Crete tourist guide

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Plakias

Plakias - panorama of the bay

Plakias is a small town located in the central part of the southern coast of Crete. The proximity of many attractions may encourage you to choose this place as a base for exploring this region of the island. One of the longest beaches to be found in this part of Crete is a great asset of Plakias.

History

Until the early seventies, this village constituted only a dozen or so houses. Since then, tourism has significantly changed the face of this town. Currently, the center of Plakias consists of several dozen buildings, most of which are hotels, various types of shops, taverns, restaurants, car rentals and local travel agencies. In the village you will find practically everything that is necessary for a pleasant holiday.

Beach

One of the main attractions attracting tourists to Plakias is the long (for Cretan standards) beach. The main beach called Gialia has its origin in the central part of the village and extends over approximately 1.3 km of the coast to the Mouri peninsula. The eastern end of the beach, located just off the steep cliff face, is called Paligremnos. This is by far the best section of the coast with a gentle sandy descent to the sea. Note - the last string of sun loungers is usually reserved for nudists ... beware of textiles;)

Plakias - beach

In the western part of the beach is the estuary of the river Kotsifos, which feeds the bay with cold water flowing down from the mountains. Unfortunately, it does not affect the temperature of the sea, which is usually lower than on other nearby beaches. The water is of course crystal clear.




Target group, meaning "blows boredom"

The profession can survive people focused on active nightlife. Suddenly 2-3 premises in Plakias can be called typical discos. However, this is not strange, because the profile of a typical tourist spending a holiday in Plakias is a mature person, or families with children, that is, people in most cases interested in leisure. If this description sounds good to you, then Plakias is one of the better places you can choose. More importantly (as for now), blissful peace goes hand in hand with the development of infrastructure, which is already quite good now. There are many taverns in the town, a large number of stores with a very different range (from the shops with tourist "badziewiem" and ending with the bakery offering fresh bread), you will find even one laundry room here.





Plakias is a perfect place for people who like to spend time hiking. In the area of ​​the town and the surrounding area there are several walking routes marked out, which you can reach to interesting beaches or gorges. It is worth mentioning places such as Skinaria, Damnoni or Preveli beaches as well as Kotsifou and Kouartaliotiko ravines. It is also worth visiting the nearby mountain villages, from which there is a beautiful panorama of Plakias Bay.

From the port located in the center of the village, small ships sail on which you can take a trip to the surrounding tourist attractions. Cruises offered include the possibility of sailing to Preveli, the Aradena Gorge and many nearby beaches.




How to get

By far the fastest way to get to Plakias, whether you are coming from Chania or Heraklion, is to reach Rethymnon. Although the map may suggest that traveling through the mountains will "shorten" the journey (especially when coming from the city of Chania), do not be fooled, because mountain roads in this area are quite demanding, and it takes much more time to travel than reaching the national road 97 .

Panorama of the mountains from the plakias - on the left side you can see the Kotsifou gorge

Overcoming the part of the New National Road constituting the bypass of Rethymnon, in the central part of this section of the road, take the road heading south towards Spili - Timpaki. After covering about 15 kilometers, you will be able to turn right into drwhich leads to the town of Selia - Plakias. In 2013, this road was renovated, so we recommend you an alternative connection, which leads by a more picturesque route through the Kouartaliotiko gorge.

A bit more than a kilometer away, there is another bifurcation heading for Koxare. In the distance you will see the Kouartaliotiko gorge behind which the town of Asomatos is located. In this village, turn right heading for the village of Lefkogia. From here, the road leads quite simply, which ends in Plakias.

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 Andrzej Niezgoda
Andrzej Niezgoda
2016-02-11 13:10:03

Byłem tutaj , szczególnie urokliwa jest ta część plaży na końcu , pod skałą , szkoda tylko , że słońce tak późno tam dochodzi . Kto wie ten wie.

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CRETE
2016-02-11 13:15:18

No i dodatkowo w tamtym rejonie plaży jest najlepsze zejście do wody.

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 Andrzej Niezgoda
Andrzej Niezgoda
2016-02-11 13:15:37

 Andrzej Niezgoda
Andrzej Niezgoda
2016-02-11 13:17:00

Polecam Plażę Amoudi , po drugiej stronie gór , milsza atmosfera.

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gość PiotrWie
2016-02-11 20:26:46

Od Plakias ( a właściwie Damnoni Bay, za widoczną na zdjęciu górką zaczynaliśmy naszą przygodę z Kretą - byliśmy dwukrotnie w hotelu Damnoni Bay, wszyscy narzekali na bardzo jednostajne posiłki, ale jednocześnie mówili, ze mogą jeść przez dwa tygodnie mortadelę z żółtym serem byle na tarasie z takim widokiem. Ale to było w epoce "przed ryanairem" Teraz można kupić tylko bilet i na miejscu szukać zakwaterowania - najlepiej bez posiłków, bo jak mi dziś nie smakuje w jednej tawernie to jutro idę do drugiej - choć póki co takiej w której całkiem by się jeść nie dało to nie trafiłem - tylko dobre i jeszcze lepsze. Nadal mamy sentyment do plaż w Damnoni i jak ktoś szuka miejsca na spokojny leniwy pobyt to tam jest super.

Piotrek | www.crete.pl
Piotrek | www.crete.pl
2016-02-11 20:51:39

Alianthos

My ze swojej strony możemy polecić w tym rejonie hotel Alianthos w Plakias. Naprawdę niesamowite jedzenie zupełnie odstające do tego co jest oferowane w hotelach, które sprzedawane są przez polskie biura podróży. Jeszcze do ubiegłego roku można go było rezerwować za pośrednictwem Itaki:

http://www.itaka.pl/wczasy/grecja/kreta/hotel-alianthos-beach,CHQALIA.html

Niestety teraz pozostaje już jedynie: http://www.booking.com/hotel/gr/alianthos-beach.pl.html?aid=818104. Jesteśmy smakoszami kuchni greckiej i bez najmniejszej przesady możemy napisać, że jedzenie tam serwowane jest w standardzie najlepszych kreteńskich tawern. Na minus można jednak zaliczyć dosyć skromne pokoje z których spora część dysponuje mizernym widokiem. Jednak za odpowiednio większą opłatą można zagwarantować sobie widok na morze.

Odnośnie plaż to my polecamy jeszcze Skinarię znajdującą się jeszcze jedną zatokę za plażą Amoudi. Nie będę się rozpisywać o niej bo pełny opis jest na naszej stronie:
http://www.crete.pl/plaze/Skinaria.html

 

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