We stayed at the Neos Ikaros in summer 1999 for 14 nights and fell in love with Aghia Galini...We had always wanted to return after trying other resorts/islands of Crete and Greece but nothing compared to the relaxed atmosphere of Aghia Galini. Its great to walk down 'taverna row' and choose where you want to eat and drink without hassle/pressure from waiter/ess or bar staff to go in. This really appealed to us.
So we finally returned last summer, June 08 staying 7nights. We booked the Neos Ikaros again and booked directly with the hotel, Panos is very helpful and replys quickly to emails and organised an airport taxi transfer for us. Transfer by taxi was over an hour but that was much better than the 2half hour bus journey taken the first time. Taxi travel in Galini is quite the 'white knuckle ride'!
The hotel is probably one of the best on the Island as it is one of the few to have its own pool, the ideal place to relax, top up your tan and take a dip in the pool to cool down. The pool/lounge area was never over crowded on both occaisions that we stayed which was bliss. Breakfast, continental style wasnt great and after first two mornings we just gave it a miss. The snack bar provides great refreshments and delicious cheese toasties!!!.
The hotel itself is very clean and the rooms an ideal size. All have air conditioning, fridge and a balcony. Clean bathroom, shower over bath, towels and daily maid service.
The hotel sits on the outskirts of pubs/restaurants so its peaceful and only about a pleasant 20min walk from them. its not like other hotels here where their are many steps to climb to reach your accommodation.
Their are plenty of good restaurants to eat in 'Pantheon' was our favourite.
'The blue bar' became our local pub and Heinz plays some great rock music. We spent many nights and mornings in the bar on our first visit that on returning it was our first port of call and he recognised us 10 years later. You make many good friends here. Galini is that small the locals recognise the regular tourists, and even us after all that time. Its the kind of place where you dont just visit once in your life.
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- Also Known As:
- Neos Ikaros Agia Galini, Crete