RODAKINO VILLAGE – SOUTH CRETE
Rodakino village is located on the foot of Krioneritis mountain above Korakas beach in the south coast of Crete, 15 kms west from Plakias, 42 kms south-west from Rethymnon town and 13 kms east from Frangokastello. It is one of the the largest villages of the area, surrounded by small beaches and hills covered by olive-trees. It is still quiet and relatively infrequently visited, with a few rent-rooms properties, a small hotel, some taverns on the beach and a grocery shop. There are a couple of pebbly beaches in Rodakino, plus a marvelous secluded beach (Aghia Marina) behind the hill at the west end of the road.
The village is divided in two parts: Epano (Upper) and Kato (Lower) village. Rodakino is also an historical place with lot of fights during its History. It was destroyed during the Venetian occupation and one man escaped in Greece. Many years later he returned and rebuilt the village. On the hill of Kourkoulos into a small chapel raised the flag of the revolution against the Turks on May 24, 1821. During the second war the village was destroyed again and many residents have been killed by the invaders. The inhabitants have been farmers and fishermen since antiquity, while the tourism industry is a more recent occupation. Various religious festivals are celebrated in the villages, along with traditional fiestas and cultural events during summer!
Plakias is a popular resort , 12 kms east from Anemos villas, with a long sandy beach, very well organized. Plakias has been transformed from a small fisherman’s village to a tourist resort in the middle of 20th century . It becames famous as a base for visiting the natural beauties of Yialia ( South coast).
Plakias as a resort is hosting plenty of restaurants, bars, shopping- centers, car rentals , water sports, scuba diving schools, organized beach, petrol station, post, interesting night life and much more.
Although Plakias is a new village, the area was inhabited at least since Roman times, since the archaeologists have found many Roman objects (and some are considered Minoan). It is believed that Plakias is built at the site of the ancient city Lamon, while some others believe that it’s built in the place of the ancient city Phoenix.
Preveli palm beach: This is one of the most famous sights in Crete and an area of outstanding natural beauty. The date palms stand along the bank of the river which flows down through the Kourtaliotis gorge (you have to drive up the gorge to get to Plakias), creating an exotic scene. The same name monastery of Preveli one of the most important during Crete’s history.
South-Crete beaches:Triopetra beach ( east of Preveli) is a magnificent beach with lovely sunsets.If you walk to the east of Triopetra you will discover a long sandy beach with very few people on it. It is a clothing optional beach and it can be also accessed from Agios Pavlos over the sand dunes.
Highlights of the area: You can experience the true beauty of Crete by visiting the picturesque villages the prety towns and fantastic beaches. Within short distance from Rodakino, you can visit the mountainous villages of Mariou, Myrthios, Selia and Asomatos village, which retain their traditional features and have amazing view to the vast sea. You can hike in the Gorge of Kotsifos, Kourtaliotis and Mesa Faragi. If you like rock-climbing you can visit also the vertical cliff of Paligremnos. Participating into traditional events and fiestas you will have the opportunity to enjoy the famous Cretan Cooking at its bests and buy the best agricultural and traditional products to take home with you.