I don't know if this is interesting but how did you all find out about Plakias?
Did you just stumble across it in a travel agent or what?
My story starts when myself and a friend and our partners decided we wanted to go away for a break the four of us so we sent the girls off to find a holiday while we syayed in the pub!
Some time later they returned and said they had booked two weeks in a place called plakias on an island called Crete through the co op travel agency and sunmed, they even threw in a free taxi to bhx and back! We stayed in a place called pension paligremnos which was opposite where santa maria is now.
That was about late eightys i think and have been ther ever since!!
Whose story is next?
We first found Plakias in 1979 . We had been going to Paleochora for three years and went into the mountains to explore on our hired Vespa. We travelled north and then east for hours and the scooter broke down. We were taken by an olive farmer (scooter and all) on his trailer to a beautiful mountain village called Vatolakos where there was a workshop. The Vespa was taken away and we stayed at the Kafenion overnight. Concrete base beds and stand astride loos - the whole Cretan experience in one night. I have never , ever forgotten it and the kindness of the extended family who we are still in touch with. (Another chapter)
We decided the main road back to be the sensible course of action and set off towards Chania.
My husband was reading the road signs !!! and turned right. The scooter with its new lease of life buzzed along endlessly and we reached RETHYMNON. Abandoning all hope of ever seeing Paleochora again we set off south and the end of the road rounded a bend to reveal the breathtaking panorama of Plakias bay. Paradise found. I have several surviving photos of the
two days spent in this glorious place. We found a room at the Old Asterias which required both youth and a sense of humour. The electricity to the village went off on a regular basis well into the 1980,s .
We had to abandon trusty scooter (by arrangement with owner)and return to Paleochora for our bags. By bus to Rethymnon ,Chania and on from there. Took all day.
I will share these photos with anyone interested. Although a tour company or two were using Plakias it was delightfully small and unspoilt. Now alone and still travelling I still make it to Plakias as often as I can. . Sadly since Greece joined the EU the massive tourism grants are funding a lot of development but a blissful holiday can still be had by staying in older accommodation .
Just returned from Cambodia but going back to Plakias this June.
Anyone interested in 1979 photos of Plakias - please ask.
Heather . travellingran