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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2019
« on: Today at 12:51:41 PM »
Booked from Bristol for Sept 2019 but no transfers (we'll call on Takis for these) and an extra 58 each for hold luggage - so much for a 'package' holiday ! Talking to our travel agents they were hinting that all the holiday firms are worried at the moment so they are withdrawing from anything that might cause them a problem and that includes certain flights, charters, transfers and some accommodation........Brexit has a lot to answer for as I am sure some of the hosts won't trust the UK to honour its commitments post 29th March.

Personally I fully intend to be in Plakias next year even if I have to spend a little more to do it as I have local friends and businesses to support !

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2019
« on: September 15, 2018, 08:26:40 PM »
Brexit kicking in by any chance ?

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Plakias / Re: Olive oil on tables
« on: August 27, 2018, 11:11:39 AM »
Has caused some concern. It's about the ban on the olive oil bottles made available with the salt, pepper and vinegar. I guess in some places they found it had not been refilled or changed for ages and was substandard. The original suggestion was to introduce individual sachets of oil...........which adds to the unnecessary plastic in the world. I suspect most places will still offer oil but, perhaps, from a bottle kept behind the bar. I can't see this lasting long but can understand why the Govt wants to improve standards.....not that I've ever had a problem in Plakias !

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Plakias / Re: This forum is commin' like a ghost town
« on: August 24, 2018, 10:12:38 AM »
September is always very popular for Plakias judging by the number of 'regulars' (never been described as regular before - usually extra large !) but I dont think there are fewer Brits visiting. Maybe just the usual pattern of visits and the fact that lots of people seem to have chosen somewhere else for a change - no harm in that. We'll be back as usual in Sept.

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Plakias / Re: This forum is commin' like a ghost town
« on: August 23, 2018, 10:20:44 AM »
I was thinking that too........not even much about the recent visit of the shark !

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Plakias / Re: Shark
« on: August 14, 2018, 01:18:11 PM »
Probably hungry and following the squid.....think it was only a baby and of very little threat to humans. Hoping no-one caught it...the Med is its home too !

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Plakias / Re: first timers
« on: May 19, 2018, 09:41:56 PM »
I dont swim that well but even I managed the cave just off Souda beach. It is very easy to find......head out on the beach road in a westerly direction as far as you can go. Souda is the tiny hamlet just before the road turns to go up the valley. The 'reef that protects the whole of the bay is great for diving and snorkelling - my friend David found a Moray Eel..or, rather, it found him ! All teeth and the like...scared the bejabers out of him ! I really hope you enjoy Plakias. It is a very special place.

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Plakias / Re: first timers
« on: May 14, 2018, 09:39:38 PM »
Yup and, boy, has that place changed !...in fact, back in 1987 when I first landed I don't think there was anywhere to stay in the village so we didn't stop there. It is 62 x+ though the gorge(s) though. You'd think I was used to it by now but it gets me every time !

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Plakias / Re: first timers
« on: May 13, 2018, 12:16:09 PM »
Hi......I think the simple answer is 'you're going to love it' ! It is perfect for relaxing on the beach or round the pool (loads of sunloungers), fantastic tavernas (some really excellent food and a great welcome), a few shops and loads of walks of all sorts of lengths and types. If you don't mind not having the loungers there are some amazing secluded beaches (some of which are clothes optional). There's nothing like lazing in a warm sea, looking up and watching an eagle flying above you.....or, better still, being woken up by the cry of an eagle hunting. It is that peaceful.....even though there is music and entertainment if you want it...a sort of all inclusive resort in one village.

The two closest villages Sellia and Mirthios, are well worth a visit...especially for dinner at sunset overlooking the bay and you have some lovely places to visit...including Preveli (both the palm beach and the monastery) and the local life museum at Asomatos. Along the coast, going west, are the villages of Rhodakino (split in two by an earthquake), the Imbros Gorge, the fortress at Frangokastello and, eventually, the port of Chora Sphakia (ferry to Samaria). There are some great tours on offer too if you decide you don't want to drive and the bus can get you in to Rethymnon. Matala has a great vibe to it too so enjoy that....oh, and it's always worth having a closer look at the two gorges that lead in to Plakias...some amazing landscapes.

There is a Dive School on the seafront at Plakias so it might be best to ask for advice on the best places to scuba but there are some excellent reef structures and if you take the road out of Plakias, there is the tiny hamlet of Souda which has a great beach and cave swimming (did that a few years ago).

I'm not going to recommend anywhere to eat or drink in particular as they are all excellent and it's just a matter of seeing what they offer. and what you fancy..... I really hope you enjoy it.

It will be my 31st visit when I get back there in September......so, like me, you'll be hooked hopefully ! Enjoy !

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Plakias / Re: Any Plakias Updates?
« on: May 10, 2018, 10:10:54 AM »
From the look of it (and the webcams at the Morpheas) someone has re-tarmac-ed the footpath along the beach ...it is showing up as a rather hideous salmon pink.....is there anyone out there who can confirm this ? I dont think it's just 'the light'. I much prefer the subtlety of Plakias...dont really want it to become the next multicoloured Disney style seafront but it may be too late !

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« on: April 30, 2018, 09:56:58 AM »
Yes Mike G ...Elspeth will be there this year.Really looking forward to seeing her again.

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Plakias / Re: Any Plakias Updates?
« on: March 22, 2018, 10:12:41 PM »
If you get a chance check out the photos on Beautiful Plakias - the Facebook page....absolutely awesome !

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Plakias / Re: Any Plakias Updates?
« on: March 22, 2018, 02:11:14 PM »
Wooahhh...just checked the Morpheas webcams for my daily dose of Plakias and both look like something from a horror sci fi story....various shades of green (yes...green) and what looks like a sand storm...you can't see the dragon or the harbour ! Strange weather or simply a camera fault ?

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:06:55 AM »
Couldn't find anything with transfers included this year so have decided to use the local services with Takis. We'll get there quicker at least.

I am still expecting my flights from Bristol to be changed - mainly because they are currently extremely convenient times and Olympic always seem to change them at least twice for less convenient times. Still have saved on getting from Plymouth to Gatwick (now a 50 return to Bristol on a luxury coach rather than 180 ish on a crowded train.

Getting there should be stress free and part of the service so not sure which school of tourism Olympic subscribe to as they never seem to get it right.

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« on: February 02, 2018, 10:55:36 AM »
I was checking yesterday.....LGW to Heraklion all 'sold out' (adding a premium to the costs for a different airline) plus no transfers so an additional 292 for that....plus the 180 odd to get from Plymouth to Gatwick making our precious holiday look as though it wasn't going to happen ! Was told it would be on Easy Jet (not my preferred airline) and that there might even be an additional problem with matching the flights, the routes and access to Costa Chrysoulas (how the &^%$ does that happen ?)

Then tried Bristol (cheaper and easier for us) and found a solution as they now fly to Heraklion as well (didn't know that)...so considering that...a bit later than we had hoped but not too far out of our time and price range.

I cannot believe the Olympic attitude. If I ran my business like that I'd be in all sorts of problems. Whatever happened to customer service ? No wonder people moan about holiday companies ! (Sorry Elspeth ...not your fault !).

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