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Plakias Crete

In the Relaxed South of Rethymnon

Beach Plakias Crete

Plakias Crete -  Πλακιάς is a beautiful wide bay with sandy beaches in the south of Rethymnon in Crete. It is 35 km from Rethymnon town.

Visit the Gorges

Drive south via Armeni, Koxare and Axomatos.

You can drive back via Kotsifou Gorge and Koumi. Both drives are spectacular. Leave plenty of time for stopping and gasping at the scenery. Here is a route map showing both ways:

About Plakias

The long beach of Plakias is wide and mixed with pebble and sand. There are tiny, more protected beaches to the east. The small seaside village is clustered at the western end, with a string of bayside tavernas.

Plakias Bay Crete

Plakias Crete Bay

The eastern end of the beach is called Paligremnos Beach (pictured below), set against dramatic cliffs and rocks of Mouri Headland.

Paligremnos Beach near Plakias with its dramatic cliffsPaligremnos Beach with its dramatic cliffs - rock climbing is popular here

Paligremnos Beach

Paligremnos Beach

Looking Around

Relaxing by the beaches can be interrupted with many, many excursions around the region. The villages of Mariou, Sellia and Mirthios sit on the hills around the bay 2 to 3 km inland from Plakias.

Visit the Gorges of Kourtaliotiko (east) and Sellia, or trek Kotsifos Gorge, Φαράγγι Κοτσιφού.

Visit the famous Monastery at Preveli and discover its hidden beach and palm forest, and look out for ghosts and stories at nearby Frangokastello Beach.

Day trips to Rethymnon Old Town allow for exploration of the myriad of historic influences on the tapestry of the town. Explore the narrow laneways for art and jewellery studios, have a seafood lunch by the old harbour and lighthouse.

The bay of Plakias in south CretePlakias Bay - panorama showing the walking tracks

Activities in Plakias Crete

Walking - enjoy walking trails to the village of Sellia, Finikas and Lefkogia. Take the path up to Preveli Monastery by Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Walk around the coastal paths to the east to Damnoni Beach, Ammoudi Beach and Schinaria Beach. Or walk west to Souda Beach.

Trekking - trekkers can join the E4 Walking Trail in this area, walking the section from Agouseliana to Koxare to Spili, total length 14.3 km, a moderate walk.

Diving - the clear waters here mean great snorkelling and diving. Dive Together takes all levels of divers and snorkellers for fun and training out of Plakias.

Water Sports - wind-surfing, canoeing, jet skiing, renting pedaloes and beach loungers, snorkelling and swimming. Did we mention floating and relaxing?

Boat Trips - daily boat trips are available in summer to from Plakias Crete to Preveli Beach and Palm Forest.

Mountain Biking - hire bikes in the village and go where the wind takes you.

Rock Climbing - the cliffs at the eastern end of the beach make for good climbing. There are some really hard routes to climb on this 80 m rock face. Close to the beach for that rewarding swim!

Horseriding - Plakias Horse Riding Centre caters for all levels and has a children's program which includes pony and donkey rides and a mini zoo.

Plakias Horse Riding CentreHorse Riding - Plakias Crete

Plakias Crete
Accommodation by the Beach

Artemis Studios Plakias
Artemis Studios Plakias Crete
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Artemis Studios - these affordable studios are located just 300 m from the sea at the eastern end of the bay, on Paligremnos Beach. This means a walk of 1 km to Plakias Village.

"Absolutely recommend staying at this place. Spacious air conditioned rooms. Great location with the sea view, very friendly, nice and helpful hosts, who gave us an amazing welcome treatment upon arrival, helped us in everything we needed."

Castello Apartments and Studios Plakias
Castello Studios Plakias
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Castello Verde Apartments and Studios - this budget property sits a little back from the beach in the village of Plakias, convenient to everything yet surrounded by a shady garden. This is a good choice if you are travelling by bus.

"Right in the heart of town, you can walk wherever you need to go. Very friendly staff who remembered my name. Parking is available. Clean room, comfortable bed, friendly service. I highly recommend.”

Labyrinth Studios Plakias
Labyrinth Studios Plakias Crete
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Labyrinth Studios - located behind the beaches of Plakias and Damnoni, this is another affordable option in Plakias Crete.

“Great location for beaches, pretty much halfway between Plakias and Damnoni beaches. Great to have an apartment complex with such a nice little swimming pool for such a great price! The kitchenette had everything you need and the hosts were very helpful and friendly.”

Plakias Suites, Plakias Beach Crete
Plakias Suites Crete

The stylish Plakias Suites are like a modern apartment, comfortable and luxurious, yet just across the road from the beach. Relax here and enjoy the garden.

"Beautiful location, easy access to the best area of the beach. with the lovely Beach House for drinks, and light meals just a couple of minutes from the suites. Very comfortable accommodation and lovely warm welcome from Eleni and the team."

Villas in Crete
Nearby This Beach

Cosmakis House - a traditional home near Plakias

Cosmakis House (pictured above) is a beautiful traditional 19th Century house located in the hills near Plakias Crete. This home sleeps 6 guests in four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The house sits in the centre of the inland village of Rodakino, 13 km to the west of Plakias village. A true experience of Crete.

Villa Dafne near Plakias

Villa Dafni (pictured above) is a modern villa with lovely views to Plakias Bay, a pool and sweeping vies over the valley. Just 1.5 km from the beach, here you will find privacy and luxury with wonderful service from Mr Gasparakis. This villa accommodates 5 guests with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Consider renting the sister villa for a family reunion or multi-family holiday.

Villa Thymari near Plakias Crete

Villa Thymari (pictured above) is able to receive 7 guests in 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, featuring a pool and lovely gardens, this is a perfect holiday home for families. This Crete villa is surrounded by olive groves, this villa is less than 5 km from Plakias Crete and closer to other small coves.

Palio Damnoni Seafront House
(pictured above) - this traditional country house sits right on Damnoni Beach, only 3 km from Plakias. This is a wonderful, atmospheric, simple home that allows the visitor to understand the real local life of Crete. This renovated fisherman's shack will become your home. 6 people can stay in 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Palio Damnoni Seafront House - sits directly on a little beach

A Travel Memoir Set in Plakias

Plakias Crete was the unsuspecting star location of a tragi-comedy written about in the travel memoir of international chef Byron Ayanoglu ‘Crete on the Half Shell’ also titled ‘The Taste of Honey’. Well known for his culinary expertise, the Montreal-based chef sought to reconnect with his Greekness on the island of Crete. Despite warnings, he entered into a restaurant project fraught with dangers. Read about the hilarious consequences, and be reassured that all the tavernas in Plakias now serve healthy food! A must read for those considering moving to Crete, and a great holiday read for those lazing on the beach.

Byron really had a way with words and an extraordinary way of communicating the unique specialties of Cretan local food. Read his account of a gastronomic journey around Crete here. Beware that this story will have your mouth watering and lips licking in anticipation of the tasty organic fresh mountain food of Crete. Travel through the hills of Chania, sit by the seaside slurping sea urchin, sipping wine and wiping olive oil from your chin, visit the famous Minoan Palace at Knossos and the picturesque fishing village of Elounda. Meet the characters of the mountains of Crete, hard as the rocks of the knobbly gorges in which they run their sheep and goats.

We are so grateful to Byron for sharing his stories with We Love Crete.

Map of Crete Beaches

Preveli Beach is near to PlakiasPreveli Beach is near to Plakias

Here on the map below you will see the location of this beach and many other beaches in Crete. From this Rethymnon beach it is possible to travel west by car to Frangokastello and Chora Sfakion, then park the car and take the ferry further west to Loutro, Agia Roumeli and Sougia. This gives access to Samaria Gorge and more of the E4 Walking Path, and Agia Irini Gorge. These journeys are difficult by bus.

To the east of Plakias are the beautiful beaches of Preveli and Agia Fotini.

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.

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