In the Rethymno regional unit, about 21 kilometres south of the city of Rethymno. It is part of the municipality Agios Vasileios, and of the municipal unit Foinikas.
The name Plakias implies flat, yet you will find more depth in its unique formation. On your scenic drive towards the coastline you will pass a few magnificent mountain peaks and dramatic gorges which hug the village from the north before being greeted by the sweeping views of the Libyan Sea to the south.
The first mentions of Plakias as a settlement was in 1961 when it was recored as a permanent home to six fishermen. Once a small fishermen town, over the last decades Plakias developed into a popular holiday destination.
The unspoilt breathtaking landscape of Plakias make it an ideal holiday destination for guests seeking total relaxation. The village provides several accommodation options from hotels, apartments to a youth hostel, which is commonly referred to as the most southerly hostel in Europe. Set on a 1300 meter long stretch of fine, gold-hued sandy beach, Plakias exudes a relaxing holiday setting.