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Plakias / Re: Question re Plakias - Agia Galini ferry
« on: July 24, 2019, 08:02:09 PM »
More information on the ferry website,
It appears to be listed as a day cruise, Not certain if its a full service, but its a good start

Plakias / Re: Imbros gorge
« on: May 01, 2018, 09:15:02 AM »
I have walked the Imbros several times and only found the entrance gate staffed once. there are several entrances to the gorge in Imbros village...I would suggest that you check out the situation first, then make the trip. If you are burdened by your conscience, call and leave the fee by slipping it under the door as you pass the gate.

Plakias / Re: book about Plakias
« on: October 28, 2017, 09:47:06 AM »
Just returned from Plakias, tried to buy a copy"Plakias in the past" but everywhere the same story..."Sorry, sold out, don't know when there will be available again". So if anyone has a spare or unwanted copy, I am interested in buying it. Thanks

PlakChat / Re: Souda now not nudist?
« on: September 16, 2017, 09:28:24 AM »
Sorry, I'm struggling to follow your route....perhaps it might help me if you used NS<EW ? please

Gossip / Re: Useful links
« on: August 30, 2017, 01:47:25 PM »
I problems, using Chrome. When you click on "weather" you should see a choice of location, Plakias or Preveli, then click on one of these. If that doesn't work, then go direct to"Meteo" website

Plakias / Re: News, tui group development
« on: August 04, 2017, 05:54:40 PM »
Just been researching TUI's plans to open a new "Robinson" resort on south coast of Crete. I immediately thought of Damnoni...but fortunately its somewhere near Ierapita, so no worries for now, although I feel someday all of Plakias bay and Damnoni will be urbanised...sad!

I read that the famous Plakias wind is sandblasting as usual...has anyone got any explanation for this , such as local topography, particular weather or wind directions?

Where to eat...or not! / Re: Selia tavernas
« on: June 23, 2017, 07:02:28 PM »
Try Elia's..... slightly more sophisticated than the usual, but well worth it. And the views from a window seat are incredible. One of my favourites in the area.

PlakChat / weather
« on: January 06, 2017, 09:08:50 AM »
Spectacular this morning....old harbour wall completely swamped by waves!

PlakChat / What's Plakias like in Febuary?
« on: December 04, 2016, 02:29:09 PM »
I have a few spare days in February and I'm looking at the possibilities of a trip to Plakias. I've not yet seen Crete in winter and would welcome any advice.....which restaurants are open , which accommodation is availabe, is it heated ect. I,'m quite happy to fly to Athens, then either plane or ferry to  Crete, and will probably use a hire car. Perhaps some of the expat community may be able to help. In advance..Thanks

PlakChat / Re: What is it like in Plakias in November?
« on: November 11, 2016, 07:55:36 PM »
I returned from Plakias, 5th November, enjoyed two weeks. Upon reflection, had a great time, only one day's poor weather...which was really bad, gale force winds and torrential rain, flooding in Chania ect. None of this appeared in any of the forecasts (BBC, Meteo,etc.) The nearest they got was “showers” The local news reported  a “Mediterranean Tornado”

Approximately 75% of Plakias had either closed or were in the process of closing, sun loungers were being pressure washed, restaurants emptied of tables and chairs, freezers defrosted, and black plastic bags were taped over light fittings. But those who remained were more relaxed, lots of family visits and dining out,

The sea was warm, beaches empty (both people and umbrellas). Most of the vegetation was desiccated, but lots of activity picking the olives.

All of which asks the question “ Should the season be longer?” At the moment the controlling factor appears to be the stopping of charter and low cost carrier flights to Northern Europe. I have on one occasion come back via ferry and a flight from Athens, but talking to expats , they tell me fly Crete to Athens , then change flights to UK. It works out not much dearer than direct flights and the connections are reasonable. I suspect that the lengthening of the season is a chicken/egg problem, but I would be interested in hearing other opinions...please post

PlakChat / Re: What is it like in Plakias in November?
« on: October 22, 2016, 05:10:42 PM »
I,m coming out for 10 days on wed, I expect it be be quiet, some places will have closed and some will be closing. don't expect sun beds on the beach, very laid back but library ect still open. Will post after arrival

Plakias / Re: Maybe the last time?
« on: October 16, 2016, 08:17:31 PM »
I've been coming to Plakias, twice a year approx. since 1985. I started in Ay. Galini and frequently stay in Paleochora. All three have lost some of their charm, more building, more roads, more people, more traffic....but so has the UK. One of the sadder facets of recent visits is the gradual disappearance of Greek waiters, not many of us realize you are being served with politeness and charm in the best greek style by an Albanian or Bulgarian. This is in a country with 50% youth unemployment?

Plakias lost some of its charm when the harbour moved out of town and the modern property developments further damaged the small town atmosphere.

One of my solutions is to visit very early or very late in the season and travel independant.... not Olympic Holidays. I,m arriving 25th sept staying until 5th Nov.  Lots of rooms and eating have closed , but no queuing! and the locals have time to talk. Give it a try.

How many more times will I come...I don't know, but there is an old folks home at Yerakari for northern Europeans.

PlakChat / Re: WIfi
« on: August 31, 2016, 05:05:08 PM »
everywhere.....all restaurants, bars have it, just ask for the password, buy a beer or a coffee, sit and enjoy communicating!

Plakias / Re: Greek coffee
« on: August 10, 2016, 09:29:19 AM »
My wife and I were in business until retirement, one of our operations was a coffee roasting and supply trading. A standing joke, if you made a mistake or had a low quality bean, was that you could always sell it to a Greek, they can't tell the difference!

Where to eat...or not! / Re: Taverna's in Selia
« on: May 06, 2016, 05:31:51 PM »
I ate at Elia's last week and the food was superb.....but don't go along expecting standard tavern fare. the menu is an adventure, but slightly unconventional. Also it has the best views in the area

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