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Plakias beach

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Plakias is a popular tourist resort, located 36km south of Rethymno city, at the exit of a fertile valley south of the range Kouroupa. Next to it empties the river Kotsifos. One of the major growth drivers of the region is the long beachfront, known as Gialia. The main beach starts near the town and extends to the east for 1.3km, up to Cape Mouri. It is a well-organized beach, with cool green waters. Along the beach, there is a road, ideal for walking or cycling. Along this road, there are several restaurants and hotels, while on the beach there are tamarisk trees, umbrellas, water sports, beach volley courts, snack bars, changing rooms, showers, etc.

The eastern part of the long beach is called Paligremnos. The beach is sandy and very well organized, next to hotels and restaurants. Characteristics of Paligremnos are nearby vertical cliffs that rise to a great height that attracts many climbers. This place is called Gonates (i.e. knees), because according to tradition, the epic hero Digenis kneeled there to drink water from a local spring. In Paligremnos a strange phenomenon takes place on every full moon, from September to January. The moonlight is reflected in the mirror-like towering cliffs. Thus, many big squids approach the beach and locals gather them with big sticks. Lastly, some meters to the south of Paligremnos there are some tunnels, carved for transferring coal to cargo ships in the past.



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 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 beach?

The water colour of the beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the beach?

The beach has sand.

How deep is the water at the beach?

The water at the beach is shallow.

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

The sea surface at the beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd like at the beach?

The beach has normal crowds.

What facilities are available at the beach?

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

How can I access the beach?

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

Is there any tree shade available at the beach?

Yes, there is tree shade available at the beach.

Is there a seaturtle nesting point at the beach?

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

Beach facilities

  • Accommodation options
  • Food / water nearby
  • Umbrellas / beds
  • Sports
  • Lifeguard
  • Showers
  • Blue Flag


  • Normal

Water depths

  • Shallow

Beach sand type

  • Sand

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Blue


  • Bus services

Other information

  • Tree Shade
  • Seaturtle nesting point

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