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Which resort? Traditional, family, safe swimming/sandy beach

Brittany
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Which resort? Traditional, family, safe swimming/sandy beach

Hi we are planning our first trip to Crete. Our best flight would prob be into Heraklion but we dont mind a longish transfer if the resort is worth it, however near to Heraklion would be ideal.

We have an 8 year old son and are looking for a quietish family resort, no discos/loud bars, nice safe sandy beach, not windy or rough seas, a select of tavernas for evening meals, apartment/hotel with good pool within walking of beach and town/village.

Any recommendations for resort and/or accommodation please?

Many thanks

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1. Re: Which resort? Traditional, family, safe swimming/sandy beach

I suggest kalamaki on the south coast:

explorecrete.com/crete-east/EN-kalamaki.html

There is a good pool in the village that you can use for a couple of Euros if the wind gets up and blows the sand around.

This place has good rooms with balconies facing the beach for 35 Euros a night. They do inter-connecting rooms, if you need one for your son:

http://www.kiknos.org/contact_english.html

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2. Re: Which resort? Traditional, family, safe swimming/sandy beach

Kalamaki would be a good choice. Another possibility, closer to Heraklion, might be Sissi. http://www.sissi.net/

Further away, though worth considering, are the south coast resorts of Plakias, Sougia, and Paleochora (though the latter can be windier than most places, so perhaps it's not in the running). They would be more easily reached from Chania.

You haven't said when you are going: this will make a difference to windiness and rough-sea-ness!

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3. Re: Which resort? Traditional, family, safe swimming/sandy beach

Thanks. Not sure when going yet (its for next year) ... will probably be end June for 2 weeks, if not end Aug/beg Sept.

Is October a bit late to go? I know we cant guarantee good weather whenever you go but I dont want to risk lots of rain!

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4. Re: Which resort? Traditional, family, safe swimming/sandy beach

At the end of June and end of August/beginning of September the weather should be settled. Rain is rare, sun is pretty continuous, and heat waves (40C) are possible. Fine if this is going to be a beach holiday, not so good if you're planning on doing any walking or excursions.

October can be a good time to go. The sea is still warm and the air temperatures are better for moving around. You may get a little rain, but you'd be very unlucky to get "lots".

There can always be wind, whenever and wherever you go. The winds come from different directions and are called by different names. In summer, the most common is the meltemi, which comes from the north and can be a relief if there is a heat wave.

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5. Re: Which resort? Traditional, family, safe swimming/sandy beach

Much though I love Sissi a long safe sandy beach isn't one of its attributes.

The best family beach i've seen in Crete is in Makrigialos.

It's a bit of a trek from Heraklion but it's a lovely place and also one of the warmest/sunniest resorts on the island.

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