Plakias itself is a small Mediterranean village with a picturesque little fishing-harbor, sandy beaches, small hotels, taverns, cafes and shops. The crystal clean waters of the Mediterranean invite for bathing and diving. The atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly. Everybody seems to be busy, but in slow motion.
Plakias is known as an ideal starting point for excursions to explore the surrounding area with its natural beauty.
Rethymnon itself offers endless shopping possibilities, lots of nice taverns and coffee houses, a lively night life and the air of Cretan – Venetian and Cretan – Turkish history. The Old Town, Venetian Harbour, the impressive town castle Fortezza is a must. Don’t miss the festivals there.
Preveli and The Beaches
The Monastery of Preveli from the 18th century is a harmonious architectural complex, with rare paintings and icons, and a wonderful Holy Cross. Preveli was famous for the continuous and tireless efforts on educating the enslaved people.
In the region you will meet unique natural beauty, stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, some deserted and others crowded, one following the other between steep mountains sinking into the sea like “The Lake of Preveli”, The beaches of Damnoni, Souda, Shinaria, Ammoudi and a bit away: Agios Pavlos, Triopetra, Ligres, Agia Fotia, Korakas, and Frangokastello.
Plakias, a great starting point for day trips exploring Crete
The Aquarium “Thalassocosmos” in Gournes near Heraklion is a very interesting place to visit. It is one of the most modern and largest aquariums in Europe with more than 1500 marine organisms.
Knossos is the most important archeological site in Crete. The pioneering Minoan civilization, still fascinates the world.
Apart from nearby canyons many visitors explore the well known majestic Samaria Gorge going down from Omalos to Agia Roumeli.
The famous Arkadi Monastery and the beautiful Monastery of Agia Triada on the Akrotiri peninsula near Chania are also very worthwhile destinations for day trips.