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.
Where to stay
These studios have a fabulous position with breathtaking views over the vast Bay of Plakias.
Just outside the small hamlet of Souda, 1 km from Plakias. Fabulous views of Plakias Bay and the apartments are surrounded by well maintained gardens and a swimming pool.
This friendly hotel is situated in centre of Plakias, only 50m from the main street with shops, tavernas, beach and harbour.
Manolis studios and apartments is in Plakias village just 100m from its sandy beach.
This restored villa stands 800 metres above the village of Lefkogia and offers panoramic views over the area of Plakias to the sea beyond.
"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