Plakias in Crete
Hotels and apartments
The old Cretan fishing village of Plakias with its little
harbour, lies in a particulary beautiful landscape between the blue
Libyan Sea and vast majestic mountains that edge down to one of the
loveliest bays on the south coast. It is about one and a half hour’s
drive from Chania or Heraklion.
Many years ago, there were only a few houses, but today,
because of its delightful setting, the village has spread to cater
for the growing numbers of tourists, who have told each other of this
special place that they have found. However, it still retains its
particular Cretan character 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 sun bathe and swim. Boats sail daily to a variety of beaches,
some of which have a good selection of water sports and the whole
area is ideal for swimming, and sun bathing in an blissfully not crowded
setting. There is a variety of amenities for visitors and surrounding
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 afield 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 Rethymno and the
atmospheric old Monastery of Arkadi.
Hotels & apartments in Plakias
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Istron or Kalo Chorio (North-Estern Crete)
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Mochlos (North-Eastern Crete)
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