Visited many Greek Islands and several resorts in Crete but this was the first time to Southern Crete. We were welcomed with smiles and complimentary drinks by Costas & Angelo after Les, the cheerful Olympic rep, showed us to the pool bar. Long transfer but some wonderful scenery en route through the gorge. We had two of the Ouranos apartments on the neighbouring street that was only two minutes away. They were gorgeous, spacious apartments with outstanding views of the mountains and in a reasonably quiet location. Close proximity to the supermarkets, tavernas, bars and the beach. Looked after by Chrysoula and Angelo whilst at the pool and bar and equally by Costas and his excellent Gorgonas taverna staff - Babis & Giorgos. Excellent food, great company and lots of Raki. My daughter celebrated her birthday one evening at Gorgonas and the lights were dimmed as an Angelo ‘special’ cocktail with sparklers etc was brought in and the whole taverna of Brits, Americans, Germans, Czechs and Greeks sang 'Happy Birthday'. Spot on. Thanks guys.
Hired a pretty good spec Mountain Bike from Anso Travel (on the beachfront at the village centre) - 56 Euros for 7 days - great value - & covered East, North & West of Plakias taking in Prevali, the Palm Beach, Souda, Fragkokastello (long ride but worth it for the castle, the glorious beach & the shallow, warm, crystal clear sea), Selia, Mirthios then up through the smaller gorge (battling the wind) then across the plains and through rural villages to Mixorrouma and dropped down to quaint Frato and through the huge impressive gorge and out to Asomatos then down to the main road back into Plakias. Also took in many of the water channels around the hills above Plakias, which gives some relief from climbing the hills - which there's no avoiding in this area really – and these provide some outstanding views. It’s absolutely the best way to see a lot of the beautiful Cretan countryside relatively quickly. There are some tracks around the coastline also where you'll pick up the many lovely secluded beaches and coves.
I must also mention the family of Terrapins that can be seen under the small bridge in the centre of the village. Quite an amazing sight.
The World Cup was on at the time and we enjoyed a few of the games at the pool bar in Angelo's company (hope Angelo won more bets on the Olympic results than he did with his World Cup predictions!).
We will be back again soon - Les owes me a mountain bike ride up to the Gorge! (the toss of a coin at the pool bar decided between himself or my son joining me on a ride up into the hills above Plakias in the 38 degree heat).
All in all we had a great time and would recommend the resort and Costas Chrysoula to anyone who appreciates Greece and it’s beauty, the people, the glorious weather, the culture and the way of life.
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