I am heading to Greece in mid-July. Everything is booked apart from a few nights in Crete.
We arrive into Heraklion from Santorini on the hi-speed at 7:30pm, and intend to get a bus to Chania to spend that night.
After that, we have 4 more nights. The 4th night will be in Chania again to easily get the airport the following morning. Then there are 3 nights in the middle.
We want to visit Elafonisi and Balos Bay. As I see it, we can either:
1. stay in Chania the whole time and either rent a car or take public transport to those beaches as day trips, or
2. stay somewhere like Kissamos and either rent a car or take public transport to those beaches.
What do you think is better? We're young travellers and although nightlife is always alluring, perhaps staying on a beach in Greece might be better than several nights in a city?
Also, do you think car rental for those areas is much more preferable to public transport?
You can assume I've checked for available accomodation already :)