Plakias combines the rugged beauty of the south beaches of Crete with the better tourist infrastructure of the north. It is a classic destination for families who wish to spend their holidays in Southern Crete.
Amidst high mountains, in a beautiful valley, you will find Plakias. Plakias is approximately 36km away from Rethymno city and it represents one of the most popular summer resorts of the wider area. The distinctive characteristic of Plakias is the size of its main beach which in length reaches 1.3km.
Plakias can be found against a backdrop of high mountains in a beautiful valley. It lies approximately 36km away from the city of Rethymno, and represents one of the most popular summer resorts in the wider area. One of the most distinctive characteristics of Plakias is the size of its main beach, which is some 1.3km long.
The blue-green sea is refreshing—and the endless sandy beach is ideal for children. Plakias beach has been awarded with a ‘Blue Flag’ award and is very well organized. Many enjoy a bicycle ride or a walk on the seafront, where there are plenty of tavernas, cafes and accommodation options.
Tourist development in the area might remind you of some the beaches in the north part of Crete. However, the salt cedar trees will testify that you are actually in the beautiful south. So, if you wish to have a taste of southern Crete without sacrificing the comforts of the north, Plakias is a safe bet.
Families should know
- In the summer, high winds can cause the sand to blow about fiercely, making a trip to the main beach inadvisable
- The temperature of the sea water at Plakias beach is typically lower than those in the north—additionally, a river flowing into the center of the beach can make the water a little more cool
- Visit: all year
Plakias, Aghios Vasileios, Rethymno