Just along the coast from Elounda, the tiny hamlet of Plaka is an enchanting throwback to old-world Crete.
Perched on a horseshoe-shaped cove overlooking Mirabello Bay, Plaka has a little pebbly beach that’s perfect for swimming, with beautifully clear water and lots of hidden caves to explore. The low-key main street of Plaka is lined with cafes, tiny restaurants and Greek tavernas, which develop a social buzz after dark.
The mysterious island of Spinalonga is located a little way out from Plaka’s coast, making it ideal for a sailing trip. The crumbling history of this intriguing little island has sparked many imaginations, most recently Victoria Hislop’s in her novel The Island.
Flight time from the UK to Crete is around 4 hours.
Transfer time from Heraklion airport to Plaka is approximately 1 hour.
The southernmost Greek island, Crete’s summers are something special. The temperatures are beach-worthy by April, climbing steadily throughout summer and peaking in July and August, when highs of 35°C are possible. Luckily, the island is prone to some cooling winds during summer that stop things getting too hot and sticky.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.