19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
pleasantly suprised as booked last minut...
"pleasantly suprised as booked last minute - apartments well located right on the beach with fantastic views/ lovely pool (one of only a few) apartments basic but cleaned impecably alternate days /towels changed regularly/no aircon and mosquitoes a problem in the area/take spays etc//fabulously quiet location much nicer than the resort next over//3 local restaurants offering usual Cretian diet //very good - good prices -locals tend to eat alot of starters rather than main course//did the Spinalonga trip booked through rep - could probably do it cheaper by yourselves but our guide was very knowledgable//the beach stop a bit disappointing as 5 boats turned up sharing a tiny beach!//take snorkels as water in Lygaria incredibly clear and very very safe //South of Crete very windy but Lygaria has a lovely breeze - don't bother with the market on Saturday in Heraklion -very poor but recommend a visit to Rathimnon -lovely beach and shops galore in the old part of the town"
- Travel date: 9th August 2008
My partner and I have just returned from...
"My partner and I have just returned from the Fteria apartments and we had a fantastic stay. It's worth paying for a one bedroom apartment as they are quite spacious for two people. We had apartment 23 at the top which had a big balcony and glorious views of the sea (also kept quite fit climbing the steps!) The beds are quite hard but hey this is Greece. Cooking facilities are basic 2 rings stove - they don't provide tea towels or washing up cloths so if you are on a budget take them as the shop is a bit pricey. The pool was lovely and generally fairly quiet. Smaro, the lady who runs the place is nice and she was very helpful. I was extremely impressed by the amount of times the apartment was cleaned, bed linen changed and towels changed - at least 3 times - the most I have experienced in Greece over a week stay! Ligaria is a very relaxing place to stay, there is not much to do but soak up the sun, swim in the sea and eat at the tavernas. Avoid the taverna furthest from the Fteria past the big rock - don't be fooled by the cheap prices - they are very rude and obviously don't want foreign custom! Same goes for the shop next to it. The shop next to Fteria is the best one to go to and we liked Sirocco best for food and friendly service. Food is better in Aghia Pelagia - we liked Mythos Taverna best. "
- Travel date: 14th July 2008
We would recommend the Fteria Apartments...
"We would recommend the Fteria Apartments but you need to have done a bit of research before booking them as they won't be to everyones taste. The location of the apartments is lovely, overlooking Lygaria Bay and with very attractive gardens throughout the complex. The beach is less than a minute away and the sea is calm and good for swimming although swimming shoes are helpful to avoid slipping on the stones in the shallows. The tavernas are really good value and friendly, we ate at Sirocco more than the other two. The pool is great, perfect situation overlooking the bay and big enough for a decent swim. If the apartments were full it might get crowded but it was quiet during our stay so this wasn't a problem. The whole area is quite hilly so be prepared for this, Agia Pelagia is 20 minutes walk away but worth it for a few more shops and wider choice of restaurants. The beach at Agia Pelagia although long is narrow and crowded. Lygaria beach is better. Both Lygaria and Agia Pelagia are starting to get quite heavily developed now, obviously Agia Pelagia is much the bigger place but Lygaria is not a deserted backwater, quite a few greek holiday homes are springing up but its not overwhelming. Both resorts are used by locals and package tourists and there aren't many Brits, its the usual mix of Dutch/French/Germans/East Europeans which is probably no bad thing. You need a car if you want to leave the area so hire one beforehand and be prepared for the "fun" of driving in Greece! Lygaria is well situated for touring the island and is only 20km from the airport. Having seen quite a few other resorts Lygaria stands comparison with anything else we've seen on the north coast (including around Rethymnon and Agios Nikolaos) and is miles better than most of the Malia type package resorts. If you want full english breakfasts, bars, nightclubs and satellite TV go there not Lygaria! The apartments are basic and the lack of air con is a minus, even with the windows open and the shutters closed it gets hot at night which makes sleeping difficult. Watch out for the mozzies too! If you want luxury look elsewhere but they are well maintained and perfectly adequate. All in all we paid Â£300 each for a week including flights and accomodation so frankly at those prices this a great deal and you could pay much more and do far worse than Fteria and Lygaria."
- Travel date: 22nd June 2008
I've been to Fteria Apts for the 9th tim...
"I've been to Fteria Apts for the 9th time and I'm enjoying it everytime. I always have the best time of my life. I love fteria and lygaria so much and I'm always sad when I have to go. Of course it's nothing for people who enjoy party holidays and drinking every evening because there aren't many dicsos around. But it's the best location for a relaxing and quiet holiday. And although I'm 21 I wasn't bored at all! I can't believe that some people here are complaining about the apartments.. they are clean, you get new towels every second day (more often that you would change at home) and a new bedding once a week! And if some people say that they were bored and couln't go out, maybe they should have asked for more information about the place before they went there! I can recommend this location for everybody who really wants to relax on holiday and who enjoys calm, sun and a wonderful, beautiful sea!"
- Travel date: 27th February 2008
We went on holiday here towards the end ...
"We went on holiday here towards the end of September beginning of October and had a fabulous relaxing time. It was just what we needed after a hectic year of constant work and since we moved house we were also on a tight budget. Lygaria is peaceful and quiet. The typical greek style apartments are 3star and good value for money; basic, clean, roomy and offer fantastic sceneries from the windows and balcony. The woman who owns these apartments was very nice and a bit of a character. The beach is only a stroll away with a few tavernas offering friendly service and authentic greek cuisine. If you do fancy something more busy and touristy, Agia Pelagia is a hilly 20 minutes walk away from Lygaria. For only a few euros there is an air conditioned bus which takes you to Heraklion city. The bus stop is a steep up hill 15 minute walk + doesnt run on time, but enjoyed the scenery whilst waiting. There is a huge market on Saturdays which is packed with fresh fruit, veg and t-shirt souveniours etc. Also at Heraklion bus station they offer affordable excursions. We look forward to returning to Fteria appartments this year. "
- Travel date: 1st February 2008
Just returned from the Fteria apts and w...
"Just returned from the Fteria apts and would not return to these apartments. For the first five mornings we had no hot water and continually complained to the lady in charge which did not go down to well with her. These apartments are dreadfully run down and are no way 4 star. Apart from this the village of Lygaria is nice and quiet with a nice couple of tavernas."
- Travel date: 22nd September 2007
Anyone looking for a relaxing, quiet hol...
"Anyone looking for a relaxing, quiet holiday will find the Fteria Apts ideal. The apartments are surrounded by flowers and shrubs, which are well maintained. The apartments are kept very clean and the staff are very helpful. On the downside, this is a very quiet area. There are only 3 tavernas - all of which however, I would recommend. There are only 2 mini markets which carry only basic foodstuffs. There is no where to change currency. Over the hill you can walk to Agia Pelagia which has more tavernas, a few shops, money exchange and a slightly larger supermarket. The walk will take you about 20mins - beware it is quite steep! We were self catering. The apartments have no air conditioning (we were aware of this so took a fan with us). Cooking facilities comprise of 2 hobs and a fridge. There is no grill, oven, microwave or kettle. Having said all of the above, we absolutely loved the holiday as it had all that we were looking for. A relaxing holiday, where you can either snorkel in the bay, or lay by the pool. There is also a scuba diving school at the entrance to the apartments."
- Travel date: 13th September 2007
I loved these apartments. The view from ...
"I loved these apartments. The view from the balcony was breath taking. I have read reviews were they have stated that they were basic. I have experienced Greek basic apartments in Koz, and in comparison these apartments are wonderful. They are also clean which is a necessity. They overlook the beach and is about 3-4 minutes walk away (strolling) to the tavernas...ideal!!! The lady who owns the apartments tends to keep her distance, but as long as you respect her property and pass pleasantries when you see her then she is fine. One word of warning, there is a steep hill which is the only access to the apartments, although short it takes your breath away."
- Travel date: 15th July 2007
What a wonderful holiday, our first of t...
"What a wonderful holiday, our first of this type and first without the children since our honeymoon 21 years ago. Very good studio/apartment clean and comfortable in beautiful location and set in lovely well maintained gardens. The view of the bay from our shaded patio/terrace was a perfect place to start each day. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The pool was excellent and superbly located and the self service bar was much appreciated. Taverna Scirrocco was good but confess we wandered the pleasant 20mins over the headland to Agia Pelagia on several occasions and found the excellent Bazaar run by Bente Hansen and Billy, her Greek partner and ably assisted by Flavia behind the bar. Food was good mix with influences from Mexico and Italy with a touch of Norwegian in the sweets. Do try the cocktails (Blueberry Bazaar) and you`ll find the coldest Mythos beer in the area. The beach here is also very good if a little busier. All in all Fteria Aprts Lygaria / Agia Pelagia a great place to chill, read, eat, drink and soak up the sun with the bonus of it being only a 25min taxi run from the airport not the place for wild nights partying with the usual crowd, thankfully."
- Travel date: 27th June 2007
My mother and I traveled here last Septe...
"My mother and I traveled here last September for a relaxing week. I was 5 months pregnant and we truly did relax. This is a lovely setting, clean, basic apt, similar to many we have stayed in in Greece. We are going to return this September this time with husbands and small baby in tow, so not sure that it will be quite as relaxing! If anyone has traveled here with a baby or going soon could you please find out if cots are provided and if the little supermarket stocks nappies and baby food and post a message. I recommend taking swimming shoes as the beach is a bit rocky, but it is quite, calm bay ideal for swimming once you have got in. The Taverna Ligaria is run by a lovely gentleman who made are holiday so personal and special with his old fashioned traditional Greek service ie free Raki with every meal. I was not able to take full advantage last time but will make up for it this year. "
- Travel date: 19th March 2007
What a great place, especially if you ha...
"What a great place, especially if you have experienced Crete before. Apartments, well all needs are catered for, if not basic. Staff were friendly and always approachable and always very helpful. Local tavernas very good but only half a dozen, but they are very friendly. Lots of locals as well if you like to mix. If you want bigger and more active life then not to far to go over the hill to Agia Pelagia, about one and half kilometers. At Liguria it is a very safe beach for swimming, snorkeling, fishing from rocks, or just enjoying the sun. Quiet for couples or for people who just want to charge there batteries. Me and my wife had a fantastic 7 days there with her sister and husband, and they had never been abroad before. But fell in love with it, and no doubt we will probably end up back there next year, thank you med hotels for letting us find such a quiet and friendly place to enjoy our holidays."
- Travel date: 18th October 2006
Just back from 11 nights at Fteria apart...
"Just back from 11 nights at Fteria apartments. Beautiful setting on a hillside, in flower filled gardens overlooking the bay. Typical Greek apartment - reasonably spacious accommodation. Kitchen had fridge and two hobs plus enough crockery, glasses and cutlery. Usual Greek small bathroom - tiny shower with no curtain, loo paper in the bin etc. and wet floors after showering - but hey this is Greece. But the views from the balcony were lovely, perfect for sitting and enjoying an evening drink watching the sun set over the hill. Lygeria is quiet and the end of September probably even more so. Beach was disappointing and sea could be dirty at times. Only a handful of tavernas but very relaxing and no passing traffic noise. We had a car for the whole holiday and would thoroughly recommend one. Nearby Ag. Pelegia is a steep walk over the hills, but only 5 minutes in the car. Lots of lovely tavernas - Kri Kri is good for flambe meals but more expensive. Baazar is excellent - limited menu but offering different choices from the usual Greek fare - sadly we only discovered this restaurant two days before we returned home otherwise would have definitely gone again. September is a lovely time to go as not too hot - there is no air conditioning in these apartments which would probably be a problem in high summer. Bali is a 30 minute drive away but definitely has the best sandy beaches in the area and really chilled out bars and cafes. Would go to Crete again, but would probably stay in Bali."
- Travel date: 6th October 2006
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