A travel journal
to Crete by welovedonegal
Quote: We visit Crete quite often and wanted to let others know of good places to stay/eat etc.
The apartments are clean and airy and contain all you will need for your self-catering holiday. The apartments also have a direct-dial telephone. Most rooms are air-conditioned (charged per day), and fans are also available to hire from reception (which is open from about 8am to 10pm). The resort has its own small pool, which is very clean--it is cleaned nightly. There is also a baby pool. There are lots of sunbeds to use free of charge. The resort has its own bars. Generally, the outside one is the most used, but in the very rare event of it actually raining, they have an inside bar. They sell all the usual drinks, and all are genuine--not mixed with dangerous alcohol-"thinning" drinks (which, sadly, can be the case in less scrupulous bars, so it is something to be very careful about--only drink bottled beer if you are unsure).
They serve food from breakfast right through to the evening meals. The cooking area is open for all to see and is spotlessly clean. The prices are great. The atmosphere in the place is happy and relaxed, and the family takes great care of their customers, with many people returning to them time and again. It is an ideal place for families, couples, or friends. They run various entertainment nights, including a once-a-week Greek night, which is recommended. There is a huge selection of freshly cooked food, and you can eat as much as you like for a very reasonable one-off payment. The dining is followed by Greek dancing, music, etc., that later turns into popular music.
The nearby village is very pretty and only a 5-minute walk from the apartments. It has a lovely harbour and many cafés where you can enjoy a coffee and the view. There are no "lager louts" in the village - it is mainly families, couples, and people of all ages who don't want to stay beside thumping all night music, fights, people being sick, and worse (for all that and much, much more go to Malia--it's revolting!).
Getting to Sissi from the Iraklion airport is not a bother. A taxi will charge around €40, and the prices for all taxi rides are indicated inside the terminal. The main road is now excellent. Whereas the journey 10 years ago took maybe 1 hour and 15 minutes, it is now about 30 minutes because of the improved roads. Enjoy your visit to Crete!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2004
The seating outside is in a tiny little courtyard covered over with various greenery, and the tables are beautifully set with heavy white linen, good cutlery and glasses, and good white linen napkins. The seats are padded and very comfortable. Inside, the dining area is in an elegant room.
The house itself is beautiful. The staff is wonderful and dressed in formal waiting attire. The service is excellent, professional, helpful, and very pleasant. They do not bug you, but they are on hand if you appear to need any assistance.
The menu is made up of classic French, Italian, etc., dishes. Their carpaccio is excellent and highly recommended. Their seafood, too, is of a high quality. We have tried many of their dishes and have never been disappointed. One thing, though - the portions are large! The wine list is great, too, with a lot of the usual suspects. On our last trip to Crete in August of last year, we went to Loubolos for lunch and ordered a Chablis - it arrived perfectly chilled and was delicious and oh so welcome on a hot day.
The prices are excellent. You would probably pay about double what they charge for the same quality in the UK or Ireland. You can finish off your meal with a very good coffee in Loubolos, or alternatively, wander to one of the adjoining café-bars along the little side street where Loubolos is located. They are packed and hopping but most enjoyable. Just do what the Cretans do - enjoy your coffee and/or drink and people-watch - oh, and talk! The noise is amazing and brings great life to the area.
Another point: On one of our nights in Loukolos, the group at the adjoining table included one of the UK TV chefs, and I overheard him saying how good the place was, and then on departing, saying to the chef, "See you again next summer." He had obviously been here before, too. I really highly recommend a visit to this excellent restaurant. It is probably the best on all of Crete.
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