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My initial research has confirmed that Crete is one very big island with so much to offer. A little about us - we are a Mom, Mom's friend and Mom's daughter. All very fit so staying active and having lots to do is high on our list. We will be in Crete for 4 full days in mid Oct. (arriving by boat from Santorini) so that doesn't give us a lot of time to explore. Since the gorge is a "must do" should we stay the whole time in Chania? If so, is it better staying near or in the old town? We don't want to be too far from shops and restaurants but certainly don't mind walking a few kilometers if we find a really great place. Or would we be better off splitting the trip with two days in Rethymno and two in Chania. Any and all suggestions welcome.

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Hi if exploring the nature is your priority, I belive staying in Chania prefecture is better for your 4 days stay.

Rethymno does have hiking oportunities but not as great as in Chania. You are staying for only 4 days and splitting them is not a good idea.

In case you do, there is the Mili gorge and the Agios Antonios Gorge that you can easily do.

Sale, United Kingdom
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Bear in mind that sometimes Samaria closes in mid October if there have been substantial rainfalls in the mountains. But apart from that, there are numerous alternatives. Imbros could be a good alternative if Samaria is closed. Because it is so late in the season, I would definitely stay in either Chania or Rethymnon town.

Will you be hiring a car?

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Thanks so much for your responses. I'm not sure yet about renting a car. I did a few years ago in Italy and it was scary, to say the least (fast drivers and narrow roads with switchbacks - I'm a good driver but not used to those conditions). Perhaps Crete is different - haven't looked into it yet. I know having a car would give us many more options to explore.

Nanaimo, Canada
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Hi Sue

Renting a car is OK in Crete. The National Road section connecting Heraklion to Chania is a good two lane highway just like you know in Canada. It certainly would give you flexibility on where you might want to go and probably not much more expensive for three than taking the bus. Just keep in mind you should stay way over to the right and move onto the shoulder when safe to let cars pass you. In June this year there was markedly less cars on the road than we have experienced before probably due to the gas prices. Secondary roads can be quite curvy and narrow but there really isn't too much traffic so you should be OK.

If Samaria gorge is closed you might still be able to take the Balos boat excursion from Kisamos about 45 minutes west of Chania. You could also try Falsarnia beach still further west or try Ancient Aptera just 18 km east of Chania, 1800 years of civilization spread out over a mountain top.

Chania is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece and you can easily spend several days just wandering around the old city exploring back alleys. There is a lovely Saturday market just outside the city walls to the west along the seashore. You can spend several hours there.

Also a day trip to Rethymnon to explore the Fortezza would be a good plan.

Here are some images of Chania

Chania

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and Western Crete all within driving distance from Chania

Western Crete

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Have a great time.

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I'd recommend going for the car rental. You'll find some of the same conditions as you did in Italy, but Crete is not nearly as congested. Even the busier roads outside Chania aren't bad at all. And once you get outside the touristy areas, there is very little traffic. Just be careful going into blind curves.

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Stanbr, you have me wanting to be in Chania right at this very moment!! I know our trip is much too short but at least we'll get a taste of Crete which will be motivation for returning. Such beautiful pictures - thank you for sharing.

You and Zakrosian, thanks for the reassurance about driving. Will seriously consider renting a car.

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