Plakias is a popular holiday destination for individual tourists. You will find a wide and long beach, a seaside promenade, taverns and small hotels. But it is not everything. The surroundings of Plakias offer a lot more. You will appreciate the beauty of this place by going with us for a hike to the mountainous peninsula of Kako Mouri, rising above the eastern side of the bay. Only here you can appreciate the spectacular panorama of this place. With each step, the landscape will change to more and more primal. We enter the world of jagged, limestone cliffs and black rocks, falling steeply into the sea. Below, the color and transparency of the sea will delight us. If the visibility is good, we will see the peaks of the White Mountains in the distance. On the way we will walk down to the pristine beach in the Bay of Pirates sheltered from the sea by a rocky wall. Here we will rest and take a chance to swim. After some relax, on our route, we will admire a panorama of the next beaches of the south, with the option of swimming and a short rest on one of them. We will return by the path through fields, pastures and olive groves. And secrets? Where did pirates come from in Crete? What is hidden on the Paligremnos hill? We will tell you about it.

  • panorama of Plakias Bay
  • swimming in the Pirate Bay
  • wandering in the wild landscape of Kako Mouri peninsula

About 3 hours, with breaks for bath and rest

Around 5,5km

About 290m

Path, stairs, gravel road


11 AM

Plakias beach, Paligremnos bar, the last bar on the east side of the beach (access by own means of transport)

Plakias distances from:

  • Spili: 30min (21km)
  • Rethymno: 45min (35km)
  • Agia Galini: 60min (47km)
  • Chania: 1h 32 min (93km)
  • Heraklion: 1h 50min (114km)
  • water
  • beach accessories (towel, swimming suits, sunblock)
  • snack if you need (at the beginning and end of the trail – taverns in Plakias, on the trail – taverns in Damnoni)
  • comfortable hiking shoes
  • flip flops, crocs or shoes to the sea to the beach
  • a comfortable outfit
  • a hat
  • sunglasses