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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2019
« Last post by Mike G on May 18, 2019, 02:40:09 PM »
The welcome pack Olympic gave me on my arrival at Dora Studios said that the rep service was now described as "Tailor Made" which meant there were no rep visits, no Welcome meeting and if you needed to contact the rep there was a phone no given. If you didn't have a phone I guess it was "tough". Their wording implied this was a big improvement in the service when in fact it is the opposite. Also you were only met at the airport if you had booked the taxi transfer (at, as a previous contributor says, 50% more that the local firms charge). I was fine with all this as have been many times but would not have been if it was my first visit.

I used a local taxi booked online and it worked fine. 110 each way although I was told at least one of the locals was quoting 100. Interestingly the taxi meter read about 170.

My feeling was that there were few LGW Olympic clients there owing to the lack of transfer. Manchester clients had a transfer; whether this continues in 2020 remains to be seen.

The place was  very quiet with only Kri Kri, Gorgona, and to some extent Manousssis (next to Medusa) doing decent trade that |I saw. Far end very quiet, although all the umbrellas were installed.

Annoyingly the winter storms had thrown up a line of stones as you entered the sea for almost the whole of the far end which made getting into the sea difficult for those of a certain age.

I wonder how much longer Olympic will feature Plakias. I'm told Love Holidays go there (and no it isn't a "swingers" holiday company).

Still a great place to be though.
PlakChat / Re: Kourtaliotiko Gorge road
« Last post by Richard on April 22, 2019, 12:52:39 PM »
Thank you, tarmac we can do without, as long as it is passable, although it would be better! We spent many hours exploring the island on what were marked as roads on maps, but were in fact stone tracks, in a little Suzuki 'cube' (not sure what they're called) some years ago, so should be fine.
PlakChat / Re: Kourtaliotiko Gorge road
« Last post by Frank And Julie on April 22, 2019, 07:10:10 AM »
Yes you can pass with a car now, the road has been re-built and stoned but no tarmac at the moment but this is due any day I am told.
PlakChat / Kourtaliotiko Gorge road
« Last post by Richard on April 21, 2019, 08:20:15 PM »
Does anyone know if it's passable yet by road traffic? I hope to come end of May.

Many thanks!
Plakias / Re: Update
« Last post by FionaCW on March 20, 2019, 11:55:30 AM »
Frank & Julie - thank you for the update, so many people are interested in Plakias life and especially after the bad weather - its good to know everyone ok.  Looks like a lovely day there today, Charlie hopefully paddling with his pal !  Bit to go before we're out there in September again....webcam and your updates keep us all going !
Plakias / Re: Update
« Last post by Arnaki on March 18, 2019, 09:06:36 PM »
Thanks for the update.  It is good to know that repairs are coming along, but it is such a shame that the damage happened in the first place.  Looking forward to our next visit in the summer.
Plakias / Re: Update
« Last post by JBMouse on March 18, 2019, 10:42:58 AM »
Thanks for the update, in normal circumstances it is nice to hear of the life in and around Plakias, always makes us feel homesick, and wishing we, like you, could live there, but the news about the widespread flooding and subsequent damage is not so good, but I would hope that the repairs all get done, and life for the great people of Plakias returns to peaceful normality soon.
As usual counting the days 'til October, and our Plakias holiday, although Lesvos will see us back there in June!
Agapame tin Ellada!
Plakias / Re: Update
« Last post by Colin & Sandra on March 18, 2019, 06:32:24 AM »
Thank you very much for going to the trouble of posting that, a beer on me if we meet this summer
Plakias / Update
« Last post by Frank And Julie on March 17, 2019, 10:52:57 PM »
Things are slowly getting ready for the new season here, still a lot of damage by the flooding with many roads badly damaged, it has not rained here a lot for a couple of weeks but there is still a lot of water coming down the mountains and running at the side of roads showing how much water there is still seeping through the ground.

The road by Preveli bridge was badly damaged as further up the river could not take the extra flow so it formed a new river running parallel to the main one going around rather than under the bridge taking the road with it, work has stared on the repair of this so should be finished for the new season.

The beach itself was also badly damaged as the river now runs straight into the sea and not curving at the beach this new outfall was so wide it washed away a good 1/3rd of the beach so I am guessing they will have to get a machine in there somehow to try and remodel the beach, the palm trees seem largely unaffected.

The road at the entrance of the Kourtaliotiko Gorge was completely destroyed and will take at least another 6 weeks to repair so all traffic is having to use the smaller Kotsifou Gorge.
There was a significant landslide caused by the rain just outside the new harbour, this blocked the road completely, it was quickly cleared but still is a big mess with piles of soil both sided of the road.

The ATM next to the fish spar was literally blown up a few weeks ago by a failed robbery attempt causing a lot of damage to the ATM and the front and side of the Fish Spa, I guess again this will be replaced by the new season but is just boarded up at the moment.
The new development at Palegrimnos has been put back a year so no change.

A bit of building work going on but no major new developments just the odd house here and there.
Im sure it will be all put back together before the main season starts.

Charlie is getting older now and slowing down a bit (our dog) our niece is now living with us and we have also her Pug called Bella so you might see them both playing in the sea.

Life is good here we have many good friends and enjoy every day !
Plakias / Re: Car hire
« Last post by JaneGary on March 10, 2019, 11:26:07 PM »
Thanks all for your advice!
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