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Crete: Can't decide between Eastern side or Western side.

Crete: Can't decide between Eastern side or Western side.

Mar 23rd, 2007, 05:17 PM
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Crete: Can't decide between Eastern side or Western side.

Now is the time for all you Greek experts to get opinionated. I have 3 days to spend in Crete. Could possibly stretch it to 4 if I cut Santorini from 3 nights to 2 nights. We are going in May.
I can't decide if I should stay in Chania on the Western side or near Elounda on the Eastern side.
We do NOT plan to rent a car. We will take tours or the public bus or a taxi.
We are NOT beach sitters, although we very much appreciate the beautiful views of water and beach. We like to explore history, beautiful scenery, cultural sights.
I would appreciate hearing different points of view. Thanks
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Mar 23rd, 2007, 05:26 PM
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>Chania
As far west as possible, we tourists have destroyed most of the coast, hotels everywhere, just awful.
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Mar 23rd, 2007, 06:16 PM
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I agree. If you want to go to a "flashy" resort area that could be anywhere touristy in the world, then do Elounda. If you want to see remaining charm in Crete, stay at Chania.
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Mar 23rd, 2007, 08:11 PM
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I spent 5 weeks in Crete last summer and only stayed on the western side.

I haven't even made it to Heraklion, even though it's got tons of that historical stuff you're looking for. I haven't heard much about the eastern side, all I know is that it's more expensive out in the east.

I would definitely check out Chania and a town called Rethymnon, which is half way between Heraklion and Chania.

Crete has many amazing spots but you're only there for 3 days so I suggest two days in Chania and a day in Rethymnon.

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Mar 23rd, 2007, 08:27 PM
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Chania and the west! Do not be afraid to rent a car. Easy to drive around the island and there is lots to see.
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Mar 23rd, 2007, 08:50 PM
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Definitely rent a car. Cheaper in Rethymnon.

For as little as 30EU per day
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Mar 23rd, 2007, 09:04 PM
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I like Santorini much more than Crete, so I strongly recommend that you not cut your stay in Santorini short. I would cut a day from Crete and add it to Santorini.
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Mar 23rd, 2007, 09:11 PM
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Santorini is just in it's own league.

Crete is a special place, you cannot compare the two. Two totally different vibes, both great in their own way.

Crete is amazing, do not cut your stay.
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Mar 24th, 2007, 04:25 AM
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Thank you all for your very useful advice.
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Apr 29th, 2007, 03:53 AM
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Chania is better for you in my opinion. elounda is a place with a lot of luxury hotels. some of them are www.portoelounda.com www.eloundapeninsula.com etc. Chania doesnt have beautiful hotels but its a very nice town
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