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Title: Other resorts
Post by: Butties on August 08, 2004, 05:01:12 PM
Now I know that to some the very idea of staying anywhere other than Plakias may be considered grounds for expulsion, but....

Now that Butties minor have almost flown the nest the much loved one and myself may be in the decadent position of being able to have two holidays in 2005. Both are likely to be in Crete and one will be in Plakias, but we are also looking to try new pastures.

One place that has caught my eye as a potential starter is Myrtos near Lerapetra. The Rough Guide to Crete; a publication I have found never to be shy in coming forward, calls it a 'charming unexpected pleasure, kept as clean as a whistle by its proud residents', praise indeed.

Members of this forum have been going to Crete for a long time and have a wealth of experience of what we all know is a wonderful Island.  
I wonder, is there anyone out there who has experiences of Myrtos, good or bad that they would be prepared to share?

Butties, Mark.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Greecemad on August 08, 2004, 08:29:21 PM
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Now I know that to some the very idea of staying anywhere other than Plakias may be considered grounds for expulsion, but....

Now that Butties minor have almost flown the nest the much loved one and myself may be in the decadent position of being able to have two holidays in 2005. Both are likely to be in Crete and one will be in Plakias, but we are also looking to try new pastures.

One place that has caught my eye as a potential starter is Myrtos near Lerapetra. The Rough Guide to Crete; a publication I have found never to be shy in coming forward, calls it a 'charming unexpected pleasure, kept as clean as a whistle by its proud residents', praise indeed.

Members of this forum have been going to Crete for a long time and have a wealth of experience of what we all know is a wonderful Island. 
I wonder, is there anyone out there who has experiences of Myrtos, good or bad that they would be prepared to share?

Butties, Mark.
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Mark,

I had the misfortune to spend one night in Myrtos a few years ago whilst doing a car tour of part of Crete, and I wouldn't go back again. I didn't think it was much of a resort - the buildings were old (without being interesting), shabby and dusty and the beach wasn't very good. There was nowhere were you could bare all either. I don't remember many tavernas and there certainly wasn't anything in the way of lively bars (like Ostraco).

There is nowhere else like Plakias, but I have seen quite a bit of Crete. What exactly do you like about Plakias? Paleochora or Matala may be places that you might like to think about.

Greecemad.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: John R on August 08, 2004, 11:35:40 PM
We did a car trip to Myrtos with a view to perhaps staying there if Plakias was unavailable (some tour companies go there quite cheaply). We were not over impressed. If Plakias did not exist then maybe ok but it did not compare well and I would not swap it even for a change of scenery.

John R
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on August 09, 2004, 01:13:37 PM
One thing that we all have in common is that we like Plakias and therefore other similar resorts suitable for twenty to seventy plus somethings, with a good beach and tavernas, laid back Greek atmosphere, with excellent scenery and walks would fit the bill. Oh, and no lager louts.

Resorts that fit into this description that I know of are not on Crete. I have virtually decided to restrict myself to them (and Plakias of course) rather than look for somewhere new, risking disappointment (the last exception to this is my autumn 2004 holiday to Vassilikos, Zakynthos).

The list is (in no particular order), Petra (Lesvos), Scala (Kefalonia), Kambos (Samos), Tingaki (Kos), and Agios Georgious (also known as St. George South) (Corfu). But for the poor beaches I would include Haraki (Rhodes), Kalives (Crete) and Paralio Astros (Peloponnese). Matala (Crete) sounds good but I have never been there.

If anyone would like to know more I would be happy to help, but as this is a Plakias forum it might be more appropriate to contact me via my E-Mail address which I think will be displayed if you click on "Mike G".

I would add that I always (ever since the family has been grown up anyway) holiday in May and Sept/Oct so I cannot vouch that all of the places mentioned are quiet in high season (is Plakias?).
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Butties on August 09, 2004, 07:07:54 PM
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One thing that we all have in common is that we like Plakias and therefore other similar resorts suitable for twenty to seventy plus somethings, with a good beach and tavernas, laid back Greek atmosphere, with excellent scenery and walks would fit the bill. Oh, and no lager louts.

Resorts that fit into this description that I know of are not on Crete. I have virtually decided to restrict myself to them (and Plakias of course) rather than look for somewhere new, risking disappointment (the last exception to this is my autumn 2004 holiday to Vassilikos, Zakynthos).

The list is (in no particular order), Petra (Lesvos), Scala (Kefalonia), Kambos (Samos), Tingaki (Kos), and Agios Georgious (also known as St. George South) (Corfu). But for the poor beaches I would include Haraki (Rhodes), Kalives (Crete) and Paralio Astros (Peloponnese). Matala (Crete) sounds good but I have never been there.

If anyone would like to know more I would be happy to help, but as this is a Plakias forum it might be more appropriate to contact me via my E-Mail address which I think will be displayed if you click on "Mike G".

I would add that I always (ever since the family has been grown up anyway) holiday in May and Sept/Oct so I cannot vouch that all of the places mentioned are quiet in high season (is Plakias?).
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Thank you all for the responses, there is no substitute for first hand experience. It will keep me busy. Interested to see Kambos ( Samos) on your list Mike as I have considered it as an option but like you say, the risk of holiday disappointment is always present if you have no first hand experience.

Thanks all, Butties, Mark.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: ostraco on August 10, 2004, 01:27:19 AM
I used to get around the islands a lot - then I found Plakias!
Since that time, I've been to Thassos and Kefalonia, and enjoyed both.
Other places I loved were Paros - near Mykanos (which I hated) and Molyvos on Lesvos.
I didn't like Ios much, but Santorini was good, if a little expensive.
Lots of nice places on Corfu - but don't stay in Kavos, although it's worth spending an evening there.
Halkathiki was great, but very quiet.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Graham_and_Karen on August 10, 2004, 06:49:08 AM
We've not explored as many places as some of you but one place we've been to twice is Pefkos on Rhodes, near to Lindos. Quiet and compact and close to the Lindos which looks a picture at night.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on August 10, 2004, 03:14:20 PM
I agree with Ostraco re. Paros and Mykonos. I had a good holiday in Paros (Logaros/Pisso Livadi) in Oct 2000 as a single traveller. However, of the 14 day holiday only 11 were spent on Paros, owing to transfer delays from Mykonos caused by rough seas (2 days) and an early return for the same reason (1 day). This meant 3 nights in a Mykonos hotel and 2 evening meals at Manos' expense. Mykonos is frequented by a certain type of male (I'm not prejudiced but am of the opposite persuasion) and the island is really expensive.

Not surprisingly Paros disappeared from Manos holidays soon after, as they must have made significant losses. Now that's an understandable reason for pulling out (First Choice please note!).

Pity, as I thoroughly enjoyed Paros and hope to return if they ever build an international airport.

Mike
Title: Other resorts
Post by: hopper on August 18, 2004, 09:54:04 AM
I found Karpathos an interesting island. That was a while ago so. Beautifully green, ideal for hiking.
cheers Hopper
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on August 18, 2004, 03:53:54 PM
Hello Hopper,

Do any tour operators go to Karpathos? I don't recall having seen it in any brochures. It must be the largest island off the main tourist trail (Evia excepted). On those grounds it sounds good. Does it have an international airport? Based on its location the weather ought to be as reliable as it gets in Greece.

Mike
Title: Other resorts
Post by: hopper on August 20, 2004, 06:56:12 AM
Hi Mike,
I can't tell you that. I went to Karpathos in 1978 on the way back from Turkey to Krete. The ferry used to go from Agia Nicholaos  via a little island (tiny, which I don't know the name off, but would be worthwhile checking out) to Karpathos,  on to Rhodes. From Rhodes there is a ferry to Marmeris in Turkey. I would not think that Karpathos has an international airport. It's very hilly, imagine it would be hard to fit one. I imagine there would be small planes and ferries from Athens as well. I just googled and there seems to be plenty of information in Google.
Hope that helps, but do go, its a beautiful island.
cheers Hopper
Title: Other resorts
Post by: LoukaFran on August 21, 2004, 10:19:45 AM
We stayed in Karpathos a few years ago.

Via Rhodes we flew to Karpathos on a regular flight.

I must say it was a great shock coming of a big airplane and changing to a small plane with I think only about 15 chairs.

Not being a hero, to be honest I was wandering if I wanted to fly in this shoebox !

The flight was terrific.

It was like sitting in a small bus, everyone talking to eachother, especialy the Greek people going home or to their work on the island.

The plane flew very low so that you had a tremendous vieuw of the sea and islands.

We were told that only small planes flew to the island because of the strong winds.

The airport is on a tip of the island and is very windy. (We almost blew out of our clothes on arrival !)

You can go by boat too but it takes very long.

We went back to Rhodes by the night boat hoping to have a short cruise.. only to find that the boat stops at every harbour and that it was dark very soon so that you did not see much.

We can't say we slept much as we sat in chairs amongst (loud) snoring passengers who had already been on the boat for hours stopping at other islands.

It certainly was a special experience !
Title: Other resorts
Post by: fraoula on August 24, 2004, 02:25:52 PM
tried to add picture of karpathos but quality not very good.

Has anyone ever been to Gavdos?
Title: Other resorts
Post by: hopper on August 25, 2004, 08:29:25 AM
Hi Fraoula
Yes I have, once again last in 1978. At that time, there was no power in Gavdos, certainly an experience. Warm beer only. It was a very beautiful island, we walked across it, which did not take long.
I think we took a little boat from chora sphakion. Met a swiss couple who had lived  there for months in a mud-building.
Nice time, but it was also great to come back to fridges and cool beer. Very friendly Greek people lived there.
As far as I remember, there were some nice beaches and good snorkeling.
It would be interesting to see it now. If you go there, let me know what it's like now.
cheers Hopper
Title: Other resorts
Post by: fraoula on August 25, 2004, 09:01:03 AM
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Hi Fraoula
Yes I have, once again last in 1978. At that time, there was no power in Gavdos, certainly an experience. Warm beer only. It was a very beautiful island, we walked across it, which did not take long.
I think we took a little boat from chora sphakion. Met a swiss couple who had lived  there for months in a mud-building.
Nice time, but it was also great to come back to fridges and cool beer. Very friendly Greek people lived there.
As far as I remember, there were some nice beaches and good snorkeling.
It would be interesting to see it now. If you go there, let me know what it's like now.
cheers Hopper
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thanks Hopper for the feedback, yes was looking at Gavdos for a day trip next year- my hubbie's really into snorkeling so that's good to hear! I presume they have power now!? But like I say it would only be a day trip anyway.I Will let you know how they keep the beers cool!!!
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on August 25, 2004, 02:28:36 PM
I think there are many other places worth visiting on crete and on other islands

On crete :- Paleohora and Matala being very 'plakias' like but all towns in between are worthy of a visit if not a stay. Sougia, Loutro Sphakia, all wonderful places

our other favourite island ( which we seem to visit every other year) is Thassos, no airport on the island so you fly into kavalla and ferry over. We then go down to the SW coast, Liminaria, pefkari and potos area. beautiful and as yet mostly undiscovered  (don't tell anyone else!   )
Title: Other resorts
Post by: compage on August 25, 2004, 06:28:41 PM
I'm surprised no-one has yet mentioned Paxos.  Did I miss it?
Title: Other resorts
Post by: ostraco on August 25, 2004, 11:43:25 PM
I loved Thassos - I believe the name means forrest, and that's certainly appropriate, as it's well wooded, with a lovely coastline.
Had a great holiday there - abiding memories are seeing whales playing just off the shoreline - and the minor earthquake which happened as I was sat on the loo!

Paxos? - NOw there's another one to add to the list!
Title: Other resorts
Post by: eejit on August 26, 2004, 12:15:22 AM
Dont know what you other's think but me and the better 'alf liked Antiparos a lot; dare say a bit more than Plakias back about 1991-5.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on August 26, 2004, 01:06:26 PM
Both Thassos and Paxos sound interesting.

Being to the west and north of Greece respectively, I wonder how reliable the weather is in May and October? I know it can rain in places like Corfu and Halkidiki in July/August (have experienced both), whereas rain would be extremely rare in Crete/Rhodes, etc at that time. That said I had perfect weather in Kefalonia in October 2001. For those who want a clothes optional beach without a long walk or a ride (i.e. like Plakias) Scala on Kefalonia fits the bill in that way and is good for eating and walking as well.

Mike
Title: Other resorts
Post by: compage on August 27, 2004, 08:28:55 AM
We were in Thassos in early June 1995 and got caught out in the mother and father of a rain storm one day.  But the rest of the fortnight was fine.  It is a beautiful green island with some very good beaches (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).  We stayed in Thassos town and travelled about 30 minutes each way to a beach down the East coast on a wonderful corniche.

The Ionian islands such as Corfu, Kefalonia and Paxos have been good for weather in June and September when we've been there.  The odd rain storm in September is possible but they generally don't last long and provide a welcome change.

I wouldn't have said that rain in Crete or Rhodes was extremely rare in May or October.  After all, we had a very wet day around Plakias last September 12th.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on August 27, 2004, 09:09:16 AM
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and the minor earthquake which happened as I was sat on the loo!

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we've all been there! :'(
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Ploppy on August 27, 2004, 09:21:21 AM
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and the minor earthquake which happened as I was sat on the loo!

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we've all been there! :'(
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Thanks harribobs, bought a smile to my face on a dreary Friday morning!
Title: Other resorts
Post by: ostraco on August 27, 2004, 06:10:30 PM
I wasn't smiling when it happened!
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Susan K on August 27, 2004, 08:22:21 PM
Now that's funny John, I can just picture it!  
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on August 28, 2004, 06:12:22 PM
it doesn't happen that often thank god.....

at first i thought the bottom had fallen out of my world

but it seemed it was the world that had fallen out of .......



roll on tuesday
Title: Other resorts
Post by: compage on August 29, 2004, 04:02:52 PM
Ha ha!  Good one Haribobs!  
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on August 31, 2004, 02:01:49 PM
Hello Compage,

You misunderstood my message. I meant that rain is very rare in Crete/Rhodes etc in July and August. It certainly isn't in May and October although I still believe that they are the most reliable parts of Greece for weather early and late. Thanks for the info about Thassos. What resorts did you stay at?

There was an earlier comment about the temperature of the sea in May. Admittedly it is cooler than September, but I still find it pleasant enough to stay in a while. I guess it's down to personal preference. I find May air temperatures very comaparable to October's.

Mike
Title: Other resorts
Post by: fraoula on August 31, 2004, 02:36:20 PM
As the subject has turned to weather, can anyone tell me if the meltemi winds have had any kind of regular pattern these past few years? I know they can hit at any time but I always remember the winds striking beg. july. (probably just been a bit lucky in the past ) It didn't really bother me until I was screamed at on the rocky beach one day,winds blowing a'merrily,by a petrified looking french woman who pointed out I was just about to be sliced in half by a beach umbrella  :'( (without the pole) those things are leathal! it must 'av been spinning towards us at 30mph(no joke) good job I moved when I did, it broke the sunbed I was lying on........    well if anyone can put my mind at rest  .........(just lie
please  !?)





Don't worry it still doesn't put me off  !!!
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Yvonne on August 31, 2004, 05:45:24 PM
The winds are suppposed to be at their worst in July/August, but we have rarely been without some windy/very windy days in the months we have been, namely May June and September.  As you see, they don't put us off either!!
Yvonne
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on September 01, 2004, 01:37:31 PM
As I understand it the meltemi is a summer wind from the north caused by low pressure over Asia Minor generating an anti-clockwise flow down the Aegean. This means that islands around Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, etc are less affected than Crete. As it is a northerly wind, imagine what it must be like on Crete's north coast! That said, the local gorges around Plakias probably have a funnelling effect.

In May and October, when I holiday, it can still be extremely windy at times but it iis from various directions. Wind can temper the heat in high summer but is less welcome early and late.

Putting "meltemi and wind" into Google produces a host of hits.

meltemi (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=meltemi+%26+wind&btnG=Search)

Mike
Title: Other resorts
Post by: John R on September 01, 2004, 04:32:03 PM
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As it is a northerly wind, imagine what it must be like on Crete's north coast! That said, the local gorges around Plakias probably have a funnelling effect.

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It is indeed the funnelling effect of the gorges and the drop down from the hills behind Plakias (UK North Pennines Helm wind effect) that causes the meltemi to be unusually extreme at Plakias. When very bad at Plakias we often travel by car not very far North, east or west away from Plakias and the wind is often almost not noticable away from this area. It is often very quiet on the North coast when bad at Plakias.

Don't be put off though.

John R
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Noopsy on September 03, 2004, 12:27:26 PM
Our man on the spot reports:

STOP PRESS

On Thursday, 2nd September a fierce wind sprang up - locally known as the "meltemi" - and proceeded to move the beach from west to east.  The wind continued with this (eventually) desireable task throughout the night and into the following day.  Local authorities were, at the time of writing, unavailable for comment.

Noopsy 500, Ostraco Bar, Plakias, 3 September, 2004
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on September 23, 2004, 03:03:14 PM
we got back from crete last week and we 13/14 days of strong to gale force winds

we were mainly in the east of the island, the one still day was at matala, but the wind was even stroger the next day

there was a close call when a large restaurant umbrella came loose and the steel pole came crashing through the canvas roof of the place we were eating :'(
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Graham_and_Karen on September 23, 2004, 04:53:00 PM
Comforting to know it wasn't just Plakias that was windy
Title: Other resorts
Post by: compage on September 23, 2004, 05:22:00 PM
Plakias?  Windy?

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Title: Other resorts
Post by: Ploppy on September 23, 2004, 05:24:05 PM
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Plakias?  Windy?


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Very good John, very good!
Title: Other resorts
Post by: compage on September 23, 2004, 05:25:29 PM
Thanks Paul.  There's more to come like that!
Title: Other resorts
Post by: wakefossil on September 30, 2004, 04:33:42 PM
Almost all places I've been to have been mentioned earlier in this thread, except Naxos.
Been there in '94. Really nice (and not too small (like Santorini)).
The occasional power failure gives you a nice view of the stars (and I don't mean the stars that appear when you run into a wall because of the darkness).
Only setback: This one lacks an airport where jets can land. So you can only go there with a turboprop or via Santorini.

But still: nothing compares to Plakias.

Cheers,
Andy
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on October 28, 2004, 01:08:20 PM
If anyone wants a really rural resort with several beaches (best was Gerakas; clothes optional at one end), they could do worse than consider Vasilikos, Zakynthos. If you're interested, my report on Holidays Uncovered should appear next week. See Vasilikos report (http://www.holidays-uncovered.co.uk/frames.htm). It's much smaller and quieter than Plakias though, which might not please some.  15 superb days of weather out of 20 in the first three weeks of October.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on April 25, 2005, 09:15:26 AM
I thought Id bring this thread back up, on re-reading it, I'm not sure anyone really answered the butties original question about Ierapetra,

We did briefly visit there last September and was very disappointed with it, too big (it's a city I know) too noisy (see above) and to be quite honest we found very little there to endear it to us
Title: Other resorts
Post by: wakefossil on April 25, 2005, 08:01:56 PM
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I thought Id bring this thread back up, on re-reading it, I'm not sure anyone really answered the butties original question about Ierapetra,
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The original question was about Myrtos, and Greecemad, John R and Mike G did answer it.
I'm going to Ierapetra in 4 weeks, and I'll post a brief review on Ierapetra and it's surroundings if there's still interest in this topic.

Andy
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on April 26, 2005, 11:07:06 AM
The original question was about other good Greek resorts for the sort of folk who like Plakias, for which Mark Buttie suggested Ierapetra (starting with an "i" not an "L" and pronounced air/rap/etra, with the emphasis on the 2nd syllable- or at least that was how a bus driver pronounced it when I was last there).

Not sure I leant much except that Matala seems a "possible", Georgiopoulis a "risky" and have learned elsewhere that for those who prefer the clothes optional beaches, Skala (Kefalonia) is now a "no go". I gathered that many local tradespeople are upset by this beach ban as it has affected bookings markedly. A lesson here to resorts to provide what their regular punters want!

Mike
Title: Other resorts
Post by: George on April 26, 2005, 01:57:51 PM
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Both are likely to be in Crete and one will be in Plakias, but we are also looking to try new pastures.


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Not sure I leant much except that Matala seems a "possible", Georgiopoulis a "risky"

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Totally agree with Mike, Matala is a good bet, Georgiopoulis is is my opinion a definate risky, I found it 'grubby' and too busy.
I am hoping to do a bit more exploring this September along the NW coast from Rethymnon. If I find anything worth mentioning as an (what am I saying!!!) alternative to Plakias, I'll get back to you.

An alternative Island?? Try Samos Butties, I stayed in Pythogoria, lovely place and very comfortable atmosphere, but the beaches are C***, except for 'Tsamadou', my inlaws in Totland Bay IOW will vouch, they named their house after it.
george g...
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on April 26, 2005, 06:59:30 PM
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I'm going to Ierapetra in 4 weeks, and I'll post a brief review on Ierapetra and it's surroundings if there's still interest in this topic.

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if you're expecting Ierapetra to be anything like plakias you'll be disappointed  
Title: Other resorts
Post by: wakefossil on April 26, 2005, 10:41:45 PM
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Expecting anything comparable to Plakias would set the standard quite high for a start...  
But I'll rent a bike and explore the surroundings (trip to Lassithi on gravel tracks planned), so I 'm quite confident to find some sweet spots nearby. I did the same in Chania, and it worked well.
I'll update you on this when I get back.

The second half of my holiday will be spent in Plakias though. And if I find Ierapetra really bad, I'll just go to Plakias earlier.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on April 27, 2005, 10:57:50 AM
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But I'll rent a bike and explore the surroundings (trip to Lassithi on gravel tracks planned), so I 'm quite confident to find some sweet spots nearby. I did the same in Chania, and it worked well.
I'll update you on this when I get back.

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of course! you'll be quite close to Lassithi, on our walks (last sept) we were up in the hills above Ierapetra, the amount of greenhouses around it are unbelievable

we've never been around lassithi before then, but found it to be a great place
Title: Other resorts
Post by: fraoula on May 20, 2005, 05:18:55 PM
 Sfakia,
Most of you will know that it's located further up the coast (towards the Samaria gorge) is looking to be a possible holiday dest. for us. A pretty little village, still I would say very traditional. Accomodation is fairly basic- but how much time are you going to be in it!? Tavernas dotted about serving traditional greek and local dishes,lots of Greek charm and hospitality, there's not really a main beach but there is a marina and plenty of coves to choose from. And the scenery is, well breath taking ( as is Crete in itself! ). Well sounds good to me!
And although you really have to book it all independantly, you will get a good price for the accom. ( We've already priced it up  )


Patmos,
Has anyone ever had the pleasure of visiting this Greek Isle? The other 'alf(Daskaloyannis) is insistent that we visit as it is where John wrote the book of Revelations. We looked  at some pictures on the web and we couldn't quite put our finger on it but it looks unlike anywhere in Greece we've seen before?Not just on the outside but inside buildings aswell? However, What I do know is that if your a beach lover, then only spend a day there as I think every beach is pebble or rock. Ahh, I just thought, perhaps its because there's no real development happening on the island...maybe that's why it seems different, hmm not sure   but there is something enchanting about Patmos....
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Greecemad on May 21, 2005, 08:09:00 PM
Fraoula,

I visited Patmos a few years ago. I only stayed two nights, and only really had one full day there so I didn't see all of the island.

I didn't think it was vastly different to other small greek islands. At the place where John is thought to have written the book of Revelation, there is a plaque on a wall and not much else to see. There is a tiny monastery but it was closed when I visited. The island is on the cruise-ship trail so there is a great long quay to accommodate them and there are a lot of tourist shops in the village, but most of the time things are pretty quiet. I found one sandy beach (forgotten its name) a long way from the village. There are infrequent buses half way to it. There is supposed to be a boat service to it, but it wasn't running when I was there due to the winds. Also, it was uncomfortable because of the wind and although I was told it was nudist, it wasn't, so I didn't stay long. There were, however, some secluded coves (pebble and shingle) along the way, with several people sunbathing nude.

I don't know whether this helps, but it's what I know.

I have passed through Sfakia (or Chora Sfakion, literally the capital of Sfakia) twice, changing from boat to coach or coach to taxi, so I know very little of it.


Greecemad.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: fraoula on May 23, 2005, 06:20:38 PM
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Fraoula,

I visited Patmos a few years ago. I only stayed two nights, and only really had one full day there so I didn't see all of the island.

I didn't think it was vastly different to other small greek islands. At the place where John is thought to have written the book of Revelation, there is a plaque on a wall and not much else to see. There is a tiny monastery but it was closed when I visited. The island is on the cruise-ship trail so there is a great long quay to accommodate them and there are a lot of tourist shops in the village, but most of the time things are pretty quiet. I found one sandy beach (forgotten its name) a long way from the village. There are infrequent buses half way to it. There is supposed to be a boat service to it, but it wasn't running when I was there due to the winds. Also, it was uncomfortable because of the wind and although I was told it was nudist, it wasn't, so I didn't stay long. There were, however, some secluded coves (pebble and shingle) along the way, with several people sunbathing nude.

I don't know whether this helps, but it's what I know.

I have passed through Sfakia (or Chora Sfakion, literally the capital of Sfakia) twice, changing from boat to coach or coach to taxi, so I know very little of it.


Greecemad.
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Thanks Greecemad for the info on Patmos.


 Yes, I think we would only do a day trip there as I did read there is little on the island( which is  great,unspoilt, in most respects) to do except relax in one of the taverns!

Just generally speaking, ( this is not aimed at Greecemad!  )
 The spot in which John visioned the apocolypse, it's not just about what there is to see,for us it's about feeling   ,( I'm not sure how to describe it ) it's a bit like why people visit Lourdes or St peters Basilica or even non-religious ancient sites, like the acropolis at Lindos; some may view it as a bunch of rocks but if your aware of the history that's conected to it, you can see it as being alot more!
I'm not saying to anyone that you HAVE to know about somewhere before you visit it but at least be interested in what there is to see when you get there- I was reading a website last night and there was this guy talking about an ancient settlement he'd visited in Greece and all he could do was complain, he wasn't even interested in learning anything about the place and viewed it as a pile of rubble- why go there then? (Perhaps he was forced!  )
 Anyway don't go if you don't want to  
hey getting a bit s-e-r-io-u-s here!!
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on June 01, 2005, 01:26:20 PM
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Sfakia,
Most of you will know that it's located further up the coast (towards the Samaria gorge) is looking to be a possible holiday dest. for us. A pretty little village, still I would say very traditional. Accomodation is fairly basic- but how much time are you going to be in it!? Tavernas dotted about serving traditional greek and local dishes,lots of Greek charm and hospitality, there's not really a main beach but there is a marina and plenty of coves to choose from. And the scenery is, well breath taking ( as is Crete in itself! ). Well sounds good to me!
And although you really have to book it all independantly, you will get a good price for the accom. ( We've already priced it up  )

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We're stayed at Sfakia (Sphakia, Chora Sfakion ) a few times, and ate at the Livicon Hotel there last week, after walking the Imbros. It's a lovely place, quite compact but we love it.

There is a small town beach, it's all peebles but very good, you walk through the covered road at the front then turn right and go up hill for about 20 yards and the beach is on your left (IIRC there's an old abandoned building on the corner)

To the east you have got the Vitromatis resort (if you like baring yout bits) and to the west there's sweetwater bay, it's a bit of a walk (ok it a lot of a walk) but you can drive up  (the road to anapolis) and leave your car near the E4 sign, you still have to walk some to get there but it's fun, and don't forget to take something for the goats!
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on June 07, 2005, 01:48:12 PM
Another one not mentioned in this topic is Koukounaries on Skiathos. Excellent beaches (Koukounaries, Banana, Little Banana, and several others in a clockwise direction on from these). Excellent bus service to Skiathos Town, along what is virtually the only decent road on the island. Skiathos Town is quite cosmopolitan, with boats to other islands in the Sporades group.

Skiathos is a very wooded island and I found some decent walks.

The only downside I found was that Koukounaries doesn't have that many tavernas and I do like to have a decent number from which to choose.

It is a much smaller resort than Plakias.

Mike
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on June 23, 2005, 01:28:45 PM
Could someone who has been recently please let me know what Paleochora is like. Do any tour operators go there other than Kosmar?

Thanks

Mike
Title: Other resorts
Post by: beachcombers on June 23, 2005, 02:12:03 PM
Hi ther,
just came across the site of the acornman, he stayed in Paleochora a short while ago:

See http://MEMBERS.VIRTUALTOURIST.COM/m/71f79/670c3 (http://MEMBERS.VIRTUALTOURIST.COM/m/71f79/670c3)

Sounds like Plakias? However preferred the food in Plakias.

Regards
Beachcombers

SORRY previous adresses did not work. I meanwhile have corrected my typing errors.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on June 23, 2005, 11:47:22 PM
ahh the acornman cometh!!  )
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on October 15, 2005, 09:44:47 AM
At the risk of being expelled from the Forum by Paul (Ploppy) I'd like to recommend Petra in Lesvos, from where I have just returned. Runs Plakias a very close race. In fact it is marginally better in the quality of the walks. The negative compared to Plakias is that the "far enders" beach is about 3 miles away, but with a wonderful compensatory view of Molyvos castle etc.

13/10/05 was the last British flight back home and the resort will now be virtually closed, unlike Plakias where I imagine things go on a bit longer.

Weather is a bit riskier out of season compared to Crete but we missed the storms which affected the latter about a week ago.

Anyone else been there?

Mike
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Greecemad on October 15, 2005, 02:05:04 PM
Mike,

I went to Molyvos 14 years ago. In fact my introduction to Greek Islands was a SunMed walking holdiay in Plakias in 1990. I very much enjoyed this so I booked another SunMed walking holiday in Molyvos in 1991. I think it is sufficent to say that although I've been back to Plakias several times since, I have never ventured back to Lesbos. I didn't think the place was as good for walking (which wasn't helped by the leaders not being as good), the beach was no good (although that at Petra was a lot better). I presume the far-enders beach you found was the one near Molyvos. There was another pebbly one round the other (north) side of Molyvos.

Greecemad
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Graham_and_Karen on October 15, 2005, 03:28:26 PM
So - we have differing opinions about Lesvos. A pity really as it would be nice to try somewhere other than Plakias that we could be sure of enjoying as much.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on October 15, 2005, 05:05:35 PM
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So - we have differing opinions about Lesvos. A pity really as it would be nice to try somewhere other than Plakias that we could be sure of enjoying as much.
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I have always enjoyed Thassos, we've been back there 3 times and would re-visit it gladly. we find the south west the best part, (potos liminaria trypiti),
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on October 15, 2005, 05:08:54 PM
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Could someone who has been recently please let me know what Paleochora is like. Do any tour operators go there other than Kosmar?

Thanks

Mike
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i have some pics of paleohora, having stayed there a few times

Mike has seen these pics but i thought i'd post the link if anyone is interested

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Title: Other resorts
Post by: Greecemad on October 15, 2005, 08:55:52 PM
Harribobs,

I think your photographs or great - you must have an eye for what makes a good picture and know what time of day to take them. I recognise where nearly all of them are. I particularly like no. 9 - I have the same picture, but in daylight.

Greecemad
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on October 16, 2005, 10:55:32 AM
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Harribobs,

I think your photographs or great - you must have an eye for what makes a good picture and know what time of day to take them. I recognise where nearly all of them are. I particularly like no. 9 - I have the same picture, but in daylight.

Greecemad
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Thank you Greecemad, I try..they don'y always work   but you never get to see the bad ones  

I like the way they light the church up at night now, i remember the church being rather grubby and neglected, it surprising what a coat of paint will do
Title: Other resorts
Post by: sonny on November 30, 2005, 09:43:18 AM
Any reviews on  Vritomartis Hotel ?


Thanks in advance
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on November 30, 2005, 10:09:28 AM
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Any reviews on  Vritomartis Hotel ?


Thanks in advance
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I've only ever walked past it

my only thought was that it was a bit far out of Chora Sphaklion (sfakia) for my taste  ( probably a 20 minute walk)
Title: Other resorts
Post by: beachcombers on December 05, 2005, 02:11:33 PM
Any reviews on Vritomartis Hotel ?


According a Dutch report:
Service: Excellent, serving dinner at midnight for late arrival guests.
Beach: better beaches can be found a little further.
Owners not so sympatic.
Staff: (Czech/Bulgarian) very helpfull and friendly.
Rooms: Cleaned frequently and OK

Beachcombers
Title: Other resorts
Post by: dreamofgreece on December 07, 2005, 07:03:52 AM
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Hello Hopper,

Do any tour operators go to Karpathos? I don't recall having seen it in any brochures. It must be the largest island off the main tourist trail (Evia excepted). On those grounds it sounds good. Does it have an international airport? Based on its location the weather ought to be as reliable as it gets in Greece.

Mike
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I have never been able to locate a UK company going to Karpathos but I have a Finnish friend who flew there this year direct from Helsinki so the airport must be okay and the runway is not the shortest in Greece.

Derek
Title: Other resorts
Post by: George on December 07, 2005, 11:17:46 AM
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Hello Hopper,

Do any tour operators go to Karpathos?

If you go to the ABTA site there is a facility where you can type in a place and they will list all companies (UK companies ABTA reg) that go there.

I was on Karpathos in the early 90's and the airport was a small corragated shed, hopefully that's all changed now, not that I'm going back there's nothing there worth seeing.

george g...
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on December 07, 2005, 01:23:53 PM
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If you go to the ABTA site there is a facility where you can type in a place and they will list all companies (UK companies ABTA reg) that go there.

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Hello George,

This looked useful, until I typed in Plakias and only found the following: [a href=\"http://www.abta.com/destn2000.html]Click here.[/url] It only lists Hidden Greece.

Mike
Title: Other resorts
Post by: George on December 07, 2005, 01:35:22 PM
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If you go to the ABTA site there is a facility where you can type in a place and they will list all companies (UK companies ABTA reg) that go there.

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Hello George,

This looked useful, until I typed in Plakias and only found the following: [a href=\"http://www.abta.com/destn2000.html]Click here.[/url] It only lists Hidden Greece.

Mike
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Yes I know Mike, I didn't say it was perfect. There's also a directory (Trade only) held by the travel agents, that's published every year, that does similar.

george g...
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Armoredbrummy on February 18, 2006, 01:05:10 AM
Me and my wife have been going on holiday to the Greek Islands since 1994 when we had our honeymoon in Acharavi,Corfu.
     Since then we've been back to Corfu twice (St. Georges South and Aghios Gordios),Rhodes twice (Lindos on both occasions), and Zakynthos twice (Alikes on both occasions).
     The only times we haven't been back to Greece is once when we took a holiday in Kenya, when we've been renovating the house, and when our dog was too ill to be left in unexperienced hands.
     I bought a touring caravan 2 years ago as we were finding times a bit hard, but I sold that in October after getting racked off with our weather and booked us a 2 week holiday in Plakias!  

   I thought Corfu was cheap, but then went to Zakynthos and for the first time ever had a holiday were I could eat whatever I fancied and get sloshed virtually every night and still have money to take home and buy 200 fags to go home with and a nice watch on the plane.
    Lindos was pretty, quaint, as hot as hell with a few degrees added on, but a little bit dissapointing as the younger generation seem to have rowdied it up a bit, but knowhere near as say Benitses in Corfu, but the beach there is grand.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on February 18, 2006, 10:00:32 AM
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Me and my wife have been going on holiday to the Greek Islands since 1994 when we had our honeymoon in Acharavi,Corfu.
     Since then we've been back to Corfu twice (St. Georges South and Aghios Gordios),Rhodes twice (Lindos on both occasions), and Zakynthos twice (Alikes on both occasions).
I went to Agios Georgios (St. George South) in August 1994 and thought then that the long stretch of sand going north west from the resort was one of the best Greek beaches I have ever seen, spoilt only by the litter. Since my family grew up and I have been going in May and Oct I have been reluctant to return owing to my preception that the weather is less reliable in Corfu out of season than, say, Crete/Kos/Rhodes.

There is no resort I know of on Rhodes that is "Plakias-like" in feel and with a decent beach. If anyone knows differently I would be interested to hear. Lindos has a certain appeal but I have seen the beach there really packed in April!

Mike
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Armoredbrummy on February 18, 2006, 03:19:33 PM
Yes, the weather is unreliable in Corfu, we've been there a couple of times when we've had the odd day where it's pissed down!
   As far as St. George's South goes, we went there in 1995, the rubbish wasn't too much of a problem, just an abundance of seaweed washed up from previously rough seas.What I like most was the walk along the main road with the variety of bars and restaurants (I think we did every one!).
   Agios Gordios (can be quite confusing as there'a a St. George's South, Agios Gordios - which as you probably know means St George, and Agios Georgios North) is a lovely little resort that has very little vehicular traffic, a few bars and restaurants dotted about, a lovely beach, and not much else.To some I suppose it would seem a little "too quiet!"
Title: Other resorts
Post by: sheryl on March 15, 2006, 09:32:01 PM
anyone looking for a cheap break in april to the north coast of crete check out :-
http://www.travelzoo.co.uk/Top20.ashx?id=105231543 (http://www.travelzoo.co.uk/Top20.ashx?id=105231543)
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on October 13, 2006, 01:24:53 PM
I'll risk expulsion and add to this thread.

Many of the regulars like to go to other resorts as well as Plakias. We have just returned from Paleohora and thoroughly recommend it to all who love Plakias. The beach is as good (also a "Far End") but is slightly less far to walk, depending on where you are staying. It is clean and has showers.

The resort has more of a Greek feel to it than Plakias, especially in the main street which is closed to traffic in the evenings. I didn't think the tavernas were quite up to those we frequent in Plakias but were still pretty good. Surprisingly, they were a little cheaper, even though Plakias is one of the cheapest Greek resorts in my opinion. There seem to be more Greeks enjoying the bars and tavernas than you see in Plakias. We particularly liked the Portofino taverna which sold mainly Italian dishes, so the outcome for us was that for many evenings we had gone to Crete and ate Italian food (and paid much less than we would have done in Italy!). The Caravella by the harbour was the place to go for fish- if you are lucky you could even see Mr and Mrs Harribobs in there, should they be in the resort.

The one area it definitely wasn't as good was the walking. The book we bought had 10 walks but only one started and finished in Paleohora; for the rest you need to get on a bus or taxi to get to the starting point. Having said that, Paleohora is definitely the place to be if you want to walk the Samaria gorge and use public transport. There is an early morning bus to Omalos and you return on the ferry, which goes from Paleohora to Hora Sfakian and points in between. There are also excursion boats to Elafonissi, Gavdos Island, and a "dolphin" cruise.

Kosmar and Sunvil both feature Paleohora. I would suggest you give it a go for those who have more that one Greek holiday a year. Be prepared for a 2 hour plus transfer from Hania airport via a winding mountain road.

My thanks to Chris and Mandy Harrison and Valerie and John Page for the useful info they gave me on the resort before we went. We confirmed their views of the place.

Mike
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on October 18, 2006, 10:14:30 AM
good report Mike, glad to hear you enjoyed the place

the fish at the Caravelle is superb and the Portofino comes with some very high recomendations  

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Title: Other resorts
Post by: Graham_and_Karen on July 15, 2007, 04:55:10 PM
We've just come back from a 1 week holiday in Zakynthos. We'd never been before so didn't know what to expect. Naturally we thought it couldn't compete with Plakias. Well, I have to say we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found it was better than Crete for some things. Unfortunately our last minute deal meant we were in the centre on Tsilivi. Not a bad resort but earplugs definitely needed if you want some sleep. That aside, the weather was glorious. Being a small island, there is less chance of clouds forming and we didn't see one the whole week (other than in the distance, over Kefalonia). The food was excellent and prices were lower than I remember in Plakias. Not more than 30 Euro, typically for the two of us, including a litre of house red. Mythos was 2.50 Euro for 500cl. We hired a car for 3 days - plenty to see, very quiet once out of the resorts and stunning scenery on the west coast. It was great not having the long distances you can face, getting anywhere in Crete. The shorter flying time and a 20 min. transfer time were big plusses for a 1 wk holiday. The only down side was the lack of decent naturist beaches. We didn't get to Garakas but the one east of Kalamaki was a long walk to a desolate strip of stones. Walking was quite good although not up to Plakias standards. We would certainly consider Zakynthos again, but going to a quieter resort like Keri or Vassilikos
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Greecemad on July 16, 2007, 01:03:45 PM
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Mythos was 2.50 Euro for 500cl.

My, What  a bargain! Did you bring a lot back?

Greecemad
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Graham_and_Karen on July 16, 2007, 07:32:41 PM
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Quote from: Graham_and_Karen
Mythos was 2.50 Euro for 500cl.

My, What  a bargain! Did you bring a lot back?

Greecemad
 If only ...  No room as the case was full of red wine at 2 Euro for 1.5 litres  .
Actually I'm not up to date on Mythos prices. In the resort further north the bar price was only 2 Euro for 500cl. How much will one set me back in Plakias this year?
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on July 16, 2007, 10:40:26 PM
2.50 at the ostraco or similiar, 2.20 nufero, getting cheaper as you go back from the coast
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Greecemad on July 16, 2007, 11:02:57 PM
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Quote from: Greecemad
Quote from: Graham_and_Karen
Mythos was 2.50 Euro for 500cl.

My, What  a bargain! Did you bring a lot back?

Greecemad
 If only ...  No room as the case was full of red wine at 2 Euro for 1.5 litres  .
Actually I'm not up to date on Mythos prices. In the resort further north the bar price was only 2 Euro for 500cl. How much will one set me back in Plakias this year?

Graham,

You seem to have missed the point. 500 cl is 5 litres! I think you mean 500ml.

Some of the bars in Paleochora were selling 500ml for 1.70 or 1.80 euro. At the other extreme, all the music bars in the centre of Iraklion  were selling small bottles for 4.50 or 5.00 euro!

Greecemad
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Graham_and_Karen on July 17, 2007, 08:52:03 AM
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Quote from: Graham_and_Karen
Quote from: Greecemad
Quote from: Graham_and_Karen
Mythos was 2.50 Euro for 500cl.

My, What  a bargain! Did you bring a lot back?

Greecemad
 If only ...  No room as the case was full of red wine at 2 Euro for 1.5 litres  .
Actually I'm not up to date on Mythos prices. In the resort further north the bar price was only 2 Euro for 500cl. How much will one set me back in Plakias this year?

Graham,

You seem to have missed the point. 500 cl is 5 litres! I think you mean 500ml.

Some of the bars in Paleochora were selling 500ml for 1.70 or 1.80 euro. At the other extreme, all the music bars in the centre of Iraklion  were selling small bottles for 4.50 or 5.00 euro!

Greecemad
 No honest - it's a Zakynthian tradition to sell Mythos in 5 litre bottles.
A bit embarassing as I thought about whether I'd got my units correct when writing the post. Must try to engage a few more brain cells next time.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: JBMouse on July 17, 2007, 05:45:28 PM
We have just returned from 2 weeks in Nidri, Lefkada, June 3rd to 17th. Nice place, and we are returning to Plakias next year, same dates in June. I hope Plakias hasn't changed too much, but it sounds like the prices are rising. Mythos in Nidri was 2 euros, a litre of wine in the least expensive, but obviously popular taverna was 4 euros, and supermarket wine in one and a half litre plastic bottles was 2.20 euros.
If anyone is about to go to Plakias say Yiassas to Babis and his father at the Siroko.
Only 47 weeks to wait.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Graham_and_Karen on July 17, 2007, 10:21:05 PM
Quote from: JBMouse
We have just returned from 2 weeks in Nidri, Lefkada, June 3rd to 17th. Nice place, and we are returning to Plakias next year, same dates in June. I hope Plakias hasn't changed too much, but it sounds like the prices are rising. Mythos in Nidri was 2 euros, a litre of wine in the least expensive, but obviously popular taverna was 4 euros, and supermarket wine in one and a half litre plastic bottles was 2.20 euros.
If anyone is about to go to Plakias say Yiassas to Babis and his father at the Siroko.
Only 47 weeks to wait.
For info, wine in Zante restaurants was 5 to 6.5 euro for a litre of house red.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Mike G on July 25, 2007, 09:56:24 AM
Quote from: Graham_and_Karen
We've just come back from a 1 week holiday in Zakynthos. We'd never been before so didn't know what to expect. Naturally we thought it couldn't compete with Plakias. Well, I have to say we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found it was better than Crete for some things. Unfortunately our last minute deal meant we were in the centre on Tsilivi. Not a bad resort but earplugs definitely needed if you want some sleep. That aside, the weather was glorious. Being a small island, there is less chance of clouds forming and we didn't see one the whole week (other than in the distance, over Kefalonia). The food was excellent and prices were lower than I remember in Plakias. Not more than 30 Euro, typically for the two of us, including a litre of house red. Mythos was 2.50 Euro for 500cl. We hired a car for 3 days - plenty to see, very quiet once out of the resorts and stunning scenery on the west coast. It was great not having the long distances you can face, getting anywhere in Crete. The shorter flying time and a 20 min. transfer time were big plusses for a 1 wk holiday. The only down side was the lack of decent naturist beaches. We didn't get to Garakas but the one east of Kalamaki was a long walk to a desolate strip of stones. Walking was quite good although not up to Plakias standards. We would certainly consider Zakynthos again, but going to a quieter resort like Keri or Vassilikos
You missed a treat re. Gerakas beach in Vassilikos. I enjoyed Vassilikos but it doesn't have the variety of local walks of many other resorts in Greece.

Mike
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Graham_and_Karen on July 25, 2007, 12:38:51 PM
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You missed a treat re. Gerakas beach in Vassilikos. I enjoyed Vassilikos but it doesn't have the variety of local walks of many other resorts in Greece.

Mike

Vassilikos will be a definite then if we go again. As for the walking - anything off road with a tree here and there for shade does us.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Greecemad on August 17, 2007, 08:54:19 PM
I'm signing off now for a while, as I sett off tomorrow night to somewhere foreign to you lot - the Kyklades (Cyclades), so you won't see my ramblings until after I come back. I'm hoping to go to Antiparos, Anafi, Folegandros, Koufonissi and Mykonos. Rumour has it that the temperatures are 40+ at the moment  

Greecemad
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Graham_and_Karen on August 17, 2007, 09:37:30 PM
Sounds great - Have a good trip  
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on August 17, 2007, 11:24:03 PM
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as I sett off tomorrow night to somewhere foreign to you lot -
Greecemad

  have a great time  

i suspect you'll find you won't be the first off the forum to have been there  
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Noopsy on August 18, 2007, 01:22:19 PM
Have a good holiday, Greecemad.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Greecemad on September 10, 2007, 12:51:09 PM
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Have a good holiday, Greecemad.

Thanks everyone. I had a great time and I'm back to the grind now. Didn't stay on Folegandros - couldn't find a room for less than 75 euro a night.

Greecemad
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Noopsy on September 10, 2007, 03:47:21 PM
Welcome back.  75 a night!  That's expensive!
Title: Other resorts
Post by: George on September 10, 2007, 03:57:20 PM
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Have a good holiday, Greecemad.

Thanks everyone. I had a great time and I'm back to the grind now. Didn't stay on Folegandros - couldn't find a room for less than 75 euro a night.

Greecemad
That's rediculous, what were the rooms like?

Stupid question really I don't suppose you even looked at them.
Still the Hiltons can be expensive at this time of year, so what were they, Hotels, apartments??

george g...
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on September 10, 2007, 04:20:21 PM
a couple of years ago we stayed over in Kato Zakros and paid 60 per night, studio apartment  as well i might add, admittedly it was right on the beach though
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Greecemad on September 12, 2007, 12:58:26 PM
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Have a good holiday, Greecemad.

Thanks everyone. I had a great time and I'm back to the grind now. Didn't stay on Folegandros - couldn't find a room for less than 75 euro a night.

Greecemad
That's rediculous, what were the rooms like?

Stupid question really I don't suppose you even looked at them.
Still the Hiltons can be expensive at this time of year, so what were they, Hotels, apartments??

george g...

George,

I did look at the room. It was just a basic room, but as nearly all the rooms on the island were full she wanted the full price as displayed on the back of the door. The island is very popular with wealthy Greeks. I went once before, during the Olympics in 2004, and rooms were available at reasonable prices. It must have been because of the Olympics that the place was a lot quieter.

On other islands I was paying 25 or 30 euro per night, sometimes including breakfast.

Greecemad
Title: Other resorts
Post by: George on September 12, 2007, 01:32:15 PM
That's more like it!!

george g...
Title: Other resorts
Post by: jann on September 14, 2007, 08:11:38 PM
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That's more like it!!

george g...


My second best favourite Greek  resort is 'Parga' it's on the mainland but feels like you are on a small island !
http://www.rediscover.co.uk/parga2.htm (http://www.rediscover.co.uk/parga2.htm)
Title: Other resorts
Post by: compage on October 28, 2007, 09:25:48 AM
Kingfisher seen in Paleohora in September 2007:

(http://compage.com/paleohora/PaleohoraKingfisher0709191721.jpg)

It was in the late afternoon and there were two of them working a 300 metre stretch of the rocky eastern side of the peninsula on which the town is built.  They seemed to have a regular circuit of about 6 places on which they would perch for 20 to 30 seconds at a time.  We never saw them actively fishing but assume that was their purpose despite it being salt water.
Title: Other resorts
Post by: John R on October 28, 2007, 11:26:19 AM
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Kingfisher seen in Paleohora in September 2007:

That is a superb photo.

We nearly always see kingfishers at Plakias (we did this September while sitting on a bench at the harbour). Without fail we see them at Aghia Galini.

John R
Title: Other resorts
Post by: Daniel on October 28, 2007, 11:36:45 AM
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That's more like it!!

george g...


My second best favourite Greek  resort is 'Parga' it's on the mainland but feels like you are on a small island !
[url]http://www.rediscover.co.uk/parga2.htm[/url] ([url]http://www.rediscover.co.uk/parga2.htm[/url])


Jann:

We love Parga nearly as much as Plakias and Thassos Town.

We find he walking in that area ito be second to none and the Tavernas to be almost as good as those in Plakias.

We are to return there in early May next year, to stay at Valtos Beach for 2 weeks.

So next year it's Parga in May and Plakias in late September.

Could anything be better?
Title: Other resorts
Post by: jann on October 28, 2007, 03:59:15 PM
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Quote from: George
That's more like it!!

george g...


My second best favourite Greek  resort is 'Parga' it's on the mainland but feels like you are on a small island !
[url]http://www.rediscover.co.uk/parga2.htm[/url] ([url]http://www.rediscover.co.uk/parga2.htm[/url])


Jann:

We love Parga nearly as much as Plakias and Thassos Town.

We find he walking in that area ito be second to none and the Tavernas to be almost as good as those in Plakias.

We are to return there in early May next year, to stay at Valtos Beach for 2 weeks.

So next year it's Parga in May and Plakias in late September.

Could anything be better?


   Oooh, lucky you Daniel. I'm so jealous
 
You can get some fantastic olive oil in one of the little shops in Parga, can't remember the name of it now  

 I have also been to Thassos and visited Thassos town which is lovely, but stayed in Limenaria.  

  Happy Days !
Title: Other resorts
Post by: harribobs on October 28, 2007, 04:48:50 PM
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I have also been to Thassos and visited Thassos town which is lovely, but stayed in Limenaria.  

  Happy Days !

we prefer liminaria!