My sisters and I are traveling Greece for the first time in June. We will be seeing Athens, Naxos and Santorini before traveling on to Crete. We arrive in Crete Monday night and fly out a week later. (** we are open to suggestions for switching out another island for Naxos- we are looking for something close that is a little less touristy)
Because we are hopping around quite a bit we would prefer to stay in one place as a home base and go on excursions from there (but are open to options). It sounds like Chania is the place to stay as our base? We would ideally like a hotel with a pool close to the beach- any suggestions?
It sounds like renting a car/scooters are the preferred method of getting around but we are concerned about driving on Crete- we hear it is pretty crazy! Has anyone paid to hire a car and if so how much should we expect?
I know it is only 6/7 days on an island that can take a month to explore so does anyone have any suggestions on must see places? We are interested in a mix of things to do (beaches, wandering towns, etc).
Thanks in advance for the help :)