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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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                                                                                              What a beautiful villa! The villa was fully equipped with everything we needed throughout our stay from buckets and spades to hairdryers. Our favorite areas were the wonderful gardens and several patios with tables and chairs where we enjoyed bbqs at night and lounging during the day, all of which had access to both sun and shade which was perfect for us when the temperatures rose. We found Plaka was a charming village and a great place to eat at night, surprisingly much closer to the villa than we anticipated meaning we ate there almost every night enjoying the variety of bars and restaurants. We also loved Almirida beach which is just down the hill (a few minutes in the car or a 20 minute walk) which has many restaurants lining the beach to sit and watch the sunset. Overall we fell in love with both the villa itself and the surrounding area and would love to come back next year! - Oliver de Jong
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                              Perfect

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                                                                                              Villa Maiandros was everything we hoped for and I would definitely recommend it! What caught my eye when booking were the views and we weren't disappointed. The sunsets were spectacular! The villa is a great size for a family or group and with all the many balconies, verandas and terraces there's always somewhere to find a quiet spot to read a book or have a quick snooze. I particularly liked the fact that the villa felt so private. Being at the end of a little private road with no villas directly in front or behind (or to one side) makes it very special. We found the location of the villa ideal. No long transfers from Chania airport and yet a great base to explore from. The villa is on the outskirts of the small village of Plaka which offers a number of cheerful tavernas and we utilised the little grocery store in the square run by a lovely friendly couple who even gave us helpful language lessons whilst shopping. Finally, Mr and Mrs Baldwin were great to deal with and made me feel very confident in our booking. They provided us with all the information we needed to make our stay run smoothly and we were very grateful to find a numbers of food essentials waiting for us on our arrival. That first glass of chilled white wine slipped down very nicely - thank you!
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                              Wonderful villa

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                                                                                              We were a group of various ages (17 - 67) who rented the villa for 2 weeks. For a few days we were 12 and we were comfortably accommodated with several seating areas and long tables in both the living area and outside. We thought it was a fabulous villa and garden – the pool was always clean and beautiful, the views stunning, beds amazing and, although the kitchen was small, it was manageable and we had a fabulous time and would definitely recommend it to people who want a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings. The villa was cleaned twice weekly and was spotless. The local village is within 7 mins walk with lovely fresh bread available daily from the very friendly and welcoming couple who run the shop. The nearest beach only about 15 mins walk and has a good watersports centre. Crete is a fabulous island and the villa is a good base to visit Chania and the north coast.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Jul 2016