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Platanias municipality
Platanias municipality
Platanias is located in Greece
Location within the region
2011 Dimos Platania.png
Coordinates: 35°31′N 23°54′E / 35.517°N 23.900°E / 35.517; 23.900Coordinates: 35°31′N 23°54′E / 35.517°N 23.900°E / 35.517; 23.900
Country Greece
Administrative region Crete
Regional unit Chania
 • Mayor Ioannis Malandrakis
 • Municipality 491.8 km2 (189.9 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit 74.9 km2 (28.9 sq mi)
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipality 16,874
 • Municipality density 34/km2 (89/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit 5,275
 • Municipal unit density 70/km2 (180/sq mi)
 • Population 979 (2011)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 730 14
Area code(s) 28210
Vehicle registration ΧΝ, XB

Platanias (Greek: Πλατανιάς) is a village and municipality on the Greek island of Crete. It is located about 10 km (6.2 mi) west from the city of Chania and east of Kastelli-Kissamos, on Chania Bay. The seat of the municipality is the village Gerani.[2] Platanias is a popular tourism village with a beach, several hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. Not far from the coast is the island of Agioi Theodoroi.


The municipality Platanias was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 4 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[2]

The municipality has an area of 491.780 km2 (189.877 sq mi), the municipal unit 74.932 km2 (28.931 sq mi).[3]

It lies within the Chania regional unit and is numbered 6 on the map of the Chania region. It is on the north coast, forming the eastern shore of Kissamos Bay (Kolpos Kissamou Kόλπος Κισσάμου), and the west and south shores of Chania Bay (Kolpos Chanion Κόλπος Χανίων). It is bordered by Kissamos (5) to the west, Kantanos-Selino (4) to the south, Chania (1) to the east, and Sfakia (7) in the southeast. Its northeast region is the Rodopos Peninsula (Chersonisos Rodopou Χερσόνησος Ροδωπού).

Historical population[edit]

Year Village Municipal unit Municipality
1981 630 - -
1991 719 5,044 -
2001 823 5,118 -
2011 979 5,275 16,874



  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ a b Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. 

External links[edit]

See Chania Region for maps