Enjoy relaxing and swimming. The beach of Plakias extends east from the village. It is one of the biggest beaches in Crete, offering a sense of space and comfort to suit every taste - the east end is mainly used by naturists.

If it's windy during your stay in Plakias and the northern wind whips you with flying sand, head west to Souda Beach. It is more sheltered, with small hotels and a few tavernas.

There are other lovely beaches near Plakias at Damnoni, Amoudi and Mikro Amoudi, which is also a naturists' beach. A little further away are Lefkogia and Schinaria, the preferred beach of scuba divers.

The Beach of Preveli is also excellent. The date palm forest and the lake, this is one of the most famous sights in Crete and an area of outstanding natural beauty. The date palms stand along the bank of the river which flows down through the Kourtaliotis gorge (you have to drive up the gorge to get to Plakias), creating an exotic scene. Wander along the paths in the palm forest, relax in the shade of the trees and have a swim in the river. Don't miss to visit the nearby Moni Preveli (Preveli Monastery), from this side you have to walk down a lot of steps to reach the beach.

The beach of Frangokastello is divided to the west part and the east part. The sandy beach in front of the Frangokastello castle. The sea is very shallow and it is ideal for little children. Thepebbly beach to the west offers a rocky seabed, excellent for snorkeling. The "Orthi Ammos" sandy beach is 10 min on foot east of the castle. An excellent beach with big sand-dunes and crystal-clear water. Since you will have to walk on the sand dunes to get to the beach, it is wise to remember that sand gets burning hot after noon. Proper shoes are required. The eastern part of this long beach is clothing optional occasionally.

For those of you, who enjoy scuba diving, there is a diving centre at the Hotel Calypso near Plakias.

Hiking. Prevevi Gorge, the lower part of the Kourtaliotis Gorge. Here the river Megapotamos flows between the high banks of the gorge and through the palm-forest to the beautiful Limni beach.

Enjoy the great variety of birds, bird watching.

Kourtaliotis Gorge, take a stroll down the stairway to the church and cataract springs of St. Nicholas. These springs never fail to provide water all year round to the Megapotamos.

Kotsifas Gorge, wild and imposing and also the entrance to the area from ancient times.

Mesa Gorge, unexplored and mystical it is surrounded with many old churches, monasteries and ruined villages.

Patso Gorge, impressive vegetation and caves mark out this particular ravine.

Field of Lous, this plateau is dedicated to the nymph-goddess of the rising sun. Towards its eastern end, near the village of Gerakari, is a forest of cherry trees.

Nearby Mountain Peaks such as Krioneritis (1312m), Kouroupa (984m), Timios Stavros (433m) and Xiro Oroi (904m), offer the more energetic traveller unrivalled views and a serene, almost sacred atmosphere. 

There are vertical rocks at Plakias wich are suitable for both experienced climbers and beginners. There are rock climbing rings to help anchor yourself and climb the rope. Best climbing sites are these form Paligremnos and Agii Saranta.

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Hotel Information Recommended For
Type: Apartments - Studios Marvelous view :
Rooms: 3 Cheap & Chic :
Pool: No Family hospitality :
Dining: Breakfast Beach/Seaside :
Children: Welcome Village Atmosphere :
Closed: Never Mountain :

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