Things to do in Plaka, Crete

Our most recommended things to do in Plaka, Crete

Land Rover Safari on Lassithi Route

1. Land Rover Safari on Lassithi Route

This Land Rover excursion is the perfect way to explore the central part of Crete, visiting 2 different plateaus and learning about mythology as well as local life. We head out in the Land Rover to the plateau of Katharo, passing through the largest forest on Crete. The roads here are basically non-existent and the mountains reach heights of 1,500 meters. You’ll have a refreshment stop at a kafenion (coffee shop) somewhere in the wilderness. The tour continues on along dirt tracks, through valleys, and across rivers, and the journey starts to get exciting! At the next stop you’ll have the opportunity to take photos from a spectacular viewpoint above the Lassithi Plateau. You’ll then head to the plateau to enjoy your BBQ lunch, along with unlimited wine. After lunch you’ll travel back in time as you visit the Eco Village, where you can see local crafts being made by traditional methods. The next stop will be Zeus's cave where, according to mythology, the father of the gods was born. If you’d like to enter the cave there is a EUR 4 entrance fee that’s payable at the site. Your driver/guide will take you on to Seli, where you can take photos of the unique scenery. You’ll continue on to the village of Krassi, noted for its 2,000-year-old plane tree and natural spring water source. As you make your way back you’ll pass through Selinari, an area where you’ll be on the lookout for vultures, now an endangered species.

Heraklion: Palace of Minoa & Spinaloga/Elounda Village Tour

2. Heraklion: Palace of Minoa & Spinaloga/Elounda Village Tour

Experience a private day tour in the Heraklion area and visit the third-largest Minoan Palace in Crete, stop at the Island of Spinalonga, and explore Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. Learn more about the history and culture of the Heraklion area on this private tour. Start the tour with pickup from your designated pickup point, and first go to the Archaeological site of Malia, dating back to the Middle Bronze Age. See this majestic site, the third-largest Minoan Palace in all of Crete, built close to a beautiful beach. Move on to Kritsa Village, one of the oldest and most picturesque villages in the area, built atmospherically on a rocky hill called Kastellos, and surrounded by olive groves. Explore the local village with narrow winding lanes, renowned for the skill of its weavers, and see their craftsmanship Visit the Church of Panagia Kera, one of the most important monuments in Crete because of its well-preserved wall paintings representing various periods of Byzantine Art. See the original church, dedicated to the Dormition of Theotokos, built in the middle of the thirteenth century. Make a stop in Agios Nikolaos, one of the first cities in Crete where tourist development began. Admire the picturesque harbor and see two of the sweet water lakes of Crete. Pass by the fishing village of Elounda on the northern coast, and enjoy the traditional and idyllic scenery. Reach the marina of Plaka and from there travel to the Island of Spinalonga, famous as it was a former Venetian Fortress and Leper Colony. Learn more about the site's history and its significance as it left an unfading mark on Crete's history.

From Heraklion: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Private Tour

3. From Heraklion: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Private Tour

Dive into the extraordinary coastal landscape of Crete on a private tour from Heraklion. Visit the imposing neighboring island of Spinalonga, then explore the quiet village of Plaka, known for its seafood. Discover the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos, with a gorgeous lake and chic bars. Enjoy a transfer from your accommodation in Heraklion aboard your private vehicle for the day. Hop on a boat for the ride over to Spinalonga. Take in the deep blue water and sandy coves of this uninhabited island with a striking 16th-century Venetian fortress. Disembark in the village of Plaka to indulge in the fresh seafood of the waterfront taverns at your own expense. Continue on to Agios Nikolaos and revel in the gorgeous streets of the iconic town, oozing a chic vibe. Soak up the splendor of the lake as you unwind at the eclectic cocktail bars. Toward the end of the day, visit a family olive oil production estate and allow them to teach you about their techniques for producing delectable olive oil. Ride back to your accommodation in Heraklion to finish off your adventure.

Chania: Mirabello, Spinalonga & Agios Nikolaos Private Tour

4. Chania: Mirabello, Spinalonga & Agios Nikolaos Private Tour

Discover the beauty of Mirabello that majestically captures the soul of Crete. Take a boat ride to Spinalonga, stroll through Agios Nikolaos, and visit a local family-run olive oil farm on this private guided day tour. Start with pickup from your accommodation by luxury chauffeured vehicle. Meet your private guide who will escort you throughout the day and provide historical and cultural insight into the sights you will see. After a short journey, hop on a private boat to discover the island of Spinalonga. Bask in azure waters of secluded sandy coves tucked under cave-studded mountains. Hop off in the village of Plaka to indulge in the seafood tastes of delicious tavernas on the waterfront. On the way to Agios Nikolaos, revel in luxurious panoramic scenes of Elounda's elite haven. Stroll through the iconic town that oozes a chic vibe and soak up the splendor of the mythical lake as you unwind at the eclectic wine-cocktail bars. By the end of the day, visit a family olive oil production estate and discover their techniques for producing delectable olive oil, a key product of Greek cuisine. Afterward, relax on your journey back to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Plaka, Crete

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 109 reviews

Our guide Geoff was fantastic!!! Loved his humor and all the information he provided!!! He’s an excellent driver and got us safe through the mountains. The small villages were very nice, and Zeus’ cave was fascinating. The lunch was very tasty. Would definitely recommend!

FABULOUS SAFARI! Absolutely to do! You will visit unique places, you will take a leap into the past… with breathtaking landscapes. The guide was super nice and the food and wine on offer was super good! We had a lot of fun and 8h flew by! UNIQUE Safari! Well done!

A great day trip with a nice guide. The tour is very varied and a good mix of history and nature. We would book it again at any time!

Great trip, great weather, nice people, just a must when you are in Crete

Great guide and program for a good price! Highly recommended!