Plakias is a resort village on the south coast of Crete located in a large and attractive bay.
It is located about 40km from Rethymnon over the mountain and it is not far from Hora Sfakia and linked to it by a coast road.
Plakias is strung out along the road along the back of the beach and the resort has plenty of restaurants and bars and a few shops as well as a couple of disco clubs to meet the demands of the growing tourist holiday trade.
Most holidaymakers come here for the long beach that nestles in a curved bay. The beach is sand and pebble and there is some good snorkelling to be found in the shallows beneath the cliffs.
The beach at Plakias is south facing and well sheltered with good facilities including showers and sunbeds.
To the east are several more beaches at Paligremnos and, Damnoni. About 2km to the west is a small cove at Gavdolimano and the sandy beach and palms at Souda Bay.
The village of Plakias does not have a great deal of character and many apartments and small hotels here are recently built.
This is a good base to explore the coastal plain and the mountains with many pretty hillside villages to visit.
Plakias is favoured by walkers and cyclists as there are many tracks through quaint and peaceful villages and the coastline has lots of secluded coves.