I returned from Plakias, 5th November, enjoyed two weeks. Upon reflection, had a great time, only one day's poor weather...which was really bad, gale force winds and torrential rain, flooding in Chania ect. None of this appeared in any of the forecasts (BBC, Meteo,etc.) The nearest they got was “showers” The local news reported a “Mediterranean Tornado”
Approximately 75% of Plakias had either closed or were in the process of closing, sun loungers were being pressure washed, restaurants emptied of tables and chairs, freezers defrosted, and black plastic bags were taped over light fittings. But those who remained were more relaxed, lots of family visits and dining out,
The sea was warm, beaches empty (both people and umbrellas). Most of the vegetation was desiccated, but lots of activity picking the olives.
All of which asks the question “ Should the season be longer?” At the moment the controlling factor appears to be the stopping of charter and low cost carrier flights to Northern Europe. I have on one occasion come back via ferry and a flight from Athens, but talking to expats , they tell me fly Crete to Athens , then change flights to UK. It works out not much dearer than direct flights and the connections are reasonable. I suspect that the lengthening of the season is a chicken/egg problem, but I would be interested in hearing other opinions...please post