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Holiday
16-May-2009, 01:35 PM
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I will be going to Crete in June to a place called Sissi. Has anyone been there ? What should I expect weather wise, places of interest or maybe you have stopped at the same hotel. Vasia Beach Spa Complex. Any sort of feedback would be appreciated[8D]
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16-May-2009, 01:45 PM
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I went to Sissi 3 years ago Phil. Infact I've been there twice. Second time it was getting a bit more built up but it's still a quiet family resort.Certainly quiet compared to places like Malia. We stopped second time round at a hotel called Sissi Mare. I'll write more when I get time but the weather should be very warm that time of year and there are a few good trips you could go on, I'll write more later. Myabe I can find a few photos to post as well. It's 40 minutes away from Heraklion airport.
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17-May-2009, 11:09 AM
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Sissi is a super spot to holiday in though obviously depends on your accommodation. Most of the apartments are on the west of the town which is separated from the shops and tavernas by the harbour. There's a quiet road that's used only to supply the apartments, between them and the rocky beach --- when I say road it's more like a walkway really and you can just sit a gaze out at the blue sea. To get into town you have a half mile walk or so around a small gap in the cliff ( fills with water and you can quite happily swim in it it's so warm and clear) then all the tavernas are situated round the small harbour and along the sea wall with it's rocky beach. The tavernas were quite cheap when we were there and the food very good. If you carry on walking past the main row of tavernas heading east another mile or so along the beach road there's a superb sandy beach with a beach bar and sunbeds/parasoles, 6 euros a day to hire them though obviously you don't have to and the beach bar also supplies food and was owned and run by a Sottish lady at that time.
The best supermarket ( more like a Spar shop in size) is on your side of the harbour, you walk up a slight incline behind the apartments, past the artificial football pitch , 200 yards maybe from the hotel and it has air conditioning which you'll probably need in June.!!
I should add,it's a place to relax and wind down, which suits me and "the missus" if you want to see other places you need a car or go on the trips which are usually a lot cheaper in the town than the hotel offers them for. I'd avoid the Temple of Knossos, far too commercialised and busy, Spinalonga is a good trip, down to Aghios Nikalaos by coach then by boat round to the small island, stopping for a BBQ on the way.
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17-May-2009, 12:07 PM
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Cheers Noel sounds just right for us, R&R is high on our agenda. We are going All Inclusive but always like to have plenty of snacks in room crisps, pistachios etc so local store will be visited ! We dont tend to do the beach these days as it just seems more trouble than its worth ! Also we will dine out local one night for a change and we got told about a fish restaurant but the name has slipped my mind ?
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17-May-2009, 04:01 PM
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The Elite specialises in fish but most of the tavernas also serve good fish dishes. My wife wasn't keen on the squid rings though, tough as rubber
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12-Jun-2009, 12:08 PM
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Today is the day Noel ! Fly at 8.30 this evening and dont go shooting down any WW2 planes while I am away ya hear ! [Wink]
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12-Jun-2009, 12:31 PM
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Phil. I suggest that you take a drive high up on the mountain plateau roads, we did so and thoroughly enjoyed it, no commercialism , away from the crowd, dozens of old windmills and some delicious foods prepared traditionally on open fires ! Enjoy !
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12-Jun-2009, 12:33 PM
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I may well do that Al cheers mate
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12-Jun-2009, 03:09 PM
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Alan is right, Phil, Crete is a fabulous place if you keep away from tacky resorts like Malia, Ag Nik and Hersonissos - up in the mountain villages, people are so hospitable and you often will be invited to join in their family meal. I'm very envious - have a great time!
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12-Jun-2009, 03:21 PM
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Have a good trip Phil, I'm sure you'll love the place. Up in the mountains as Al suggested is great fun. I wouldn't call Ag Nik tacky but Malia and Hersonnisios, stay well clear unless you like hot dogs, burgers, etc.
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