Plakias is a village on the south coast of the Greek island of Crete, in the Rethymno Prefecture, about 30 kilometres south of the city of Rethymnon

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Plakias is a village on the south coast of the Greek island of Crete, in the Rethymno Prefecture, about 30 kilometres south of the city of Rethymnon

Plakias Location

Plakias village is the perfect holiday location on the South coast of Crete island in Greece in the Rethymno regional unit, about 30 kilometres south of the city of Rethymno.

It is a small village (used to be a fish-village) and so retains the traditional Cretan hospitality.

There is good range of tavernas and shops. The beautiful south facing curved bay in which it sits is ideal for swimming and sunbathing (nudists / naturists are catered for at the far end of the Soudabay or Amoudaki beach). The hills behind provide wonderful hikings, on trails through the olive trees.

Beaches near Plakias

The beach of Plakias extends east from the village. It is one of the biggest beaches in Crete, offering a sense of space and comfort to suit every taste – the east end is mainly used by naturists. There are showers all along the beach and many parking spaces.

Beaches near Plakias close to the village.

If it’s windy during your stay in Plakias and the northern wind whips you with flying sand, head west to Souda beach. It is more sheltered, with small hotels and a few tavernas.

There are other lovely beaches near Plakias at Damnoni, Amoudi & Amoudaki, which is also a naturists’ beach. A little further away are Lefkogia and Shinaria, the preferred beach of scuba divers. For those of you, who enjoy scuba-diving, there is a diving center near Plakias.

The beach of Preveli is situated 40 km south of the main town and is the most idyllic beach in Rethymno. Preveli reminds of an exotic lagoon. It is an oasis of palm trees with crystalline greenish waters and fine soft sand. The Kourtaliotis River ends at this wonderful beach, creating a delta. Apart from the superb palm trees, lush vegetation surrounds the beach and the river, creating a dreamy landscape. Because of its extreme beauty, the Preveli Beach unfortunately gets very crowded during high season. This wonderful place can be reached by foot from the parking nearby the Preveli Monastery or by fishing boats which leave regularly from Plakias and Agia Galini.

Best Experience Ever.

On the rocks is just the perfect place to stay. Casual, friendly and super chilled. Nikos is the perfect host and the huge sun terrace on the second floor is without words. We loved it here. In the night time “on the rocks” transforms to a cool bar and nikos has an unbeatable music taste.


Nice room, friendly people, Great owner, beautifull view from the “On the rocks” beach, looking at a dragon shaped mountain. Not far from the center of plakias. Its perfect do destress and get complete relaxed.

Mount dragon

Location, beach, food and drinks served on the beach, a recipe for a perfect holiday. The food is very tasty and family run taverna very friendly. We will certainly return here in the future. Keep up the good work!

Just perfect

I am reviewing the bar at ‘On the Rocks’ which is a perfect setting for a sunset drink or 3. Set up above Skinos beach, it has fantastic views of the sunset over the dinosaurs head, but is equally good during the day, free sunbeds on the beach when buying drinks etc., and it all […]

Sunset drinks in heaven

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