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The area of Plakias is an amazing place to spend your holidays in Crete. It idealy combines some of the most famous beaches in Southern Crete, with wild mountains ending the sea. You can easily explore the beautiful landscape of the area with the unique flora and fauna, and enjoy many activities like sea sports, scuba diving, horse riding, trekking and cycling, boat trips etc.

Sea Sports

The beaches in Plakias area are perfect for numerous water sports like wind-surfing, canoeing, pedaloes, jet-skiing and others.

Scuba Diving

In Plakias, you can also experience scuba diving and lessons through the diving school. Qualified PADI instructors will be able to provide lessons and excursions including cave and night dives. For more information, you can visit the website Dive Together.

Horseback Riding

Alianthos Crete Horse Riding organizes for you guided horseback and donkey riding trails in the amazing beaches of Plakias, the surrounding mountainside and inside the olive and orange groves of the area. For more information, you can visit the website Alianthos Crete Horse Riding.


In Plakias, nature-loving people can enjoy the flora and fauna of the amazing cretan nature, via guided trekking tours through the Kourtaliotis gorge. These tours include dynamic changes of the environment, following the pathway through the gorge along the river, walking inside the river, viewing the Kourtaliotiko waterfalls and the Venetian Bridge until reaching the final destination: the Preveli palm beach.

Boat Trips

You can enjoy daily boat trips from Plakias to Preveli palm beach. The boat trip starts at 10.30 every day and takes about 40 min one way until arriving at Preveli. You can enjoy the amazing palm beach and explore the Kourtaliotiko Gorge.