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This was a really nice studio apartment, one of three, virtually on the beach at Plaka. The setting could not have been better, with a great view of Spinalonga, loads of private outdoor space, real peace and quiet, but all within a 5 minute walk of local tavernas. We visited at the very end of the season, when we were the only guests and the beach was virtually empty, but we chose this villa with peace and quiet in mind and it was perfect! We left England when it was snowing and watched the sun rise every morning from our terrace in Plaka in shorts and t-shirts!
My wife and I had a lovely time at the “cottage”. Although described as a cottage it is an apartment style residence with all the facilities you need. Ours was the central one of three in the complex and I feel has the best situation with three different sun areas immediately outside the front door including an eating area and drying area.
The bay is very stoney and a trial to get into the sea - beach shoes with a sole are recommended in order to safely manoeuvre and avoid the black sea urchins. But once in a snorkel and facemask is essential to benefit from the aquatic wildlife - a treat.
There are walks available to Elounda and the peninsula point without the use of a car - but I would recommend a vehicle on a couple of days at least to travel around and for the major shopping if self catering. Elounda has the best shopping.
The host provide a welcome pack which will take you by surprise with what’s included - thank you it was very welcome.
We travelled in mid October just as the season was ending. There were plenty of people still attending Spinalonga but the beach at Plaka was being mothballed for the winter.
Restaurants and tavernas were a plenty and very welcoming. Good food and reasonably priced.
All in all a really enjoyable and relaxing holiday. We are really glad we went.