Very close to Plakias, following the road eastwards, is found the beach of Phoinikas (Palms) or the Pirates’ Fjord.
The Pirates’ Fjord (Phoinikas)
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.
Access was formerly only by the sea, but today one can pass through the hotel, coming from Damnoni. The beach has cliffs all around, and but a little sand. Its waters are very clear: caution is advisable, as they deepen suddenly. They are a must for anyone interested in spear-fishing or diving.
Continuing east, the next beach you happen on is Damnoni.
About 600 m in length, the beach has white sands. At its west end, the more organized, a small river flows all year round.
Fully organized, there are umbrellas, sunbeds, showers and a lifeguard: it is ideal for water-sports, and boasts a diving School, and an equestrian centre; hotels and restaurants too.
After Damnoni, to the east, follows a series of coves collectively known as Ammoudi.
- Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- location Damnoni (Plakias), Aghios Vasileios, Rethymno
- free camping No
- nudism No
- beach type Sandy, Rocky
- accommodation Yes - some choices
- dinning Yes - enough choices
- other facilities
relevant routes & paths:
The Pirates’ Fjord
Distance: 36 km from Rethymnon.
By car/motorcycle - from Rethymnon: Access to the beach is through the hotel Calypso at Damnoni.
By sea: By boat from Plakias.
Distance: 33 km from Rethymnon.
By car/motorcycle - from Rethymnon: Head towards Rethymnon on the national Highway, and take the exit for Spili. Drive south and after 17 km turn right at the junction leading to Plakias and Preveli. After 500 m you will reach the village of Koxare. The road then leads through the Kourtaliotiko gorge at Asomatos. At the exit of this village, at the junction you meet, turn left and after 2 km you will reach the village of Lefkogia. At the next junction turn left to get to Damnoni.
By car / motorcycle - from Chora Sfakion or Frangokastello: Follow the coast road east.