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7. Plakias Beach

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The delightful beach at Plakias is a long, wide crescent set in a large bay. Located along the south coast, it faces south, towards Africa, offering long days of sunshine that you don't always find on the north coast, particularly at beaches surrounded by cliff walls. The waves here tend to be quite small, as the prevailing wind is offshore.

Umbrellas and chairs can be rented at multiple areas along the beach. If you like a beach with a lively atmosphere backed by restaurants and shops, stay to the middle or western side.

If you are looking for peace and tranquility with a few small beach restaurants serving drinks and snacks only, head to the eastern end. The far east end of the beach is clothing optional. Umbrellas and sun beds are for rent no matter which area you choose.

The beach is sandier the farther east you go, and the sheer cliff wall and rugged peninsula extending out into the ocean make for great photos.

Another popular beach along this coast is Agia Galini, about 35 minutes from Matala. This is a little less busy and worth a visit if you want to get away from the crowds at Matala. If you are traveling from Matala to Plakias, you can easily stop at Agia Galini along the way.

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