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We stayed in Olous cottage from 2-12 June - we had a fantastic holiday and would thoroughly recommend these cottages and Plaka to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday in a great location with fantastic views.
The cottage is not big but is spacious enough, is fitted to a high standard and has everything you need. However it is the outside space, proximity to the water and spectacular views that really make this property stand out from others. We hardly spent any time inside the cottage - other than to sleep - and the outside area is very spacious with a sunbathing area with loungers, a dining area with table and chairs in the shade and another area with a couple of reclining chairs. The views across to Spinalonga are spectacular and it was great to sit or eat and look out just watching the world go by. Access to the pebbled beach and sea is easy and convenient through a set of stairs and it was great to take a dip in the sea to cool down when it got too hot. The starter pack that was left for us was great and included bread, pasta, butter, water, coffee, tea, cheese, cucumber, pasta sauce, biscuits - topped off with a couple of beers which were really appreciated.
The cottage is just a short walk into Plaka village. We really enjoyed staying in Plaka which is small and quiet with some great restaurants. It was quiet when we were there in June and no need to book any restaurants in advance - just decide on the night. Plaka is not a lively night time location - no clubs, sports bars etc - but perfect for a relaxing time with quality restaurants. There are a couple of supermarkets in the village which will provide for all the essentials you need.
We only hired a car for four of the days we were there to see more of eastern Crete. We used the transfer service that can be arranged through the property as we were arriving at the airport quite late at night and leaving early morning from the port - this was easy to arrange and worked really well. It’s possible to walk into Elounda - takes about an hour along an established path - and there is a bus service that runs every two hours to Elounda and Aghios Nikolaos.
As mentioned previously - we had a great holiday and would recommend the property and Plaka.
A beautifully restored stone house on the edge of the village. The views over the olive tree covered hills from the large south facing terrace are wonderful. It is well equipped with lovely features inside. I appreciated the bath and cotton bedding. The house was very clean for our arrival and Julie had provided us with her own oil and a bottle of lovely white wine - both very much appreciated. She was very good at communicating and responding to enquiries. We had a wonderful week in this Cretan rural location, but close enough to the national road to be able to get to places east and west very easily. Perfect!