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Resort Suggestions

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Resort Suggestions

Myself and my partner have been planning to book a holiday in Crete, during May, but now have my in-laws plus stepdaughter and boyfriend in tow, lucky me!

So what I need to find is a resort to suit 2 x 70 year olds, 2 x 45 year olds and 2 x twenty somethings, not easy!

Any suggestions for somewhere fairly quiet but with a good selection of bars and restaurants, but not in the middle of nowhere, somewhere fairly flat with accommodation within a 5/10 minute walk of the amenities? Any suggestions/hints/tips much appreciated.

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1. Re: Resort Suggestions

Hi there

Sounds like a lovely holiday :-)

Have a look at Agios Nikolaos, Agios is a working Greek town that attracts tourists 6 months of the year, so you get a good mix of locals and tourists....and it would suit all the various ages, as there are a few late night bars for the younger ones, but definately not an 18 -30 resort...some excellent traditional tavernas with beauitiful views looking out to sea, and some chilled out cafes and bars for the rest of you too.

Agios is just under an hour from Heraklion airport, and less than an hour from Knossos and only 10 mins drive from Spinalonga - if you want to visit some historical sites, also some very pretty traditional villages in the immediate area too ... Kritsa and Neapoli.

The town has four main beaches, three of these are sandy, and only 15 min drive from one of the best beaches on the north coast of the island, Voulisma or golden beach.

The town has a good flat paved type promenade, (unusual for Greece) which is well lite so ideal for a leisurely walk into town in the evening, and although some of the back streets are a bit hilly, the vast majority of the town is flat.

Have a look at these links and see what you think, if you like the look of Agios then am happy to make some accomodation recommendations if needed or answer any questions :-)

explorecrete.com/crete-east/Agios-Nikolaos.h…

http://www.agiosnikolaos.gr/

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2. Re: Resort Suggestions

I would suggest Stalis if Aghios Nikolaos seemed to quiet for the twentys. There are plenty of tavernas and bars to suit everyone, also Malia is the next resort with all the clubs for the younger ones. There is a nice beach and the beach road is flat

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<<Any suggestions for somewhere fairly quiet >>

I'm not sure I agree that either Ag. Nik or Stalis meets that requirement? I suppose it depends on what you think of as quiet! Both have their hills as well, but they can be avoided.

I would think maybe Sissi or Elounda, but neither is particularly flat. Elounda may be OK if you get accommodation near the harbour.

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The beach road and resort centre in and around Stalis is fairly flat, so there would be no problems insofar as hills etc in getting around. Plenty of good accom choices on or within a short walking distance of resort centre and beach.

If you want any accom recommendations in Stalis to suit your requirements, please come back and ask.

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Elounda would probably fit the bill, providing the 20 year olds don't want a mad night life!! There are plenty of tavernas and a few bars, aimed at families and couples who want a chilled Greek experience. If they did want a change they could always take a bus/taxi to Ag. Nik, which is a bigger sprawling town, with a more livlier nightlife.

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<<I'm not sure I agree that either Ag. Nik or Stalis meets that requirement>>

Steve I'm not sure that I would bracket Agios and Stalis together??? and in comparison to Stalis Agios is definately very quiet!!! :-)

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7. Re: Resort Suggestions

I know what you mean, but no town is what I would describe as quiet.

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.......you havent seen my local town on a Saturday night Steve...now thats not even "fairly quiet " but a ghost town!!! welcome to Surrey :-)

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What about west side of Crete?...i would suggest either Rethymnon city with an accomodation at the side of the city beach (i believe so, that spending time on a beach is in your possibilities) or in Chania area at Agia Marina or Platanias. Rethymnon city is a wonderful city, has a fairly decent beach, full of restaurants and bars and a good base point (If you rent a car, even for one or a couple of days) for any daily trips to nearby places like Heraklion (Knossos, etc.), Kournas Lake, Argyroupolis Springs, Chania city, etc. The same happens with Platanias or Ag. Marina areas which are right on the beach, lots of restaurants and bars (especially Platanias), really close to the Chania city and it's beautiful Venetian Harbour and suitable for daily trips to Falassarna, Elafonisi, Balos beaches and other places. also you said you are planning for May, so everywhere it won't be full of tourists (i hope for otherwise since i'm on the taxi business, but i don't see that happening... :) ), so it won't be really busy and loud anyway.

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