The former fishermen settlement of Plakias is situated about 30km south of Rethymno at the Libyan sea, in a crescent moon shaped bay. Plakias and surroundings are well known for the serenity, the stunning nature and the crystal clear sea. Even in high season when all hotels and apartments are full it never feels overcrowded. The reason for this unique feeling is the people spread out over the many beautiful beaches or are walking in the midst of olive fields, along the rugged shoreline, in the surrounding mountains or through one of the nearby gorges. Plakias is an ideal holiday destination for both a relaxing and an active holiday.
Some of the famous landmarks are the Preveli Monastery , the Preveli Palm Forest, Kotsifou Gorge and Kourtaliotis Gorge. For all the landmarks in the immediate surroundings click on the button in the menu above.
Enjoy the breath taking sunset over the "Dragon", a dragon shaped rock formation at the west end of Plakias Bay before enjoying the famous Cretan cuisine in one of the many tavernas. After dinner you can go for a drink, a dance or both in one of the bars. There is often live music and if you are a sports fan you won't miss your favourite team or sport because most bars have big screen TV's. Don't forget to have a taste of raki, the local Cretan alcoholic drink!
Plakias is also a perfect starting point for some great walks in the surroundings and for many memorable day trips on this magical island, you will find tips on many of them in the menu above.
From the Plakias pier a variety of boat trips are offered.
Plakias has everything you need:
A Post Office
ATM's (NO bank)
A Fish Shop
A Bio Shop
A Fish Spa
Several Diverse Gift Shops
A Youth Hostel
Plenty of free Parking Space
A Bus Stop
A Taxi Stand
For a pop up with opening times and important phone numbers click here
Plakias is at its most serene in spring, because it's not yet so busy and the nature is absolutely breath taking with all shades of green and flowers everywhere. Also ideal for the hikers among you, because the temperatures are very pleasant.
Good to know:
There are regular buses from Plakias to Rethymno and from Plakias to Preveli Palm Beach.
There are 5 buses in high season and 2 out of season (none to Preveli Palm Beach out of season).
Greece runs on the 220 volts/50Hz AC system as do most European countries.
The tap water comes from springs in the Kotsifou Gorge and is drinkable
Greece is in Eastern European Time zone with two hours ahead of UTC (United Kingdom) and one hour ahead of the majority of other European countries. In the summer Daylight Saving Time applies
The closest bank is 22 km from Plakias in Spili, but there are plenty ATM machines in Plakias