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Plakias / Re: Embrace Plakias while you can
« on: September 30, 2019, 08:03:58 PM »
The building by Paligremnos beach isn't to my liking, but at least they are low-level. I stayed near a small village on the Algarve coast in 2001, just as the first multi-storey blocks were going up en masse. It could be a lot worse, and Plakias is still essentially the same in many ways.

Quite by chance we booked our flights for next May with BA a few weeks ago. I'm not usually anything like that well-organised. Lucky I guess....


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Plakias / Re: Souda beach no longer naturist
« on: September 30, 2019, 07:58:11 PM »
I'm not really a nudist, clothes-off type or whatever name it goes by, but keep thinking that I must try one year. The 'kit optional' beaches haven't ever offended/bothered me, can't see what the fuss is about really. Everyone turned a blind eye for years and all was well. Still, good to hear that it's official now.

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Plakias / Re: Not dead, just sleeping
« on: September 29, 2019, 01:08:31 AM »
The 'old' town is indeed as nice as ever, but the pace of change by Paligremnos beach at the far end is astonishing this year. Felt a little sorry for some of those whose sea view to the SW will disappear.

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Plakias / Re: September holiday report
« on: September 29, 2019, 01:04:29 AM »
Agree re Sirocco, first went there in the 90s but stopped for many years, about mid-late 2000s I suppose, when it changed hands. Now back to one of our favourites.

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Where to eat...or not! / Re: Fresh Kalamari
« on: June 09, 2019, 05:01:44 AM »
I thought that this was possibly over-rating things a bit but I was wrong. My wife had it at Siroco and it was beautiful, the whole squid, as described above, and no greasy batter so you could actually taste the squid! I know what I'm having next time ...

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Plakias / Re: Slow painful death
« on: June 09, 2019, 04:57:46 AM »
I had noticed this also - perhaps due in part at least to the predominantly German visitor since the decline of reasonable choice and (any) service from tour ?

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Plakias / Re: Observered imbalance
« on: June 09, 2019, 04:46:02 AM »
My wife this year that nearly all the books in our accommodation's small 'Library' were in German

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PlakChat / Re: Kourtaliotiko Gorge road
« on: April 22, 2019, 12:52:39 PM »
Thank you, tarmac we can do without, as long as it is passable, although it would be better! We spent many hours exploring the island on what were marked as roads on maps, but were in fact stone tracks, in a little Suzuki 'cube' (not sure what they're called) some years ago, so should be fine.
Richard

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PlakChat / Kourtaliotiko Gorge road
« on: April 21, 2019, 08:20:15 PM »
Does anyone know if it's passable yet by road traffic? I hope to come end of May.

Many thanks!

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Where to eat...or not! / Re: No more Harakas ?
« on: December 24, 2018, 08:26:04 PM »
Good news for Lambros and Sonja, and I wish them the very best for their retirement.

Oddly, I've spent most of the last week looking at the British weather and thinking about returning to Plakias, especially to visit Harakas and Gio Ma, plus a couple of others (Gorgona in particular), in the evenings.

 I will miss all of Sonja's 'specials', I really enjoyed them.

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Where to eat...or not! / Re: Fresh Kalamari
« on: November 03, 2018, 03:35:19 PM »
I don't know for sure, but I'll bet that Gio Ma and Siroco do, as well as Tasomanolis.

I can't recommend Tasomanolis, however, as the standard of service, in my experience, has been appalling. I've sat down, waited, and walked back out a couple of times, not sure the staff even noticed my existence.

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2019
« on: November 01, 2018, 07:24:44 PM »
I had a look at the Olympic site earlier this year (I think) and the charge for a taxi transfer was easily 50% more than the rate charged by the local firms in Plakias.

Also, even the cost of the 'basic' accommodation seemed to have multiplied.
In response to a previous poster, I like the idea of taking the bus a lot, and making it a part of the holiday, but I'm a little awkward on my feet at the moment, so that's not for everyone.

The last few years we've used BA scheduled flights to Heraklion, but that does get expensive. Luckily I had some airmiles to use, but that won't be the case next year.

I really hope that we can still all get to Plakias. Sorry to be melodramatic, but it would break my heart otherwise.


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Plakias / Re: first timers
« on: June 16, 2018, 09:41:25 PM »
Karen, you are more than welcome - I love the place. I suppose this website supports the view that many others also do!

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Plakias / Re: first timers
« 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
« 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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