We went as a family with an eleven year old, self catering with Thomson and had a great time. The resort mainly consists of families from the UK and Germany but no marauding teenagers as their needs are better catered for in the town of Mália.
Try to get a room with a sea view as this really made our holiday and wasn’t any more expensive. There still exists the culture of putting out the towel on the sun-lounger before breakfast but in August there were more than enough good spots to go round. The pool was great, not over crowded and had a lifeguard.
Certainly try to book a hire car and arrange this before you go as costs when you get there can be high. The style of driving, with two wheels on the hard shoulder to allow overtaking, takes a while to get used to but the roads are excellent although the standard of driving is not. Otherwise your a taxi ride away from Ayios and that's about seven euros each time. By hire car even Knossos is well within reach.
Now we get to the excursions where some were good and some not so good. The ‘sail away’ trip where you disappear off on an old wooden sailing boat and swim in the sea was excellent. Good also for children of about 11 years upwards. The boat was called The Annie and the crew were superb. Not cheap but really worth it.
The ‘Go Greek’ night I’d personally give a miss. The trip from Candia Park to the so called authentic Greek village takes approx two hours one way. As you get off the coach you’re told to get your photograph taken with the donkey which you can subsequently purchase for 5 euros. The buffet food in our opinion was of a very poor standard. You are seated out in the open, which can be chilly as you are well above sea level and the location lacks atmosphere.
The entertainment however is very good indeed. Then you have another two hour journey home. It’s expensive because of the distance you have to travel so most of your money goes on the cost of the coach, rather than the food or entertainment. Those picked up nearer pay a lot less.
Overall the facilities at Candia are very good. Staff couldn’t be more helpful, check in and out was a breeze. Thomson rep was very helpful and always available. Even the onsite shop has free compressed air to inflate your lilos. A moment of sanity in a world gone mad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Cretan style village right on the sea between Aghios Nikolaos (3.5km) and Elounda (5km), from which a frequent bus service connects with both villages.The airport and capital City of Heraklion are 65 km away, and all the fascinating attractions of the island can be reached by full or half day excursions. The village is comprised of 222 units of different types, set among 65.000 square meters of gardens. All units enjoy the same facilities including individual air-conditioning / heating, direct dial telephone, safety deposit box, TV, fridge, facilities for light cooking, filter coffee machines, hairdryer, private bath and shower and large terrace or balcony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Candia Park Village Hotel Agios Nikolaos
- Candia Park Village Agios Nikolaos
- Candia Park Village Crete/Agios Nikolaos