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Where to go / Re: Triopetra beach
« on: July 22, 2016, 01:30:17 AM »
Triopetra is a lovely beach, has a great beach bar/ cafe and two good Tavernas. Swimming very good too. Catch it while it's still unspoilt, a huge all inclusive is planned to be built just behind the beach. You can drive down to Ligres beach first which has two excellent Tavernas and an old watermill. As you face the beach and to your right are a series of excellent beaches that you can walk as far as Agia Fotini. If you take road back up hill a bit you can drive all the way to Triopetra and the road runs behind the beach.

Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic rep saga
« on: July 10, 2016, 10:57:09 PM »
Dominick is a really nice chap. He told us that he found Plakias too quiet and felt lonely as the only Rep in the area and does not drive.
We took him out to dinner to a rural Taverna with fantastic food and regailed him with tales of Plakias and Crete in the Hippy days. So probably our fault.
Moving on to Kefalonia tomorrow. If he found Plakias quiet he may be in for a shock and Kefalonia has an extremely limited Bus service for getting about. Hopefully he will be in the more bucket and spade resorts of Lassi or Skala which are the busiest.
We really wish him the best, a lovely approachable and helpful Rep.

So on to Tom. Where was he before or is he new to Olympic?

Where to go / Re: Preveli beach
« on: July 07, 2016, 04:48:10 PM »
Take the usual road as far as the old bridge and Taverna Gefyra, go past the Taverna and follow the long bumpy track which has occasional useful signs saying preveli rooms and palm beach. Eventually after an interesting bouncy and dusty journey you will reach Drimiskiano ammoudi beach. Do not bother with Preveli Rooms, but try Dionysos Tavern instead ( try both if you like but I think you will prefer food, setting and friendliness).
There is a good path directly from the Taverna to Preveli beach and another from the large car park of Preveli Rooms. A much better way to walk to Preveli beach, not long and far better than the 400 plus steps down from the Preveli beach car park.
You can also rent a pedalo to make the journey from one beach to the other.
A few sunbeds and enjoyable swimming from Drimiskiano ammoudi beach.
There is also a good unpaved road along the coast from here to other beaches.
Good luck.
Website with photos of path and Taverna

Holiday Companies / Re: Last minute holiday
« on: June 17, 2016, 01:16:49 PM »
Wow!  Bargain.. Came up as £221 when I checked.
Someone grab it quickly.
Dora studios also £221 for same two weeks flying from Manchester.

Holiday Companies / Re: Greek Airports strike
« on: June 17, 2016, 01:10:23 PM »
 :-) good news everyone. I have just received an email from Olympic Holidays. "Strike has been suspended and airport operations will run smoothly next week. Kind regards. Ollie ".

Holiday Companies / Re: Greek Airline strike
« on: June 16, 2016, 02:06:56 PM »
Full list of Airports likely to be affected.
The mainland airports include Aktio (PVK), Kavala (KVA) and Thessaloniki (SKG), Greece’s second largest city. The other eleven airports are located on the Greek islands of Corfu/Kerkyra (CFU), Crete/Chania (CHQ), Kefalonia (EFL), Kos (KGS), Mitilini (MJT), Mykonos (JMK), Rhodes (RHO), Samos (KGS), Santorini (JTR), Skiathos (JSI) and Zakynthos (ZTH).

Holiday Companies / Re: Greek Airline strike
« on: June 16, 2016, 01:42:19 PM »
Further update.
The news is that the strike will hit regional Airports that handle International flights as well as Domestic.Anyone going to Plakias via Chania Airport expect delays and cancellations. it will be operated by emergency staff. Heraklion not expected to be affected because it is classed as a Major International Airport.
Who knows, it could yet be affected.
Latest from Reuters in this article.

Plakias / Heatwave due to arrive from 16th June
« on: June 14, 2016, 02:33:31 PM »
Some good news.Get the sunscreen ready and Icecubes in the freezer.
A heatwave is expected to arrive from the 16th of June and then climb into low or mid 40's centigrade.Those without air-conditioning, sleep in the pool.


Holiday Companies / Greek Airports strike
« on: June 14, 2016, 08:22:23 AM »
The Civil Aviation authority is to strike for five days from June 20th in response to changes in pensions and pay and changes to how regional airports operate.
This is supposed to not effect Internationall airports but other Unions may join strike action
In April this year a 24hr strike at Airports was joined by Air Traffic controllers union and Airports were closed and Aircraft grounded.
Greece’s Civil Aviation Services Federation announced it would go on a 5-day strike next week, starting Monday, June 20 till Friday, June 24.

Its employees are protesting about the passing in Greek Parliament recently of the omnibus bill, which among other prior actions includes the provision for the concession of the regional airports.

The strike is expected to cause disruptions in the flights schedules.

Tornos News
Original article

Plakias / Re: Parking for disabled
« on: June 12, 2016, 08:21:24 PM »
Ah yes you are a little outside Plakias and will need a vehicle.Not a bad position as you are close to the turning for Damnoni beach which has accessible Tavernas. There is a new tarmac road as you drive towards Plakias, a left turn down to Paligremnos, otherwise known as the "Far End".Lovely beach bar and Paligremnos Taverna and all on the flat.

Plakias / Re: Parking for disabled
« on: June 11, 2016, 08:33:47 AM »
One of our Forum members also has mobility problems and  a Plakias regular. I  am sure she will have some good tips. I have some further suggestions. Souda beach has two excellent tavernas both with good parking as does Damnoni beach with five tavernas. Mariou village has a great Taverna belonging to the Violakis family and a fantastic view and food. It also has its own car park. I recommend you eat here at least once on your holiday. I know the poor driver cannot have more than one drink but can always have a drink when back in Plakias. Where are you staying?  We can think of more solutions once we know.

Plakias / Re: I often wonder 1985,86,87
« on: May 25, 2016, 09:51:24 PM »
Very easy to add photos on the forum.. I use Imgur
Then just click on the Mona Lisa Icon on the message screen on the forum which gives img][img
Then paste the web address of the image uploaded to Imgur in the center of img]center[/img. Saves space on forum site. There must be a way of a smaller image size on Imgur. Images look fine on my Laptop and the large screen on my home PC...they do not scale well on mobile devices.

Plakias / News article about projects in Plakias area.
« on: May 25, 2016, 09:02:01 AM »
Sorry for awful translation. Looks like plans for new pavement on both sides of the road from the Alianthos to the start of Souda beach road. That will make tables and chairs outside Ostraco difficult.
You can read it here , sorry for using autotranslate, did not have time to do a proper job.

Wednesday 5.25.2016  8:50
In the final stage of the approval study utilizing the tourist area of ​​Plakias

In the final stage of the approval study utilizing the tourist area of ​​Plakias   
• Mild interventions in Lefkogeia, St. John and Plakias with cultural routes, markets with aesthetic and functional upgrades areas
05/24/2016 Hope Aristeidou

In the final stretch of the proceedings for the completion of the design dossier relating to the promotion of tourism of the Municipality of St. Basil zone through a strategic plan that includes the use of the comparative advantages of the region, which is none other than the natural beauty and wildlife beauty, which "marries" with openness, visibility and promotion of traditional products.
The relevant axis NSRF has not yet "open", but the Agios Vasileios undergoing approval, to be perfectly ready and claim the money needed for the project of the new financial NSRF tool.
These substantive interventions will concern three areas in which the visitor can wander, be entertained, enjoy the view, get in touch with nature and get to know the locals, to come into contact with them, but also to know and taste the local produce.
It is an ambitious schedule, which aims to highlight the beauty of the southern regions, however mild interventions which respect the environment, and will highlight the natural and cultural wealth of the region.
In the same study commissioned by the municipality to researcher Maria Kythreotou, including the tourist area of Plakias, in order to make it more functional, for the visitors and emerged with aesthetic interventions all along the coastline from the edge of Alianthos up and the road leading to Souda.
Specifically, the study, which cost 20,000 euros, has already been completed, and after getting approval from the relevant departments will be submitted to the Managing Authority, after opening the respective axes of the new ESPA, claiming funding of 2.5 about mil. Euro for the implementation of interventions.
According to the mayor, the scheme established is eligible based on their routes as they have become known so far. In particular, John Tatarakis , speaking on "P. N." reported: " The documentation of the study is in the process of final approval. What we need for the area of Plakias is a signature-approval of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities. While waiting for the declaratory act of the Region of Crete for the school of Lefkogia and we are ready to throw in the application for planning permission on at flea markets we plan to do in Lefkogia school.
As regards the forest of Saint John, we already have the approval of the program contract from the Forest and await final approval by the Region of Crete. We believe that we can ensure the NSRF money to move fast on this project, which we believe is of great importance for the region, as it will give a new boost to growth in the tourist area of ​​Plakias and entrepreneurs active in this, "enlivening" while the countryside of our municipality. "

What does the study
According to the study of the Touring route to the south, the first stop will be the forest of Saint John, which are designed to be mild interference with the consent of the Forest Service, so that it can be a excursionists visitors station and the locals, who will be able to dine there in specially designed spaces with seating and stone tables where there will be water and electricity supply. Meanwhile, in Lefkogeia provided based design, operate an outdoor exhibition with roofed pavilions, where you can engage local people and visitors to the area can enjoy a tour organized now in a place to experience the traditional local products to test them and if they wish to buy.
As regards the part of Plakias, the height of Alianthos until the exit Souda, created sidewalks on both sides of the road, while two plateaus will exist that will create small squares with tree planting for guests. Next to the pier there will be specially designated areas so guests can come into contact with water and the sea.

Projects underway in the southern municipality of the county
Meanwhile, in full swing is in the area of Plakias work asphalting, within the village, which according to the mayor will have completed the next ten days. The asphalting extend from the edge of Paligremo until the end of Sellianou Plakias, which is in the heart of the tourist area. The money comes from national resources. At the same time we completed the installation public lighting at the entrance of Agia Galini and the project implemented with 185,000 euros.
Meanwhile, in the coming days we signed the contract with the contractor for the construction of the stadium five-in Asomatos total budget of 95,000 euros, while the work on the field of Sellia proceed with installing carpet, fencing and lighting. The money amounts to 155,000 euros.

Pending the auctioning of legacies projects
Meanwhile, according to the mayor of St. Basil, a month and a half will be auctioned projects designed to Selia Municipality of St. Basil the use of legacies "Koufaki" and "Papadakis". As planned, will construct a new modern cultural center at the entrance, at the old school, which will take the name of two klirodoton as a sign of gratitude for their contribution.
This is an area of ​​440 square meters, which will be utilized for the benefit of children and youth of the village and will provide a cell culture, while can host a series of cultural and not just actions. Also, money from these legacies will be the emergence of the old village tap -a historical monument Sellion- beside which lies a tree 100 years. This is a point registered in the village, which once exploited and emerged could contribute decisively to the further development of the site by increasing traffic in the area.
It is noted that the studies for the implementation of these two projects funded by the parish of Saddles, because by law it is not possible to exploit the legacies of money for studies.
Recall that these are gifts of Peter Koufaki and Stratis Papadakis . Their desire was how that would arise from the sale of the property be given to the village and exploited in the best way possible for its inhabitants.
The budget for both projects amounts to 440,000 euros. " We have already sent the ministry a declaratory act for the school, which we received from the region and we expect the Government Gazette, which I believe will soon be published and I think next month we will be ready to go to auction," he said speaking in "P. N." the C. Tatarakis
Copyright 2016   Rethymnian News

Holiday Companies / Re: Les' replacement
« on: May 15, 2016, 10:27:08 PM »
Give Dominic a warm welcome and some useful tips and advice. The lad is saying he wants to quit as he is finding it tough going. Wants to be cabin crew instead.  Les s have a word will you :-)

Plakias / Little chapel on Plakias to Myrthios walk destroyed
« on: May 12, 2016, 09:45:36 AM »
Sad news.
The pretty little Chapel near the old mill on the Plakias to Myrthios walk has been destroyed by a rockfall sometime around early Spring.  So hope it is rebuilt but cannot replace what has been lost.
Photographs courtesy of Mary Stevenson.

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