This trip successfully combines a ride in the mountains and the beaches of the southern Crete. Starting from the horse riding center in Damnoni, the riders follow the "Avlaka" with direction to Mariou village. “Avlakas” is a water-channel that irrigates all the farms of the area, with water coming from the springs of “Kourtaliotis” river. The riders will enjoy a slow ride among paths with luxuriant vegetation because of the water, and will meet the Cretan flora and fauna: herds of sheep, meadows with wild flowers, small rivers and olive groves. The spectacle is very bucolic.
Before reaching the Mariou village, the riders follow a path to the west with direction to the Plakias beach and can enjoy the panoramic view of Plakias bay. After crossing the village of Plakias and reaching the beach, the riders can try a slow or quick ride in the sandy beach beside the waves. From the beach the riders can also enjoy an amazing view of the villages of Plakias, Mirthios, Sellia and the mountains around. Taking the way back, the riders will ride peacefully through some olive groves to the starting point.