About Plakias

Many years ago, there were only a few houses, but today, because of its delightful setting, the village has spread to cater for a growing numbers of tourists. It still retains its particular Cretan character though and has kept its laid-back charm.

The bay has a long sand and shingle beach between headlands that gets sandier the farther you go from the village. Not far from the old harbour are tiny bays and small coves where you can find quiet spots to sunbathe and swim. Boats sail daily to a variety of beaches, some of which have a good selection of watersports and the whole area is ideal for swimming, and sunbathing in a blissfully uncrowded setting.

For short trips with minimum effort there is Preveli, the Venetian fortress at Frangokastello and the Minoan site at Phaistos are all well worth a visit. Further to the east you may like to visit the cliff caves of Matala and the ancient Roman capital of Gortys, or to the west the picturesque old town of Rethymnon and the atmospheric old Monastery of Arkadi.


"Plakias is a gem of a place! Wish we had more time here. The journey from the Port to Plakias was long but it was definitely worth the journey. I am sure we’ll be visiting Plakias again. Thank you!"

G Maheswaran, UK, Sept 2016


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