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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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                                                                                                Great villa

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                This the fourth time we have stayed here and as always perfect. The villa is In a lovely position with views across the bay and within a short walk of several friendly tavernas. The property is clean and well maintained, including the garden areas. There is plenty of information about things to do in the local area and further afield. Would definitely recommend to family and friends
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                Beautiful villa and well equipped!

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                What an incredible villa, located in a beautiful location. It has everything a home away from home needs and is very relaxing, especially the balcony and patio area where we spent most of our time when at the villa. The kitchen is well equipped along with the living area where books, beach supplies, music facilities and even games were provided which all came in useful. During our stay we walked to all the local areas including bars, restaurants and the beach although a rental car is recommended if you wish to view more of the beautiful island. Overall we had a brilliant holiday and cannot wait to return.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                A fantastic property in a wonderful location

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                I'd thoroughly agree with the positive comments of other reviewers. This was definitely one of the best properties we ( 2 adults + two teenagers) have stayed in, both in terms of facilities and location, just on the outskirts of the village. It was extremely relaxing and whilst we spent many hours in and around the pool, we also thoroughly enjoyed trips to the mountains, Chania, local monasteries, Elafonisi beach, Almyrida and other local beaches, war cemeteries, lake Kournas, archaeological sites, the local water park etc. So much to see and do - something for everyone! That said it was lovely to come back to a welcome dip in the pool and then stroll to Plaka or Almyrida for a nice, relaxing meal. The owners were extremely helpful as were their useful notes on places to see and to eat. In the words of 15 yr old Sioned: 'It was a fantastic holiday and I thoroughly enjoyed the food, the weather, the villa and all the activities we did, especially the boat trip. I would definitely go back!'
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Aug 2016