First Sfakia report, April 4th Everything you want to ask, read or write about Sfakia, southwest Crete, or Crete island in general.

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First Sfakia report, April 4th

by Jean » 04 Apr 2018, 19:56

We arrived yesterday evening at sunset, with Gavdos and Gavdopoulo appearing very clear and near. It was warm enough for most people to feel comfortable eating outside. Today has been sunny and hot, and I managed two long swims – the sea temperature is good for early April.

The new season is in gear in Sfakia. As always at this time of year, the locals are happy to see new faces. Most of the restaurants and businesses are open, and every day more tourists are expected. A group of canoeists from Ireland have been here since before western Easter.

In Loutro, friends report that only one restaurant is open (at the far end of the bay), and coffee/snacks are being served at the Daskalogiannis café for the moment, but at least 3 more restaurants should open by the weekend.

The winter was mild here, so there are plenty of flowers and greenery along the paths in the village, and lemon trees are heavy with fruit.

flowers on back pathway.jpg
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There are many new things in village which show that it was a busy winter here:

At the Xenia hotel, they have put a large sun awning over one of their sun terraces.

Xenia sun awning.jpg

At the Lefa Ori, they have extended and nicely renovated the restaurant (to the right on the photos), including very nice new toilets, and they are in the process of finishing a new room over the extension.

Lefka Ori extension.jpg

An old-style room over hairdressers (next to Despina’s) is being turned into tourist accommodation.


At the Ombrosgialos restaurant, they have extended their kitchen and put in new cooking appliances, plus added a window and a bigger extraction fan for their comfort.

Ombrosgialos kitchen.jpg

On the back street, the old ruined butcher shop has been cleared out and boarded up, with renovations scheduled for the winter; and the old souvenir shop under Sophia's rooms is being prepared for a new business.

Old butcher shop.jpg

The Panorama hotel at the corner of the road overlooking the new harbour is being totally renovated, and they hope to have it open in the summer.

Panorama renovation.jpg

We will be here all month, so will send in reports about other news as we explore beyond the lower village.
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Re: First Sfakia report, April 4th

by arnulf » 04 Apr 2018, 21:22

Hello, Jean!

How nice to see that You are back in Sfakia, and I am very much looking forward to more reports!

I wish You a very good month in lovely Sfakia!!

All the best


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Re: First Sfakia report, April 4th

by Erno » 04 Apr 2018, 21:31

Welcome back 'home', Peter and Jean!

Thanks for your lovely report. It is good to see all new developments, and the abundance of flowers and fruits.

Have a great time, and as Arnulf said: I also look forward to your upcoming reports.
All the best,


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Re: First Sfakia report, April 4th

by Birgitta » 05 Apr 2018, 12:51

Glad to see you are back and send reports.
We are coming on monday but go directly to Anopoli. Back again after 3 days.
Then we go to Agia Roumeli-Paleochora.
Perhaps we see you and Peter in Anopoli?
Birgitta and Arne from Sweden.

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Re: First Sfakia report, April 4th

by Jean » 05 Apr 2018, 13:46

Hope so!

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Re: First Sfakia report, April 4th

by denisc » 05 Apr 2018, 14:37

Hi Jean and Peter,
It is always a pleasure to read your reports on changes and events involving Sfakia and the surrounding district. Wishing you both a most enjoyable stay and we would hope to meet up with you later in the year.
Best wishes,

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Re: First Sfakia report, April 4th

by Mihalis » 06 Apr 2018, 11:13

thank you for the report, I am excited for the new season!

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