beach which goes from Platanes through Adele down to Rethymno is one of the longest and best of Crete. The 8km from the eastern area of Rethymno to Platanes and Adele is crammed with hotels, supermarkets, nightclubs, restaurants and all kinds of businesses catering to the whims and needs of tourists.
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