Plakias is one of the most visited places of Crete. It combines all a guest needs to spend pleasant days, it is mostly characterized as a family destination!
The town of Plakias is located on the south coast of Crete, the port was center of trade. This town lies close to Rethymnon city, almost 45km and Heraklion city-almost 105km far. Agia Galini is close and a destination to visit.
How to go there
Plakias is a place easy to access, you can drive-cycle-ride and go there. There are very often connections to the city of Rethymnon, either from east-Heraklion airport-city-port or west from Chania airport- city or port.
The best way to visit Plakias is by hiring a car. There are very competitive rates to hire a car from Heraklion airport or any other place of Crete.
Hiring a Taxi is a good idea when you arrive late night and have to drive a long distance.
By bus is a good solution too. You can get one in Heraklion port main station or from the airport Heraklion. The other cities have a good connection, Chania city has a faster way to move to Rethymnon.
Things to do during your stay
Visit Rethymnon city,take time to visit the beautiful north coast, just 45km away and spend time tothe beach just front of the city, the New Marina and the connection to the old port and the old city, the bike lanes and the huge parking to park your vehicle by the New Marina of Rethymnon. It is one of the most visited excursions of Crete to drive south Rethymnon!
Preveli beach is one of the must you should do when visiting Rethymnon.
Agia Galini, the famous port whish is located between beautiful beaches,
Plakias nude beach, the famous beach lies south and the famous nude beach next to it.
Agios Pavlos, one of the most quiet beaches-places of south Crete.
Plakias is hosting many visitors who come for leisure and business. The famous resorts are welcoming their guests all year round. There are very good 5 star hotels in all places.
Gorges close to Rethymnon
Preveli beach is the most beautiful one in the south of Rethymnon, a Tropical scenery with green blue waters and Palm trees.
Imbros gorge, 2hr 30min from Imbros village to Komitades village, close to Sfakia-South Chania. It starts from the small plateau of the village of Imbros and ends at the village Komitades offering wonderful views of the Libyan Sea. Its length is 7 km and is easy to be crossed any time of year. The time required is approximately 3 hours. Crete beautiful gorges article.
Samaria gorge – Chania – is the most famous gorge in Crete, almost 18 km long. This is the most visited gorge of Crete, located south of Chania region.
Plakias is the place very difficult occupied against enemies, Venetians, Arabs or Turks. The south of Rethymnon was a target for pirates coming from Africa, kidnapping women and young children selling them to foreign countries as slaves.
The plateau areas of Plakias village are full of green houses, olive trees and open fields with orange trees it is one of the most sunny places of Crete! There are many immigrants working by the greenhouses and open fields. The locals produce olives, olive oil, tomatoes and vegetables, water melons, according to the year period the production is varying to different vegetables and production.
Food-Restaurants by the port and city center
Plakias is one of Crete’s places that local fishermen bring fresh fish to the local market, everyday. You can taste delicious fresh fish dishes and taste the Cretan diet by the city’s taverns in the north side or to the magnificent villages south of it! The most important thing for you is to feel the quiet atmosphere and spend unforgettable days and nights in this area. There are numerous of famous restaurants as well as local taverns.
When is it the best period to visit Plakias
Crete has temperate climate, there are some places that have subtropical climate. The winter is mild and the summer is hot. You can see there is snow all year, by Psiloritis mountain, the highest on the island=2452meters.
In conclusion, I can suggest Plakias as one important area to spend unforgettable vacation.