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"Plakias" Plakias Tip by nickandchris

Plakias, Crete Island: 4 reviews and 15 photos

  Glorious setting of Plakias
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  • Glorious setting of Plakias - Crete Island
      Glorious setting of Plakias
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  • Plakias from beach - Crete Island
      Plakias from beach
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  • How about that for a view........ - Crete Island
      How about that for a view........
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  • The quiter side of Plakias - Crete Island
      The quiter side of Plakias
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  • A later view of Plakias - Crete Island
      A later view of Plakias
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Stayed here for a few days in 1984 and returned briefly in 1992. Thoroughly enjoyed the place.
A large seaside village (one time fishing village) with a long shingly-sandy beach. In 1984 Plakias was buzzing with young people, mainly backpackers, although it was still in it's infancy as a tourist resort. Nowadays, a few package holiday companies make the journey south over the mountains. Lots of eating and drinking places and plenty of accommodation spread about the area. There is also a YHA. and campsite. There must be one of those laws forbidding building alongside the beach as I don't think many buildings have sprung up in the years that have passed. Building seems to have been restricted to the valley and hills behind.
It's a great area for walking, whether it's in to the hills rising up behind or along coastal tracks to more superb coves and beaches, there's plenty of scope. Pretty coves are scattered around the headland with more further east and at least one travelling westwards. Spoilt for choice.
Way above Plakias, at Mirthios, you can have a drink at a taverna perched on the mountainside and enjoy spectacular views of the sun going down over the sea. A wondrous sight.

Address: Plakias, Crete
Directions: Southern Crete, east of Frangokastello. From Rethymnon, take the road south through the Kourtalios Gorge to Asomatos and follow signs for Plakias.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 28, 2005
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