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Europe » Greece » Crete » Plakias October 1st 2018

Note: there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary. Also, if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged image and you will be transferred to the photo gallery where you can scroll through all the photos. You can return to the text anytime. Thursday 27th September Not much to report nor even display as the weather was not very good. There was intermittent rain throughout the day and we got caught in a couple of light showers when we went for a walk in Plakias town. We had a light lunch of vegetable soup which one member of our team did not rate very highly on account of lack of taste; although I thought it was ok. The view from the restaurant was also ... read more
Plakias to Agios Pavlos
Sleeping Dragon at Agios Pavlos
Agios Pavlos Hotel logo

Europe » Greece » Crete » Plakias September 26th 2018

Reminder: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/8 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Tuesday 25th September: As the weather forecast for the rest of the week was not looking good, high winds and rain, we decided to make the most of the good weather and go for a walk to the church of Timios Stavros at the top of the mountain overlooking Damnoni Beach. Since our last visit in May the track leading to the start point of the walk, halfway ... read more
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Get to the top, and the church of Timios Stavros

Europe » Greece » Crete » Plakias September 24th 2018

Note: there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary. Also, if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged image and you will be transferred to the photo gallery where you can scroll through all the photos. You can return to the text anytime. Sunday 23 September Things went very smoothly on the way to Bristol Airport, no delays or diversions, but when we called the Park&Go meet and greet service there was no answer. Several more calls and still no response, also no sign of a representative at the Express Drop-off where we were supposed to hand over the car. Fortunately the very helpful lady on duty at the Airport Information Desk saved the day. She took the details of our meet and greet ... read more
Plakias Bay
Damnoni Beach
Amoudi Beach on the right and Damnoni in the centre background

Europe » Greece » Crete » Chania » Platanias July 27th 2018

I'm pretty sure, that everybody knows myths and legends about Greece, it's Gods and Goddess, olive oil and of course Greek salad. And that is true. Greece (in my case island Crete) is the place where you'll leave a small part of your heart, it's real so. We spent one week on Crete, but it wasn't enough. So many tours and places-to-visit that we were confused, but just a little bit. And we decided to start with walking through Planatanias, near Chania. Actually, this is the place we lived in. If you aren't fond of crowd of tourists (be ready for this), turn round the corner and you'll see true Crete. The first place we have visited wasn't a beach (unexpectedly?), it was a family tavern “Drakiana” located quite far from the center. A small remark, ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Crete » Kissamos May 13th 2018

Reminder: there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Friday 11th May: a rather overcast day so we didn’t want to head directly to the beaches and instead went to one of our favourite places near Kissamos; the ancient site of Polyrinnia. It’s only 7 kms out of town and, even better, if one follows the road sign in the centre of Kissamos Polyrinnia is at the end of the road: no satnav required. Sadly, the cafe at the archaeological site wasn’t open so after we had climbed up to the acropolis and back we had to go elsewhere for lunch. We drove ... read more
Polyrinnia
Polyrinnia  view south to Siri Kari Gorge
Polyrinnia view north to Kissamos

Europe » Greece » Crete » Plakias May 10th 2018

Reminder: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/8 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Tuesday 8th May. No more rain and the skies were clear so we decided to head back up the mountain to the Timios Stavros church: easier now we were familiar with the route. It turned out to be much easier than our first climb; presumably because the uncertainty had gone and we could pace ourselves. An enjoyable walk/climb in warm sunshine and with great views. Afterwards, ... read more
Timios Stavros revisited
If ever a climb was worth it
When the going gets tough.....

Europe » Greece » Crete » Plakias May 7th 2018

Reminder: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/8 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Sunday 6th May: the plan was to drive to Sfakia and get a ferry to Loutro; which is one of the most highly rated places to visit in Crete. Sfakia is 40 kms / 25 miles from Plakias but as it’s a winding mountain road it took us 1 hour 20 minutes to get to there. When we arrived we walked down to the harbour to check the ... read more
The road to Sfakia
The road to Sfakia
Sfakia commercial port

Europe » Greece » Crete » Plakias May 6th 2018

Reminder: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/8 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Blog 2 Friday 4th May: Our objective for the morning was to climb a prominent mountain that overlooked Damnoni beach, and which had a small white church at the very top. I had scoped this out last year; but when I had tried to get to the start point along one of the many tracks around the base of the mountain I had chosen the wrong track and ... read more
Going to Church
Going to Church 2
Going to Church 3

Europe » Greece » Crete » Plakias May 2nd 2018

Note: there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer, image. You can return to the text anytime. Blog 1 Wednesday 2 May 2018 Up early (2 am) to get to BristolAirport in time for our 6.30 am flight to Chania. There were two slight delays en route, the Brynglas Tunnels in Newport were closed eastbound (frequent practice at night), and a second when I missed a turning for a short cut to the Bristol Airport road. We arrived at the airport at 4.25am and were met by the rep of the meet & greet service who took away our car. The weather was awful with strong winds and driving rain and we got ... read more
Plakias
Plakias Resorts Apartments
Plakias Resorts Apartments

Europe » Greece » Crete » Plakias September 22nd 2017

Reminder: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/8 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer, image. You can return to the text anytime. Thursday 21st September: and back to Damnoni. The wind had picked up overnight and the sea across the road from our hotel looked quite rough with the wind coming from the north west. I checked the map to make sure that Damnoni Beach faced due south and should therefore be protected by the headland to the west of the beach. We changed from previous our route to Damnoni ... read more
Koutsifou Gorge
Koutsifou Gorge entrance
Rough seas at Damnoni




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