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Life in Faliraki
Bar Street
Tourists throng Faliraki's streets
Pub crawls and drinking on the streets have been banned in the Greek resort of Faliraki to curb the rowdy behaviour of British tourists.

But what is it like to live in the resort, or visit when you prefer to party at a less frenzied pace? Here, a Welsh expat and a holidaymaker have their say.

BEVERLY MORRIS KAFETZI, FALIRAKI

I have lived in Faliraki since 1985. In this time, it has expanded into a major holiday resort that makes every effort to accommodate all ages, nationalities and preferences.

But since the TV show Club Reps in 2002, the 10 miles of pristine beach, water sports, fun fairs and churches have been wiped off the map and Faliraki has become synonymous with Bar Street.

Faliraki has entertained Brits since it first came into existence. Even then, most partied into the wee hours. They did, however, show respect for the locals, the culture and their fellow holidaymakers.

Now the sheer volume of British youngsters in search of a hedonistic, no-limits holiday has changed the face of this lovely place, at least temporarily.

Faliraki is a beautiful place; my Greek husband and I have three children aged 12, 10 and six and they have an idyllic life. So too do any families who come on holiday, as much of what goes on in Bar Street doesn't happen until late. Well, they may see people slumped in the gutter if they get up early.

The behaviour of these teens makes me sad to be British. I recently saw a group of Scottish lads drunk at 2pm. They were quite threatening to me and my staff - we run boat trips between the islands - and they shouldn't have been that drunk so early.

A ban on bar crawls will hopefully allow Faliraki to get back on its feet, and tragedies like the death of Mr Doran [last week Irish-born Paddy Doran died in the resort from a neck wound] will cease.

ANDREW, UK

I travel to Lindos - near Faliraki - frequently and have driven through this resort quite a few times at different times of the day. It is the armpit of the world.

You often see people passed out on the pavement, vomit in the street, loud swearing when young children are around - general unacceptable behaviour. Some of this is encouraged by the tour firms. What an advert for Britain.

I am no prude and am often out in the clubs in Lindos until daylight, and may not see daylight having to sleep off a hangover.

But the attitude of the people who run the bars and clubs in Lindos is different. There are clear lines that cannot be crossed and unacceptable behaviour is not tolerated by owners or the local police.

We have to remember that it is mostly young adults that converge on Faliraki and most have not been abroad by themselves before. Strong, cheap booze and high spirits lead to some stupidity.

However, if you go to your local town centre in the UK on a Friday or Saturday, there is not much difference in behaviour.

The club reps need to make sure holidaymakers are aware of what is unacceptable behaviour and deal with those that upset the majority (without being killjoys).

But nothing will change while the bar owners rake in the cash and are prepared to put up with drunkenness as long as the euros keep rolling in.




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