Plakias

Plakias Village, on the south coast – directly south of Rethymno about 30 km south of Rethimno small town. It is part of the municipal unit Foinikas.
A big crescent bay holding a fine beach between two immense wind tunnels, the gorges fo Selia and Kourtaliiotiko.
This is quite a busy tourist destination, but has a unique feel, which appeals to some who normally choose to stay in smaller, quieter places. Beautiful surrounding countryside, fine walks and gorges.
Plakias is surrounded by mountains to the north and the Libyan Sea to the south. The name in Greek means “flat” but the approach and coastline are quite mountainous and dramatic.
Small hotels and many beachfront restaurants & cafes. The large crescent bay of sandy beach and the harbour provide a varied and yet not too busy destination.
Frangokastello and Sfakia is a pleasant twisting and scenic short drive. Above Plakias, Myrthios, affords gorgeous views of the bay, coastline and sea.
The gorges of Prevelli (and the monastery), Kourtaliotis and Kotsifos are easily visited.In addition visit the mountain village of Spili, Preveli Monastery and Preveli beach and the wonderful villages in the hills on the road to Sfakia.
The name in Greek means “flat”, because the town stands on an alluvial fan of material that has washed down the Kotsifou gorge directly to the north .
This material has formed along the sea’s edge into a long, fine, gold-hued sand beach, which shelves very gradually out into the bay, making it quite safe for swimming and hence, for family holidays.

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