Plaka is one of the best-known and most traditional villages in West Crete, in the Apokoronas area and it is located 25 km from main Chania city
It is a friendly little village, set out in a horseshoe shape on the hillside, with an excellent view of Almyrida and of course Souda Bay and the azure Sea of Crete. In terms of view Plaka is one of the few areas that combine sea views and mountain views as you also have views to the White mountains (Madares).
The village is green with plants and largely preserves its lovely natural environment, as it is set on the slopes of Mount Drapanokefala with its verdant, varied vegetation. You can see olive and plane trees, low scrub and even organic farms, which do not detract from the charm of the area.
The village has about 400 permanent inhabitants, half of whom are foreigners, mainly British. The village largely preserves its traditional character, although the locals will tell you that recent building has meant it is beginning to lose its distinctive atmosphere.
Plaka has a lovely main square which is the focal point of the village. This is where locals and visitors alike meet in the cafeterias and taverns.
The inhabitants of Plaka are mostly farmers, and the production of olive oil, wine and tsikoudia (raki) is widespread.
The closest beach is in Almyrida which is about 0.8 km away from Plaka.