Flashing back to my holiday in Crete Island I was fascinated by one of the most beautiful pebble beaches I’ve seen in my life – Plaka Beach.
Located 13km north of Agios Nikolaos town, the pretty fishing village of Plaka with its authentic seafood tavernas and pebble beaches is worth a visit. Plaka could not be left off the list of beaches in Crete, since is ideal for those seeking for tranquility and crystal clear waters.
What followed was a few days of discovering the coastline as we drove through beautiful seaside towns, old villages and pulled over on the side of the road every 15 minutes to take photos of the spectacular coastal views. Small roads would wind around the coastline, hugging the side of cliffs and diving straight through beautiful villages. The road from Elounda continues following the coastline to the north to a small village at the end of the peninsula, called Plaka.
The village of Plaka is pretty authentic and less touristy than Agios Nikolaos or Elounda, but in recent years Plaka has more developed into a destination for luxury holidays. There are also quite a number of luxury villas and hotels with private pool in and around the village.
But in Plaka you can still find traditional fish taverns near the sea and lovely old houses, which give you the impression that time has stopped here 2-3 centuries ago. Indeed, this picturesque place was the ideal place for filming one of the most amazing TV series of Greek Television, called “The Island” (2010). Plaka village has also one of the most beautiful secluded beaches of the island, with big pebbles, backed by tamarisk trees, with sunbeds and umbrellas plus a great view of haunting Spinalonga Island.
I fell in love with this magical pristine beach, much more pleasant than those at Elounda. The water is crystal clear and the Ostria Tavern adjacent to the beach is something not to be missed! We came back two days in a row to eat here, being the best restaurant found in the area. Try the grilled squid, you will not regret!
There’s nothing quite like sitting seaside and hearing the waves rolling back over the rocks
and no one else talking!
A feature of Plaka is the wonderful views of the island Kalydon, on where the famous fortress of Spinalonga stands. Spinalonga was fortified by the Venetians in the 17th century to protect the Cretan coast against the Turks and then operated as a leper hospital during the first half of the 20th century. The island can be reached primarily by boat from Elounda and Plaka. Indeed, Plaka existence is highly linked to Spinalonga Island, as the settlement was built for serving the leper colony.
But over the last years Plaka village has become more of a tourist spot and the number of restaurants and souvenir shops has increased after a new large hotel complex has been built on the hill south. Luring thousands of visitors a year, the sunny shores of the Cretan coast are a dream-perfect destination for sun-lovers from around the world.
Starting summer in Greece holds countless enchanting opportunities to set your inner mermaid free.
I leave you with a few postcards from picturesque coastline of Crete Island.
Tomorrow I will tell more about Spinalonga fortress! See you soon!