After reading so many nice things about Crete in this forum, I've decided to stay one day more in the island (and one less in Santorini) in my trip in the beginning of October. Anyway I will only have 5 nights in Crete and I want to make the most of these days. I'm a solo traveller and I won't hire a car, so I have to consider the buses schedule.
Day 1 - Arrive in Heraklion in the afternoon; Knossos; overnight in the city.
Day 3/4 - 2-night stay in Chania (maybe a half-day stop in Rethymnon).
Day 5 - ???? Haven't decided yet.
Day 6 - Back to Heraklion; explore the city/museums.
Day 7 - ferry to Santorini in the morning.
I would like some advice on what to see around Chania or Heraklion. I would love to go to a small, less touristic village with good tavernas, but most of the itineraries I've seen in this forum is for people travelling by car. Can anyone recommend me a nice place easily reachable by bus?
And although I'd love to visit Elafonisi beach, I'm more interested in culture and history (not sure how the weather will be and I'm from Brazil, so plenty of beautiful beaches here too).