About Plakias, Crete

Plakias Horse Riding Center is situated in Damnoni, Plakias only 30 Km south of the city of Rethimnon, Crete. Plakias, is a lovely village in the south coast of Crete, famous for its beautiful beaches and the amazing countriside area.


Initially a fishing jetty and a few houses, Plakias developed in the last few decades into a tourist resort. The first official notice of Plakias was in 1961, when it was mentioned in a census as the permanent home of six fishermen.

The history of surrounding mountain villages like Myrthios and Sellia goes back into the 10th century, when the Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros II Phokas (961 AD) built roads and bridges in order to link those villages.

Plakias has a 1300 metre long sandy beach and several other beaches within walking distance (Souda, Damnoni, Ammoudi and Skhinaria). To the east exists the famous Monastery of Preveli, and the amazing Preveli Palm beach.

There are two roads into Plakias through the mountain range which lies to its north, both of which run through gorges - to the north of Plakias, the Kotsifos Gorge, and to the northeast, the Kourtaliotiko Gorge.

The area is quite developed and provides many facilities to the visitors, from large hotels to small family owned apartments, organized beaches, super markets, all kind of shops, lovely taverns and of course an interesting nightlife.


The Location


Distances from Plakias

Distance to: Description Km or meters
Capital City Rethymnon 30 km
Airports Chania International Airport
Heraklion International Airport
90 km
110 km
Hospital Rethymnon General Hospital 30 km
Ports Rethymnon Port
Chania port (Souda)
30 km
85 km
Transportation Bus and Taxi  
Sandy Beaches Beach of Plakias
Beach of Souda
Beach of Damnoni
Beach of Amoudi and Ammoudaki
Beach of Skinaria
PALM Beach of Preveli
0 m
2 Km
2,5 km
3 km
4 km
7 km
Activities / Recreation Diving in Plakias
Walking in Kourtaliotis Gorge & Kotsifos Gorge
Walking through the olive groves with the famous Cretan olive trees
2,5 km
2,5 km
1 km
Sites of Interest The old Mill in Plakias
The traditional villages in the area
The famous preveli Monstery
2 km
2 km
7 km