We are a middle-aged couple from Canada, travelling to Crete this spring for 10 days from May 9-19, 2011. A lifelong dream really (and our honeymoon). The first 5 days we are staying in Chania. Then we thought we'd rent a car, and spend the next 5 days in Paleohora.
Would this location make a good base for exploring the western and southern parts of Crete? We would like to have a few picnics, take nature photos, go on some walks (not too strenuous, but we are fit and have good endurance), see some ruins or old buildings ... go off the beaten path, if safe to do so.
We would also like to get out on the water... take a boat trip during the day, rent a canoe/kayak (if not too windy?), maybe join a local fisherman for a morning, just to experience the sea.
We are not interested in laying on the beach -- unless we are resting from a night of good Greek food, conversation, and music! Our idea of a memorable holiday is to be inspired by day, and have a good night's sleep at night. We've timed our trip to see the full moon over the Libyan sea!
Any travel tips or suggestions are appreciated!