Plakias? Plaki-yes! Two weeks in Crete…

Plakias? Plaki-yes! Two weeks in Crete…

Almost every year I am lucky enough to go on holiday with my family, normally accompanied by other families, and this year was no exception. If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have just spent 2 weeks on the beautiful island of Crete! If not you can by clicking here). We were fortunate enough to rent a villa that had an AMAZING view with a pool and we spent a lot of our days just relaxing around the pool!

Crete is THE largest Greek island and is about 160 miles long and a LOT of mountains. So even in our two weeks it was hard to explore a lot of it. However it’s not just the distance but also the type of roads that make it difficult to travel, but let’s just say it adds to the experience and fully lets you get involved with the Greek culture! If you are staying on the South, you will be travelling through some preeeeetty awesome mountain roads, so be sure to stop you car (not in the middle of the road) and take in that view.

For our holiday we decided to stay on the South of the Island in a town called Plakias, which is in the Rethymno area. Now if you are looking for virtually no tourists THIS IS YOUR PLACE. Almost every time we went to a beach – and we visited a handful – they were practically deserted, almost everywhere we ate we could just walk straight in (at one point there were 22 of us) and they were able to seat us, we were living the dream!

However one thing to be aware of! The wind. The south coast is known for it’s wind, as it funnels through the gorges and mountains on the north all the way down to the South. To be honest the wind was quite a nice extra as it kept us cool, although the first day of it we were EXTRA careful with sun-cream as you don’t feel the heat, but it did make our trips to the beaches a little hard and sand would be flying and you could not avoid it. Now when I say wind I don’t mean a little breeze, although we did have this on some days. I mean hold onto your hats (literally, mine flew away and I never saw it again) we are talking 30km/h wind. Yep I know, crazy.

Because of the wind we weren’t sure we were going to be able to go on our boat trip, but luckily on the day we wanted to go the wind had calmed down and we managed to have our trip! Now me, being me, wanted a boat that had sunbeds on the roof, a large space for eating and a port to blast some music (I have definitely been spoiled in the past) but as Plakias is not a tourist area they just don’t have the means to do that. There were two options, we could go on a ‘open’ boat that did a tour of a few different places that was put on every Thursday, that anyone who wanted could go on, or we could hire a boat privately. We decided on this option as we wanted the privacy and the tour ran from 4-8 so we bagged in a sunset on the sea. We had 4 stops, one stopping at a beach only accessible by boat or swimming round. This was no ordinary beach as you could pick up clay rocks from the side, splash a bit of water on it and exfoliate yourself with it. It was a great look for all of us. The other stops were by beaches or just generally great places to jump in or snorkel.

From my time in Crete I did not see one view that wasn’t spectacular, or one Taverna that wasn’t cute and quaint. If it wasn’t for food (check out my post) or time would I have stayed for longer?? OBVIOUSLY Would I go back? Yes but I would prefer to go to a small Greek Island and explore there too!

Here are a few photo highlights of my trip!

         

Have you been to Crete before? What was your favourite bit, or if not where if your favourite place to go? I would love to hear about them!

I will soon be putting up a post about the different beaches we visited too so keep your eyes peeled! XO

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