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Plaka Chania Crete

Plaka Village in Chania Crete is nestled at Mount Drapanokefala

Plaka Chania Crete Πλάκα in western Crete sits looking over Souda Bay and Almirida Beach just 27 km from Chania Town and 33 from Chania International Airport.

This village is in the beautiful and lush Apokoronas region of Crete where you can explore villages and the traditional way of life, as well as relax on sandy beaches.

Here you can see Mount Drapanokefala where Plaka is nestled with views over the bay, and the beaches of Kalives and Almirida on Souda Bay.

Almyrida Beach near Plaka Crete

Plaka Beaches & Villages

Beach in Crete

Plaka is a leafy green village on a hillside looking out over Souda bay and less than 1 km from Almyrida Beach. But the road is steep and winding and it would be best to visit the beaches with a car. The nice part about staying in Plaka is the village feel with lovely local tavernas and cafes and less hustle bustle than the beachside strip down at Almirida and Kalives.

Visit beaches with crystal clear waters:

  • Kalives Beach
  • Kera Beach
  • Almirida Beach
  • Koutalis Beach
  • Obrosgialos Beach

On Almyrida or Almirida Beach, enjoy water sports like windsurfing, kayaking, pedalos and sailing. Or take a boat trip to go snorkelling or SCUBA diving. The clear waters and rocky shoreline of Souda Bay offer many great diving spots.

Kalives Beach

At Kalives Beach (above) relax on the sandy beach, or eat at a beachside taverna and try the fresh seafood at Akrogiali Taverna or Kritiko Restaurant and Bar or Mythos Taverna with the sea breeze in your hair.

Kera Beach Crete

Local Villages

Visit villages around the Apokoronas Αποκόρωνας area rich in agriculture, especially olive growing:

  • Douliana
  • Gavalochori
  • Vamos
  • Kokkino Chorio
  • Xirosterni
  • Emprosneros
  • Fres
  • Alikampos
  • and many more

7 Villages of Apokoronas Experience

See, feel and taste the villages of this region on the 7 Villages of Apokoronas Experience taste local spirits, cheese and understand our history and folklore.

Enjoy lunch and coffee and beautiful natural surroundings all with your knowledgable local partner.

Ancient Aptera

Visit Ancient Aptera Άπτερα on a hillside just inland from Kalives Beach. This ancient site has sweeping views across Souda Bay and is the site of a city dating from 3500 BC including Minoan, Geometric, Classical and Roman remains.

Ancient Aptera in Crete

Raki Distillery

Xirosterni Village home of the Peroulakis Tsikoudia Distillery

Plaka Chania Crete - just 6 km south of here you will find the small village of Xirosterni and the Tsikoudia Distillery of the Peroulakis family. Visit here for tastings and to learn more about the heritage of Crete and why this white spirit is entwined with our island's culture.

Dourakis Winery

Enjoy a picnic at Dourakis Winery

Plaka Chania Crete - just 16 km south of Plaka Village  you will find the Dourakis Winery near Alikampos Village. Book a tasting, a lunch or a picnic in the vineyard to experience their beautiful wines. Offering white, red, rose and dessert wines, their land will fill you with nurture and pleasure as you understand their unique philosophy towards their wine-making.

Plaka Chania Crete

Plaka Chania Crete - stay in Plaka for beautiful views across the bay and stay close to the centre of the village for local tavernas and cafes. For these villas it will be best to visit with a vehicle. Although there is a local bus from Chania, the walk to the beach is steep and the road is winding.

Villa Petra near Kalyves
Villa Petra Kalyves Pool

Villa Petra near Kalyves - is spacious welcoming 6 guests in 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen and private pool.

Enjoy the proximity to many beautiful beaches whilst surrounded by countryside and sea views.

Close to both Chania and Rethymnon towns, the ancient site of Aptera and Machairi village. 14 km from Plaka.

Manolis House Douliana
Manoli's House Crete

Manoli's House in Douliana village is perfect for couples, completely private and self contained, surrounded by nature yet in a small village. Just 27 km from Chania town and 2.8 km from Kalives Beach in the west of Crete.

9 km from the village of Plaka.

"We couldn't have expected more from our hosts. Not only they were very friendly and available, but also they helped us in many situations. Besides, the house is as lovely & charming as it seems on the pictures, and so does the garden."

Crete Dreams Villa Maza Chania
Crete Dreams Villa Maza Chania
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Crete Dreams are Made of This - welcoming 8 guests in 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms this traditionally built home in the local style will be your home away from home for the whole family.

Set in the country but close to the national road for ease of access to both Chania and Retheymnon, 16 km from Plaka Village.

Chania Old Town

Chania Old Harbour

Plaka Chania Crete - enjoy the Old Town of Chania on your day trips from Plaka - we recommend strolling within the walls of the historic town to soak up the atmosphere.

While you are in Chania explore:

  • narrow lane ways
  • boutiques and studios
  • Old Venetian Harbour
  • Venetian Lighthouse
  • artesanal workshops
  • art galleries
  • Venetian Town Walls
  • museums
  • ancient sites such as Ancient Kydonia
  • Fort Firca and the Maritime Museum
  • Trimartiri Orthodox Cathedral
  • Chania Municipal Market
  • Museum of Archaeology
  • Restaurants, cafes and tavernas galore

Explore Chania Region

Samaria Gorge Crete

Chania or Xania in the west of Crete is a rich and varied land of agricultural valleys, high mountains and deep gorges.

Explore the highlights:

  • local wildlife such as the Kri Kri goat and Griffon Vulture
  • hundreds of beaches
  • local villages
  • Samaria Gorge National Park
  • The White Mountains
  • Kissamos Town
  • Lake Kournas
  • The southern inaccessible beaches such as Loutro, Agia Roumeli and Sougia
  • Agia Irini Gorge
  • Elafonisi Beach
  • The E4 European Walking Path


Plaka Chania Crete - just east of Chania town on the Apokoronas peninsula, very close to Souda Port and Chania airport.

Getting Here

Take a 1 hour flight from Athens to Heraklion with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air, with many flights available per day.

Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.

More on flights and ferries below.

To get to the village of Plaka, arrive at Chania airport or port and hire a car. Drive for 33 km or about 40 minutes along the edge of Souda Bay via Kera Beach, Kalives Beach and Amlyrida Beach.

To arrive into Chania, there are many flights per day from Athens. The flight time is 1 hour. See details below.

Car hire in Crete is a really good idea as it is a large island 60 km by 260 km. There is so much to explore.

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