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Plakias / Re: Back again
« Last post by Daniel 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.
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Plakias / Re: Back again
« Last post by Daniel 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.
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PlakChat / Re: Souda now not nudist?
« Last post by shinaria on September 18, 2017, 02:34:05 PM »
I tried to reach it last year, but i must have missed the right road ...
https://www.google.de/maps/place/Plakias+740+60,+Griechenland/@35.1894254,24.3600368,690m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x149b6eebb74c861d:0x91eac5943e3eb9ec!8m2!3d35.1891194!4d24.3975684?dcr=0
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Plakias / Re: Back again
« Last post by Daniel 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.

Yamas.
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PlakChat / Re: Souda now not nudist?
« Last post by jerichrome on September 18, 2017, 07:33:18 AM »
Kalloni is right, the first beach is rather large, second is a lot smaller but has less wind and waves. ideal for snorkeling.
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PlakChat / Re: Souda now not nudist?
« Last post by kalloni on September 17, 2017, 06:05:13 PM »
I think that jerichrome means from the beach road take the turning by the Delfini taverna heading to Selia, then take the first left & follow it round to the left until you are above the end of Souda beach, keep on this road following the coast and you can drop down to two beaches, the second one is on google maps as Stavri beach.
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PlakChat / Re: Souda now not nudist?
« Last post by mickydripping on September 16, 2017, 09:28:24 AM »
Sorry, I'm struggling to follow your route....perhaps it might help me if you used NS<EW ? please
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PlakChat / Re: Souda now not nudist?
« Last post by jerichrome on September 15, 2017, 08:30:59 PM »
In august, souda and most of the beaches that are visited by the Greeks, are nudist unfriendly, if you take the road uphill in the middle of souda and take the right to stay at the side off the hill you reach two remote beaches. The second one is Varsi beach. It has a cave so you have shelter. Next to it there is a private beach where there is a sweetwater shower. We spend the day nude for 4 times in august. 2  Days we had company from a couple (also nude)wich was camping at the cave.
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PlakChat / Re: Souda now not nudist?
« Last post by Colin & Sandra on September 15, 2017, 06:51:48 AM »
That's good news, back again on Tuesday and if the towel wars are still on, or the wind kicks up, that's our first alternative destination
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PlakChat / Re: Souda now not nudist?
« Last post by thrillers on September 14, 2017, 07:57:13 AM »
Can confirm that Souda IS NUDIST despite the signs. All of the eastern end and some of the middle section. Over 70 people at a rough count and no hassle. Guess its wise to avoid the 'high season' like other posts suggest
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