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Chania, Rethymno, Stalis or Elounda???

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Chania, Rethymno, Stalis or Elounda???

Hi everyone

I will be in Crete for 4 days in June and I am having trouble picking between Chania, Rethymno, Stalis or Elounda. We haven't booked flights so either airport is fine (we will be arriving from Dubrovnik)

My bf & I are 26 + 27 and we're looking for a mixture of a beach holiday, plenty of bars and restaurants nearby, and sites to see. We're not looking for a big party scene like Malia, just enough to keep us entertained in the evenings. Greece is at the end of our trip before we head back to Australia so we're happy to take it easy and not be on the go the entire 4 days.

Looking to spend about $1500ish AUD for the 4 nights.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Chania, Rethymno, Stalis or Elounda???

Going from what you have said if you are looking for a larger town to stay in then Rethymnon would get my vote over Chania (purely based on what you are looking for but Chania is a lovely town as well). Out of Elounda and Stalis again just based on what you are looking for then Stalis would get my vote.

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2. Re: Chania, Rethymno, Stalis or Elounda???

Hello Alisha and Welcome to the Crete forum

From your post I think that Rethymnon would suit your requirements, it a Greek town, with a stunning old town, beautiful harbour, great shopping and a long sandy beach too, and as a University town it has a great vibe, but still feels very Greek. Location wise you could fly to either airport with Heraklion being a 1.15 transfer and Chania airport just over an hours transfer. Rethymnon also has great bus links if you wanted to get out and about too :-)

Stalis also has a beautiful long sandy beach and plenty of accommodation choices, and night life, but as a purpose built resort it doesn't have the Greek feel that Rethymnon does, and of course not the Historical buildings either, but still a very popular holiday destination for couples and families.

For some information of places that you could visit in the town of Rethymnon itself have a look at this link written by our DE gerlion who lives in the town :-)

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g18942…

Another great research tool is You Tube, so I would suggest doing some searches to get a feel for any recommendations :-)

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3. Re: Chania, Rethymno, Stalis or Elounda???

Since "sites to see" is on your wish list, the choice narrows down to Rethymnon and Chania; and since "beach holiday" is first on the list, Rethymnon is a better option than Chania. Chania has good beaches nearby, but Rethymnon has a huge sandy beach that stretches from the town itself miles and miles to the east.

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4. Re: Chania, Rethymno, Stalis or Elounda???

Personally I think there are loads of sites you can easily visit if you did decide on Stalis to stay in. I am sure forum regulars and not so regulars will give you lots of ideas if you do choose Stalis.

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5. Re: Chania, Rethymno, Stalis or Elounda???

Yes, there are sites and sights to see within range of Stalis. I meant things that can be seen within the chosen town, since Alisha says that they don't want to "be on the go the whole time". That is true of Rethymnon and Chania, which both have museums, attractive old towns, and plenty of history, but it's not true of Stalis,

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6. Re: Chania, Rethymno, Stalis or Elounda???

Personally I think there are sites within easy access of Stalis that wouldn't require being "on the go all the time" so if it was me I would base my decision on the type of base I wanted i.e. a larger town (but lovely town) or a smaller but more resort type base. That's why in my initial post my suggestion was Rethymnon over Chania (based on what the OP is looking for) and Stalis over Elounda (again purely based on what the OP is looking for).............and bump to get past the car rental posts ;-)

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7. Re: Chania, Rethymno, Stalis or Elounda???

Hi

I suggest you to flight to Heraklion airport and you spend your holidays between Stalis and Elounda.

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8. Re: Chania, Rethymno, Stalis or Elounda???

Thanks so much everyone for your advice! We are spoiled in Australia with beautiful sandy beaches, so I definitely will look into Rethymnon a little more

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9. Re: Chania, Rethymno, Stalis or Elounda???

Hi

If you choose Rethymnon you can ask me, as I live in town and I might be able to help you :o)

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10. Re: Chania, Rethymno, Stalis or Elounda???

Hi, we love Crete but don't expect beaches like back in Aus.

If you want a town/city feel I would choose Rethymnon which you can get to via either airport, if you fly into Heraklion and want a resort then Stalis, I would also throw Hersonissos into the mix, bigger than Stalis, better nightlife aimed at your age group, cosmopolitan feel with couples from all over the world.

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