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Plakias / Re: News
« on: July 30, 2017, 07:01:39 PM »
And I'll be there on Tuesday - maybe we'll meet this time Barny.

Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic rep saga
« on: June 20, 2017, 11:18:38 PM »
If it wasn't for the transfers, I'd probably travel independently, although a package gives ABTA  protection. Having said that, I couldn't get anything much cheaper independently for the high season. Next year we'll no longer be tied to school holidays so hope to get a bargain one way or another (may catch up with you then Daza!!)

Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic rep saga
« on: June 15, 2017, 08:23:54 PM »
I've not been to Plakias yet this summer, so no first-hand information. However I've been told that Elspeth is still the Olympic rep. Looking forward to meeting her in August.

Plakias / Re: The Beach
« on: April 27, 2017, 09:58:53 PM »
Happy holidays everyone! I have to wait until August, but the wait will be worth it.

Plakias / Re: Gavdos
« on: April 14, 2017, 03:56:45 PM »
A few years ago a ferry was brought in which sat in the new harbour waiting to sort out paperwork that never came through. That was intended to go to Gavdos.

Ask at Smerna Bar. There is a trip advertised on the small harbour but when we enquired, we were told that it needed something like 15 people (and calm weather I expect).

Turn up to Plakias in hope rather than expectation. Otherwise do as Hugo says and look at the main ferry timetable.  Please report back if you manage the trip.

And it's happening again! Flight originally 6.15am from Manchester, now moved to 8.15am, still with Enter Air. It's not a major change and at least means we won't have a ridiculously early departure from Plakias for the mystery bus tour back to the airport.

Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic Loyalty Bonus (or not)
« on: February 07, 2017, 11:07:14 AM »
I recently booked a holiday to Plakias with Olympic and asked about the loyalty scheme they used to have. I was told that they hope to introduce another scheme shortly. I thought the news might interest people here, if it does come about.

Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic (again)
« on: February 06, 2017, 07:34:21 PM »
I'm booked for August from Manchester, with transfers.  As far as I can tell from Manchester it is only the ASLFrance and EnterAir flights that have transfers - and I assumed that's because they are Olympic's own charters. I think I would go independently if there were no coach - and don't really mind the magical mystery tour - due to additional cost of taxi (and cost and wrecked nerves of hiring a car).  So I really hope that there is a transfer when summer rolls around.

I was booking online but I had to phone up because the site crashed when I went to the final stage.  The price the nice man gave me was about 200 more than the price I had online. I took a quick screen shot in case I had to argue; fortunately his online search brought up the same price as I had; it was already top of our budget and I wouldn't have paid any more, even for Plakias.  It's happened before. Very odd.

PlakChat / Re: What is it like in Plakias in November?
« on: November 13, 2016, 03:54:22 PM »
We had a lovely holiday at the end of October once.  Usually it is isn't possible to get away to Greece at October half-term (sorry being very parochial - I should say the time when most English schools have half-term).  After this year we won't be limited to school holidays, but for the sake of others, it would be good if the last package flight back could be after the half-term holidays.  After that I think that the locals deserve to enjoy the beach, the sea and the weather to themselves. They need a break too.

Holiday Companies / Re: Jet2 flight competition
« on: November 09, 2016, 01:39:13 PM »
Lucky you!  I have been to Katelios twice and Skala once.  When we went to Skala it was quite small, but has grown into a large resort now by comparison.  Perhaps my view is coloured by the fact I had seen it much smaller.

Katelios I love, and we went in 2002ish and 2013ish.  There have been only a few changes in that time.  It remains small, with a good number of tavernas, several on the beachside.  The accommodation is all low rise and spread out, so it feels green and airy.  The resort itself is fairly flat but surrounded by hills.  The beach isn't much to write home about, but there is a small harbour.  There is a clifftop walk over to the next beach, where turtles nest.  I am disabled and we didn't hire a car, so this is out of the question for me.  If you are a Far Ender, opportunities in the Katelios area are not great.  There is a bay in Skala which is/was naturist, but last time we went (on a day out from Katelios), cliff and beach erosion made it impossible to get round without swimming. I think the turtle beach may have opportunities, but don't take my word for it.

There were several buses from Katelios when we went first time, but more recently buses were extremely rare and at the wrong time.  We went on an organised coach trip to Skala for about 7E per person (I think).  Apart from that we wandered in the local area. We were there at half-term in May, but in high season I understand there is a water taxi to Skala and Poros and boat trips out.  Otherwise, a car would be very useful.

This website has useful information and a walkabout:

We stayed at Efrosini, which are lovely apartments with large balconies, large rooms, well equipped with a large pool.  It also has lots of cats but we managed to show them that they weren't welcome and they just walk over our patio and on the next one, giving us a look of disdain.  The feeling was mutual.

Katelios is a small, quiet, laid-back resort with plenty of good restaurants and a few bars, and good walking opportunities.

On the other hand, a second trip to Plakias isn't a bad idea!

Plakias / Re: The "real Donutman" passed away.
« on: November 01, 2016, 01:43:32 PM »
Hi mandmshow,

Just so you don't get a shock if you go back next year, and are served doughnuts by the same person as this year, the "real" doughnut man became too ill to continue a few years ago and had to give up.  The current doughnut man you would have met this summer is a relative, I believe, and I assume is still alive and well. 


Plakias / Re: The "real Donutman" passed away.
« on: September 21, 2016, 01:51:53 PM »
Saddened to hear the news.  We had been missing his cheeky comments ever since he had to stop a few years ago.  Rest in peace. 

Holiday Companies / Re: Small Planet flight S5225/6
« on: August 30, 2016, 08:22:20 PM »
We've only once had a four hour transfer. We've also been lucky enough to be given a taxi both ways when we went late in the season. I've found that the trip back does usually tend to be longer than on arrival. We landed early today back in Manchester. I think they must over estimate the time to avoid having late arrivals and consequent compensation issues. Funny and a bit scary that the flight was absent without a trace! How odd.

Holiday Companies / Re: Small Planet flight S5225/6
« on: August 30, 2016, 06:04:52 PM »
Yes, sadly just got back. The flight came into Heraklion on time and we were boarded and away on time. Great flight, lovely informative captain. I can't say anything against them, except that they've flown me back to reality, a pile of washing and work tomorrow!

By the way the transfer was 3 hrs 15 mins each way.

Have a lovely holiday when it comes.

Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic rep saga
« on: August 27, 2016, 03:02:58 PM »
Actually, Les is currently the rep for Plakias on an emergency, part-time basis, as yet another rep has been and gone. He is doing this along with his main job in Agia Marina. There have been some communication problems between Olympic and the accommodation providers. Kostas was told a couple were here for a week, so allocated us their room. When we arrived, there was great concern that they had gone off for the day without vacating the room. However, when they returned it turned out they were here for two weeks. I have also heard that this week people turned up at Dora only to find that Olympic hadn't told Dora that they were coming! I assume this communication problem is to do with main office, rather than Les, but it all feels very shambolic.

If you have any specific accommodation requests, I'd advise you to contact Kosta Chryssoula direct. They have a website.

So the saga continues....

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