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Platanias, which is located on the west coast of Crete, attracts thousands of visitors every year and has emerged as one of Greece’s main tourist destinations. Famous for its cultural heritage, local agricultural production, long coastline, and natural beauty, the area serves as the entrance to the Samaria Gorge National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Given its surroundings, Platanias is not highly urbanised, which means sustainable mobility infrastructure is not yet advanced. Yet the municipality is seeking to foster sustainable development in all sectors, and it signed the Covenant of Mayors in 2013. Its City Lab will focus on developing a SUMP and implementation pathway using a specific approach developed for smaller urban areas.