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Plakias / Re: FIRE
« on: July 09, 2013, 02:42:58 PM »
It's always sad to hear of fires in Plakias - and with the growth of the internet we now get the bad news very quickly. Having been a regular visitor for years, I can only say that the area will recover - as many other parts of the region have in the past. Best news is that it would appear there were no serious injuries.

And Jackie - I didn't know you were in Plymouth - I was until January this year, when I moved back to Cornwall, land of my birth. However, I'm now in Torpoint, so not far away.

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Plakias / Re: FIRE
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:48:20 PM »
It would appear that things are under control now (Picture pinched from the Plakias facebook group)

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Plakias / Re: FIRE
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:32:44 PM »
Slightly edited posts from Ali in Plakias: 
Big fire up over the Calypso headland. Unfortunately really strong wind so whilst they are fighting hard to control it, it's proving difficult.
They appear to have water, the irrigation water must be OK. We could see one fireman doing a great job fighting the fire. Barb, we are talking about the headland, up above Plakias Bay Hotel!

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Plakias / Re: Plakias far end v Souda
« on: June 27, 2013, 08:29:29 PM »
I haven't tried Souda for several years - might give it a go this year if weather conditions are not ideal.

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Plakias / Re: bars
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:55:30 AM »
Beer + rock and pop music - Ostraco - upstairs

Beer + rock and pop music (same, but a bit quieter - Ostraco - downstairs

Beer + unpredictable music choice - Smerna

Beer at sunset - and beyond - On the Rocks

Beer + youf music - Joes bar

Beer after a nice coffee, with chilled music and free nibbles - Frame (good for the sunset too)

Beer + bingo - Livicon - aka 'The Legion'

Beer + satellite sports- Kyma

--- removing tongue from cheek I would add that other options are available, but not so many that you can't try them all!!!!!

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Where to eat...or not! / Re: Lobster Spaghetti
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:43:30 AM »
Hey Barny,
Will we ever get to share that Mythos?
Got your dates for 2014 fixed yet?
John

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Where to eat...or not! / Re: Lobster Spaghetti
« on: June 24, 2013, 02:51:13 PM »
I think I'll be giving it a try in September too!

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Where to eat...or not! / Re: Lobster Spaghetti
« on: June 23, 2013, 09:55:15 PM »
I'm afraid that I don't recall seeing lobster spaghetti on any Plakias menu. As a poor (pun intended) substitute I can recommend the seafood pasta at Kri-Kri.
I can only suggest that you ask around when you get to the resort (I'm sure Nikos at Ostraco would have some ideas)

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Plakias / Re: a sandy beach ?
« on: June 06, 2013, 02:14:58 PM »
The beach is always moving. Daily changes due to wind and tide can be quite subtle - but after a storm you might well see dramatic differences. Vast quantities of sand will sometimes move from one end of the bay to the other - then slowly it makes its way back!

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Where to eat...or not! / Re: Kastro
« on: May 09, 2013, 01:24:07 AM »
Bad luck Noopsy! We're usually there in September/early October - and it's always been open then.

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Where to eat...or not! / Re: Kastro
« on: May 04, 2013, 01:20:47 PM »
It's uphill, but not a difficult walk, and only takes a few minutes. It's worth it for the view over Plakias alone. I enjoy the walk back too - we usually head to Frame for an after dinner coffee.

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2013 Holidays
« on: April 29, 2013, 03:27:34 PM »
Daza - I went to Thassos about 10 years ago and thought it was fantastic. If I didn't go to Plakias, I think Thassos would be my second choice.

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Where to eat...or not! / Re: Kastro
« on: April 29, 2013, 03:06:08 PM »
Agreed. We always visit a couple of times when we are in town.

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic-Will they give lift (Flight Only)
« on: March 18, 2013, 03:20:26 PM »
It's always worth asking! It might be worth finding out if you can pay for a transfer. I've done that in the past - but not with Olympic.
Generally holiday companies will not do 'lifts' - they say that they need a list of passengers in advance, as they are then covered for insurance.
Also, there is no set way Olympic arrange transfers. If there are a lot of people they might have a coach - otherwise they use minibuses or even taxis - whatever is cheapest!

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PlakChat / Re: Car rental at Heraklion Airport
« on: February 21, 2013, 04:35:02 PM »
We've been hiring cars for our 2 week holidays for the last few years. With Olympic transfers being a nightmare, we were taking taxis. Add the cost of two airport to Plakias journeys and it's not a lot less than 2 week car hire. Having the car available makes it easy to pop up to Sellia for dinner, or nip up to Reythimno for a night out.
I usually book a few weeks before departure, and use either Holiday Autos or Rentalcars. Both are UK based, and have arrangements with various local firms so they can offer a selection and competitive prices. Last year we paid about £240 for a Golf - collected and returned to Heraklion Airport.
Prices do vary day to day, so it's worth watching the different sites.
I do check most years, but sadly I usually find that the UK sites are cheaper than using the local ones.

Having said that, if you don't intend leaving the resort, give Zak a ring for taxi transfers. Oh! - don't forget to let the reps know that you're making your own way to the resort, as otherwise they be looking for you at the airport and holding everyone else up.

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