Plakias

Plakias is located 35 km south of the city of Rethymno, 3 km from the Mirthios village and very close to Sellia in Rethymno prefecture.

Along the beach and beside the ruins of the Minoan city of Lames, some fishermen had built a small settlement, Plakias, and began to build their lives there. The village was called Plakias because it was built on the prolongation of an underwater plate (plaka=plate), located in the middle of the south coast of Crete.

The village of Plakias is nestled in a fertile valley formed at the exit of Kotsifou River and located within walking distance from the beaches of Polyrizos, Korakas, Souda, while nearby can be found Damnoni, the quiet beach of Ammoudi, Schoinaria and the famous lake of Preveli. The Kourtaliotis gorge also crosses the area.

The beach of Plakias is one of the largest beaches in this area, since it starts from the village and extends to the east, offering all amenities to the visitors.

Furthermore, for lovers of hiking and cycling, a 3 km route can be recommended, the one that starts at Plakias, continues through the gorge of Kotsifou and Agios Antonios and ends at the village of Kali Sykia.

One of the attractions in Plakias is an old mill, a few kilometers outside the village, as well as the church of the Zoodohou Pigis (Life Giving Spring), which is built on the ruins of an older structure.

The traditional festivals in Plakias are quite a few, such as sheep shearing, the feast of the fisherman and festivals of raki and tourism, in which you can participate if you happen to be in the area.

In the village of Plakias you will find that you need, as it has almost everything. What it doesn’t have is an ATM machine.

From Plakias you can embark on a boat that leaves for Preveli.

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