The area of Plakias is in the southwest part of the Rethymnon Prefecture – overlooking the Libyan Sea: it is part of the deme of Aghios Vasileios (once a larger administrative unit – an eparchia).
The climate hereabouts is temperate and Mediterranean: typically you will come across olive trees, numerous aromatic plants and herbs and wild flowers. There are also two splendid gorges – Kourtalioti and Kotsiphos, which will repay an investigation on foot. Numerous excellent beaches exist too – including the famous one at Preveli.
Going from west to east, the first beach we meet is Pefkias (aka Aghia Anna).
This is on the small side: quiet with deep, clear water, as well as rocks and stones. It is favoured by the locals and those keen on fishing. Access is only possible from Plakias.
Skinos beach is next to the main beach of Plakias: sandy and with enough rocks to make it an ideal location for those interested in diving and spearfishing.
This is located on a narrow bay within the grounds of a hotel, and it is here that the torrents from the Kourtaliotiko gorge pour into the sea. Its name is owed indeed to some pirates, who in the Byzantine times took refuge in the narrow natural gulf.
A string of bays enclose the beaches of Ammoudaki, Kleisidi and Large Ammoudi (or just Ammoudi). A little further off is Schoinaria.
Preveli with its riverside palm-groves (burnt in the summer 2010) is one of the most famous and beloved beaches in Crete. Its name – and that of the broader region – is taken from the historical monastery nearby, dedicated to St. John the Theologian.