Prino apartments great - Ray T. Date of travel: Sep 2006
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Stayed at the Prinos Apartments in Old Hersonnissos in September 2006 with a party of 9. These are just what you want for the price. The owners Antonio and Anna speak very few words of English, so be prepared to take your time and your phrasebook. However don't let this put you off these great digs. How do you fancy laying at the pool, and reaching up from your sunbed to pick grapes from the vine? Yes, you can do this here!! But if you wait, Antonio will probably bring a free bunch for you.
The apartments have their own pool, and it is well kept although some of the tiles below the water look a bit dodgy. The room we stayed in had a bedroom with 2 single beds, and in the living room the 'sofas' are extra beds, but they share a resemblance to mortuary slabs! However, they are surprisingly comfortable.
Antonio seems to know only 4 words of English, "raki" & "cheers big ears"! If you return to the bar after a night in the village, you will find him waiting to serve you, regardless of the time, and offer you free raki! Try it if you want, but don't let Antonio get away with it. Insist that he has a shot with you. Even he pulls a face when he drinks it! But what a great guy.
The apartments are just 5 minutes from the village centre where you can choose from a range of restaurants and tavernas. Try the 'Myrtos', the 'Harakas', and for a friendly atmosphere & great drinks try the little taverna next to the news stand (sorry, I can't remember the name, it was all fuzzy!) We have seen a few reviews for the restaurants which recommend the Tavla. We did not find them very accommodating, but maybe we chose a bad night. The 'Lounge' at the far end of the village is run by an English couple, and if you want pool & English banter then go here. Again, not to our taste, but other people rate them quite highly.
If you are quite fit, go for a walk through the village, and keep going until you come to the next village, Piskopiano, for a larger variety of restaurants including Chinese, Indian etc. Go a little further and you reach Koutofalari. In fact Piskopiano runs into Koutofalari, and its difficult to know when you leave one and enter the next.
You can walk to Hersonnissos town in about 30-40 minutes, and this will give you a good day out with a more commercialised setting. Ideal for finding presents.
If you want beaches, hire a car and go further afield as the beaches at Hersonnissos are quite pebbly, and the sea is quite rocky. For culture go to Knossos and see the ruins of the palace, then Heraklion (Irakleo) and see the Venetian fortress at the harbour, the views are fantastic! If you have transport go to Plaka, near Elounda and take the boat across to Spinalonga. You can get a ferry from Elounda that takes about 45 min, or the boat from Plaka takes about 10. This is the fishing village mentioned in the recent novel 'The Island'. Spinalonga is also featured in the book, and is actually an island which was used as a leper colony, and has its own village, most of which is still visible.