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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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                                                                                                    Beautiful apartments with friendly and thoughtful hosts

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                                                                                                    We couldn't recommend the Almyrida Sands apartments more. We arrived to a clean, brand new studio equipped with everything we could need for our week stay. The bed was comfortable, the shower is powerful with hot water available any time of the day and there is a lovely terrace outside of the front where you can overlook the lovely gardens and soak up the distant mountain view. The location was also perfect, a couple of minutes walk to the sea and Almyrida centre. It was also very quiet at night meaning a good night's sleep. There is also an area to park your car should you have hired one. Yannis and his wife were wonderful hosts, ensuring we had everything we needed. We even came back one day to fresh vegetables and tomatoes left for us in our apartment, all picked from their lovely garden! They also provided all the information about the surrounding area including some great restaurant recommendations and local attractions which was very helpful. We will back to stay again when we next visit the Chania area!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
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                                                                                                    Totally amazing Villa, don't hesitate to book it.

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                                                                                                    What can I say... This has to be one of the best Villas to stay in Crete.The property has everything you and your family need for a truly relaxing time. Communication from Jeremy the owner was first rate,as was the info pack sent prior to arrival. Super swimming pool,large air conditioned bedrooms,stunning views from the pool terrace and numerous balconies over the bay,Every mod con you could want in the large kitchen plus wifi and a utility room. 5 min walk to Plaka square where there are numerous Tavernas. A great base to explore western crete. Can't recommend this property enough,don't hesitate to book it ,you wont be disappointed. Thank you Jeremy for letting us stay,we had the best time. The Amor family
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                                                                                                    A jewel in a little part of paradise

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                                                                                                    We were welcomed by George and shown around the villa, which was very impressive. The photos of the property did not do it justice, as it was tastefully decorated with thoughtfulness throughout. It was sparkling clean and very well maintained. Little touches such as toiletries, beach towels and the welcome pack were so much appreciated. It was close to everything. We loved the beach and restaurants and would have no hesitation in returning. I fell in love with Crete and especially the lovely village of Almyrida. Top marks to Vana and George for offering such a superb place to stay.
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