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1st time to Crete - which resort?

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1st time to Crete - which resort?

Hi, hubby and I are considering Crete for a week in September. We've never been before and wondering which resort would be for us. We want to be somewhere relatively lively but probably not Malia/Stalis as I hear they are very busy and the main pub/club scene. We'd like somewhere that has nice restaurants, bars and shops, has a sandy beach and also has some history or places to visit nearby.

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1. Re: 1st time to Crete - which resort?

Although neither may be to your taste (and I can understand) can I just add that Malia and Stalis are very different resorts with a very different kind of visitor. Don't think that because they're next door your getting the same experience!

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2. Re: 1st time to Crete - which resort?

Elounda may be worth looking into.

Also, Rethymno old town is very nice. I would suggest you also look at flight days and times first as some of the resorts get naff flights times and might only get 'deliveries' of holidaymakers once or twice aweek.

My advice is book direct with the apts or hotel.


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3. Re: 1st time to Crete - which resort?

Hi there

Malia and Stalis are like chalk and cheese - Malia is the "full on, in yer face" Club 18-30 party capital of the island whereas Stalis is family orientated, has a great beach and is way more peaceful.

Elounda and Rethymno have already been mentioned - both are decent resorts and Rethymno is full of culture with it's huge Venetian fortress and architecture from several periods in history.

We often stay in a small village called Anissaras which is 3kms west of Hersonissos - too small to show on maps but halfway between Hersonissos and Gouves. Lovely, large sandy beach, a selection of bars and restaurants, quite laid back, lovely seafront pathway for the evening stroll, plus a couple of shops and car hire places.

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4. Re: 1st time to Crete - which resort?

Elounda was my first experience of Crete and it probably has everything you are looking for.

We have returned a few times and it has great accomodation ranging from budget to extremely luxurious. A great base to explore and fab bars and restuarants.

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