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Make a self catering villa in Plaka, Crete your home away from home

Plaka is a traditional white-washed village on the north east coast of Crete. There are just 300 residents in the village who work on the local farms growing olive trees, vineyards and vegetables. The area is popular with holiday makers and many old houses have been restored as holiday homes in the area. Plaka overlooks Souda Bay from its elevated position, with views of the snow-capped White Mountains to the south. This popular Cretian hideaway makes a great base from which to enjoy a self catering villa holiday.

Things to do in Plaka, Crete

There are plenty of walking tracks within easy reach of your Plaka villa. Routes range from 3-10 km and hiking is a great way to explore the area. Further afield is Europe’s longest gorge, the Samaria Gorge which takes 4-6 hours to walk and descends 800 meters from the White Mountains to the Libyan Sea.

The area close to Plaka has some famous water caves for exploring. Take a picnic, explore the caves and swim from the rocky coastline in the beautiful turquoise sea.

The Greeks love a festival and in Plaka there is a two-day traditional feast at the end of June to honour the lyra player Mihalis Papadakis. With local Cretan dancing, local textiles and ceramics on display this is a great way to experience the local culture. Carnival is usually celebrated in early March and other local festivals are also worth joining in to experience the colourful local culture.

Places to visit near Plaka, Crete

Chania

This beautiful Venetian harbour town is just 23km from your villa in Plaka and is a must to visit. Walk around the harbour, shop in the bustling town centre or visit the Agora indoor market and buy local herbs and spices, local produce and fresh meat and fish. Saturday is market day selling everything from cheese to clothing. Chania is also a great place for lively nightlife. Sample the traditional drink here which is called ‘tsikoudia’.

Kokkino Horio

Famed for its location in the filming of Zorba the Greek, this is a delightful small Cretian town. Take a tour of the Glass Blowing Factory and buy some local souvenirs.

Almirada

The next town to Plaka is Almirada, just 15 minutes walk away. This pretty fishing village has a golden sandy beach and a local harbour full of fishing boats. The sea here is shallow and pleasantly warm for safe bathing. In the evening enjoy the local tavernas and the fish restaurants.

Weather in Plaka, Crete

Crete has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry, windy summers and very mild winters. From April to November average temperatures range from 19-32C (67-90F) which makes Plaka a perfect vacation resort.

Flights to Plaka, Crete

The main airport on Crete is Heraklion International airport and it has flights daily from all over Europe. It is 74km from your Plaka villa. Chania International airport is 30km away but has less connections.

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                                                                                                      Plaka Holiday Villas & Apartments (300+)

                                                                                                       

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                                                                                                      excellent amazing views from new roof terrace

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had an amazing holiday this is our 4th time to panos apartments and have already booked next year panos is always so helpful
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

                                                                                                      Superb villa for outdoor living

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      The villa really didn't disappoint; it's all about the outdoor space here - and it's perfect; wonderful outdoor kitchen with fab Weber barbie, sink, fridges which makes preparing food a joy. Loads of comfy seating mostly under shade (though be aware when the sun comes round towards the end of the afternoon there's nowhere to hide!). We hardly used the indoor space but it's very luxe and the smallish kitchen has everything you need. The top bedroom is very luxe with amazing views. We didn't mind the separate entrance to the downstairs bedrooms but it wouldn't be brilliant if you're staying with small children - we were two couples which was fine, but the third bedroom shares the downstairs bathroom so that may not work so well if there are more of you. The walk down to Plaka takes under 10 minutes...the walk back up to the villa is really really steep - we're quite fit so it was fine (and actually good to work off a few calls after dinner) but absolutely not for everyone so be warned. We'd definitely stay here again - the views are simply stunning! Alex, the property manager was more than helpful and when a light switch failed he had it fixed the same day. Overall, highly recommended!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2017