Plakias is a natural port and major tourist destination in Crete. You can access it either by the southern highway or by the road that goes from Rethymnon to the southern coast through the Gorge of Kurtalion. The spot is characterized by great tourist infrastructure and a beautiful beach.
One of the most picturesque beaches of Crete with golden sand and a thriving tourist community; the hamlet is connected with Matala, Aghios Pavlos and Plakias by boat. Generally speaking, the southern Cretan coast is blessed with white sand beaches and communities that for decades now attract thousands of visitors. Fresh seafood taverns and several nightclubs will accommodate any of your needs. Several ancient caves with pictorial art are located nearby
Nestling in the surrounding mountains of the bay of Bali you will find the coastal village of the same name 34 km east of Rethymno. Visitors may choose from which of the small inlets to enjoy bathing at organised beaches. The area offers a large number of tavernas, hotels and rooms.
38km south of Rethymnon, shortly before you arrive at the historic Monastery of Preveli, a track on the left hand side leads downhill to a parking place. After approximately 15-minutes downhill walk you arrive at the beautiful sandy beach with palm trees, where the River Kourtaliotis empties into the sea.
The beach of Rethymnon is long and quite organized, mainly attracting residents and tourists who stay in town. Despite its many qualities, it is quite windy, inviting strong currents that combined with seabed morphology can fool the unwary swimmer; be careful and do not swim in the open. Stay close to the beach and never leave children go to the water without an escort.
The beach of Triopetra, which was named after the three distinctive rocks in the sea, is situated approximately 50 km south of Rethymno. Follow the road to Aghia Galini and turn left after 40 km in the direction of Akoumia. Continue until you arrive at the huge sandy beach, which is not organised and fairly isolated.