Plakias Tourism

Plakias (Greek: Πλακιάς) is a village on the south coast of the Greek island of Crete, in the Rethymno regional unit, about 30 kilometres south of the city of Rethymno. It is part of the municipal unit Foinikas. It is surrounded by mountains to the north and the Libyan Sea to the south.The name in Greek means "flat", because the town stands on an alluvial fan of material that has washed down the Kotsifou gorge directly to the north . This material has formed along the sea's edge into a long, fine, gold-hued sand beach, which shelves very gradually out into the bay, making it quite safe for swimming and hence, for family holidays. Initially just a fishing jetty and a few houses, Plakias developed during the last few decades into a tourist resort. The first official mention of Plakias was in 1961, when it was recorded in a census as the permanent home of six fishermen. The recorded history of surrounding mountain villages like Myrthios and Sellia goes back to the 10th century, when the Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros II Phokas (961 AD) built roads and bridges in order to link those villages, and there are some fragments of wall remaining from a fortified area on a hill top just northeast of the present main town .The local area is geographically suitable for a settlement, having plenty of agricultural space, and there may well have been a settlement there since Minoan times . Plakias has a 1300-metre-long sandy beach and there are several other beaches within walking distance (Souda, Damnoni, Ammoudi, and Skhinaria). The southeastern end of the beach, near the Kakomouri headland, is used by nudists. The town is not on any major passage for traffic and hence traffic is minimal and it is quieter and less dusty than many other Greek resorts. Parking along the main town road is difficult in the high season, but there is a large free-parking area just east of the main town. There are plenty of places to eat along the sea front, with the biggest cluster of tavernas at the west end. 8 kilometers to the east is the historic monastery of Preveli, which may have been founded as early as the 10th century. Due to its isolated position, it has played an important role in Cretan revolts against occupying forces such as the Nazis in World War II. Plakias is home to the "Youth Hostelaki Plakias", set in olive groves behind the town, which is famous among international backpackers as the 'most southerly hostel' in Europe. Also well-known are the cafes "Nufaro", (known locally as "Joe's bar"), and the very traditional "Niko's Souvlaki". "World International Tourism Day" is celebrated each September with a big evening festival, with a free buffet meal and free traditional music, songs, and dancing performances in the main square. There are two roads leading to Plakias through the mountain range that lies to the north, both of which run through spectacular gorges—to the north of Plakias, the Kotsifos Gorge, and to the northeast, the Kourtaliotiko Gorge. A good coastal motor track runs west beyond Souda to Rodakino beach, Frangokastello and Sfakiá. There are plenty of walks locally, and bolder walkers will enjoy the high green countryside beyond the coastal mountain range north of town. Mountain biking and cycle touring are other local attractions. There are several buses daily to and from Rethymnon bus station; some of these go via Preveli Monastery. The Plakias bus stop is on the seafront taxi rank .

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  • Know the pollution level of Plakias before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 15 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • How safe is Plakias for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Plakias.

    • Burglary and Theft 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 20.83 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 29.17 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 91.67 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 83.33 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 20.83 (Low)
    • Safety Index 81.76 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 97.38 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 22.47 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 57.41 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.9 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Plakias

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.72 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.02 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 66.21 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 79.08 USD

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