The Mayor's Office, Sfakia
Posted 06 August 2008 - 07:04 PM
If there is anyone living in Sfakia or visiting the village, would it be possible for you to take a picture of the Mayor's Office for me. If you have any knowledge of contact details for the Mayors Office there too, that would be fantastic.
I would also like to know please, which is the best taverna in Loutro, in your opinions. I have bride who would like to get married on the South Coast here and, although I have visited the area myself, it's not a part of the Island that I know really well.
Posted 07 August 2008 - 09:27 AM
There are 10-12 tavernas in Loutro, all different, and although everyone has a favourite, there's really no "best" one. My personal favourites are Ilios, for excellent Cretan home cooking, and To Limani, for grilled meats and fish. Madares is also good for home cooking, and The Blue House has always been very popular. If your friend is wanting to get married in Loutro and have a big party afterwards, Ilios would probably be the best bet: it has the largest seating area, inside as well as outside and is the best equipped for a large group as well as the widest choice of food, with plenty of vegetarian options as well as meat and fish.
Another good south coast possibility for a wedding party would be the Artemis restaurant in Agia Roumeli - a large and very professional place with excellent food.
Posted 08 August 2008 - 12:11 AM
Many thanks for your reply. I think it was one of the resturant owners in Loutro who suggested this to my bride when she was over there last week. She and her husband to be were very impressed with Loutro bacause there were no noisy cars etc. I really appreciate you getting back to me and will pass on your recommendations. Many thanks again.
Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:19 AM
I would be interested to hear how your friend gets on with arrangements for the wedding. It may be a challenge, as the papas officiates in most of the south coast churches - Sfakia, Loutro, Agia Roumeli (and I think the hill villages too) and may not be easy to get hold of.
Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:26 AM
Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:41 AM
If you click on this link
and then click on "send a message" it will take you to the email of Yannis
at Lefki Ori. He is a friendly lad and may be willing to take the picture for
you. On the picture of the staff at the hotel, Yannis
is on the right. He happens to be fluent in English.
And hello there Julie. I always want to go straight to Loutro when I read your posts.
I plan to go to Crete again in May and will definitely stay in Loutro for a few days.
After reading your posts, I know which restaurants I want to visit. Thank you.
Best to all
Posted 08 August 2008 - 03:48 PM
And I always want to go straight to Loutro when I write them! Indeed at all times.
May must be the nicest time - one of these days I will organise my schedule to get there then. I love April and October too, but have grown a little tired in the last few years of the uncertainty around the ferries. And this year in April there was the Imbros-Sfakia road closure. But that was all right: it gave me the chance to take the ferry (which was running) down the coast (a wonderful journey which you would love) and spend some hours in Agia Roumeli and a couple of nights in Paleochora. It made a change.
There is another restaurant I think you'd like, which I didn't mention to Caroline because it is so small. It's name escapes my ageing brain, but it's next to Ilios, specialises in mezedes, and is very good.
Posted 08 August 2008 - 08:31 PM
Posted 09 August 2008 - 02:17 PM
Have you given any thought to arranging a real, traditional Cretan wedding where the bride and groom
are on horses? The bride rides on a horse next to her father, who is also on a horse, and they are
trailed by relatives, sometimes on donkeys, carrying the dowry. They ride to the groom's village and he
meets them part way there. He is always on a spectacular
white horse and is dressed in colorful Cretan attire, complete with high, black boots.
When my husband and I married, we eloped, and we have always said we would like to have a real
ceremony someday. I am trying to convince him that we should first convert to the Orthodox religion, then
go to Crete and get our horses ;-)
Posted 11 August 2008 - 02:16 PM
Posted 11 August 2008 - 11:40 PM
Thank you for your suggestions Aurelia.
Posted 12 August 2008 - 04:11 PM
So the invitations will read "Bring your own guns" then!
All guests should also make sure that their cars horns are working at maximum decibels
Posted 12 August 2008 - 08:00 PM
Posted 07 September 2008 - 09:38 PM
I am about to start my war memorial pilgrimage through Crete but am having to divert slightly from my original plans. Owing to the behaviour of my young 'countrymen' in Malia I have decided to remind them that their freedom to visit Crete was not won cheaply. At 6pm Thursday the 11th. September 2008, I will put on my highland uniform and parade ALONE through the streets of Malia. I will be playing my pipes to the tune of 'My Home" before I place a floral tribute to those civilians who died for the freedom of Crete. I will quietly place a floral wreath at a suitable venue and bow my head in a silent prayer of thanks. I will then join my wife at a local taverna and drink a wee toast to "ABSENT FRIENDS". My actions will doubtless have any effect on the Brit. idiots but at least I will demonstrate to the locals that the vast majority of Brits have respect for the beauty that is Crete. I will then continue my pilgrimage as planned.
One of the thiry or so villages I will be visiting is Chora Sfakia. I am wondering if I can take my hire car from there to Sougia rather that going 'over the tops'. Any suggestions ?????
By the way should you meet me on my journey I would love to share a meal or a wee dram no matter what nationality you are. Bill Jenkins. Liverpool. UK
Posted 07 September 2008 - 09:40 PM
Me again. My wife and I would dearly love to attend a wedding in Crete. Anyone want a piper ????????????
Posted 07 September 2008 - 09:49 PM
Posted 07 September 2008 - 11:11 PM
You cannot drive from Hora Sfakia to Sougia simply. You can walk or take the local ferry from Hora Sfakia but if you want to drive you must come back to Xania, take the Omalos road, turn off and then climb over the mountains, It is a good road, but not so short.
Posted 08 September 2008 - 11:04 AM
Enjoy your trip.
Posted 08 September 2008 - 11:49 AM