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Experience the Greek Lifestyle for Digital Nomads: A Winter Escape in Plakias

Updated: Jan 10

Wondering what to do in Plakias and around Crete during winter? Well, there's so much to explore on this charming Greek island that you might want to extend your stay...

Scenic view of a beach, sea, and mountains in Crete.

Our top activities for digital nomads in and around Plakias

If you're on the lookout for a winter escape that combines the Greek lifestyle with a coliving experience, look no further! Plakias is a charming little village on the island of Crete. It's a great destination for digital nomads seeking a taste of the Greek lifestyle - think warm hospitality, breathtaking landscapes, and excellent food - during the winter months.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of our top 5 favorite activities to do in Plakias and around Crete in winter... so far. All tested and approved by Fanny and Haz, our founders ;)


1. Walk along Plakias' beaches

While Plakias might be livelier in the summer, the winter season offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the tranquility of its stunning beaches. Walk along Plakias Beach, a mere 5-minute walk from home, where the only noises you hear are waves and seagulls. For a touch of seclusion, Damnoni Beach is the right place only a few minutes' drive away.

An individual strolling along the shoreline of a beach

2. Hike Kourtaliotiko Gorge

This one has become one of our favourites hike! Experience nature at its grandest with a hike through Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Towering limestone cliffs and lush greenery create an awe-inspiring backdrop for a great hike. The trail is well-marked and accessible, providing an adventurous journey for all nature enthusiasts.

A mountainous backdrop featuring two individuals on a bridge

3. Discover the olive oil culture of Crete

You couldn’t leave Crete without exploring its world-famous olive groves and olive oil production factories, which are at the heart of Cretan agriculture. There are plenty of olive oil factories where you can learn about the history and artistry behind this liquid gold. Try a tasting session, where you can sample the rich flavors of the region's finest olive oils.

Olive oil production process in Crete: Water being sprinkled on olives.

4. Taste traditional Greek Cuisine

Greece is well-known for its traditional cuisine, and Crete is no exception. In fact, it has many local recipes that you can’t find anywhere else. Savor traditional Cretan dishes at local tavernas, such as "kalitsounia" (small pies) and "dakos" (barley rusk topped with chopped tomatoes and local cheese). There are so many local specialties that every meal there feels like a celebration.

Individuals eating authentic Greek cuisine.

5. Explore historic sites

Winter is the ideal time to explore the less crowded sites of Crete. Visit the historic Preveli Monastery, perched on a hill overlooking the Libyan Sea, and immerse yourself in Crete's spiritual heritage. Wander through the ancient lanes of Rethymno, where traditional architecture and charming corners await. Or venture to the famous Knossos historical site, home to the Labyrinth and Minotaur’s legend of Ancient Greece.

Classic Orthodox church in the foreground, backed by a quaint village against a mountainous backdrop


Our Coliving Crew is super excited to make you discover all the wonders that Crete has to offer! We aim to create a unique experience that combines the perfect blend of work, exploration of this wonderful Greek island, and connection with fellow digital nomads, all while escaping to the mild winter of Southern Europe. We hope that you create memories, cultivate friendships, and let Plakias leave an indelible mark on your heart.


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