Not a criticism as we were very happy, but Plaka is very much an ex-pat community so friendly & welcoming to UK visitors, but if you want a younger crowd & late nightlife, then be prepared to taxi down to Almyrida, 10 minutes down hill, which is also where you need to go for the beach.
"We have just returned from a great week in Crete, staying at Leste Luxury Homes in the charming village of Plaka. Stephania & her team were there to welcome us to their 6 beautiful villas, with all the comforts of home, beautifully presented with wonderful views of the sea. We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa with private pool & a great terrace for sun bathing - We even had gorgeous weather for most of the week, despite being into the month of October.
We would thoroughly recommend these villas to couples and families alike for lots of reasons, including secure, gated access with parking & first class amenities: Welcome food in the fridge including a lovely bottle of wine; cleaning every day & fresh towels; beds with decent mattresses; beach towels & lovely soft cushions for the sun loungers; coffee machine; bathrobes & slippers; hairdryer, iron & ironing board; satellite TV & i-pod docker, plus a really good broadband connection - A real bonus.
Plaka has several really good restaurants & bars all within walking distance, but we also bought food from a well-stocked local supermarket & cooked one night as the villa had a good range of cooking facilities. There was always someone on hand to check we had everything we needed, but without it being intrusive & our own pool was even cleaned during our visit.
We left with gifts of the local olive oil, honey & soap & having travelled extensively over the years, can definitely say that this property, together with the level of service, is very special & of the highest quality. We would thoroughly recommend a visit & very much look forward to making arrangements to visit again ourselves next year."
Carol & David Phillips, Warwickshire, U.K. October, 2014