The Situation In Crete At The Moment
Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:03 PM
You might be forgiven for thinking the worst if reading the papers was anything to go by. Please share your thoughts
Posted 31 May 2012 - 09:47 PM
The sun is fabulous and the sea is starting to warm up, so to anyone thinking about a visit to Crete I would say come on over, the economy needs you!
Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:23 AM
Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:17 PM
The great Greek/Cretan tradition still remains and the people are helping each other.
Prices in Tavernas, Bars & Kafenions vary according to where you are. you can still get a coffee or frappe for 1 euro, a large beer for 2 euros away from the tourist resorts. Prices in my local taverna are still the same as they were in 2007, except for the wine, that's gone up from 1.80 to 2 euros for a half kilo (litre).
The local businesses can't wait to serve you! Don't worry, still come to Crete, you'll have a wonderful time!
I'll be going back over 19th June until 11th July, so Keiran you'd be very welcome to pay me a visit! I'm about 20 mins drive south of Heraklion, just off the Heraklion to Mires/Timbaki road. PM me if you'd like details of any places to stay near me & for my greek mobile number, if you'd like to get in touch. I don't have internet access when I'm in Crete!
Posted 05 June 2012 - 09:18 PM
Thank you very much ...
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Posted 18 January 2014 - 12:31 PM
Well, I am back and getting ready to go to Crete again this year. the plan is to fly to Hania and use it as a base. So, here is the nub. Advice on where to stay and beaches and things to do in the area is sought from you all .. We will be going from June 23th for two weeks.
we when last year to Piscopiano and the year before Agai Galini and enjoyed both but as always looking to do and go to different places. We do self catering and sometimes hire a car. And use the bus a lot. We try to go to a place of interest every day and beach in the afternoons.
So, any advice and recommendations are most welcome..
Posted 19 January 2014 - 05:42 PM
Hi. Aardigman, glad you're coming back to Crete this year. I am biased as we live near there, but Kalyves could be a good base. It has a lovely beach, several good tavernas and bars plus reasonable bus connections to Chania and Rethymnon. If you hire a car, there's the roman ruins at Aptera with an excellent taverna in the village, plus Lake Kourna where you could hire a pedalo to see the turtles in the lake with again good tavernas on the lakeside. There's also Argiropouli (ancient Lappa) for a gentle walk round the old town and then lunch at the springs at the bottom of the village - lovely to go to when it's very hot (as it will be in early July) as it's always cool there. PM me if you'd like specific recommendations on accommodation - we know a good set of apartments right on the beach where we stayed a few times before moving out here.
Posted 19 January 2014 - 09:10 PM
Thank you for your suggestions regarding Kalyves, Apyera, Lake Lourna and Argiropouli. You have really opened my eyes here. Kalyves really looks great and the fact that it lies between Chania and Rethymnon is also a big plus. I would be very intested in more recommendations. And I would be very interested in your recommendation on accomadation.
You can never beat insider knowledge.
Again thank you Pam for the information. I am having a great time at the moment looking up the places and plotting and planing the holiday. I will be bringing my camera and looking forward to all the photo opertunities that I will get..
Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:49 AM
Hi, Kieran, glad you like the sound of Kalyves - one of the good things about it is that it is a working Greek town as well as a holiday resort and mostly the beach is sheltered from the wind, especially at the harbour end. You could also look at Almyrida, but that isn't so convenient for buses etc. or Georgiopoulis, which a lot of people like, but the beach there is open to the wind. Whichever you choose, hope we can meet up at some time. I've sent you a PM with a recommendation for accommodation .
Pam & Bob
Posted 30 January 2014 - 07:33 PM
I have been trying to get through to you by PM .... and not sure if it went. I do not know how to set up Pm here and replied aand really do not know if I messed up or what.
please let me know how I did lol
Posted 31 January 2014 - 09:16 AM
Yes, got your PM and will respond - sorry it's been a couple of days but we've been a bit busy in garden while we had some good weather.
Posted 31 January 2014 - 10:47 PM
We liked Kalyves, and stayed there or Almyrida for several year's holidays, as Pam well knows. We have now settled on Agioi Apostoli, mostly due to the excellent public transport links, which mean that we have not needed to hire a car since 2009. If you are going to base yourself in the Chania area, as well as Pam's recommendations we can add a few:
Drive up Theriso Gorge visit birthplace of Eleftherios Venizelos, o.k.village not spectacular but pleasant enough but the gorge very scenic, and cool on hot day.
Enjoy evening in Chania once the heat of the day has eased off.
Join the throng at Elafonissi. Hopefully they will have reopened the road through Topolia Gorge by next summer, (it should have been done by the end of last summer) and you can stop at the cantina overlooking the gorge, and climb to the Aghia Sofia cave after going through the tunnel, on the way to Elafonissi.
Drive up to the tourist pavilion at Omalos and have lunch overlooking Xiloskala entrance to Samaria gorge. Then drive on to Sougia for a swim and more refreshment. If you feel keen you can take look at the gorge which starts behind the harbour, and starts the path to Lissos. The walk to Lissos and back is a whole day out and can be very hot and tiring in mid summer.
Keep Saturday morning clear for visit to farmer's street market on Odos Minoos in Chania to pick up your fresh fruit , vegetables, local wine and Tsikoudia (Raki).
Just a few suggestions to start, have a great time.
Posted 08 February 2014 - 01:57 PM
Hi Mike and Jane
I am sorry I did not respond sooner but I wanted everything signed sealed and delivered. I was a little afraid something would go wrong somewhere. Anyway, as I said we are ready and rearing to go. I am delighted with your recommendations, it is always good to hear other peoples ideas.
We have been to Elafonissi for a two day stop over a few years ago, and am researching your other ideas. As it is we will be staying in Kato Daratso for 4 nights and traveling to Kalyves after that.
We are not sure about hiring a car but if we did it would probably be in the middle of our kalyves stay. if the buses are good from kalyves we will use them to the max. we have two issues now to sort and thats the trip from the airport at 8 in the evening to Chania. we are thinking of a shuttle bus and probably a taxi or walk the 2 kilometers to Kato Daratso. and the other problem will be from Kato Daratso to Kalyvas, other then that we are all set.
one thing I did notice that there are plenty of places to go to within walking distance and indeed by car.
We have hired cars several times over the years but it can be a hair raising experience, however, without a car there are some places you would not see if you were inclined.
Again Thank you for your suggestions and recommendations
Fil and Kieran
Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:22 AM
Well, as you see from the above we have 11 weeks to go for Crete. Since we will be going to Kalyves and are hoping to hire a car, maybe someone might know if there is a reliable car hire company in Kalyves. To book over the internet is seems to be very expensive and, well, I do like to see what I get before signing up.
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Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:16 PM
Hi, Kieran Auto Club in Kalyves has a good reputation, though we have no personal experience (we have our own car here). However, July will be quite busy so you would be wise to book in advance. A friend of ours worked there last season, so will see if we can talk to him over the next few days.
Anyway, looking forward to meeting you in July.
Posted 14 April 2014 - 11:43 AM
we certainly will meet up, i
very best regards
Posted 14 April 2014 - 03:31 PM
Hi, Kieran, not sure how late the buses run from the airport, but will check. Have you figured out yet how to get to Kalyves from Kato Daratso? I know there is a bus from Chania that arrives in the plateia about 2pm ( we often see it coming through when we're sitting there with friends at that time). Anyway, looking forward to seeing you in July.
Posted 29 April 2014 - 12:44 PM
Hi Pam Well, I got sorted regarding getting from the airport to Kato Daratso. I emailed the apartment owners and got a full description of how to get there. (Two buses on to Chaia change bus stations and get an other one.). I also contacted Auto Club regarding the hiring of a car and got a very quick response but will not do that until i get there. I would like to have the freedom to hire whenever we wanted and not be fixed at this stage. And, as for getting from Kato Daratso to Kalyves I imagine we will be able to sort that out when we are there. I suppose the real issue was travelling from the airport late in the evening and not knowing where to go. You have been a great help and thank you for that. It is very much appreciated. Well,, 8 weeks from today. roll on.