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All day at sea today and it's pretty rough! Been feeling a bit wonky all day with the rolling sea ! The sun came out this morning so enjoyed a bit of heat for a couple of hours up by the pool. They were having a Germany day with giant blow up beer mugs and pretzels. Entertainment team were running quizzes and activities similar to a school fair. Lots of people lining up to have a turn at hoop over the stick, bean bag through the hole followed by a game ...
Harold passed away this morning so day has been saddened with that news, but a blessing he is no longer suffering. Rung Bex and her and Grant have swung into organisation mode to give him a good send off! So proud of my kids :) This mornings tour was the villages of Crete. We were given tickets for bus 8 by mistake so the first part of our day was on ...
...Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo (apologies to the Sound of Music, and to Maria, but I couldn't resist!)
Whilst Bronte and Andrew are watching what can only be described as a truly awful Australian/ Greek movie, I'm writing the blog and eating a block of chocolate!
Today we hiked up the mountain to the Agios Nikolaos Gorge. We walked from Eleonas ...
... can complain…
Andrew had a chicken pita/pide that could have fed 3 people. A couple of Greek coffees. My god, it takes some getting used too as it is full of the coffee grinds.
Walked (staggered) back up the hill with all our shopping until a local took pity on us and gave us a lift.
I am now sitting up in bed updating the blog and it is 3.30 in the afternoon. ...
I went to Crete in 2011. We lived in an old white house about 20 minutes outside Chania. While there we rented a car and drove all over the island. I saw the most beautiful beach and we had lovely food and company. The smell of thyme and olives that you just get in Greece is also the most amazing smell. I don't know what else to write other than that i fell in love with Crete as well as i have fallen in love with the rest of Greece.
I got some pictures as well.
Historical Traveler Reviews Europa Beach Hotel Heraklion
I booked this holiday online, feeling confident about it after reading some of the reviews. However I do not agree with all of them.
Excellent value for money
Booked this holiday via internet after reading TripAdvisor reviews. The hotel is a little isolated but there are good, cheap local buses to get you out and about. The main bar is the only area open in the evening, with the pool bars serving drinks all day until 6pm. The rooms are basic but clean, with everything you need, including TV for news channels. We started off on the ground floor which was a little dark, but were changed on request to a room overlooking the pool which was really bright and comfortable. The Chef does a wonderful job, and we enjoyed every meal, which were varied, hot and fresh, with a good supply of vegetables, (and the home made bread is 'to die for' )! All in all we had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday, and would certainly revisit the Europa.
After reading some of the reviews already in existence on some sites about the Europa Beach, I was a little concerned about what we may find when we actually arrived, but our worries were completely unnecessary.
The Europa Beach hotel is situated about 25 minutes walk away from the main village and beach area right on the sea front. It does have a nice clean sandy beach just outside, which isn't run by the hotel, but is only used by the hotel guests due to its location. The beach is still well kept, with sun lounges, walkways and a shower at a reasonable cost. The Hotel is lovely; it is fairly new and very well presented and has been well maintained. The entertainment staff are very friendly and there is a lot of choices for adults and children, including table tennis, boules, volleyball, water polo, discos... The food was very good; it was always well presented and cooked, with a good choice. However it is real meals like fish, pastas, spaghetti, vegetables, soups and various meat dishes, so no chips/burgers etc if that's what you want. The selection of drinks is also very impressive with far more cocktails and spirits then many other places would offer. Overall a very good holiday destination and a good all inclusive package, if not ideal for those who like a more central location.
Loved the staff x
This was a marvellous Hotel, the staff were friendly and helpful, this was a far better hotel than I was expecting.. would definitely return asap
We returned on 27 Aug 04 after a week's stay at the Europa Beach, Analipsi. We found the hotel to have an impeccable standard of cleanliness and the food was excellent. The pools were clean and there were always beds and parasols available. There were a few negative points... We drank several beers from the poolside bar every day, yet remained completely sober, in fact on occasion we bought some bottles from the hotel shop to just get a kick! The rooms are above average, but are separated to one adjacent room by a thin fire door. We were frequently wakened by the loud snoring of our neighbour. The entertainment we thought was very amateur (seen better at Haven)although the animation staff were friendly. Be warned, it's a long walk to the nearest habitation! George the restaurant manager is friendly when you first meet him, after that he will ignore you. The pools are deep and hardly gradual. Watch your kids if they can't swim.
An excellent holiday for all 4 of us.
Nothing is too much trouble for the staff.
The food was tasty and we enjoyed trying the different foods on offer. Meals were easy and uncomplicated - plentiful food well-presented and a wide variety.
The room and the complex were very clean. The pools and communal areas looked after well. Towels provided and replaced as necessary.
20min walk into local village with good range of shops and eateries, but other tavernas along the beach front if you wanted to eat out.
Coach trips are available.
The kids club meant the grown ups got peace and quiet each morning and afternoon.
We had a great time and would happily return.
This hotel is listed as 4 star by the tour operator. This clearly is misleading and is a lot closer to 3 stars. However, this doesn't mean that the Europa isn't a nice hotel. It is. The staff are extremely friendly and are approachable. This is an all inclusive package, and I suppose that being spoilt in a 5 star Cancun hotel hasn't made it easy to go down a notch or two. Again, the food is varied and pleasant to eat, although if it's fantastic flavours and spices you're after, this menu doesn't have it. Pasta's, meat dishes, fish and vegetables. Salads, soups, fresh baked bread and amazing cake desserts make up the daily buffet. American breakfast is also good quality. Two pools, one fresh water and the other salt water. Plently of loungers, although get up late and you've missed the boat. Drinks available nearly all day and location is beach front and hot. Clean room, daily maid service and roomy. Shutters also give darkness when requiring those afternoon naps.