Crete's westernmost quarter is unrivaled when it comes to natural beauties such as the White Mountains, unexploited villages, fascinating beaches, gorges and caves as well as historical sites!
"Dressed" in a sea of olive trees, the West part of Crete is very green compare to the rest of Crete. When the snow covered peaks of the White Mountains (Lefka Ori - 2,454m) melt during spring time, the crystal waters swirl down the mountains into the Mediterranean Sea making this part of the island as green as it can get!
The famous Samaria gorge is to be found in Western Crete, leading down to the secluded village of Agia Roumeli and the Libyan Sea, as well as the word wide known pink beach of Elafonissi - a massive tourist attraction on the West coast of the island.
These are just the peak of a number of attractions or "must visit" areas along with Balos, Gramvousa, Falassarna, Chania, Palaiohora, Aptera, Kournas and many more.
Just to the west of Chania is the main tourist area of the western part of the island with well known resorts such as Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias and Gerani. These resorts have everything you would associate with a typical beach holiday in the Mediterranean, beaches with facilities, tavernas, bars and plenty of shops.
The further west you go the quieter and more traditional the resorts become.