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hi going to aghios nikolao the beginning september, will it be cheaper to go self catering or go half bored i like to eat out if not to expensive, people have told me that crete is really dear i was just wondering if this was right , appreciate any infor say on the price of a pint etc also is it easy to get around on a bus thanks Brian

Edited: 29 April 2012, 16:38
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Hi there

Crete isn't expensive at all, compared to the UK it's still relatively inexpensive to eat out, it just depends on what sort of food you want. It pays to shop around, many places now offer fixed price menus, maybe three courses for €10 - OK, the food may not be top notch but it's a good way to budget. If you head for a regular restaurant, you can still eat well for anything between €10-15 per person, this for two courses, some wine or beer, and probably a dessert if required.

Crete's like anywhere else, head for a place that specialises in say fresh fish, and you will pay for it, but most places have their menus and prices on show outside so you can make an informed decision before entering the place. Avoid anywhere that doesn't show it's prices and avoid anywhere that emplys touts to get you inside to sit down - if the food there was any good, they'd be out of a job.

Expect to pay anything for €2 upwards for a large 500ml Mythos or Amstel, some places will offer promos, happy hours, BOGOFs and the like, again, any decent place will have it's prices displayed outside.

Agios Nikolaos has one of the island's main bus stations from where it's easy and inexpensive to access many other parts of the island.

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Hi there

To add to the excellent info given to you by GB............ if you let me know where in Agios you are staying I can then point you in the right direction for taverans that do "set" menu prices.

There are also some very good value taverans in the back streets of Agios where the locals tend to eat and these offer excellent value for money too.

Agios is the perfect location for easy access to the bus service in Crete, have a look at the link below

bus-service-crete-ktel.com/timetable.php

If you require any further info on Agios then please do just ask...enjoy your holiday :-)

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I dont reply to too many posts re Crete as I am aware of the very good advice offered by the 'destination experts'. I totally agree with GB and MG. Just to add that whilst I know the Rethymno area better, we had the great pleasure of staying in Aghios last year. Its really easy to get to by bus. The main route from Heraklion runs across the North Coast via various resorts to Aghios which has connections to Elounda, Plaka (for Spinalonga) etc.

I would seriously consider booking 'bed and breakfast' rates. Its great to have a decent breakfast, and then have the flexibility to eat a snack for lunch and then really enjoy the best part of Crete which has to be wandering around finding a friendly restaurant and enjoying the evening atmosphere. Aghios is perfect for this and has a wonderful setting.

Its definitely not expensive compared to the UK. Wine and Mythos is great. I can check what I paid last year if you want me to. We stayed at the Lato Hotel which was a 25 minute walk to the centre but great fun along the promenade. Wherever you stay you will have fun and I would strongly recommend having the option of eating out at night. Have fun. Rob

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thanks a lot for your help it sounds a good place to go looking forward to it.. any info on places to visit would be appreciated many thanks brian

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Hi Brian

Just a few questions so that I can make the right recommendations....what are your interests ? and where in Agios are you staying ? and will you be using the local bus service :-)

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I have only been to ag nik/elounda for 5 years now, and we love to venture to places where the locals go. i am lucky as my partner has been going for many years. We always go to a place which was where the old bus station used to be. its called a snack bar, but the food there is excellent. the best gyros i have ever had. sorry, dont know the names, im sure somebody will be able to name these places. very very cheap prices, then up to the hospital square. i know it sounds daft, but there is a takeaway with a few tables outside, they do cracking meals, well its like a joint of lamb on your plate, or pork. you just sit there and watch the world go by, again cheap as chips, then from there carry on to the round a bout and there is this other place, i have never paid for a meal there as when you go in, they are that pleased to see you, that you get meze for free. from there carry on and on the opposite side of the road there is a cafeneon, again free bits and bats, no brits, its great, and next door a fab place run by 2 sisters. we managed once to pay for a meal there, it was so busy (fulll of locals) when we went we turned round to leave, and the young lad recognised us and brought a small table from somewhere moved people about a bit whilst they were eating (they didnt seem to mind) and plonked us in the middle. this place had no menu, which is brill. we just asked for a surprise, as we love to try, well the food was amazing, the wine out of this world, and all for under 20 euro, this was only sept 2011, and that did include metaxa 7*. Rob and i have been out in this area many a time for a beer and not needed to spend a penny on food, because we have had little tit bits with our drinks. amazing. Lots of places like this, well we always find them, and i must say the atmosphere (daytime) is so much better than lets say la strada, which could cost anything up to and probably over 100 euros. to me when in crete do as the cretians do, and that is to eat little and often. we love it. I hope you find some of these places, especially the one on the roundabout if you are a people watcher. I think there is a place called the manchester or the piccadilly on the roundabout near the church, their gyros good 2, about 3 euro i think. enjoy

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If it's the place we use by the marina, where the bus station used to be, I can't remember the name either but it's known locally as "the Brothers", but there are a number of snack type bars there.

Probably the 1st place I ever ate on Crete some 12 years ago & we always head back on every trip for a few gyros lunches after a slow wander wherever. When I greet the brother who normally serves the tables it's the same every visit. He says to me "I am well.................but older". Every now & again he just says that he is well, but will come back a few minutes later & say "But I am older!".

Lovely view across the marina & bay, but the mad Greeks behind driving & parking like maniacs. A great place to watch the world.

Pete

Edited: 05 May 2012, 11:30
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hi sorry it took so long to reply;been working, we are staying at the alantha appartments and enjoy walking, visiting any places of interest and lazing on the beach. also we will be getting to the appartments on our own, any idea how much a taxi is weve been told its about an hour and a halves drive, any info will be much appreciated thanks, brian.

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Hi Brian

Transfer time from the airport is just under an hour by taxi, and the cost of a taxi from Herkalion airport to Agios would be approx 80 euros one way. My advice would be to hire a car if you dont mind driving, and collect this from the airport, you would be looking to pay around 25 euros a day for a class A car. Another alternative if you dont like driving would be to either catch the bus, its an easy trip from the airport to the bus station in Agios, or use one of the resort hoppa type companies.

Your apartments are in a central location in Agios, and only 5 mins walk from one an excellent town beach, Ammoundi Beach ....I dont recommend the beach opposite the Hermes hotel (which is probably the nearest to your accomodation) its a horrid gravel beach and more like sitting on cat litter, Ammoundi beach is located on the road that leads out of Agios toward Elounda.

explorecrete.com/crete-east/EN-Agios-Nikolao…

If you do hire a car then you must go and visit Voulisma beach or golden beach located just outside of the village of Istro ( 15 min drive from Agios) this is a beautiful beach and one of the best beaches that I have visited in Crete...

cretanbeaches.com/Beaches/…

I would also recommend a visit to Spinalonga, you can either catch one of the boats that leaves from the harbour in Agios, cost last year was around 14 euros, or drive or catch the bus into the pretty Village of Plaka (15 mins drive from Agios) from Plaka you will then be able to catch one of the small boats across to the island of Spinalonga (8 euros return) and then an addition 2 euros to get onto the island.

www.completely-crete.com/spinalonga.html

If you like boats and marine life then a trip on the semi submarine is very interesting, again this boat leaves from the harbour in Agios

http://www.semi-submarine.gr/

Agios also has a small museum again is definately worth a visit:

explorecrete.com/archaeology/EN-Agios-Nikola…

If you dont hire a car and wanted to book some other trips around the area I would recommend that you have a look at some of the travel agents that are located around the harbour area, they have a large choice of trips available.

if you need any other info then please do just ask :-)

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