South Coast of Rethymno
Plakias is one of the liveliest resort towns on the southern coast. The well-run youth hostel helps attract a younger crowd than many of the resorts nearby. The medium-size hotels in town attract independent travellers. Off-season it attracts many families and an older crowd.
Northeast Coast of Rethymno
Agia Galini (a-ya ga-lee-nee) is another erstwhile picturesque fishing village where package tourism and overdevelopment have spoilt much of its original charm. Hemmed in against the sea by large sandstone cliffs and phalanxes of hotels and domatia, Agia Galini can be rather claustrophobic.