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Plakias / Full time report ?
« Last post by Daniel on September 23, 2020, 09:00:06 AM »
Ok, now that 2020 season is just about over in Plakias, time for those lucky ( or brave ) enough to visit this year to share their experience of Plakias this year under very unusual conditions.

What did you find different ? What is new and what is no longer there ?
How was the journey to and from Plakias with all the restrictions ?
How was the airport and airplane experience for you ?
How many visitors and from what nationality were they ?
What were the tavernas like, full every night, part full or some not opening ?
Same for the bars ?
How was the beach and sun bed situation?
Accommodation all open or some still closed ?
Any new building work done, being done or planned ?
Were the safety guidelines being followed in bars, tavernas, shops, supermarkets etc ?
Did the September festival take place ?
And how did our friends the Plakias people cope with this trying year ?
What are their hopes and fears for 2021 ?

And finally, if things do not improve, a vaccine is not available and restrictions are still in place, what are your views on 2021 Plakias holidays ?
But I hope and pray that that is not so, restrictions are lifted and we can re visit in June and September next year.
Plakias / Re: October ?
« Last post by conway s on September 12, 2020, 01:08:39 PM »
well we have given up on getting back to Plakias this year Easyjet have allowed us to transfer our booking to next April for the Greek easter so will just have to wait until then. What with Thomas Cooke then Easyjet and the pandemic will us aficionados of Plakias ever get back there.
Plakias / Re: October ?
« Last post by greek1 on September 11, 2020, 02:54:08 PM »
looks like easyjet are trimming their schedule. Our Tuesday Edinburgh return fight has just been cancelled grrr. But have managed to re-book a sat to sat holiday. so fingers crossed, don't want to miss my visit to kastro and that fantastic view. Anyone looking for insurance try They provide cover even if the fco is advising against travel
Plakias / Re: October ?
« Last post by conway s on September 11, 2020, 01:20:44 PM »
Got the same news myself blown out of the water again. Car booked at airport in Heraklion. Other flights not suitable , like you get the money back have a rethink.
Plakias / Re: October ?
« Last post by JBMouse on September 11, 2020, 10:58:29 AM »
Easyjet have cancelled our flights, so we are getting a refund, limited availability to Crete on other dates, and at a much higher cost, so that, together with needing to quarantine makes Crete a no go, such a pity, never missed a year yet to Plakias. However, my grey matter has been hard at it to work out how to get to Greece this year as we love it, and my ouzo stocks are dangerously low, so Kalamata area looks possible for similar dates, though only 9 nights, no need to quarantine (at the moment) but we were due to go there in June then it was cancelled, so might get another crack at it, just hoping the early October weather will be as good as southern Crete.
Plakias / Re: October ?
« Last post by John R on September 10, 2020, 04:24:33 PM »
Staysure is offering cover for places where FO advises against travel due to COVID and also covering you for COVID etc,
Plakias / Re: October ?
« Last post by JBMouse on September 10, 2020, 02:00:08 PM »
It looks like our holiday on October first will have to be scrapped if Crete remains on the No non-essential travel advisory from the FCOD, as our insurance would be invalidated. No problems quarantining, but the insurance side of things makes it a no go. Easyjet still flying those dates, so no chance of a refund, possibly only vouchers for next year, which we might not be able to use, so we selfishly are looking to easyjet to cancel all flights, then we get a refund, as we did when our June Greek holiday was cancelled (Kalamata).
All the best to everyone in Plakias, after over 20 years going there I hope I can get there again soon as I have not said my goodbyes.
PlakChat / Webcams
« Last post by Colin & Sandra on September 10, 2020, 10:41:48 AM »
Has anyone been looking at the Paleaochora beach webcams recently, the last 2 days the beach has been nearly deserted and the weathers looks great all along the south coast. It must be terrible for all the businesses on the Island.
It would have been nice to see what Sfakia was like but none of the cams has worked for months, Probably have a drive up there Sept/Oct and give them a bit of trade with lunch by the harbour.
Matala looks quite busy though today
Plakias / Re: October ?
« Last post by Colin & Sandra on September 10, 2020, 10:25:13 AM »
Still on for the 20th. Tui cancelled our flight with Olympic, so our stay at Sofia Hotels gone. (16 week wait for refund)
So got very reasonable flights out with Jet2 and back with Easyjet, Car hires booked, and 23 nights at Castello arranged.
Nothing else can possibly upset our plans can it?   
Plakias / Re: October ?
« Last post by Daniel on September 10, 2020, 09:02:55 AM »
I know that we will not be in Plakias in September this year, but is the end of month local festival still planned or will the Covid  restrictions mean that it has to be cancelled ?
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