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Holidays In Plakias

Plakias Holidays at a Glance

Perfect for a relaxing sunshine holiday, Plakias boasts a lovely sand and shingle beach complimented by calm, turquoise waters. Nightlife is low key and is centred around the local tavernas and bars, although there is a disco for those seeking late-night fun!

Who holidays in Plakias?

Families and couples looking for a picturesque resort with excellent beaches.



Key Facts - Plakias

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration4 hours (Approx)
  • Distance From Airport125 km
  • Airport Transfer (Taxi)120 mins

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Elounda - Traditional ~ Relaxed ~ Picturesque

Amoudara - Great Beach ~ Relaxed

Aghios Nikolaos - Lively nightlife ~ Traditional charm

Just 10km North of Aghios Nikolaos lies the lovely resort of Elounda. With its attractive coastline, beautiful harbour area and spectacular views of Spinalonga Island,  Elounda was made famous as the setting of the film “Who Pays the Ferryman”.

The resort has retained all of its original Cretan charm and remains a tranquil spot in both early and late season, becoming lively in the height of the summer. 

Amoudara means “the huge sand” in Greek making this friendly resort with its 7km stretch of golden sand the ideal choice for beach lovers.

This picturesque and busy fishing town called Agios Nikolaos, is ideal for anyone seeking a lively fun-filled holiday, boasting an attractive harbour lined with open air cafes and tavernas, a beautiful lake and small sandy beaches.

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Hersonissos - Lively nightlife ~ Picturesque

Koutouloufari - Traditional charm ~ Peaceful

Malia - Lively nightlife ~ Superb Beaches

Ranked as one of Crete’s liveliest resorts the cosmopolitan town of Hersonissos is well known for its scores of restaurants and bars. Days can be spent relaxing on the sandy/shingle beach or visiting the old villages with their charming tavernas and pretty houses.

This charming village offers peace and tranquillity, along with a good selection of tavernas. Hersonissos is nearby.

Boasting one of the best sandy beaches on the island, Malia is divided into two distinctly contrasting parts. The old village with is lovely tavernas and typical old village style houses provides a relaxed atmosphere. The newer part of the town has developed along the road leading down to the beach. This resort really comes to life at night and is ideal for the young and lively.

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Stalis - Nightlife ~ Superb Beaches

Gouves – Relaxed ~ Traditional Charm

Bali - Picturesque ~ Traditional Charm

Stalis is a rapidly expanding resort situated between its livelier neighbours, Malia and Hersonissos. It has a vast expanse of beautiful sandy beach and a laid back atmosphere.

Gouves is situated on the north coast and is an excellent base for exploring this area. This small resort offers a relaxing environment although there is a choice of shops and restaurants.

Built around four coves, the fishing village offers an excellent choice of fish tavernas, especially around the quaint old harbour. Bali is situated on the north coast 35km from Rethymnon. It is an ideal spot from which to explore Crete.

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Sissi 312X208

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Rethymnon - Superb Beaches ~ Traditional Charm

Sissi - Relaxed~ Beaches ~ Picturesque

Plakias - Picturesque ~ Traditional town

Built around the harbour this contrasting resort offers a bustling atmosphere along with the traditional old part of the town. The vast expanse of beach starts right in the centre of town.

Only 30 minutes from Aghios Nikolaos and situated between Malia and Milatos, this small unspoilt resort offers an excellent choice for a slow, relaxed paced holiday with its pretty harbour.

Perfect for a relaxing sunshine holiday, Plakias situated in the southern coast line boasts a lovely sand and shingle beach complemented by calm, turquoise waters. Nightlife is low key.

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Chania - Lively resort ~ Picturesque

With fantastic views of the White Mountains, Chania is located on the most fertile side of the island. The picturesque Venetian harbour is lined with tavernas and is the perfect place to sample the excellent fish available. The best and most unspoilt beaches can be found the west of Chania.

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Samaria Gorges: Crete has the longest gorge in Europe and second in the world to the Grand Canyon. You get to it by a ferry and you stop on your way at a village called Lutra, only accessible by boat. The gorge cuts through the White Mountains. Apart from its beauty, the gorge is teeming with wildlife and there are incredible wildflowers during spring.

Knossos Palace: This palace, in a beautiful site just 5 km southeast of Heraklion, is the most magnificent and evocative of Crete's Minoan sites. Admission is around 6 Euros, 4 Euros students with official ID and people of 65 or over. Apr to mid-Oct, open daily 8am-8pm. Mid-Oct to Mar, open from Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat-Sun 8:30am-3pm.

Knossos and Museum: Gain an insight into the history of Crete with this tour of Knossos Palace and the Heraklion Museum

The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion: It is famous for its huge Minoan collection. Opening times: April to mid-October: Tuesday to Sunday 8am-8 pm / Monday 12.30-8 pm. Mid - October to March: closes daily at 5 pm. Around 10 Euros for adults and 6 Euros for students with official ID and people of 65 and over.

Chania Area: Stroll through the streets of the old town that is an intact neighbourhood of the original Venetian buildings. The fortifications date from the 13th century. There is an archaeological and a naval museum, as well as the Historical Archives of Crete. Its picturesque Venetian Harbour is also well worth to visit.

Spinalonga Island: Made famous as the setting of the film 'who pays the ferryman?' Thousands of visitors come here every year to see the ruins of the Venetian Fortress and Leper colony. You take a boat ride over and you are given plenty of time to explore the island. It is a great place to enjoy a barbecue of real Greek food and have a swim in the beautiful water before heading back. A very relaxing day out.

Samaria Gorges: Crete has the longest gorge in Europe and second in the world to the Grand Canyon. You get to it by a ferry and you stop on your way at a village called Lutra, only accessible by boat. The gorge cuts through the White Mountains. Apart from its beauty, the gorge is teeming with wildlife and there are incredible wildflowers during spring.

Knossos Palace: This palace, in a beautiful site just 5 km southeast of Heraklion, is the most magnificent and evocative of Crete's Minoan sites. Admission is around 6 Euros, 4 Euros students with official ID and people of 65 or over. Apr to mid-Oct, open daily 8am-8pm. Mid-Oct to Mar, open from Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat-Sun 8:30am-3pm.

Knossos and Museum: Gain an insight into the history of Crete with this tour of Knossos Palace and the Heraklion Museum

The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion: It is famous for its huge Minoan collection. Opening times: April to mid-October: Tuesday to Sunday 8am-8 pm / Monday 12.30-8 pm. Mid - October to March: closes daily at 5 pm. Around 10 Euros for adults and 6 Euros for students with official ID and people of 65 and over.

Chania Area: Stroll through the streets of the old town that is an intact neighbourhood of the original Venetian buildings. The fortifications date from the 13th century. There is an archaeological and a naval museum, as well as the Historical Archives of Crete. Its picturesque Venetian Harbour is also well worth to visit.

Spinalonga Island: Made famous as the setting of the film 'who pays the ferryman?' Thousands of visitors come here every year to see the ruins of the Venetian Fortress and Leper colony. You take a boat ride over and you are given plenty of time to explore the island. It is a great place to enjoy a barbecue of real Greek food and have a swim in the beautiful water before heading back. A very relaxing day out.

Popular activities during holidays in Plakias include:-

  • Jet skiing
  • Scuba diving
  • Windsurfing
  • Rock climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Walking and hiking
  • Cycling.

Fun Excursions while on Plakias Holidays

Make your holidays to Plakias extra special by booking one of our wonderful excursions, we have a range of excursions that have been selected to cater for everyone's interests. Some of our most popular excursions are:-

Spinalonga: This one is for the sailors and sun lovers amongst you. Interested? Then come along with us to the haunting island of Spinalonga, an old Leper Colony!

Chrissi Island: An exceptional day to a tropical paradise set in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan sea. Sunbathe on the wondrous beaches of unusual coloured sand.

Unknown Crete: Travel through unspoilt villages where donkeys still travel the roads. Visit a local winery and see how wine is made with the chance to sample and buy.

Cretan Night: If you love food, drink and dancing, then you will love this night out. As you enter the venue, the Cretan lifestyle takes over as the evening is given to plenty of eating, drinking and merry making as only the Greeks know how.

Knossos: If you visit Crete and do not see the ancient palace of Knossos is compares to visiting Egypt and not seeing the pyramids. This is where European civilisation began with the dazzling Mineon people.

Jeep Safari: Travel off the beaten track through traditional mountain villages - a real chance to see a taste of real Greece.

Beach Party: Join your Olympic Reps on your very own sandy beach for an afternoon of partying in the sun! An hour and half free bar will get you in the mood to join in some wild and wicket games.

For further information and to secure your place on all the above exciting days and nights out, see your Olympic representative in the resort. The best time to book would be at the Welcome Get Together on the day after arrival.

Eating/Drinking During Plakias Holidays

Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.

Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.

Getting Around on Plakias Holidays

Boat: Several boats operate on day trips to offshore islands or isolated beaches as well as to the enchanting island of Santorini.

Bus: Public buses remain a solid possibility for seeing much of Crete. They're inexpensive, relatively frequent, and connect to all but the most isolated villages. The downside is that the schedules are not always the most convenient for travellers with limited time. Certainly you can take them between all major resorts and towns.

Taxi: Taxis are reasonable if two or three people are sharing a trip to a site; no place on Crete is more than a day's round-trip from Heraklion.

Car: An excellent way of getting around during Plakias holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility as well as the ability to see more of the island.

Plakias Holidays Shopping

Popular purchases for those taking Crete holidays include:-

  • Tsikoudia or Raki local high street spirit
  • Traditional woven fabrics, Cretan Rugs and Blankets
  • Locally produced Olive Oil
  • Ceramics
  • Silverware.

Holidays in Plakias - Beaches

Malia has a good choice of sandy beaches. These range from the busy Dolphin and Agapi beaches at the bottom of Beach Road where you'll find sun loungers and water sports - to the larger and quieter Tropical, a popular choice with families. All conveniently offer snacks and drinks.

The beach in Malia is just the coolest place to be in the day time. There are also 3 or 4 Watersports centres.

Stalis has a vast expanse of beautiful sandy beach. It is a short taxi ride from Hersonissos. It can be a little crowded during the summer months but will give you a change of scenery and there are lots of amenities close at hand.

Preveli beach in Rethymnon is one of the most attractive of the island. It boasts crystal clear waters and many palm trees. Follow the river beds of Kourtaliotis River, which ends up at Preveli beach forming natural pools of river water among the boulders.

Weather and climate information

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
East Crete 16 19 23 25 25 23 20
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
East Crete 7 9 11 12 11 9 6
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

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