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Holiday Companies / Re: Transfer from Plakias to Heraklion
« on: October 11, 2017, 04:28:28 PM »
My worst was 5½ hours Heraklion to Plakias. This was many years ago, and if I remember correctly it was with Thompson. Yes, there used to be a choice of tour operator. At one time there were seven different UK companies offering holidays in Plakias.

These days, you don't always get a transfer with Olympic, but we don't use them if they are offered.
Taxis are a faster and more convenient option - or get someone from Plakias to pop out and pick you up.

Our normal solution is to hire a car at the airport. If you deduct the cost of taxis each way then it costs little extra to have transport available - to go for dinner in Sellia, or seek out a sheltered beach if it's windy in Plakias.

PlakChat / Re: What is it like in Plakias in November?
« on: October 24, 2016, 05:01:12 PM »
It was a few years ago, but I enjoyed a holiday in Plakias in early November. The place is very different - quiet and peaceful. There were a few supermarkets open, and several tavernas - including Sifis of course! Ostraco was open, and full of relaxed locals.
Best of all for me, the beach was beautiful - no sunbeds, and I enjoyed a swim every day, as the sea was still warm. It did get a little chilly in the evenings, but that didn't worry me!
I'd say go for it, and you won't be disappointed.

Plakias / Re: Major fire in Plakias
« on: May 11, 2015, 12:03:58 PM »
I noticed this link on Facebook this morning, with the tag

'On the early morning of May 10th, a lovely town of Plakias in Crete caught fire. The fire completely wiped out a few local tavernas. Luckily, nobody was hurt! However, the tavernas is what keeps the place going, builds economy, and feeds locals after the season is over. Let's help raise money to help these people rebuild!'

So here's a way we can all chip in.  Please support our friends - I have!

Plakias / Re: Major fire in Plakias
« on: May 10, 2015, 03:20:46 PM »
So sad to see many of my favourite places ruined. BUT - buildings do not make Plakias what is is, and always will be. Plakias is in a beautiful location, but it's the wonderful, spirited people who make it great. They, like Plakias itself, WILL rise to another challenge and make it even better. My thoughts and best wishes are with everyone in town.
As for what we can do to help - what we always do I guess - keep talking about Plakias, keep up with the regular visits and spread our thoughts and best wishes far and wide.

Plakias / Lance Chilton - Sad news!
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:20:30 PM »
Many forum members will have encountered Lance during their time in Greece. Sadly, I never met him, but we swopped email many times. I was always impressed by his knowledge, gentle manner and downright enthusiasm.
Below is the text of a message I received from one of his close friends.

If you did not already know, Lance Chilton died of an acute heart attack in the evening of 30th July, in his 60th year.  Hazel and I had a 'phone call from his wife Hilary the following day.

Anyone interested might like to know that he will be cremated at the Mintlyn Crematorium, Kings Lynn on Monday 18th August 2014 at 13.00.

We know that many of his friends from the early 1980's (when he began the Botanical Specials and before he produced the walk booklets as 'Marengo') through to the 2000's will be attending the funeral.

He had been ill with an entirely unrelated condition for some years.  This had slowed him down. Also, because of a change of policy by the owners of several guided books, he and Hilary were unable to update their walk booklets alongside their contributions to guides of the Greek islands.

Hilary is proposing to scatter his ashes on the island of Thasos sometime next year.
Lance  was a lovely man who gave much pleasure to many people with his kindness, patience and love of plants.  His freehand drawing of maps was unsurpassed so that his walking guides actually worked - he had walked them all several times and often in the reverse direction!

Lance, you will be missed - but you've left a legacy that will endure for many years.!

Where to eat...or not! / Re: Sofia Restaurant - Avoid
« on: July 19, 2014, 02:35:40 AM »
Amazed here too!
We've used Sofia many times over the past decade, and never had a bad meal or bad service. Indeed, they are always friendly and helpful.
I can only imagine that one of the waiters was having a bad day during your visit Colin and Sandra.

Plakias / Re: Any changes ?
« on: May 29, 2014, 08:22:08 PM »
No further suggestions here then - but maybe I'll try it out in September..........

Plakias / Re: Any changes ?
« on: May 29, 2014, 03:05:29 PM »
Just a guess - if it's pink it's probably taramasalata.

Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2014 (already)
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:19:38 PM »
Well I'm not upset!
The forum is for anything relating to Plakias, and Olympic plays a big part in getting us there. I also struggle with understanding their business practices.

Plakias / Re: busy in end May / start June?
« on: April 17, 2014, 10:54:27 AM »
Another factor is that the sea temperature in Autumn is considerably higher than Spring.

Plakias / Re: It's gone very quiet !
« on: August 21, 2013, 07:31:14 PM »
Funny how the regulars always know well in advance where they will be eating on their first night it town.

Plakias / Re: It's gone very quiet !
« on: August 21, 2013, 04:11:51 PM »
Ah! Wonderful retsina! Trouble is, it never tastes as good at home

Plakias / Re: It's gone very quiet !
« on: August 21, 2013, 01:27:41 PM »
Get over the sulks Barny - you'll be back next year.

As for me, I'm busy trying to get loads done before setting of for Plakias in a few weeks time!!!!!

Where to eat...or not! / Re: Sirocco Restaurant
« on: August 07, 2013, 02:31:48 AM »
Right Noopsy - but I think we'll be trying Sirocco again in September

Plakias / Off season.
« on: July 28, 2013, 03:28:30 PM »
Anyone visited off season? It's worth the effort, as Plakias is totally different when the season ends. We had a great time, and I'd love to do it again. However, we had to fly Heathrow-> Athens -> Crete. This was not as bad - or expensive- as it sounds, but takes a great deal more time.

I'd be interested to hear from anyone who's visited in the quiet times!

But the main reason for this post is that a group of Crete ex-pats are currently trying to get direct flights to Crete from the UK all year round, which would be a great benefit to them, and to us when we decided to go for a winter break. Please take the time to add your name to the petition here:

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