The village of Plakias is located on Crete's unspoiled south coast, an idyllic location where visitors can experience traditional Cretan hospitality and explore the glories of the islands unforgettable landscapes. Plakias is situated on a fabulous long curving bay so that even in the height of summer it is always possible to find a quiet spot. The gently shelving sandy beach makes Plakias bay an ideal spot for children, drenched with sun throughout the day it's hard to imagine a more welcoming location for a beach holiday. But Plakias is more than just a beautiful beach, the village has all the amenities to provide a dream holiday. A row of beachside tavernas open their doors onto the bay, providing unforgettable sunsets for diners as the sun sinks in a crimson glow over the western headland. There are more tavernas on the Main Street, all family owned and all providing their own particular versions of traditional Greek and Cretan cuisine. It's hard to express the pleasure that comes from dining on fish caught that day by the taverna owner and cooked by his mother, whilst watching the sun slowly set over the Libyan sea. Plakias is also well provided with supermarkets, most of which also sell the renowned local wine and olive oil, there are also small gift shops selling locally made jewellery and ceramics. For walkers and nature lovers the area is a paradise, within minutes of leaving the door of Anna Plakias Apartments you can be strolling through ancient olive groves in the valley which leads down to the village, for the more adventurous the south coast gorges of Imbros, Asfendos and Kallikratis are little more than an hours drive away through dramatic coastal scenery and there are day-long excursions to the islands stunning Samaria Gorge from the village. Inland, the beautiful Amari valley makes a wonderful day out with its ancient frescoed chapels and welcoming village tavernas or visitors can take a boat trip from nearby Hora Sfakion to the picture postcard village of Loutro which is only accessible by boat or on foot.

Plakias is a 90 minute drive from the international airports of Heraklion and Chania. Rethymnon, with its wonderful Venetian harbour and atmospheric old town is just a 35 minute drive away.

Wether you are planning a short visit or a longer stay there are so many things to do and see in this beautiful area that like many of our guests you will almost certainly want to return.


Crete's south coast is blessed with some of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean and many of these are just a short drive or even walking distance from Plakias village. The palm beach at Preveli is a unique spot where the palm-fringed waters of the Megalopotamos meet the clear blue Libyan sea, from the little harbour at Plakias you can catch a boat to this most memorable of beaches. Nearer to the village, just 3km walk along the beach road is Souda beach where there are a couple of welcoming tavernas, on the way to Souda there are a couple of smaller beaches where you can stop for a swim. The nearby beaches of Damnoni and Amoudi are also very popular with our visitors. For snorkellers the beach at Skinaria is hard to beat, a small cove with a sandy beach and single taverna. A little further afield but still within an hours drive are the beaches of Ligres and Triopetra delightful unspoilt beaches with terrific sunsets.


Although Samaria is the most famous of Crete's hundreds of gorges, there are other more secluded gorges within easy reach of Plakias. For those wishing to walk Samaria there are organised trips from Plakias, these involve an early morning start and coach ride to the top of the gorge in the heart of Crete's White Mountains, at the foot of the gorge at Agia Roumeli a boat returns the weary walker to Hora Sfakion from where coaches return to Plakias. Nearer to the village on the dramatic south coast road to Hora Sfakion are the gorges of Kallikratis and Asfendos, here you can walk all day without seeing another visitor. A little further along the coast road is Imbros gorge, now closely rivalling Samaria in popularity, at Imbros you can park at the top of the gorge and get a local taxi ride back to your car when you reach the bottom. Ask during your stay for more information on walking these and other gorges in the Plakias area.


It is an over used phrase but the Plakias area really is a walkers paradise, particularly in the spring when the fields are full of wild flowers and the air is heavy with the scent of herbs. The area provides walking for every level of fitness, from pleasant valley rambles to hikes into the islands highest mountains. The area around the Polychronakis family village of Agia Pelagia, just a 15 minute drive away, offers many pleasant valley walks taking in the abandoned village of Ano Mixourouma and the pretty village of Frati at the head of the Fratianos gorge. For the more energetic walker there are hikes around the foothills of Crete's highest mountain Psiloritis and further afield the White Mountain range which has over 50 peaks in excess of 2000 metres. A short stroll before dinner or a days hiking in the mountains, this area has something for everyone. Ask on arrival for more information on walking in the Plakias area.


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