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Hotel Location

Alianthos Beach Hotel is 39 km South of Rethymnon, 115 km from Heraklion and 93 km from Chania.

About Plakias, Crete

Alianthos Beach Hotel is located in Plakias, a lovely village on the south coast of Crete. Plakias is famous for its beautiful beaches and the amazing countryside 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 area has a rich history. The surrounding mountain villages of Myrthios and Sellia goes back into the 10th century. One may find historical references from the timeof the Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros II Phokas (961 AD) who built roads and bridges in order to link those villages.

Plakias has a 1.3 km long sandy beach and several other beaches within walking distance. Most famous beached are Souda, Damnoni, Ammoudi and Skhinaria. To the east exists the famous Monastery of Preveli and the amazing Preveli Palm beach.

There are 2 roads into Plakias through the mountain range which lies to its north, both of which run through gorges. One to the north of Plakias, the Kotsifos Gorge and to the northeast, the Kourtaliotiko Gorge.

The area is quite developed and provides organized beaches and lovely routes. Area facilities also include supermarkets, all kind of shops, pharmacies, and a medical centre. Furthermore, guests will enjoy the local food, choosing from a variety of taverns and restaurants and of course an interesting nightlife.

Where to Swim

Plakias Beach

Just 10 meters from the Alianthos Beach Hotel, you can enjoy the clear waters of the amazing long sandy beach of Plakias. This beach exudes a relaxed atmosphere, and is large enough to easily find a secluded spot.

Other Nearby Beaches

About 5 Km distance (5 min driving time) from the hotel, there are many other beautiful unspoilt beaches: Amoudi, Amoudaki, Souda, Damnoni and Skinaria and in 7 Km distance the famous Preveli Palm beach.