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Plakias / Re: 'New' Creta Mare pictures
« Last post by Noggy on June 07, 2018, 10:05:12 AM »
Here's from inside the room. Very good soundproofed doors plus a net covered door.
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Plakias / 'New' Creta Mare pictures
« Last post by Noggy on June 07, 2018, 10:00:46 AM »
Here's a picture of the 'new' Creta Mare from the outside. Looks very good. Because of the forum restrictions I'll post one pic at a time. Sorry for the small size, only 128k max allowed.

There's still a problem with ants. The wife, being a Norwegian, freaked out and spent the first ten minutes hunting and killing them on the balcony. She then moved indoors and started moving furniture around. Found some near the balcony door so freaked out even more and continued her killing spree. She's gone home now leaving me and the ants in peace for two more weeks.
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PlakChat / Re: Thick Fog!
« Last post by Noggy on June 07, 2018, 08:34:11 AM »
When I got up this morning and looked out from the balcony thers was a fog bank from the left all the way to Souda. Couldn't see Gavdos. As I walked towards Souda it started coming in to land. Quite spectacular.  There were still lots of people Sunbathing on the beach (fogbathing?). By the time I got back to Creta Mare it was completely blanketed in Fog. Could still see the sun, though.
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PlakChat / Thick Fog!
« Last post by Colin & Sandra on June 07, 2018, 07:27:16 AM »
Anyone seen the webcam this morning, fog so thick you can't see the water, same in Sfakia.

Never seen it like that before

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Plakias / Re: first timers
« Last post by karen waugh on June 06, 2018, 10:13:31 PM »
Thanks Jackie, i think I could manage that, it sounds lovely !! I have previously been swimming in Makrigialos, Milatos, Panormos and Ligaria but they are all relatively sheltered xxx I'm just a big scaredy cat :) :)
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Plakias / Re: first timers
« Last post by karen waugh on June 06, 2018, 10:11:16 PM »
Wow Richard, thank you so much, I have printed out your reply , sorry for taking so long in thanking you all but I have been studying non stop for the past two weeks !!!! I am so looking forward to our visit, it sounds perfect. will definitely pack the binoculars now xx he will be away hiking for hours !!!
Thanks again,
Karen xx
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Plakias / Re: first timers
« Last post by Richard on May 30, 2018, 09:41:45 PM »
Thank you Yvonne, you are kind - although I could ramble on for the rest of the week about Plakias, in text or verbally! So many good walks as well as the beaches,

Maybe some of us could consider updating things? With Plakias having gone down from four travel agents to one, for people travelling from the UK, I'd hate to see it forgotten. Not presuming to fill Lance's shoes, but perhaps something for more recent visitors?

Anyhow, just a thought, don't mean to be intrusive.

Richard
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Plakias / Re: first timers
« Last post by Yvonne on May 28, 2018, 12:14:44 PM »
What a good, comprehensive read. Fab information not just for newbies, but us oldies, too. We first found Plakias in 1992, and although we missed a few years, made it up by having twice yearly visits occasionally.
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Plakias / Re: first timers
« Last post by Richard on May 28, 2018, 10:37:03 AM »
I've just arrived home from my 20th trip to Plakias, so I'm a bit of a 'newbie' compared to some people on here. I was taken to Plakias by mistake in 1994, a mistake which turned out to be one of the happiest of my life. I did a quick calculation on the way home and it seems that I've spent almost 8 months in Plakias on hols.

I think you will love the place. For your OH, one or two hour-ish walks include :

- Souda Bay (follow the coast road to the west)
- the old mill and then on to Myrthios, a lovely village with an old outdoor laundry and great views across the bay
- Sellia, lovely village to the NW of Plakias 

Longer walks include :

- the old monastery above Souda Bay, whose renovation has come in fits and starts for about ten years but now being renovated fully, as far as I could see (although spoils the character a bit, to my mind at least)

- the chapel on the peak of the hill to the east of Plakias, above the village gf Lefkogeia; two ways there, either the road, which is not all that pleasant, or following the irrigation channel, which you can pick-up on the road to Myrthios (head east out of Plakias and turn left at the junction as you leave), the road back, or a longer coastal route.

Lance Chilton (sadly no longer with us) wrote an excellent pamphlet with a number of local walks - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Walks-Plakias-Southern-Crete-Chilton/dp/1905333080

Not sure that it's still available, but I've found it really helpful. Bought my copy at the supermarket on the seafront, next to 'Morpheas' apartments. I'd make a copy for you but I suspect that copyright means that I can't.

Imbros and Samaria gorges are stunning but these are full day activities. Kourtaliotiko Gorge is much closer - you will likely drive through it fifteen-twenty minutes before arriving in Plakias - and is very impressive. Despite having travelled through it dozens of times, I only actually stopped a couple of years ago and walked to the bottom, from the parking space by the road. I was able to see Lammergeirs, umpteen sorts of raptors and a whole load of pigeons that wisely stayed put in the trees at the base! I have seen a Golden Eagle in this gorge, truly magnificent.

If archaeology is your thing, then Agia Triada, Gortina and Festos are relatively close-by and well worth a visit.

And if you just fancy a quick snorkel then don't overlook the small beach beneath the Creta Mare hotel, a surprising variety of fish can be found around the three rocks at the western end, about fifty-hundred yards out.

As far as food goes, it's pretty good everywhere. I have my favourites, which you can find in my other posts. The only thing that I dislike, and a relatively recent thing, is the staff from two of the tavernas on the beach side of the seafront road that hassle you as you walk past in an attempt to draw you in. From experience of at least one of them, once you are in you almost cease to exist as far as customer service goes. I won't name them, but they are very close indeed to Gorgona, which is excellent, gives me and my wife a warm welcome each year we return, and doesn't need to try and drag customers in.  Only caveat her is beware of Gorgona's portion sizes! Some starters can easily pass as a main meal.

Anyway, ramble over, sorry for being so long-winded, and I hope you enjoy your stay in Plakias.
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Plakias / Health Centre Plakias
« Last post by Dave&Les on May 28, 2018, 06:52:26 AM »
We understand that a Health Centre is being set up in Plakias. Things are in place &  they are just waiting for the arrival of the Doctors.
It is in the building in the area of the old council offices which is opposite the Apollo which is further up from the 'Cozy back Yard'
If we get anymore information we will post it.

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