Plaka near Elounda takes you to a beautiful pebbly beach which curves around the azure blues of the sea in Mirabello Bay. Located along Crete’s north coast it’s a quiet little town with easy access to the wonderful attractions of the island. Families, couples, and explorers alike will love the close proximity to water parks, Spinalonga Island and some of the island’s larger towns, while the quiet atmosphere and pretty beach offer plenty of opportunities to relax.
Plaka is a 10-minute drive from Elounda, where you’ll find a wide range of amenities for everyone, including fine dining, beaches, and more. Spinalonga Island is just minutes away and offers an insight into the history of the area, with ruins of ancient cities and a fascinating history which dates back to its time as a leper colony in the 1900s. It’s perfect for sailing trips, with coves and little beaches just waiting to be explored, as well as opportunities for scuba diving, snorkelling, and more watersports.
Holidays in Plaka take you to a quieter, more rural side of the island with pretty hillsides home to olive trees and beautiful views of the bay. Stone and whitewashed houses sit side-by-side, while there is a little main street where you can drop into cafés, family run tavernas, and little bars. Sample some fantastic Greek cuisine with traditional homemade menus featuring seafood, creamy dips, warm breads, and succulent meat dishes.
Book your luxury holiday in Plaka with Sovereign and relax, knowing all the little details are taken care of. We offer private transfers and selected airport lounges, as well as having expert Trusted Advisers who will get to know you before recommending one of our carefully selected hotels. Choose the Domes of Elounda and take in spectacular views of the Mediterranean, a choice of eight bars and restaurants and something for both families and couples. Alternatively, Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa is home to stunning architecture throughout and plenty of opportunities to relax.
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.