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First time....please help

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First time....please help

Hi all

We are a young couple looking for a weeks holiday in Crete for relaxation. Not bothered about nightlife e.g clubs etc but would like be able to chill and go into villages for local food and also chill by the beach/pool.

Any ideas for location and accommodation would be great.

Many thanks.

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1. Re: First time....please help


Any of the following resorts must suit your needs.

Georgioupolis, Kalives, Panormo, Plakias, Agia Galini, Paleochora, Loutro, Sougia, Sissi, Elounda, Sitia. There are others also, more or less, less known that I might forget, but those come to mind first. Elounda Sitia, and Paleochora are bigger.

Please do tell us about what time do you plan to come, because if you come early or at the end of the season, you'll probably see many of the resorts taverns/hotels/mini markets etc, closed. In such a case you'd rather look for either Rethymnon, Chania, of Agios Nikolaos the towns that have year round population.

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I can personally recommend Sissi, great place to chill, lovely choice of tavernas, a few bars, one so called club, but popular with couples and families, not the choice of groups of youngsters .

Not fantastic beaches but there are a couple of medium sized family run hotels with great pools and owned by lovely people.

Have a look at the reviews for the Anixi , Marigianna and Alexandros.

Any questions please feel free to ask.

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We fell in love with Sissi last year and can't wait to return in July. For an idea of Sissi (and the rest of the sets are within about a 40 mile radius of Sissi) I have posted some pics on my Flickr account flickr.com/photos/…

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Hi there

Yes Sissi is a lovely village, but not brilliant for beaches - I would therefore suggest you look at Elounda instead, a very pretty fishing village with some great tavernas and a local sandy beach too....Elounda has some of the most beautiful views and is only a short bus ride (10 mins) away from Agios Nikolaos if you fancied a change one evening.

Elounda is also next door to the tiny village of Plaka and the island of Spinalonga (have a look at this link for more info )


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5. Re: First time....please help

If you are not overly bothered about having a beach close by (and assuming you are flying into Heraklion) you could take a look at the adjoining villages of Koutouloufari, Piskopiano and Old Hersonissos. These have plenty of excellent traditional tavernas (Davids, The Alchemist, Petrikos, Mezes and Nikos to name a few), some nice low key bars and a number of small shops. Spend the day relaxing around the pool and the evening strolling through the villages. There should be a Greek Night on a Monday in the village of Old Hersonissos. I say should because this appears in doubt every year but inevitably takes place. There is plenty of decent self catering accommodation. My favourite (and I am not alone) is the Sunrise Apartments Within a 15 minute walk you will find the beaches (the closest are not the best), and the more lively resort of Hersonissos. Hersonissos is not everyone's cup of tea but my view is that it is improving. The villages are 30-45 minutes from Heraklion Airport. Good luck. Wherever you choose I'm sure you will love Crete.

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