I think we stayed here at the same time as blowinfree, and I agree with the vast majority of what they said. The no-frill rooms are extremely clean, and the beds very comfortable, it's a good base for exploring this part of the island. It was perfect for our requirements.We had 2 apartments for my husband and myself and our teenage kids. The owners are lovely and friendly, and run a relaxed and laid back establishment. They were always on hand, and immediately fixed the kid's shower when they dropped it on the floor and broke it - teenagers! We enjoyed the pool and garden area - again it was spotless and the gardens were pretty. We stayed for 2 weeks, and some of the days in the first week were very windy, but we had done our research and knew this was a possibility, and so were not surprised. In fact, we quite enjoyed the wildness of it, as it was so hot and the sun was still shining! We tended to take other trips on these days rather than go to the beach as we had hired a car, and enjoyed Rethymnon (45 mins away), Chania (1.5 -2 hours), Aquaplus water park (2 hours), Preveli monastry and Palm Beach, Lake Kournas and, my favourite, Loutro (not all in the first week!). By the second week, the wind had gone, so we had a few lovely days lazing on the beach. Damnoni beach, about a km away was great, a bit sandier and more sheltered, and you can hire pedaloes and kayaks, which was great fun. Yes, the transfer was long, and we agreed that we would not have liked that if we had only been on a week holiday. The transfer back was shorter in duration. All in all, we had a fabulous holiday. Crete is a wonderful island and we would love to explore it further. We loved Plakias, a quiet, charming little town, surrounded by majestic mountains. It has enough tavernas so that you could eat somewhere different every night. We liked Scirocco (good food and great sunset!) and Kri- Kri for superb pizza.
I would definitely return to the south coast, it seems less commercialized than some bits of the north and was more our sort of thing - we like to explore, and next time I'd like to walk some of the gorges.
I would heartily recommend Irida if you want a decent, no-frills base, but which hits all the right notes for the all important atmosphere, good night's sleep and cleanliness.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Irida Plakias Crete