Many years ago Plakias was a tiny village with only a few houses. Although the village has expanded somewhat it has still kept its authentic Cretan character and laid-back charm.
Between the headlands lies a long sand/shingle beach and not far from the old harbour are tiny bays and small coves where you can find quiet spots to swim and sunbathe. In addition boats sail daily to a variety of beaches, some of which have a good selection of watersports.
A short distance away are the Preveli Monastery, the Venetian fortress at Frangokastello and the Minoan site at Phaistos. Further to the east you could visit the famous Matala caves, to the north the old town of Rethymnon and the atmospheric old Monastery of Arkadi.
Hotels to visit
Just outside the small hamlet of Souda, 1 km from Plakias. Fabulous views of Plakias Bay and the apartments are surrounded by well maintained gardens and a swimming pool.
This friendly hotel is situated in centre of Plakias, only 50m from the main street with shops, tavernas, beach and harbour.
Manolis studios and apartments is in Plakias village just 100m from its sandy beach.
G Maheswaran, UK, Sept 2016