Just returned from a ten day break in the Picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos on the Greek island of Crete. We stayed at the Miramare Resort and Spa in a Superior Room with Seaview and Private pool.
We departed in the early hours of the morning to get to Gatwick for our 07:30 flight to Heraklion Crete. The road trip down was event free as the roads and motorways were deserted making the driving easy and stress free. The car was parked at Purple Parking, formerly BCP. I have used them for several years and never had a problem so i would highly recommend them. We got to the airport in plenty of time and made our way to the British Airways check in area. We had already checked in and have boarding passes via the BA App. Took a while to figure out how to use the self service drop of system but bags weighed tagged and sent off down a conveyor to God knows where we were free to make our way through to security. After stripping nearly half naked i sent my hand luggage through were i was specially selected for a closer examination. I thought i was going to have issues with either my drone or the batteries but no it was all the chargers and cables i had put in a bag within my hand luggage that raised their concerns but after a quick examination and a explosives swab , we were sent on our way.
We wandered through the strategically placed mega expensive so called duty free shop and out the other side where we headed for food and drink. We sat and waited for our gate number to appear which invariably it did and was the furthest gate away , probably! We made our way to the gate showing our boarding cards at the gate and more or less straight onto the plane. Seat number ....13 B and C , should have known this is where our problems started.
There had been a little bit of British weather which had delayed some flights from leaving and landing on time. We was ok right? Wrong we were all on the plane bar one person who must of seen sense and thought na as they were , i am guessing, supposed to occupy seat 13 A so we had an extra seat just my wife and i , nice. Sadly that is where i luck ran out , we sat waiting on the plane for what seemed like forever before pushing back and a short taxi to , wait for it.........................."A ISOLATED PART OF THE AIRFIELD" . This was to allow landing plane to use our stand and we had to wait for two hours before we were finally under way.
The rest of the flight to be fair was great we had extra leg room seats and a spare seat so we could really spread ourselves out. We made up a bit of time but nowhere near all. We made our way through the terminal at Heraklion collecting our luggage and making our way out to the MTS desk for our transfer. As we were late we were put onto a mini bus with just two other couples and off we went, we were the first drop off just over an hour , would have been no quicker by the much much more expensive tavi.
On arrival first impressions were goo, the reception looked great and the view was lovely. At this point we had not really paid attention to the steep road we had climbed to get there. This would become very apparent in the days ahead!
We checked in to the hotel and our bags were taken by a porter who led us to a lift up to the third level , up yet more stairs to our room. Well this was not exactly as was seen online. Check out the website page for the accomodation here.
Notice from the image above the different sun loungers , the lack of space, the missing pagoda not to mention the BLOODY ROAD !!!!. Yes that's a road that leads up past our room to the rest of the complex. Everyday there were people and golf carts passing us by in the end you do become un aware of it, most of the time.
However even this room with a strategically low camera angle can make even this room look good
I was in the pool backed up as far as i could in the corner i had my Canon 5d mk3 with the Canon 17 - 40 mm on as low to the water as i dare. This minimised all the distractions even the BLOODY ROAD!
The rest of the week went well we visited a few places had a day at the local beach and had plans to visit Crisi Island which is something Deb had wanted to do while we were here. However, two days before this trip that had been booked and paid for we visited Elounda and onto Spinalonga Island. We had only been here for maybe fifteen minutes before Deb had a real nasty fall . She fell back heavy landing on a rock straight in her back. She was in a lot of pain and struggling to breath but help was at hand from two strangers who came and helped. Thank you to that couple from Macedonia!
We had to get back from the island to the hotel which we managed but Deb was in considerable discomfort for the remainder of the holiday and we were forced to cancel the trip she so wanted to do. Think i spent more in the chemist than the bar from this point !
Glad to say that since being home and visiting her doctor she is on the mend although still in pain.
Here is a selection of images from our time here.