Plakias beach

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Beach description

Situated 36km to the south of Rethymno city, Plakias is a charming tourist haven nestled at the mouth of a fertile valley just beyond the Kouroupa range, where the Kotsifos river meets the sea. It owes much of its popularity to the impressive Gialia beach, stretching for 1.3km from the edge of the town to the east, ending at Cape Mouri. This fully-equipped beach, characterized by its crystal-clear, cool waters, is an ideal location for leisurely walks or cycling along the adjacent road. It features numerous hotels and restaurants, as well as beach essentials such as umbrellas, water sports facilities, beach volley courts, snack bars, changing rooms, and showers.

Paligremnos, the eastern portion of the beach, boasts fine sandy shores and is well-appointed with various amenities close to local accommodation and eateries. Noteworthy are the tall, vertical cliffs nearby that prove to be a magnet for climbing enthusiasts. This spot, also known as “Gonates” (knees), is steeped in local lore; it’s said that the epic hero Digenis knelt here to drink from a local spring. An intriguing phenomenon takes place here every full moon from September to January, as the moon’s reflection on the sheer cliffs draws large squids to the beach, which locals catch with long sticks. A few meters south of Paligremnos, you can also discover tunnels once used for transporting coal to waiting cargo ships.

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Most frequent asked questions

What activities can I do at Plakias beach?

There are various activities you can do at Plakias beach such as swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, windsurfing, and paddleboarding.

Is Plakias beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Plakias beach is suitable for families with children as the water is shallow and calm, and there are lifeguards on duty during the summer months.

Can I rent beach equipment at Plakias beach?

Yes, you can rent beach equipment such as sun loungers, umbrellas, and paddleboards at Plakias beach.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Plakias beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Plakias beach where you can enjoy a meal or a drink while enjoying the view.

Is Plakias beach accessible for people with disabilities?

Unfortunately, Plakias beach is not fully accessible for people with disabilities as there are stairs and uneven terrain leading to the Plakias beach.

Can I go fishing at Plakias beach?

Yes, you can go fishing at Plakias beach, but you need to obtain a fishing license first.

What is the water colour of the Plakias beach?

The water colour of the Plakias beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the Plakias beach?

The Plakias beach has sand.

How deep is the water at the Plakias beach?

The water at the Plakias beach is shallow.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Plakias beach?

The sea surface at the Plakias beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd like at the Plakias beach?

The Plakias beach has normal crowds.

What facilities are available at the Plakias beach?

The Plakias beach has accommodation options, food/water nearby, umbrellas/beds, sports, lifeguard, showers, and a Blue Flag.

How can I access the Plakias beach?

The Plakias beach can be accessed by bus services and a paved road.

Is there any tree shade available at the Plakias beach?

Yes, there is tree shade available at the Plakias beach.

Is there a seaturtle nesting point at the Plakias beach?

Yes, there is a seaturtle nesting point at the Plakias beach.

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