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Plakias, Rethymnon Crete

Situated 39 kilometers far from Rethymnon, at the Southern coast of Crete, at the Libyan Sea, Plakias is a popular tourist resort, well developed and offering full facilities to the visitors. The village has approximately 180 permanent residents.

It is worth hiking the Kotsyfou gorge starting off the small village of Kanevos, 5 kilometers at the North of Plakias, and ends up close to Plakias. The gorge has a length of 1800 meters; its entrance is quite narrow, approximately 10 meters wide, whereas at the exit its width reaches the 600 meters. The slopes of the gorge are very steep, with a height reaching the 600 meters. Within the gorge you will find the tiny church of Aghios Nicolaos.

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If you have a car it is worth driving around to the scenic villages of the area as Myrthios, 3 kilometers far from Plakias at the North, to the villages Sellia, 5 kilometers at the Northwest and Mariou, 6 kilometers at the Northeast.

Also, don't miss to visit the small and picturesque coves of the beach, offering a fascinating view of the Libyan Sea.

If you are fan of local history and tradition, you should visit the Papageorgoulakeion Museum, which in fact is the personal collection of the priest M. Georgoulakis. The Museum is found in the village Assomatos, some 13 kilometers far from Plakias at the East and you may see items and artifacts from traditional activities and every day life, as well as religious artifacts, weapons and souvenirs from the period of Ottoman domination, up to the 20 th century.

Within the village, you may stroll around with the little wheel-driven train.

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Two local feasts ("panighyri") take place in honor of Aghios Georghios (St. George) and Aghia Paraskevi at Plakias.

A local feast ("panighyri") takes place on the 8 th of September in honor of the Birth of Virgin Mary at Lefkogia.

A local feast ("panighyri") takes place on 15 th of August, in honor of the Assumption of Virgin Mary at Sellia.

Accommodation of any kind and for all budgets is plenty; you may find hotels, rooms to let, studios and apartments. Food and drink is never a problem; taverns, restaurants and cafes are abundant, offering a wide range of tastes. There are also some bars and clubs for nightlife and amusement.

The beaches of the area are all beautiful, suitable for swimming and some of them offer sea sport facilities.

Access from Rethymnon is possible by public bus and rented or private car and motorbike.

In summer small boats can get you to the beach of Preveli, just at the mouth of the river Kourtaliotis. Boats leave Plakias in the morning and return in the afternoon (it is advised to check the timetable at the port of Plakias).
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