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Where to stay / Re: Apollo Philoxenia
« on: November 29, 2018, 11:28:27 AM »
Please remember it's not necessary to take a taxi. The local bus service takes a bit longer but costs a lot less and is an enjoyable experience.

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2019
« on: October 31, 2018, 03:09:56 PM »
Regarding transfers, what's wrong with the bus? Cheap and reliable.
And as for luggage - it's a beach holiday! What is there to take other than a carry-on case?

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Plakias / Re: Wind and Plakias
« on: July 06, 2018, 01:15:43 PM »
Yes. Regrettably the wind can be so strong that you cannot use the beach. It doesnít happen all the time and is unpredictable. However, you will enjoy all the other days very much and will forget those few days of very strong wind if you are unlucky and get them. I hope you have a fabulous time in Plakias. Thatís why so many people keep returning there every year.

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Plakias / Re: Paleochora v Plakias
« on: June 20, 2018, 10:01:12 AM »
I too split my holidays between Paleorchora and Plakias and disagree with the two previous posts about Paleochora.
I'm not saying that one place is better than the other but in my opinion Paleochora town has a degree of traditional charm which Plakias does not. There are several very good places to eat and the town beach is a kilometre of beautiful sand, never overcrowded (if you're prepared to walk along a bit) and not scruffy like that at Plakias. I agree that there is more choice of nearby beaches at Plakias but I never want more than the town beach at Paleochora. There's no need for a car as there are really few places to go once you're there. Just take the bus from Chania and stay put.
We always take the ferry from Paleochora to Skafia and then a taxi to Plakias. The ferry voyage is magnificent.
I look forward to many more stays in both places as I love them equally.

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Plakias / Re: Fight at the Sunbed corral
« on: November 03, 2017, 10:49:36 AM »
Yes. Sorry - I know this is a forum for Plakias but I too like Paleochora very much. As previously stated, it appeals to the same types as does Plakias. There are fewer British and more Scandinavians.  The beach is lovely - far end is the same as Plakias - and the town has much more character than Plakias. It's easy to get to by local bus from Chania as long as flight times coincide reasonably. Plenty of accommodation available on Booking.com.
I usually do both on the same trip - 10 to 14 days in each - and take the ferry from Paleochora to Chora Skafion and then taxi to Plakias. The ferry trip is spectacular.
However, having been to both several times my partner and I just cannot state that we prefer one over the other. But I think our main attraction to Plakias is Amoudaki beach so if you don't use Amoudaki I think you may prefer Paleochora.

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Holiday Companies / Re: Transfer from Plakias to Heraklion
« on: November 03, 2017, 10:36:56 AM »
I visit Plakias (and Paleochora) every year and take the public bus services both ways every time. It's efficient, comfortable, reliable and cheap.

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Plakias / Re: The Beach
« on: April 28, 2017, 10:41:56 AM »
Ten days in Paleochora from 1st July, then the fabulous ferry trip to Skafia and on to 10 days in Plakias. Always stay in both because I can't decide which I like the best.

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PlakChat / Re: All quiet on the...?
« on: November 14, 2015, 04:52:16 PM »
I missed out on a my usual visit to Plakias this year. Was Giorgos at Gorgona?

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic/Germania cancelled flight(s)
« on: August 27, 2015, 09:32:32 PM »
Why not try going independently Mike?
I've been to Plakias a dozen times over the past six years and never travelled with Olympic.

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Holiday Companies / Re: Travel companies
« on: June 01, 2015, 08:13:22 PM »
I always travel independently using easyJet, from Gatwick to either Chania or Heraklion, and the local buses to get to Plakias. It's easy but you need to choose your flight times to fit in with the buses. Many of the accommodations in Plakias are now available on Booking.com making the reservations very easy and, allegedly, at the best prices.

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Where to go / Re: Food For Thought
« on: November 11, 2014, 05:16:53 PM »
Hear! Hear!
I've always thought that it's the distance from the airports which means only dedicated Greco files can be bothered to travel to Plakias and other south coast towns. And, there's not enough potential on the south coast to warrant an airport (we hope).

Having said this I'm surprised just how many people do make the journey.

It's just as well tourists don't have to pass through Plakias to reach their accommodation on the north coast, like we travel along the north coast first. Just think of all those people thinking "Oh, I wish we were staying here" instead of "Thank God we're going on to Plakias and not staying here!!".

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PlakChat / Re: Sunbed Guy (sorry - didn't get his name)
« on: October 19, 2014, 08:30:06 AM »
His name is Apostolis. This was his third season.
Not only does he keep the beach immaculate (note the planting around the showers) he is a thoroughly charming man.
The beach has improved 1000%.
I hope Apostolis keeps the concession next year.

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Tests / Re: argo bakery
« on: October 19, 2014, 08:20:19 AM »
He he now closed Candia for the season but you will presumably be able to contact him through the bakery.

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Plakias / Re: Has Amoudaki beach fallen to non-naturists?
« on: August 22, 2014, 08:48:17 AM »
It was because it was August. There are a lot of Greeks and they tend not to strip off. Go in September and you'll notice things back to normal.

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Plakias / Re: Plakias season
« on: August 22, 2014, 08:46:43 AM »
The weather in October is usually very good.
But being October, you do take a chance of some rain.
I was there for 14 days last year Oct 6 - 20. We had one half day of cloud, one half day of strong wind and 12 perfect days. The year before during the same period we had two days of heavy rain and the rest perfect. Of course, we could be unlucky this year and get lots of wet days but that's October.
Also remember, the days are shorter and nights can be quite chilly.
Overall though October should be good. I'll be there again this year.

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