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About Plakias, Crete

Alianthos Beach Hotel is located in Plakias, a lovely village in the south coast of Crete, famous for its beautiful beaches and the amazing countyside 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 history of surrounding mountain villages like Myrthios and Sellia goes back into the 10th century, when the Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros II Phokas (961 AD) 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 (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 – to the north of Plakias, the Kotsifos Gorge, and to the northeast, the Kourtaliotiko Gorge.

The area is quite developed and provides many facilities to the visitors such as organized beaches, super markets, all kind of shops, pharmacies, medical centre, lovely 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.

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