Plakias is a small resort in southern Crete and is much favoured by returning visitors like ourselves. Preparing for our 7th visit to the resort, we were dismayed to read on other websites that the developers have moved in and that there is a lot of new building going on near to the beach. We prepared to hire a car an flee to other places, but we didn't need to.
Sure, the building was in progress and could sometimes be heard, but generally, we were unaware of it, especially when on the beach where the swoosh of the water was louder.
There was some heavy traffic using the main road and we were occasionally aware of this as there is little to absorb the sound - voices carry, along with the bleating of sheep and goats but you might never identify the source of the noise - it's just the way it is.
Anyway, the other thing we had heard was that Leftkeris, the doughnut man, was no longer walking the beach. We discovered soon after arriving, that his brother has taken over., so the doughnuts still arrive on a daily basis (not Sunday) although not with the usual banter. One day, however, Leftkeris decided to come to the beach himself. We all knew it was him - 'A doughnut a day keeps viagra away! - Extra veetameenas!' - and we were all pleased to see him, but disappointed that it was only the once.
George, the owner of the Mitos taverna, died in May and so the taverna remains closed at the moment. Whilst sad about George, the closed taverna did not have an effect on our holiday as there are so many in the village that you can go to a different one every night. The food this year seemed better than ever.
If you travel to Crete, you must expect dust and a certain ammount of shabbiness, compared to other destinations. Loos can be a bit hit or miss but in Plakias, they have improved tremendously over the past few years and are generally clean and well stocked with paper, soap and paper towels. In common with most Greek resorts, you still have to put your toilet paper in a bin but in Plakias, I am pleased to report that covered pedal bins with plastic liners have replaced the once common open baskets.
When the sun shines, Plakias is a real paradise. When the wind blows, it can be exfoliating! When it rains, you dive for cover and come out when it's stopped. The drainage is non-existent and you just have to wait for the water to go down.
But the people are fantastic - rain or shine - and the welcome is a warm one wherever you go.
So don't be put off by the new building - appreciate the new health centre that's going to come with it - and take pleasure in the joy of those locals who've made enough money to buy themselves new 4X4s and tart up their premises.
I don't want Plakias to change too much but, whatever happens, it will still be a beautiful venue and well worth a visit, as long as you don't want anything fancy in the way of accomodation or entertainment (of which there is very little).
Enjoy the blue sea and sunny sky on good days and enjoy the dramatic cloud formations over the mountains on the rare bad day. It's the perfect place to lounge and read - and get an all-over tan if that's your fancy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Surrounded by a blossomed garden, just a short walk from the sandy Plakias Beach, the family-run Plakias Bay Hotel features a traditional restaurant and a terrace with unobstructed views over the Cretan Sea. It offers rooms with free WiFi access. Fitted with built-in beds and white-washed walls, all air-conditioned rooms of Plakias Bay open to a private veranda with full or partial sea views. Facilities include a fridge, a telephone and a refrigerator. Each unit includes a private bathroom with shower. Guests can enjoy traditional, homemade flavors prepared with local ingredients and accompanied by the owners' organic red wine, at the on-site restaurant for lunch or dinner. The centre of Plakias Village lies within a 10-minute walk along the beach from the property, while Rethymno Town and Port are 37 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, located 87 km from Plakias Bay Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plakias Bay Hotel Crete