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Plakias / September holiday report
« on: September 28, 2019, 12:14:40 PM »
We flew from Leeds Bradford airport on 3rd September for 11 days with Ryanair.
No problems at all.
Flights on time and no pilot strikes.
Picked up a car at Chania Airport and took a leisurely drive down to Plakias, with just a short stop at the bottom of the hill, going in to Chania , to stock up at the big supermarket.
Drive took about 1 hour 40 mins.

As is usual, we stayed with George at Creta Mare.
As is usual, the stay was excellent.
Well looked after by Joanna and Anna.

We had an excellent holiday, as usual, and the following are our observations:

The mix of people/nationalities in town this year was varied.
There were, amongst others, Swiss, Italians (a lot) Austrians, French (a lot) Germans and Israelis but very few British.

The number of British visitor did start to increase towards the end of our stay.
This mix, with no predominant nation in town , gave a really good "feel" to the evenings.
Tavernas were busy but not overly so.
Very few required reservations to ensure a table but all were well used.
The exception we found was Gio Mar.
We always needed to pre book a table at this one when we (regularly) used it.

Eating our was always good.
You have to be very unlucky to have a bad evening meal experience in Plakias.
Taverna prices unchanged from June.

Amongst eating out at several other places,we went back to Sirocco for the first time in many years.
The fact that it has changed hands a few times since we first knew it had put us off using it.
But really impressed this time and we will now start to use it again on our next visits.

The weather was strange for September.
Very hot and sunny for nearly all the 11 days there (rain on our last evening).
BUT:
I know the place is windy, and renowned for that, but this was exceptional.
We only could use the sandy part of the beach, opposite Plakias Suites, 5 times and even some of that was marginal.
For the rest of the time, we used the beds from Creta Mare, on the gravel/pebbly beach.
Some days we just stayed on the balcony and watched the sandstorms blowing.
Sand was blowing down the beaches and sunbeds were sent flying all over the place.
Never seen it like that for such a long period before.

As to the town itself, then very little seems to have changed since our last visit in June.
No discernible building work or changes to be seen, which is good.

But the far end is a different proposition.
It looks like they (Greek money, according to Siffi ) are building a small village up there.
Could also be some commercial build. …...shops, café, Tavernas ?
At the rate they are going, they could well be finished some time next year.
The amount of work done since we saw it in June astonished us.
And you can hear some building work going on when on the beach.
(not enough to make us change sunbed location, though)

A really big change to the old town.
 BUT:
It is far enough from the main town so as not to affect the feel of the place.
And it may not make too big an impact on the beaches opposite, or we hope not.
And there is more than enough beach to go round.
Progress will happen and if it happens in Plakias, then this is the area for it to be.
Nothing stays the same for ever, however much we want it to.

We will still continue to re visit the old place twice a year, early June and early September, even though it is beginning to evolve into some thing slightly different to what we first knew.

Change for the better or the worse ?
I leave that up to the Greek residents.
Its their town !!

 


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Plakias / Re: Major building work underway at far end!!
« on: September 13, 2019, 08:47:40 AM »
Now looks like a full gale.
Sun beds blowing down the beach on the beach opposite Creta Mare.
Never seen the sea a rough as this in all the times we have been here.

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Plakias / Re: Major building work underway at far end!!
« on: September 13, 2019, 08:31:48 AM »
No further reports on any building work.
Last day of this holiday.
It is blowing half a gale in Plakias.
All unbrellas are down and beaches deserted.
Dust storms blowing down the beaches.
Forecast of rain later so looks like a day sat on the balcony gazing out at Gavdos.

Will report on this holiday over the weekend, once we are back home.

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Plakias / Re: Major building work underway at far end!!
« on: September 05, 2019, 04:55:49 PM »
Visited the new beach bar towards the far end and seems to be up and running ok
Owned and run by Plakias Suites concern and does drinks, snacks, salads etc.
The sun beds run by this  concern have had an "upgrade"
As well as the two beds and a brolly you can now have a covered, fringed super doopeta set up.
At only 20 euros it seems quite reasonable ???

Of more interest is the major building work now well underway from Paligrenos down to Ammos building.
We were amazed at the build rate on this and the extent of that build.
It goes as far back as possible til it reached the escarpment edge and is 3 or 4 times bigger than the previously built blocks.
There is also some building work going on behind Paligrenos but did not get a good look at this.
Will update when we get back in 10 days time on how this September break has gone.

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Plakias / Re: Major building work underway at far end!!
« on: August 21, 2019, 03:11:46 PM »
We will be back there in 12 days time, Ryanair permitting !!
I hope that George and Crete Mare are ready for us.

I will have a beer at this new bar and see what it is like.
Then to the sun beds, about 20 yards away.

Barny:
Just remember that however much it changes, they can not take off us what we have already had in Plakias, over the many, many years of enjoyment.

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Plakias / Re: Major building work underway at far end!!
« on: July 31, 2019, 04:23:32 PM »
That's good.
We use their sun beds !!

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Plakias / Re: June holiday report
« on: June 20, 2019, 12:07:22 PM »
Susan:
A lot of work going on and more to come.
BUT:
We did not find that there was any noise problems from this work.
I think that is far enough along from and back from the Hotel and the sun beds to be quite acceptable.
And no great problem with consruction vehicles either, so don't worry and just enjoy your time at

I did not mention another change which has happened in town.
The beach area along the town frontage is now all sand and being well used for sunbathing and swimming.
A major plus for the resort.

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Plakias / June holiday report
« on: June 16, 2019, 04:04:14 PM »
Just back from 11 day stay in Plakias and these are our reflections on that visit.
They are our thoughts and are subjective and may not coincide with others experiences at Plakias, but for what its worth :

First things first:

One of the best holidays we have had in Plakias.
Very few negative thoughts or experiences.
Weather and accommodation and eating our were all top class.

We flew from Leeds Bradford with Ryanair.
Ryanair were as advertised.
Leeds Bradford airport was a shambles.
Actively looking at using Manchester airport next year.

Picked up a car at the airport and a leisurely drive down to Plakias.
As usual, stayed with George at Creta Mare.
Can not recommend this place highly enough.
Both he and Joanna run a top class operation.

Now to our thoughts on the town:

As stated in other posts, the mix of nationalities this year is much different than previous years.
Much higher proportion of German, Dutch, French, Italian etc.
But this is not because there are more of these nationalities.
It is because the Brits are not there in any significant numbers.
I leave other to debate the reason for this.
But this mix of nationalities was fine with us, as we enjoy a varied mix of people and languages.

For the first week the town was very quiet and barely 60 % full, if that.
Although there did seem to be more people about at the end of our stay.
No problem with getting a table any night in any Tavernas.
Even the most popular had plenty of room and no need to pre book tables anywhere.
Most only 75% full at best.

Same can be said with the beach and sunbeds.
No pressure at all with these anywhere we went (others will have a better view on those at the far end, although these did not looked over stressed ?)
We have never seen the beach or sunbeds so quiet.
Huge gaps on the beach between the stands of sunbeds with no one there for most of the time.

The  weather was on the whole excellent.
One cloudy day and one very windy day but apart from that, very good.

As to the town its self, then very little has changed.

The main changes come in the town periphery:
Down near the far end and running from Pelemgrenos (someone will correct the spelling) right down to Ammos, a major building site is underway.
Don't know what is being built but it is going to be big and is well under way.
And it goes a long way back.
How long before the whole front is built up ?

As I said in another post, new beach bar built about 75 yards up from the existing one.

Also building work next to Creta Mare where a block of 4 or 5 new apartments are part built.
The noise from concrete wagons and building trucks was a nuisance.

There is also a sign with 15 house to be built on the hillside at the top of the road which runs up past Cosy Corner but don't know if or when this will happen.

Plenty of "for sale" signs at various plats of land about town.
But as long as building in the town fits in with current design/standards, this may be a good thing ?

These are observations, not criticisms and just a report on changes to  the town from our visit last year.

We will be back in Plakias from 3rd September for another 11 days.
Usual car hire,usual place to stay, usual Tavernas, usual sun beds.
Boring, us ?





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Plakias / Re: Major building work underway at far end!!
« on: June 12, 2019, 05:01:25 PM »
Main bits came on the back of a low loader.
Today they are fitting the covered sitting area at the front.
Looks fairly permanent to me ?

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Plakias / Major building work underway at far end!!
« on: June 11, 2019, 04:39:09 PM »
A new beach bar under construction about 75 yards from the Palagremos beach bar, and towards the far ends so will be giving the existing bar a bit of competition !!
Looks like it will be finished and open by week end and it is directly opposite the Plakias Suites accommodation so may be something to do with that set up ?

( sorry for the sensational headline, but had to get your attention)

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Plakias / Impromptu music ???
« on: June 07, 2019, 07:54:15 AM »
Settled in to Plakias again and went for a meal last night at Ksezoni ( next to Cosy Corner)
Part way thru the meal, a group of men started singing and playing local Greek music.
Really made our evening.
BUT:
A film crew from Greek National tv then appeared and made a video of the event.
Not as impromptu as we thought.
Still, great meal and something you don't come across every night !!

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Plakias / Re: Car hire
« on: June 04, 2019, 07:31:00 PM »
We go Along with that.
Avoid Gold Car at any cost !!

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Plakias / Not dead, just sleeping
« on: June 04, 2019, 05:51:18 PM »
Back in Plakias today for our ? Th visit .
As usual, staying with George at Crete Mare for 12 nights.
Just been to se Sifri and Ana for a Mithos and booked a table at Gio Mar for 8.15.
Nothing much seems to have changed but will
wander about the town tomorrow and see what is going on and.will report back later in the week.
 Don't despair.
Still life in the old town yet.


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Where to eat...or not! / No more Harakas ?
« on: December 22, 2018, 08:58:06 PM »
Email from Sonja today.
Husband Lambros has retired so they will now no longer be at Harakas Taverna.
One of our "must" eating places every time we have visited Plakias.
They will be much missed by us.
Wish them well for a long and happy retirement and hope to see then sometime about town ?

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Plakias / Re: September update
« on: September 25, 2018, 07:03:19 PM »
Now back home after 11 days in Plakias.

One of the best  holidays we have had there.

Accommodation at Creta Mare was excellent.

Eating out was as usual first class.

Beach and swimming has no equal in our view.

Weather could have been kinder.
One thunder storm and heavy rain one night/morning and 3 or 4 days were very windy, even for Plakias.
But non of this detracted from our enjoyment of our holiday.

The town was getting fairly busy as we left with a lot of British holiday makers coming in during the last few days of our stay.
But still a good mix of nationalities using the town, which we like to see.
But many, many regular returnees to be seen, of all nationalities.
And this is what gives the locals their optimism for the future. With so many people coming back year after year, it lets them know that they must be doing something right.

In my previous post I outlined some of the changes to the town but our general feeling was this:

The whole area is now looking more prosperous and the locals seem to us to have more faith in their towns future as a successful holiday resort.
Most accommodation is full and Tavernas well used (booking a table now necessary in some of them).
Beaches very busy and particularly with holiday makers coming into town from other resorts for the day. So pressure on sun beds in some areas.
Minor changes/improvements/enlargements to accommodation are ongoing and many of the tired or run down sites are now updated, re painted and back in use.
The town overall now looks much better and looks like it means it.

We will be back in Plakias with George at Creta Mare again next year in early June and again in early September.

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