Rudi's Bar is a scooter bar so if you love scooter music and a nice chilled beer opposite the beach this is the place to go.
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Didn’t log the day. Arrived without hitch. Good transfer from airport. Our holiday was booked via Travel republic as a tailor-made one. I booked the flights, hotel & transfers. It came out cheaper than the last time we stayed at same hotel 2 years ago!
Ate at Megaro in evening.
We went to Aghios Nikolaos on bus and whilst there went on Tourist Train. We had wander around Ag Nik in some of places we’ve been before and some we haven’t. We found lovely little beach with tavernas lining it and ate there. Just further along from beach was walking area set high above sea, built with stone, like ramparts & as walk along this area and turn corner you see another beach area / marina. Ag Nik is as lovely as ever.
Didn’t log where we ate in evening or anything about it.
We went on 3-hour Happy Train tour from Elounda which goes via Plaka & stops higher up for photos then on to mountain village of Seles.
In Seles, an elderly man sitting in square asked some of our party if we were English. When he realised that most of group were, he called his wife out to say hello, telling her happily that we were English! We presumed that if we had not been English he wouldn’t have called her out! We went to a taverna in this village for drinks – coffee was like treacle! Great hospitality though.
We dined at Katafigio in Elounda in evening and afterwards were entertained in Friends Bar where we chatted to Pauline (tourist from Dorset), Sue & Sue’s hubby (tourists from Yorkshire) & another couple Steve & wife or partner, unsure where from. We met Pauline, Sue & hubby in Friends Bar prior to this night. Nice people. Sadly though, Pauline, Sue & hubby are going home tomorrow.
We had drinks back at our hotel, Akti Olous, like last night, but there was no-one around at all. Last night we got talking to people from Buckinghamshire, whilst drinking at hotel’s tables by the sea but tonight no-one at all in the bar to talk to.
Baking hot again like yesterday. Too hot to be out in direct sun for long so jumped on bus to Ag Nik again & had look at excursions etc.
Fed fish in saltwater lake. Decided to visit Kritsa (traditional village 9 or 10 km from Ag Nik). Walked to bus station & got bus to Kritsa.
Kritsa was fantastic. We wandered around its maze of streets. We looked in shops – lots of craft shops. Bought tins of thyme honey.
Had lunch in Lato Taverna in square in Kritsa.
Set off to find Byzantine Church and also archaeological ruins but changed our minds as unsure how far to walk & if over rough ground it might be hard in flip-flops / sandals. On way back we were facing village from lower point and could see its expanse. This was when we realised we had not seen half of it so we went back up to village & wandered through many little streets with very old buildings & lots of surprises. Took lots of photos.
Waiting for bus back in Square, 2 young men also waiting and one of them started chatting to Terry. They were from Rio de Janeiro. Very interesting talk with them. Nice people.
Back on bus to Ag Nik bus station & didn’t want to sit 40 minutes at bus station waiting for 6pm bus to Elounda so we walked through streets, down to lake and around it before going to our usual central bus stop for Elounda, near harbour.
Back to hotel. Brew and chill. Shower & out.
REST OF WEEK
Didn’t log anything but we had great holiday. One day we went to Plaka (Happy train dropped us off) and sailed from there to Spinalonga. We had really good look around without crowds. We ate in Plaka at taverna on beach with big stones. Forget name. Was hot and windy. Missed bus back to Elounda & were kindly picked up by chap who dropped us off at Elounda Square. He was from Olive Press at Kritsa. We saw him getting on boat after he dropped us off.
Another day we walked over Causeway to old church and had look around outside it. There were tables with old pieces of artefacts on them.
One day we set off on recommended walk over pathway that takes you to other side of promontory that’s on other side of Causeway but it was baking & we were frying so we never got there. We turned back to save our skin from peeling off and to save us from heatstroke.
We had a few walks in week and several wanders around different parts of Elounda. Some places we’ve been before and some new.
Friends Bar was great place to go. There was a picnic placed on the bar for you with dishes of nuts & fruit etc. The shots were killers!
We couldn’t get to extend our booking at Akti Olous – it seems that if we had offered 100 euros or something similar we may have been able to (Terry overheard someone trying to extend theirs and she was told there was nothing so she said “So there’s nothing? Not even for 100 euros?” The guy said, “For 100 euros, yes!”
We booked in for day at place down road called Alykes (studios or apartments with pool & bar) & it was lovely there. We thought it would be a better place to stay than the Akti Olous as the Akti Olous was not as good as last time. The breakfast is still very good there but I doubt we would stay there again as the bar was empty & there was not a good atmosphere in it. Last time we stayed there was a barman who was from germany but lived in Elounda, his name was Kay (pronounced Kye) & he was really good, welcoming, friendly & gave the place a good atmosphere. Our room this year was not in the main part of the hotel but in the annexe....not that there was anything wrong with that, it was still only a short walk to the main part down the pathway they have & it was nearer to the supermarket on the main road. It was also quieter than the main part.
Excellent holiday. Will definitely return to Elounda. Wonderful place.
I am returning to Elounda this year for my fourth visit.I absolutely love the place.The people are fabulous and nothing is too much trouble for them.It is a very relaxing place and you can just spend the day enjoying the culture, food and hospitality of the Cretans.There is plenty to visit on the island .
The first place we will visit when we arrive will be Mam's House at the top of the hill for our evening meal Nico is a fantastic host and the food is great.
You cannot go wrong if you want a quiet holiday .Elounda is the place to go to for a relaxing time.
We have just returned from a weeks holiday in Elounda and stayed at Albion House in Pano Elounda. This was indeed a unique experience in an original cretan house. Julia the owner was a wonderful host and did everything in her power to make our stay complete. The views from the terrace are stunning a great place to have your breakfast and absorb the views of the far mountains and sea shore before you go off to explore the Canal/Salt Pans and the many other sights in the area. If you get the chance join Julia in one of her trips to the mountains- you will find this a lasting memory! We are planning to return soon.
Upon arriving in Crete we were told by thomas cook reps that we would be 8/9 drop off to Aquila Village Elounda . Though it is just 70km we could expect to be on the coach for 2/2.5 hours. We took our own taxi and I strongly advise others to do the same.
We took our chance on the return to the airport. We sat on the coach for 20 mins in Malia whilst 3 girls were rushed from their showers, still in their hotel and packing!! It was explained to us that the times for pick up were wrongly displayed in their hotel. Just blame Adam said the rep. Total time on coach - 2.5 hours. If you choose to book a luxury break then organise your own transfer - my lesson is learnt.
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