About in the middle of the beach a small brook flows into the sea. Behind the Damnoni Beach a pedestrian bridge connects the two beach parts. But one can also simply walk barefoot on the beach through the river that is usually only a few centimetres deep. In summer the river water from the mountains is clearly cooler than the water of the Mediterranean.
In the right area, in front of the time-sharing facility Hapimag, there is a small building directly at the beach. It houses a diving school (Phoenix Dive Club) and a water sports centre. You can rent pedal boats, rowing boats, water skis or surfboards
In Damnoni there are about six taverns open during the day and in the evening. Around 2014 three restaurants opened next to each other directly behind the beach. They are supposed to belong to three brothers. The Violakis is the first, the Mesogeios the middle and the tavern Damnoni is the back of the three taverns. Which one is the best is controversial among the residents and regular guests of Plakias. You can simply study the menus in front of the entrance and then decide
About 150 meters behind the beach on the access road to Damnoni is the tavern Mythos. Especially the fresh fish, which is caught by the owner family itself, tastes delicious in Mythos.
Nearby is the shop "Crete 2000", which
offers local products like natural products from Crete.
There is also a car rental in the house. Jeep safaris can
also be booked. Hapimag has a small supermarket, several
restaurants and a bar by the swimming pool.
The Mythos Apartments is a recommendable accommodation near the beach of Damnoni. In the well-kept complex 10 apartments for 2 to 4 persons can be rented. The owners of the typical Crete family pension are very nice and helpful. There is also a good tavern in Mythos.
Pension Zefyros Rooms is situated on a hill a few hundred meters from the beach of Damnoni. Rooms with small kitchen and air conditioning cost in spring often only 30 Euro for 2 persons.
Bay of Pigs Beach (Amoutaki)
If you turn left to the end of the Damnoni beach, the paved road ends a few metres further. If you follow the road to the right (it is better to park your car and walk) you will reach the Bay of Pigs after about 100 metres. This is also a beautiful, coarse-grained sandy beach. Nudism is common here, but not obligatory.
In summer you can also rent deck chairs
and parasols in the 100 metre wide Bay of Pigs. There has
even been a toilet facility here since 2015. It is
possible to drive across the Bay of Pigs by car, parking
is available. However, the road is narrow and there are
often larger stones on the unpaved road. The steep slope
next to the narrow road is not without it. In case of
oncoming traffic, one of the two cars has to drive
backwards a lot. In the Bay of Pigs there are many
"regular guests". These are mainly foreigners from
Northern European countries like Germany or England who
live in or around Plakias.
A few meters further is a mini beach called One-Rock-Beach. It is also called Einstein Beach in German or Micro Amoudi in Greek.
You have to climb a few meters down the rocks to get to the one-rock beach. Very often there are guests of the youth hostel Plakias at the one-stone beach. One-Rock is something like the house beach of the people from the hostel, as the hostel is called internationally, of Plakias. The name One-Rock comes from a large stone in the middle of the beach in the water (see picture).
The three pictures above were all taken in April, out of high season. Of course, the beaches around Plakias are not that empty in summer.
Theoretically you can also take the bus
to Damnoni. All buses between
Another beautiful beach in the area is Skinaria.