The Plakias Village Print

plakias-fishers-village Rethymno south cretePlakias village is the perfect holiday spot, located on the south coast. It is not too large, and so retains the traditional Cretan friendliness, but it is big enough to have a good range of accommodation, tavernas, shops etc.

The beautiful south facing curved bay in which it sits is ideal for swimming and sunbathing (nudists / naturists are catered for at the far end of the bay). The hills behind provide wonderful walks, on trails through the olive groves and beyond.

Plakias is a lovely town. Not the biggest or the smallest, it is just right for you. It is growing, or perhaps I should say ‘modernising’, but not too fast and still retains a simplicity you will like.

It is a good place to relax for a couple of weeks – or to use as a base to explore the surrounding countryside and beaches, if you like a more active holiday. It is popular in May, as the flora then is spectacular, and it is not too hot for walking.

plakias beaches Rethymno south creteThe town is built alongside a single street, which runs by the beach. Follow this along, past the small harbour (where you can get a boat to several other beaches) and you’ll end up on a rough track leading to Souda Bay (nice beach) after about 3km.

With the sea on one side, and the shops and hotels on the other, you never feel far from the beach. Small roads lead off the main street, with shops, tavernas etc. to catch your attention.

Everything yo u need is available in Plakias – shops, supermarkets, plenty of places to eat and drink, and two discos. There is no bank (or hole in the wall) yet – but you can easily change money in most places.

There are several travel agents – which are the places to check first if you want to do an excursion. You may well find prices a lot cheaper than those offered by your holiday company’s reps.

Follow one of the small streets as far as you can, and you'll probably end up in an olive grove, and there are tracks that lead up to the villages of Mirthios and Sellia, nestling in the hills. Mirthios is really unspoilt, and there is an excellent taverna there which makes the walk worth the effort. (Take a torch if you are walking down again in the dark)