Nestled 2.5km west of Chania city and a few metres east of Agii Apostoli lies the Golden Beach (Greek: Hrissi Akti). Comprised of two sandy beaches separated by rocks, the western cove is the main Golden Beach, while the eastern one is Aptera beach. The west bay is the most popular and is outfitted with umbrellas, lifeguards, showers, cafes, water sports and more; making it the go-to spot for a day at the beach. Its golden sand and shallow waters make it ideal for young children, while there is a playground nearby for added fun. In contrast, Aptera beach is a much more tranquil spot and is less organized. The remnants of the abandoned hotel Aptera Beach, abandoned in the late 90s due to debts, still linger. Despite not being as popular as its neighbour, Aptera beach remains a great spot for those who seek a more peaceful beach close to Chania. The whole area to Agii Apostoli is lush with small parks with pines and eucalyptuses. Reaching Golden Beach is easy and can be done by bus from Chania or on foot.