In the southern part of the prefecture of the Rethymno region, on the Libyan Sea, to the centre of the Gialia area and beside the ruins of the Minoan city of Lamon, some fishermen built a small settlement. Plakias was so named because it is a continuation of an immersed plate in the middle of the southern coast of Crete.
Plakias is situated 35 km from Rethymno, 110 km from Heraklion and 90 km from Chania.
Sunshine and a refreshing climate guarantee an enjoyable holiday. You will enjoy the sun, the sea and pristine beaches.
Water sports are available at Plakias beach; there are also several diving centres throughout the vicinity which is famous for its enchanting underwater area.
With Plakias as your starting point you can visit the nearby beaches: Damnoni, Amoudi, Amoudaki, Skinaria, Korakas, Souda and the famous Preveli Lake with its majestic palm tree forest. Within a few kilometers there are many beautiful beaches with crystal clear water succeeding one another, some are deserted and others more popular, set between steep mountains sinking into the sea; Aghios Pavlos, Triopetra, Ligres, Agia Fotia, Keramiano Amoudi, Frangocastelo.
Nearby is the Holy Monastery of Preveli, which, due to its isolated and deserted location, played an important role in the Cretan Resistance during World War II.
On the slopes of the mountains are scattered picturesque villages: Mirthios, Selia, Rodakino, Mariou, Asomatos, Lefkogia, Gianniou.
Within the entire geophysical region of Gialia one can find many sites of great natural beauty with rare flora and fauna.
Preveli Gorge where Megalos Potamos (Great River) crosses through a forest of palm trees and flows into a beautiful beach.
Kourtaliotis Gorge with beautiful waterfalls coming from the bowels of the earth throughout the year.
Kotsifos Gorge, a passage to other traditional villages such as: Kali Sikia, Agios Yiannis, Agouseliana.
The area offers attractive walks or bicycle rides to nearby villages, through olive groves.
Historic monuments and churches
Piso Moni Preveli: 18th century monastery of architectural merit, with rare frescoes, icons and a miraculous Holy Cross.
Kato Moni Preveli: within the ruin Cretan architecture dominates .A truly unforgettable journey into the past.
Church of Lord Jesus Christ: in the village of Mirthios, with Byzantine frescoes.
Church Agios Fotis: in Sellia village, with Byzantine frescoes.
Church of Panagia (Virgin Mary): in the deserted village of Diplochori, with Byzantine frescoes.
Church of Agios Georgios: in the deserted village of Malathre village, with 101 doors and Byzantine frescoes.
Churches Agioi Asomatoi and Agios Yiannis: with frescoes near Gianniou village.
The people are hospitable and friendly, local customs, dialect, traditional music (Lyre, Lute) and dances are preserved.
Traditional festivals are: the shearing of sheep, the grape harvest, the fisherman’s fest, traditional cuisine, the raki festival, the day of tourism, all events you are welcome to participate in.
The region's infrastructure covers all your needs, you can enjoy local dishes from fresh produce, prepared in the traditional Cretan way, based on olive oil.
Plakias provides an ideal destination for a perfect holiday in peaceful, safe and authentic surroundings.