The long sandy beach of Plakias

The mountains form a semicircle around Plakias, the second half of the circle belongs to the fantastically beautiful Libyan Sea. The beach here is about 2 km long and runs out into a small dune area to the east.

To the west of the beach is the centre of the village. Behind the village, the slopes soon rise uphill. Small roads and hiking trails lead up to three mountain villages that look down on Plakias from above. All three are worth a visit.

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In Asomatos, the former village priest Michalis Georgioulakis (1921-2008) spent his life collecting everything that seemed to him to be of any significance and even made additional purchases at flea markets throughout the country. In his house in the village, which his son still keeps open as a museum, you can see boots, clothes and weapons of partisans as well as dog tags of Wehrmacht soldiers, coloured postcards from the 1920s, an old gramophone, irons and sewing machines - a veritable smorgasbord that is fun to look at. Right on the main street you will find an artistic pottery.

In Myrthios, a native of East Frisia with the typical name Poppinga sells octopuses of all sizes braided from wire, and a Greek jeweller sells jewellery by designers from all over Greece. Another village away, you can shop in three artists' studios. A British painter devotes herself mainly to Cretan motifs, a German-Greek couple makes their own costume jewellery and offers a wide range of beautiful silk scarves, and a purely Greek artist couple models and creates all kinds of things from natural materials such as wood and clay.

Those who visit Plakias as part of a round trip can also experience two small gorges from the car on the way there and back: the Kourtaliatiko Gorge with the mighty source of the Megalopotamos, which flows into the Libyan Sea just 7 km further on at Preveli Beach, and the Kotsifou Gorge, which leads back to the north coast from Sellia.


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