June 2012
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Travel – Plakias – a small fishing village with a beautiful landscape

Plakias is a village on the south coast in the Rethymno Prefecture of Crete in Greek island. This is a small fishing village with a beautiful landscape. It is about 30km to the south of Rethymno city and is a part of Foinikas municipality. To its north are mountains surrounding the village and to its south is the Libyan Sea. It has a sandy beach, long and stunning. To its east are dunes. Nearby are coves and other beaches that are easily reachable. Preveli Monastry and Preveli Beach are the best here in terms of tourist attractions.

Activities that tourists can enjoy in the place:
• Walk: One can enjoy a country side walk and take a look at the local shops.
• Swim, snorkel & sunbathe: This place has nudist beach but there are other enjoyable beaches too where swimming, snorkeling are enjoyable, and tourists love doing these.
• Scuba Dive: One can enjoy scuba diving with the dive school.

Other places around Plakias:
• Bali is in the Rethymno Prefecture that is on the island of Crete in Greece. This place has many beaches of varying size and countless hotels and apartment complexes.
• Diving: One can go for guided diving. Take your International Padi divers license at Hippocampus diving centre or enjoy an excursion available by boat to go to other beaches and towns.
• The Atali Monastery (or Bali Monastery): This is about 5 kilometers from Bali to the South. This monastery has stunning views. This monastery is built in dedication to Aghios Ioannis (St. John) and was built in the 17th century.
• Bali beach: This beach is located about 33 kilometers from Rethymnon to the East. It is only a kilometer from the National Road to Heraklion. There are four other beaches in this Bali bay, some with sand and some with pebbles. These beaches are not affected by the “meltemia” -northern summer winds.
• Rethimno (also known as Rethimno, Rethymnon, Réthymnon, and Rhíthymnos) is a city on the island of Crete in Greece. It has an approximate population of about 40,000. It mints its own coins. It has the Minoan civilization centred at Kydonia east of Rethymno. This town still maintains its antiquity and its old aristocratic appearance. This town dates back to 16th century and its arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, the small Venetian harbor and narrow streets still remain intact. The Venetian Loggia houses the Ministry of culture today. This town is also known for its wine festival that is held every year at the beginning of July. The other festival is held in memory of the destruction of Arkadi Monastery, held on 7-8 November. This town was taken by the Ottoman Turks in 1646 and held for three centuries. This town was their centre of rule. The city’s main income is tourism, agriculture of olives for olive oil and other Mediterranean products.
• Historic Buildings. The buildings remaining are from the Venetian occupation of Crete dating back to 17th century. They include the Fortessa and the lighthouse.
• The Fortezza: This is the city’s Venetian-era citadel and the best-preserved castles in Crete. It is a fusion of medieval European and Moorish architecture.
• Archaeological Museum Rethymno: This museum houses objects from the Neolithic to Roman period found in Rethymno in a Turkish building. These objects have been collected from hilltops sacred sites, in caves and necropolis. It is situated opposite to the Fortezza. The Opening times are from Tuesday – Sunday 8.30 – 15h Monday closed.
• Heraklion Archaeological Museum: This is located on Xanthoudidou Street and it houses finds from the Minoan civilization and excavations across the island of Crete. The find includes the statues of the Snake Goddess, the famous Bull-Leaping Fresco, the enigmatic and mysterious Phaistos Disk, and Minoan seals and jewelry. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the world’s great museums for presenting the Minoan culture.
• Parks. There is a small park in the centre which also houses a very small zoo containing some Cretan mountain goats.

Other Beaches:
• Georgioupolis: This is a sandy beach of about 9km that is on the northern coast and is very quiet.
• Falasarna: This is a nice beach that is located on the west coast of Crete. It is the second cleanest beach in Greece.
• Gramvoussa: This is at the tip of the westernmost peninsula of Crete. It can be reached by a boat or walk. This is a beach with turquoise waters, lagoons and white sand.
• Sougia: This is a pebble beach and about 1200m in length. It is situated by a small village named Sougia.
• Elafonisos: This is a beach that is situated at the south-west corner of Crete. There are crystal clear waters with red and pink coral sand. There are boat tours on a daily basis.

Best time to visit / climate:

In the months of November and December the climate is bearable and pleasant at this place and hence October is the best suited time for the tourists to visit.

Top Sights Travel Guide: Crete (Kindle) Rough Guide Map Crete [Folded Map] Lonely Planet Crete (Regional Guide)

Location on Google Maps:

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How to get there:
There are several buses daily from Rethimno and Ayia Galini and Sfakia.
To reach Rethimno:
• There is a daily ferry from Pireaus (Athens) to Rethimno Crete Island.
• There are regular bus services from both Chania and Heraklion which stop at the bus station, just west of the center of Rethimno.
• The distance from Heraklion to Rethymno is 80 km and from Chania to Rethymno 56 km. Chania airport is much smaller and far less busy than Heraklion airport.
• To go around: One can either take a bus or a taxi.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Restaurants at wikitravel
Hotels at wikitravel
Hotels at explorecrete
Hotels at tripadvisor
Hotels at greekhotels
Hotels at travel-to-crete

Blogs / Sites about Plakias:

Blogs and reviews at travelpod
Blogs and reviews at explorecrete
Blogs and reviews at travelgeneration

Images and photos of Plakias:

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Images at tripadvisor
Images at explorecrete

Videos of Plakias:


Scuba Diving in Plakias CretePlakias, Crete 2010

Lunch at Plakias

On the road: {from Rethymno to Plakias}

Plakias, Damnoni Beach

Plakias: Souda & Damnoni Beach

Plakias: A short trip

Travelling Crete No 1-Plakias

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