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Plakias, Crete Island: 4 reviews and 15 photos

  Plakias from the west
by AcornMan

Our original plan was to drive to the south coast of Crete from Rethymnon, spend the afternoon at Palm Beach near Moni Prevali, and then make the short drive west to Plakias to spend a night or two there. However, we didn't care much for Plakias when we arrived because it appeared to be little more than a long densely-packed string of hotels, tourist shops, tavernas, and cafes crammed into the area along the waterfront. I'm probably making that sound much worse than it really is, but it just didn't strike us as being the kind of place we would enjoy simply because it seemed like there was too much packed into such a small area. The beach looked pretty good, but it is a very narrow band of sand pushed up against the main road. It didn't look like a bad place to spend a holiday; it just wasn't quiet and peaceful enough for us. Perhaps we should have given it more of a chance, but I don't regret moving on.

That being said, we had the best meal of our entire trip at a taverna on the western end of town called Siroko (click for review). It has a great view in a quieter part of town, the service was good, the prices were reasonable, and best of all the food was outstanding. It's worth going all the way to Plakias even if all you do is eat here, and even when we stayed in Frangokastello we seriously thought about driving back to Siroko for dinner.

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  • Updated Jun 16, 2005
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