Plakias is a seaside tourist settlement in the prefecture of Rethymno in southern Crete. In the center of the Gialia area and next to the ruins of the Minoan town of Lamon, few fishermen built a small settlement. They called it Plakias, because it is a continuation of an underwater plate, and is located in the middle of the southern coast of Crete.
Within the geophysical complex of Gialia, one deserves to visit places of natural beauty, such as the Preveli Gorge, where the Great River, in a forest of Phinikondira, flows into a beautiful sandy beach, the Kourtaliotis Gorge, with beautiful waterfalls, comes out of the countryside, winter-summer and the Kotsifos Gorge.
The beach of Plakias starts from the village and extends to the east. It is one of the largest beaches in Crete and satisfies all tastes at the same time. Other beaches near the area, with crystal clear waters, are Agios Pavlos, Triopetra, Ligres, Lake Preveli, Damnoni, Ammoudi, Korakas, Frangokastello and others.