We have just come home from the most perfect holiday at the Paradise Appartments. Toula is an absolute treasure, she is hard working, kind and helpful. Nothing is too much trouble and she works from early morning till late at night. I wanted to bring her home!! The appartments and clean, bright and spacious and conveniently located away from the noise and bright lights of the town. The local beach (Havania) is a 3 minute walk away with wonderful crystal blue seas, perfect for snorkelling and swimming. It costs 2 euro 50 for each sunbed and the same for a parasol. The shade was a must as it was very hot, although every day there was a cooling breeze which helped to make the temperature more bearable. The pool at the appartments is small but ideal for those days when you just want to chill. Drink and snacks are always available thanks to Toula and are reasonably priced. The walk into town takes about 45 mins but can be made more enjoyable by stopping at the many bars and tavernas on the way down. The views as you approach the town are stunning and there are many camera opportunities to be had. The food is delicious everywhere we went with the staff being friendly and helpful. My partner is a vegetarian and he ate like a king. The best meals we had were a mixture of the fabulous starters mezze style, stuffed mushrooms, peppers filled with feta, stuffed vine leaves to name but a few. Our personal favorite was feta saganaki which is a generous slice of feta cheese dipped in egg and flour then fried, utterly gorgeous. We tried the Galley bar as recommended in another review and had a superb meal, very reasonable priced and wonderful owners who make you very welcome. We also had a lovely meal at the last restaurant as you get to the bottom of the hill. Yani the waiter was a delight and was on hand to help us polish up our Greek. They love it if you make an effort to try and say a few words in their native tongue and fall over themselves to help you. Our absolute favorite place to eat was at the marina. Many of the guests at the appartments were unaware that the marina was there. When you get into the town you walk up through one of the side streets where all the shops are located until you get to a square. You then walk down over the other side and you come to the marina where all the beautiful private boats are moored. The restaurant is the last one on the right hand side and was fabulous. We went there again on our last night and our table was moved to the waters edge. The restaurant is frequented mainly by greek families (always a good sign) and we whiled away many hours watching the tables grow as more and more family members joined them. We allowed the owner to order for us both times after first explaining that one of us was a vegetarian and we had the best food I've ever eaten. The food was reasonably priced and he even threw in desserts and coffee free. Definately a must for a romantic evening. A trip to Spinalonga Island is definately recommended, but don't book it through the tour operators. They charge 40 euros, we walked to the harbour and booked the same trip for 10 euros! The boat follows the coast around then stops to allow you to swim off the back, then on to the island. The guide was knowledgable and informative and brought the past to life. Its a fascinating place and not knowing anything about its infamous past I found the whole tour extremely interesting. We only went to Crete for a week on a last minute deal, but if we'd gone though a hundred brochures we couldn't have picked a more beautiful place. Would we go to Paradise Appartments again? In a heartbeat!!!
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- Paradise Primavera Apartments Hotel Agios Nikolaos
- Paradise Primavera Apartments Agios Nikolaos
- Paradise Primavera Apartments Crete/Agios Nikolaos