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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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Plakias / Re: Return to Plakias
« on: May 22, 2014, 05:20:44 PM »
When I was in Plakias last October I would say every taverna had internet access.
If I wanted a quick look I'd just go and stand outside the Alianthos Beach Hotel as I'd got their access code on day 1. I thing it was "hotel".

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Where to eat...or not! / Re: Plakias Nightlife
« on: May 07, 2014, 04:27:12 PM »
There are plenty of tavernas in Plakias, all of which serve much the same menu, and several bars but only one disco. This is close to the harbour and is quite noisy at night but, as it's the only one, it's easy to get away from. If you don't like noise at night I suggest you take a room away from the harbour and the main road which runs the length of the front.
None of the other bars is noisy though several of them show Sky sports.

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Plakias / Re: Weather in August
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:06:11 PM »
Apart from the weather you will find that Plakias is a quite different place in August. The majority of visitors are Greeks. I do not want to be disparaging to the Greeks as it is their country but their behaviour on the beaches and in restaurants is quite different from that of we Northern Europeans. Let's just say the local taverna workers and shop keepers are always pleased when September arrives.

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Gossip / Plakias Heroes 2013
« on: October 24, 2013, 08:42:11 PM »
Now that the season is virtually over (I flew home from my second visit yesterday) I thought it would be nice to acknowledge those in Plakias who constantly "go that extra kilometre" to ensure Plakias remains that special place which we all just keep returning to.

My nominations for Plakias Heroes are (in no particular order, so alphabetically):

Apostolis.
For the way he has kept the "far end" beach in such good order. In my opinion it's never been better than over the past three years since he took over. He's also a thoroughly charming man!

Georgos at Gorgona.
A big man with a big smile and a big welcome. Georgos always makes any visit to Gorgona a really happy and entertaining experience. And this year he also had the day job of rescuing ladies in distress out at sea!!

Nikos at Ostraco Bar.
I first knew Nikos when he worked at Sofia. For the past 3 years he's been at Ostraco. On every visit when he's seen me walk past Ostraco he's welcomed me back to Plakias (again) as if I was a long lost friend - and I've never used his bar. He truly is a great ambassador for Plakias

Ploppy, our administrator (I think)
Thanks for making this forum available. I love following it and find it not only entertaining but very informative. Yammas!

Maybe others members would like to make nominations for their Heroes and Heroines, and some may even wish to nominate Villains - though from what I've read all Villains will be corporates!

P.S. I've now started using Ostraco so Nikos's marketing tactic finally paid off!!

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