Plaka Village: Extraordinary Location and Surroundings
Plaka village is located in the magnificent province of Apokoronas only 1 km away from the sandy beach of Almirida and 23 km away from the charming city of Chania. Striking, unspoiled topographic features of exceptionally beauty characterize Plaka’s landscape’s natural backdrop surrounded by a variety of wildflowers and herbs with natural healing powers, olive groves and vineyards. Filled with both natural beauty and historic significance, the area around Plaka is one of the most wonderful paces in Crete. Hiking, biking, horse riding and stargazing are just the beginning of the activities that the province of Apokoronas has to offer.
Even during the cold winter months, the idea of pacing around Plaka will put off some, but adventurous ramblers will be rewarded with the sight of age-old olive groves, ancient wells, abandoned watermills, charming chapels, and welcoming locals, sometimes dressed in the traditional Cretan garb. You’ll marvel at the rugged forests, gorges, foothills, sea views, monasteries and dramatic cliffs.
In the heart of the village is an attractive and pleasant main square, lined with traditional cafes (kafenion) and restaurants served as a leisure area and meeting point for locals and tourists. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself planning your return trip before you even leave from Plaka.
Plaka, a small England in Apokoronass
Nestled at an attitude of 70 meters on the northwestern slopes of the Mountain Drapanokefalas near the outskirts of the coastal village of Almirida, Plaka is a destination worth to visit. The village has many traditional buildings and for the past few years many Europeans bought and renovated several old properties or purchased land in order to build their permanent residences or holiday homes. Consequently, from the 450 permanent inhabitants in the village, half of them are foreigners, mainly from the United Kingdom. The village preserves its traditional character, although the locals will tell you that recent development acceleration has meant it is beginning to lose its authentic character.
With a spectacular scenery, good climate and extremely friendly people, Plaka is a wonderful and peaceful village to live in. Moreover, tourists may exploring the village wonderful neighboring settings such as, Aptera’s Fortress, Almirida Blue Flag beach, Kournas Lake and Gavalochori.
Plaka is also well known for its vibrant cultural life. There are many annual events including the music festival “Plakiana”, dedicated to Michael Plakianos, a talented lyre from the area. This traditional festival takes place on the third weekend in July.
Beaches and Caves Near Plaka Village
Almirida beach is located only 1 km from the village of Plaka. However, there is easy access to Kalives beach which is located 5.5 km away to the famous Georgioupoli beach (18 km). There are also said to be 250 sea caves around Plaka, making it the perfect place for underwater speleology and cave-diving.