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Plakias / Paleochora v Plakias
« on: June 18, 2018, 07:05:19 PM »
We have just returned from a 10 day holiday in Paleochora.

We are long term visitors to Plakias but thought we may enjoy a change in a different resort.
So we booked independently with Ryanair, flew to Chania, hired a car and stayed 10 days at the Aris Hotel.
I will put a review of the Aris Hotel on Trip Advisor later.

These thoughts on our stay:
The drive down from Chania to Paleochora is a nightmare. The road is very narrow and twisty and is not for the faint hearted.
The beaches are no where near as good as at Plakias, apart from the very busy Town Beach.

 Where we were staying, the only way we could find a beach somewhere near our liking was to get into the car and drive for about 15 minutes.
All the nearby beaches were rough pebble beaches.

Paleochora town is much bigger then Plakias and there is a large selection of places to eat but few of them come up to the standard of the ones in Plakias (but eating out was about 15pc cheaper than Plakias).
But the blight of local "musicians" playing in groups of 2 or 3 outside all the Tavernas really lets the pace down.
Some nights, as many as 3 different groups came round during our meal, played 2 tunes and went round with the hat
Ok for 1 or 2 nights, but after 10 nights ?.

Our problem was that we compared everything at Paleochora with it counterpart at Plakias.
And in nearly every aspect, Paleochora came second best.

We will not be returning to Paleochora.
Out decision to have a change of scenery was a mistake.
We should have (and will do) stick to our first love, Plakias.
Looking forward to September and 11 days with George at Creta Mere.

PlakChat / Re: Thick Fog!
« on: June 07, 2018, 11:43:09 AM »
The fog reached us in Paleochora mid morning but has gone by lunch time

Plakias / Re: 'New' Creta Mare pictures
« on: June 07, 2018, 10:46:48 AM »
Thanks for those photos.
We are currently in Paleochora for 10 days and wishing that we were back in Plakias.
Will post a report on Hotel Aris in Paleochora v Crete Mere in Plakias and Paleochora v Plakias when we return home.
But Plakias looks like a hands down winner !!

Plakias / Re: Any Plakias Updates?
« on: February 12, 2018, 11:21:55 AM »
Thanks for the update and the photo of what's left of Creta Mare !!

I just hope that George can get it finished and back in working order in time for our return visit in September.

Plakias / Re: Any Plakias Updates?
« on: February 05, 2018, 09:48:27 AM »
Thanks for that excellent update on Plakias.

Most interested in the bit about George and his Creta Mare.
We are due back there in early September and would be pleased to see the pace habitable again by then!!!

Any further information on this building work would, therefore, be most welcome.

We would normally be back early June but are going to try Paleachora for a change this year.
The comparison with Plakias will be most interesting.

Plakias / Re: Any Plakias Updates?
« on: January 21, 2018, 07:57:54 PM »
We stay with George at Creta Mare, just next to On the Rocks.
So where about are the new apartments "just up from On the Rocks" being built ?

Plakias / Re: Fight at the Sunbed corral
« on: October 03, 2017, 04:36:23 PM »
That comment strikes a chord with us.
Ruth and I are to try Paleochora next June.
We will be staying at the Aris for 10 days, just to see if it could be an alternative to Plakias.
But we are also going back to Plakias in early September and to Creta Mare.
The comparison will be most interesting !!

Plakias / Re: Back again
« on: September 20, 2017, 01:58:36 PM »
Just found the card for the tavern next to Cosy Backyard.
It is called Xezona Taverna and is first class.
Did not have enough nights left to try the new one opposite this one but always looked busy and the menu looks good.

Plakias / Re: Back again
« on: September 20, 2017, 10:17:53 AM »
Now back from Plakias after our 10 day stay.
We flew out from Leeds Bradford on 9th September with Ryanair on the early morning flight to arrive in Chania at 1pm local time.
Not a good flight.
We got down to about 20 feet from the ground when the pilot decided not to land that time but to pull up abruptly and go around for another attempt.
We finally landed that time but this is not a good way to start a holiday.
Its a good job we packed extra underwear.
However, that was the only bad news for the rest of the 10 day stay.

Picked a car up at the airport and drove from Chania down to Plakias in about 1 hour 45 mins (we are not fast drivers)
Stayed with George at Creta Mare as usual and again, as usual, the stay here was faultless.
The place is kept spotlessly clean and the views from our room was breathtaking.
Breakfast is good, extensive and eaten on the patio overlooking the beach.

Now to the holiday:
Firstly the weather.
It is a cliché to say we never saw a cloud in the sky but for our 10 day stay, we never did see a cloud.
Mid day temperature ranged from 36deg down to 32 deg but was made bearable by a light (ish) wind.
Sea sometimes a bit rough but never too rough to prevent swimming and was beautiful and warm but still refreshing.
The best weather and beach holiday we have ever had in Plakias.

I can not comment on the sun bed wars at the far end.
We used the beds from the Plakias Suits rooms and always found space available on these but the beach between us and the far end beds was very well used by people coming for the day and bring their own tents/shelters/towels and not bothering with beds.
Interestingly, the mix of "clothed to no clothed" in this area was mixed and variable.
Again, no bad thing.

Eating out was again excellent. We ate at Gio Ma, with Sonya, with Sifi, at Lyceos and at the new tavern next to Cosy Backyard (excellent).
This side street, with the Sovilaki bar at the entrance, now seems to be a vibrant new area to eat out at as it has 3 or more excellent tavernas on it.
We would recommend you try this street.

For the first few days of our stay, the town was very busy but later in our stay, it became a little less so.
But, compared to previous stays in early September, the town was much busier.
We think a lot of this was to do with people coming into town for the day on the beach and staying on in early evening to eat at the tavernas.
Still need to pre book at the most popular places to ensure that you get a table on the night you choose.

As to the mix of nationalities, there was no great predominance of any one kind.
This gives a much better "feel" to the town and is, in our view, how we would want to see the town during our stay.

The town itself has changed very littler but:
There has been additions/extensions/improvements made to quite a few places in the town.
Nothing major and nothing to intrusive or out of character.
We left with the feeling that the local people are now a bit more optimistic about their future and the future prospects of the town and are now prepared to spend time and money to start to improve/regenerate/update the town.
This we feel is good news for the town but also for us, as visitors to it.

Overall view of the 10 day stay ?
9 0ut of 10
Would have been 10 out of ten if Ryanair pilot had landed first time it Chania airport.

But we will be back next September, this time for an 11 day stay.

Plakias / Re: Back again
« on: September 18, 2017, 11:31:32 AM »
Just a very late update.
12 noon on our last day at Plakias this year.
Readout on Supermarket themomitor says 36 deg.
Due to be hotter still by mid afternoon.
2 cans of Mythos have not solved the problem, so now for the beach and the sea.


Plakias / Back again
« on: September 10, 2017, 11:34:42 AM »
Back for our regular Plakias fix.
Staying with George again at Creta Mare.
First day here but place seems little changed from previous years.
Very hot at32 deg and little to no wind.
Ate at Geo Ma last night and it was  first class, as usual.
Will eat with Sonya tonight.
THe town is very busy with a good mix of nationalities.
This we find a good thing.
Now for the beach.
And will assess the sunned hogging issue.
Will give a full report when we get back to UK.

Plakias / Building work ?
« on: December 23, 2016, 10:03:58 AM »
Been looking at the Plakias webcam over the last few days.

I may be my eyesight, but is there some building work being carried out at the back of Gio Ma Taverna ?

A big, black square building seems to be appearing ?

Plakias / Re: Maybe the last time?
« on: October 16, 2016, 09:38:28 PM »
This post and its sentiments resonate with Ruth and myself.
Each year we ask the same question:
Will this be our last visit to the old place?
It is and has been our favourite holiday destination since our children left home but:
We travel independently and with old Father Time starting to catch up with us, then the car journey brown to Plakias is becoming a major issue.
I now that we could use a taxi service but the convenience of having a car on call whist on holiday is a must for us.
And taxi transfers are not cheap.
One of our morning walks are now off limits
The walk to the Old Mill is no longer safe for those no longer sure of foot
The same goes for the path along the foot of the cliff,above the far end, and onto the tunnel thru the rock.Now not safe for us to use.
All resorts will change over the years and we feel that as long as they are not major changes, then so be it.
It is the Plakias people's village and it is up to them to change it as they think fit.
If we do not like/agree with those changes then we vote with our feet (and euros)
We are very,very undecided what to do next year.
Where do you find another beach and swimming as good as Plakias?
Where do you find another resort as friendly as Plakias ?
Where do you find another resort with the choice and quality of tavernas as Plakia ?
And and and and................

Maybe one more time?

Plakias / Re: September update
« on: September 26, 2016, 07:37:27 PM »
Now back home after our holiday in Plakias and, as promised,here are our thoughts on that holiday:

We flew Ryanair from Leeds Bradford to Chania and picked up a car from the airport.
No problems at all with the airline or the airport.
The drive down from Chania is, we find much better/easier than the drive from Hiraklion to Plakias.

Stayed for 11 days at Creta Mere with George and Joanna, as we have been doing for the past 10 years.

Creta Mere rooms are fairly basic but spotlessly clean and the view from the balcony is breathtaking.
Good breakfast and warm, friendly welcome as usual.
Also, free use of their sunbeds on the "on the rocks" beach area.

The weather for the first week was as good as we have ever known it in Plakias in September.
Some days up to 36 deg c and all days over 30 deg c.
Some wind but nothing to be a nuisance when on the beach.
Second week was a big change in the weather.
Much cooler, at about 28 deg c and much more wind.
On Friday and Saturday the wind was so strong as to make the beach out of bounds and we had almost storm force winds overnight on Friday.

Sea temperatures were ideal.
Warm and fairly calm, except for the last few days.

I note with interest the comment made on this site re sunbeds towards the far end.
I make no comment on those who pre book beds with early morning towels. (not us, by the way).
But what I will say is that on several days, there was so much pressure on the beds that it was difficult/impossible to get a bed.
Time to increase the number of beds available ?

The village was a busy during our first week as we have ever known it.
Very good mix of nationalities with no one country too much represented.
The last few days did change slightly, with a big influx of UK visitors.

As with sunbeds, getting a table in some restaurants could be troublesome.
To eat where you wanted to and when you wanted to required pre booking a table, sometimes a couple of days in advance.
But as is usual in Plakias, the choice of places to eat at is very good and it is rare to have a bad meal at anywhere you chose to eat.

As to my comment on Sirocco:
We did, at the end of our stay, re visit this Taverna.
To my mind, you pays your money and you takes your choice.
Our choice is that we will not be re using this Taverna for our evening meals.
This is a major disappointment to us, as we always ate there at least 3 time each holiday and that includes when Babis was there and also the people who took over Siroccos some 3 ? years ago.

Changes to the village:
Very few , in fact.
A few new tarmac roads can now be found in and about the place and these must be most welcome for those people who own accommodation on or close to them.
The road from Plakias on towards the new harbour has been much widened and improved.
The road past the re built tavernas which were fire damaged is now also significantly wider.
Does this now allow coaches to pass thru the village and onto the new harbour ?

New café next to the main bakery is now fully open.

New small bar open next to Geo Ma which we found excellent for mid afternoon drinks.

But not a lot else has changed.

All in all, one of the best holidays we have had in Plakias.

Each year we think that maybe this will be the last visit to the place.
But the next year we rebook for another "last time"
We will see what next year brings us.

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