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Plakias / Re: Embrace Plakias while you can
« Last post by ian s on October 07, 2019, 03:34:06 PM »
I tend to agree the wind and the distance will put many off (thankfully).  Also the fact that there is no through road in Plakias.

The building work is very rapid, but when youíre on the beach itself you donít notice it.  And at the end of the day the mountain and sea views remain the same.

Also had it not been for development in the 70ís 80ís we probably wouldnít be here.  So we canít really complain too much.
Holiday Companies / Car Hire
« Last post by Colin & Sandra on October 07, 2019, 03:16:35 PM »
I know its been covered previously, but not recently, and usually included under a different subject title which makes it difficult to find. So once again, would anyone who has any recent experiences with car hire companies in Crete please share them. Particularly looking at (but not limited to) the Airport based companies. This is now becoming more important without the coach transfers.

Many thanks
Plakias / Re: Embrace Plakias while you can
« Last post by thrillers on October 06, 2019, 04:49:22 PM »
2 things will keep it relatively 'safe'

THE WIND - we just did 19 nights and 4 days we wind affected and

THE DISTANCE - unless they do something spectacular with the roads then no all inclusive is bus people 2 hours from Heraklion or Chania
Plakias / Re: Embrace Plakias while you can
« Last post by Richard on September 30, 2019, 08:03:58 PM »
The building by Paligremnos beach isn't to my liking, but at least they are low-level. I stayed near a small village on the Algarve coast in 2001, just as the first multi-storey blocks were going up en masse. It could be a lot worse, and Plakias is still essentially the same in many ways.

Quite by chance we booked our flights for next May with BA a few weeks ago. I'm not usually anything like that well-organised. Lucky I guess....

Plakias / Re: Souda beach no longer naturist
« Last post by Richard on September 30, 2019, 07:58:11 PM »
I'm not really a nudist, clothes-off type or whatever name it goes by, but keep thinking that I must try one year. The 'kit optional' beaches haven't ever offended/bothered me, can't see what the fuss is about really. Everyone turned a blind eye for years and all was well. Still, good to hear that it's official now.
Plakias / Webcams back up and running
« Last post by Colin & Sandra on September 30, 2019, 04:40:30 PM »
At last, been missing my daily fix
Plakias / Embrace Plakias while you can
« Last post by Colin & Sandra on September 30, 2019, 03:51:38 PM »
Recently back from 2 weeks in Ialyssos on Rhodos, we fancied a change and hadn't been there for about 30 years. We rented some great apartments from a friend and took ourselves off independently with flights with Thomas Cook (just back in time).
The resort itself was like Benidorm or any other over developed resort you can think of. The sea was a beautiful blue BUT the beaches where like a building site, rubble, rubbish, fag ends everywhere, even stood in some Sh!t next to a sunbed (which were 10 euros! a day for a set). The food mostly very much the same everywhere, all served with a pile of instant rice and freezer chips, no bread supplied with starters unless you asked, no oil on the tables, very few freebies, only an ouso once, and a local liquor at an out of way way restaurant. Generally I would say a evening meal with local wine was costing us 8 to 10 Euros a day more than at Plakias.
Had bars with Karaoke, bars with over 12 flat screen TV's all showing a different channel, British louts stood in the middle of the road arguing with Taxi drivers about the cost.

Got to say that I thought Rhodes Airport excellent, even better than the much improved Heraklion, and don't mention Manchester T1

But the point of my rant is, ENJOY PLAKAIS, Even with all the building work, bloody ringo's, jetskis, wind, storms, plague of locusts, etc. it is still at least 20 times better than many places.

Already booked 22 nights independently for next June, flights with Easyjet, booked just before the price went sky high, Rooms at Castello Apartments booked (anyone got any reports...looks nice on tripadvisor),and better price than Kostas, Just Car Rental left to sort out.
Plakias / Re: Souda beach no longer naturist
« Last post by Colin & Sandra on September 30, 2019, 03:05:15 PM »
That's good to know, maybe give Souda another go next year. I'm with you all the way,
Whats even worse than swimming with trunks on........having to lay in the sun with wet trucks on ::)
Plakias / Re: Souda beach no longer naturist
« Last post by thrillers on September 29, 2019, 03:03:14 PM »
Ok, the latest news on the Souda and Plakias beach situation is as follows. We went to Souda today (home tomorrow) and spoke to the sun bed guy. I mentioned the June Police raid and he said that following that there were heated discussions with the Police and the upshot is that Souda and Plakias are now OFFICIALLY NUDIST. It seems that the authorities were persuaded by the fact that if the Police lent on the nudists (so to speak) then they would all go elsewhere and that (on his estimate) would remove 30% of the occupants from Souda and Plakias. Over the course of a season that must amount to several thousand people and several million euro to the local economy. btw I hate being classified as a 'nudist' I just don't see the need for clothes on a beach and why anyone would want to swim with trunks on is totally beyond me.
Plakias / Re: Not dead, just sleeping
« Last post by Richard on September 29, 2019, 01:08:31 AM »
The 'old' town is indeed as nice as ever, but the pace of change by Paligremnos beach at the far end is astonishing this year. Felt a little sorry for some of those whose sea view to the SW will disappear.
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