| PLAKA BEACH - REVIEWS|
| A Travel to Naxos User
Date : 19 08 2004
Time : 20 : 34
Plaka beach was one of our favorite beaches on our trip to the islands last September. We took the bus from Hora to the end of the line, and spent our days on the beach there. The views were great, beach was clean, umbrellas/chairs were cheap (5 Euro?), no crowds, some nudists, no kids. The tavern at the end of the road was enjoyable, plenty of cold water and beer, great food, very nice people, and plenty of cats walking around.
Agia Anna and Maragas beaches looked nice as well, but offered large crowds to go with the multiple taverns. I'd recommend staying on the bus a little longer to the turnaround, and relax away from the developments further up the coast.
| A Travel to Santorini User
Date : 02 08 2004
Time : 20 : 37
Plaka is my ideal beach. Part of a beach several kilometers in length, with a quiet unmade road bordering, it is served by a regular-as-clockwork bus service, every half-hour, from Naxos Town.
Extra buses are put on in the peak periods if required (I cannot see that happening in the UK!).The beach is wide and sandy, with dunes behind in parts. The sea is calm due to the beach being sheltered, and shelves slowly to deep water. Some rock under the sea in places, but mostly more sand. Completely safe for children and non-swimmers.There is a culture of nudity from the Hippy days of yore. This area starts beyond the last of the sun-beds and umbrellas at the end of Agia Anna (Agai Prokopios, Ag. Anna and Plaka all run together, then on round the headland to Mikri Vigli, another very long beach. A great walk for a cooler day when your conscience tells you to take some exercise). It's more "clothes optional" than compulsory to be nude. Very relaxed. A cosmopolitan mix of holidaymakers, but not busy in September. You may even see the town's night-ime entertainment practicing their acrobatic skills - I have. Out to sea Paros is visible, with small boats and the occasional ferry boat, and a wind-surfer or two.There are some tavernas along the road if you do not wish to bring your lunch. You will need drinking water and plenty of sunscreen. An old local on a donkey rides along selling fresh grapes or whatever else he may have, and a doughnut boy also walks along - sometimes.Although largely undeveloped, building has been taking place along the road for a few years, so get along before the big tour companies catch on.I've always stayed in Naxos Town and commuted (if that really describes the journey) to the beach on the bus - 10km or so, taking about 20 minutes, and very cheap. But there are places to stay if you want a really quiet life. You will need a good book or two, or some interesting company.Be sure to visit the taverna by the bus turning area at the end of its run (can't remember the name - sorry) if you like cats, cold beers and delicious food. The best place to wait for the bus home, because you will be sure of getting a seat.I really think that Plaka is my favourite beach. Not as beautiful as some in The Seychelles, perhaps, but as the cost is only about a tenth.....John.