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Crete Holiday 13

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Crete Holiday 13

Looking for the ideal venue for 4 adults (52,57,53,67) who like a bit of life, but not overboisterous. Not particularly "sun bathers". Enjoy visiting new areas (love a good ruin) and seeing the local scenery. "Typically Greek" is what we like. Kos town and Poros (saronics) are good examples. Considering Gouves - Stalis - Elouinda...........any advice please?

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1. Re: Crete Holiday 13

'Typically Greek' - certainly not Stalis probably not Gouves, probably not really Elounda - but what about Agios Nikolaos?

It sounds like you want to stay somewhere with a real town, open all year round, and the most popular ones for tourists on Crete are Chania, Rethymnon and Ag. Nikolaos. I presume from your shortlist you are flying into Heraklion, so Chania is out. Rethymnon could be OK as long as you have transfers or car hire sorted out - it's about 1 hour 20 mins drive from Heraklion airport and would be pretty expensive in a taxi. Ag. Nik is about 45 minutes.

You are still within striking distance of several ruins within an hour's drive/bus ride of Ag. Nik, including Malia palace and (just about an hour) Heraklion.

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2. Re: Crete Holiday 13

Thanks for that Steve. Ag Nik has come up in conversation. We are fairly open to suggestions made so we may investigate Chania region.

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3. Re: Crete Holiday 13

Ag. Nik is only about 5 miles from Elounda.

Chania is a lovely town, but you do need to fly to Chania airport unless you are willing to drive on a 3 hour journey from Heraklion.

Flights to Chania are not as frequent as those to Heraklion, and unless you can fly from one of the airports served by Ryanair, you can only fly on a Tuesday.

Chania is a long way from the large archaeological sights, but has plenty of history of its own - most recently the Battle of Crete in WW2.

Edited: 11 January 2013, 18:05
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4. Re: Crete Holiday 13

Another option, especially as you liked Poros, would be Sitia. It's not often suggested as a destination, but it is a good base for getting to the ruins at Zakros, Gournia, and Itanos. Also worth seeing in the area is the Touplou Monastery and the palm beach at Vai (which has become very commercialized since I spent a few nights there 40 years ago, but is still beautiful). The hike from Vai to Itanos is stunning.

Edited: 12 January 2013, 18:40
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