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Where to stay on south coast of Crete.

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Where to stay on south coast of Crete.

Hello,

I am going to Crete in May for six days. I'll be flying into Chania and spending the first couple of days there. I am going to spend the last night in Heraklion because I have a morning ferry to Santorini the next day. My question, where to spend the 3 days in between? I want to visit the south, or south-west coast. Palaiochora? Chora Sfakeon? Plakias? Ag. Galani? Maltala? or other? or a combination?

I want to hike the Samaria Gorge (from what I understand, I can do this from Chania, or Pal..), I also really want go to the Previlli Beach. I'll be traveling alone, I am not a party animal, but I do not want to stay in a completely dead place either.

Any advice you can give me will be appreciated.

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1. Re: Where to stay on south coast of Crete.

Hi

I think that staying in Paleochora would be your best option if you want to stay on the SW coast & walk the Samaria gorge.The boats return to Paleochora from Agia Roumeli (the exit of the gorge)each evening.

From Paleochora you can visit Sougia, Loutro & Hora Sfakia by ferry. Unless you have your own transport you would have to choose between Plakias & Prevelli or Agia Galini & Matala.

I would choose Agia Galini & Matala as you can get back to Heraklion easier from either of these places.

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A good mix is Plakias on the south coast. The village lies about 1 hour by car from the Samaria gorge. Here you can find friendly hotels, houses etc and good taverns. The nightlife is more decorated for people that want to sing, dance and make communication with other tourist. Also from here you have a good central point for day trips and dont forget the perfect beaches in the area

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My opinion for May is to stay at least 3 days in Chania city(old town is so beautiful) which you will have many things to do and see.For the south coast 2 days because as you travel alone that period is not dead dut I can stay is still quiet.From Paleochora you can get the boat and do daily trips to south coast.

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4. Re: Where to stay on south coast of Crete.

Thanks for your suggestions...

I failed to mention that I will have a car.

The only thing that worries me about Pallechora (since I'll have the car) is that there is no road from there to the other south coast towns.

Would my best bet be staying in Plakias, and doing day trips to Maltala, Previlli, Chora Sfkaion, etc.?

Anyone have suggestions onplaces to stay?

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"I would choose Agia Galini & Matala as you can get back to Heraklion easier from either of these places."

Mick is right, take in mind that you can catch a taxi that morming for the Santorini ferry, 60 euros from Matala. Make sure you have your tickets first one if nit make sure your taxi driver knows where to drop you off to get them, it can be tricky as my driver dumped me at the dock and i had go walk a good 500 ft to find the office. Note, even in Sept., last year, some ferries booked up a well weeks before.

BTW, Maltla had a nice old Greece feel and it's a nice mix of young and old. Great views of the caves at night too.

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Thanks All for your help.

I will stay somewhere in A.G. or Maltala.

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I stayed at the Xenios Dias Hotel which was only 25 euros and I would rate it as a nice over-all deal. Where ever you stay do a search as some hotels may not be all that they claim. I don't recall the hotel but one is said to be further, up a hill also, then they claim from the town.

BTW, I met some Germans that use the hotel and they have been coming to Malata for the last 20 yrs so I guess they knew where to stay.

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10. Re: Where to stay on south coast of Crete.

Paleochora is by far the best suggestion, particularly as you want to do the Samaria Gorge. You won't need the car that day. Some of the south coast ferries take cars so you can get to Sougia or Chora Sfakia from Paleochora, so no road is not a problem.

Plakias, Ag Galini, Matala are now very commercialised beach resorts easily done on the way to Iraklion.