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Help - which resort?

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Help - which resort?

Hi All

We have just booked flights to Heraklion next June and are now looking at which resort to base ourselves in.

We are both in our 40's with no children.

We have been to Georgioupolis twice and liked the layout with its village square and lots of Tavernas set around the streets surrounding, no disco bars to speak of but enough life in the evening to enjoy a cold beer or three.

Can anyone recommend a similiar resort size wise?

So far we are favouring Sissi but would welcome any suggestions.

Many thanks in advance

Lee

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1. Re: Help - which resort?

Hi Lee

That's funny because the first place I was going to suggest was Sissi. I have never stayed there but have visited many times and the place does have a lovely atmosphere about it. Only downside that I can see is that if you intend getting about on the buses, it's a reasonable walk up to the main road where the bus stop is. But, it's well located for the sights in this area of the island and I wouldn't hesitate to stay there if our regular accommodation along the coast a bit was no longer available.

Here are some photos of Sissi and it's close neighbour Milatos, taken in September 2010..

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Many thanks GB

The photos look good and Milatos looks nice also.

We tried Turkey the last couple of years due to the poor Euro exchange rate, although very nice we missed the atmosphere and food in Greece so decided to take the plunge.

From what I have been reading the prices don't seem too unreasonable for eating and drinking considering the economic crisis at the moment.

Thanks again

Lee

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Yes I would vote Sissi as well and will be back in June to enjoy and have a relaxing time. Its a good base if you want to do a bit of exploring by car with the main East-West highway only a few minutes drive from the village. June is a nice time as the sea has warmed up but the school holiday have not started. Swiming in the harbour is always possible in Sissi because of the breakwater even when the sea is rough and it also has good snorkling because of the fresh mineral springs that bubble up from the bottom keeping it very clear. Also some of the best and most reasonable priced food in the whole of Crete is served on the outskirts of the village.

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Yes, I agree Sissi is a good choice, as long as you don't want a long beach like Georgioupolis, and you don't mind being a bit of a walk away from the main highway.

The tavernas around the harbour and in the 'square' are really good, and there is a lovely atmosphere there.

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A lot of people come again and again in Plakias!!!!!!

Plakias is 35 kilometres south of Rethymno, on the southern coast of Crete on the Libyan Sea and is a popular tourist resort well-known for its award-winning Blue Flag sandy beach stretching for 1400 metres.

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/plakiassuites/5637804563/in/photostream )

(http://www.flickr.com/photos/plakiassuites/6015855456/in/photostream )

It combines everything as it offers visitors many facilities: surgery, pharmacy, all kinds of shops, car hire, post office, ATM, many tavernas, organized beaches (Souda, Damnoni, Ammoudi, Schinaria), diving centre, free-riding centre, and an extensive marina where even large yachts can berth.

The evenings, for a cold beer very beautiful is "ostrako " or "gialos" with sea view in plakias. ( flickr.com/photos/…set-72157625158209030 )

Arround Plakias there are traditional village like Myrthios, Mariou with very good taverns....

( flickr.com/photos/…set-72157625033517727 )

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Here again the links....

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7. Re: Help - which resort?

I agree, Sissi is a lovely place. We spent a week there last September and it was the most relaxing holiday we ever had. It's only drawback is the lack of public transport. There is one bus a day from the village that will take you to Ag Nik. We used this to get to Plaka via Ag Nik. Didn't quite work out as planned either going or coming back which turned in to an hilarious experience that resulted in about six couples being locked on a bus in the terminal while an angry driver stormed off and ranted for about ten minutes after the chap in charge at the terminal told him he had to take us to Sissi. As we were all different nationalities there followed a lot of shrugging at each other in bewilderment. The driver finally came back, drove to the turn off for Sissi on the National HIghway and dumped us there.

Lovely scenery on the drive between Sissi and Ag Nik and if you can understand the Greek bus system you can get about but a car is really the best option. On the other hand if you just want to relax you could not find a better spot and you can walk to Milatos round the headland. The Happy Bus also stops in the old village of Milatos and then takes you to the newer part on the beach and leaves you long enough to have some lunch at one of the tavernas.

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Many thanks to all for your feedback so far, its all very helpful and greatly appreciated.

For those who have visited recently, what can we expect prices to be like? for example - local dishes such as a greek salad, mousaka, Kleftico, large beer, local wine etc.

Thanks again

Lee

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Hi Lee

greek salad €4 - 5.5, moussaka 6 - 8, Kleftico 7 - 9, large beer 2.5 - 3 in a taverna for Amstel/Mythos, more in a bar, local wine 4 - 5 for 0.5 litres in a taverna. Have been to Crete twice this year, to Agia Marina and Gouves, similar prices. Some good deals sometimes on offer out of season - e.g. in Ag M in May, got superb mixed grill for 2 , big starter of Tzatziki, litre of good house wine €25 - in our favourite restaurant as well!

You have forgotten gyros!! 2 - 2.8 for gyros pitta, 7 - 8 for gyros plate.

Also in Crete you invariably get raki for 0.00!

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Hi again lee

We were in Crete in 2010 and Rhodes this year and didn't see any increases in restaurant and taverna prices. Businesses need to stay competitive to stay in business, put up the prices too much and people will vote with their feet. Last year in Crete, we never spent more than €30 on a two course evening meal with house wine and coffees.