The most westerly beach, which I still classify as being on the north coast, is Plathiena. From Plakes, a green valley with olive trees stretches down to the sea and ends at Plathiena Beach. You normally drive there via Plakes but there is also an unmade road from Firopotamos.
Plathiena Beach is right next to the visitors’ car park and consists of a mix of pebbles, sand and dry seaweed. Not perfect comfort factors but anyone who likes splashing about with abandon in warm shallow water will get their money’s worth. Plathiena scores with unbelievably shallow water that warms up to bathtub temperature in the bay. Another bonus is the fact that from the beach you can watch the sunset in the direction of Antimilos while the entire valley is bathed in a pleasantly warm light. For these reasons, Plathiena is very popular in the summer season, the opportunities for parking rapidly disappear and this otherwise remote idyll can suffer a veritable gridlock when the parking overflows on both sides of the access road.
A little beach bar with its own shady seating provides visiting bathers with what they most need.