If we follow the beach road west from the walls of the port and passing in front of the Western Trench we will arrive at closest beach to Chania - the Papanikoli Coast.
This is also the border of the area of Nea Chora, an area that has developed at a rapid pace over the past few years and is expanding in the northeast part of the city.
On the left there once was a large building complex that housed the ABEA factory (soap factory). The large smoke stack remains. Right across is the National Water Sport Center of Chania. In Nea Chora there is a small fishing harbor and good sized, clean sandy beach that continues past the estuary of the Kladisou river. Along the length of the beach road there are several good fish restaurants.
On the beach of Nea Chora during the summer there is a sardine festival, with song and dance and a abundance of fish to be enjoyed, free of charge, by anyone wishing to participate.