Plaka, Elounda in Crete
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Sitting on the banks of the second largest natural harbour
in Crete, Elounda and Plaka are picturesque fishing villages along
the coastal road to the north of Agios Nikolaos. The actual harbour
is naturally well protected by a lond peninsula and the island of
Spinalonga, a former leper colony.
Travelling north for about 4.5 km from the large village
of Elounda with its vast central square, promenade and delightful
marina, past various little landing places with moored fishing boats,
you reach the quiet little village of Plaka. Plaka has two shingle
beaches, a selection of pretty little fish tavernas on the sea front
with mouth watering fresh fish. Some 2.5 km further on there is a
mini market. A regular bus service links Plaka with Elounda and with
Agios Nikolaos. This delightful region is ideal for extensive walks.
The little traditional mountain villages of this area are unspoilt
and give one a good sense of the original Cretan way of life. For
sightseeing you may choose to visit the old Salt Pans which are close
to the ‘sunken city’ of Olous. And highly recommended
of course, is a boat trip to the island of Spinalonga, the former
Leper Colony with its old Venetian buildings. Thanks to the protection
of the long peninsula, waters are very calm here and lend themselves
particularly well to all forms of watersports. The beautiful sea with
its crystal clear, clean water, the magnificent countryside, as well
as the tangible peace of this area will delight all who visit. From
Heraklion, it is about an 80 minute drive by car to the village of
Plaka. There is an even wider choice of night life in Agios Nikolaos,
just a short taxi ride away, a favourite day trip is to the islet
of Spinalonga, lying peacefully across the water with its deserted
buildings and Venetian castle.
Hotels & apartments in Plaka - Elounda
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The village of Georgioupolis with it’s particulary beautiful setting between sea and mountain, is situated between the towns of Rethymno, a 30 minute journey by car and Chania which is a 45 minute drive away. This charming village with its long stretch of sandy beach and river running into the sea, was until recent times a sleepy little fishing village in an out of the way place.Over the past 20 years it has slowly grown into a very popular little holiday resort, with a wide range of tavernas, shops, cafes, boutiques and other tourist amenities. The beautiful countryside surrounding the village is ideal for those keen on walking, while the splendid sandy shore and relaxed sea side atmosphere make it ideal for beach lovers.
There is and excellent bus service in all directions and thus it is possible to go quite far afield, for example to Heraklion (90 min journey) or the south coast perhaps to visit Phaistos or Matala. An outing to Georgioupolis is also worthwhile. Closer to home there are interesting visits to be made to the old quarters of Chania and Rethymno.
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