The bay of Plakias.
A sea side village, 40 km south from Rethimno, with 237 permanent residents, built at the cove of the bay of the same name on a wonderful sandy beach, 1300 m long, between the capes Stavros and Kako Mouri, that is ideal for swimming and sea sports. The natural beauty of the place helped Plakias to become a renowned tourist resort now providing all the facilities that a visitor could wish. It belongs to the municipality of Agios Vassilios.
Accessed by the magnificent Kotsifou and Kourtaliotiko Gorges, the village of Plakias is set towards the centre of a large bay enclosed within the arms of mountains. Originally a very small and quiet fishing village, it now offers a range of tavernas, cafes, shops and amenities. While it has grown in size over the years, it still retains its special charm that draws many visitors back again, year after year.
For those interested in self-catering, the supermarkets, bakeries and other shops offer a very wide range of products, including local and traditional goods. There are, however, a tempting variety of tavernas and cafes.
While there is no bank, there are a number of cash point machines, a post office and a doctor. There are many shops selling a good selection of holiday requirements, including clothes and beachwear, presents to take home, newspapers and holiday reading. There are also art, craft and jewellery shops.
For those wishing to explore further afield, there are books available describing the range of local walks. Plakias makes a good starting point for walks along the coast to Souda, or up into the encircling hills to other villages such as Sellia or Mirthios, which give spectacular views out to sea. Bicycles are available to hire, as are motorbikes and cars.
The regular bus service goes from Plakias to Rethymno and it is also possible to book excursions by coach to other places of interest on the island. A road train makes regular journeys up into the hills to the village of Mirthios.
From the working harbour, there are several boat trips to other beaches and villages along the south coast.
Activities, such as scuba diving, are available in Plakias. There is a disco for those looking for nightlife, and traditional dancing sometimes spills out into the street.