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Chania to Heraklion

by Mona Lisa Estrada
(Houston, Tx USA)

Hi, I'm really loving your website!! I'm arriving at the Chania airport on July 25th in the morning and taking a ferry to Santorini from Heraklion on July 28th.

I know Crete is super big and wish I can stay longer but my schedule is very tight. I want to explore more of the west side of the island since I'm arriving at Chania.

What I want to do is visit Chania town, and go to some beaches. The beaches I want to visit is Elafonissi, Falassarna, and Balos beach.

Which I don't know if it's possible to visit all of them. I am not planning to rent a car at all. Do they have small ferrys that can take me from one beach to another?

If not, how are bus schedules like? I also want to visit Heraklion since I have to depart from there anyways. Maybe stay the first two nights is Chania and last night in Heraklion?

I was also thinking to do a quick stop at Rethymno on the way to Heraklion. The only problem is that I'm going to have all this luggage with me. Do they have a small storage unit or somewhere that I can rent for a few hours to store my luggages?

Where is more convenient for me to stay? So much to do in such a little time. Thank you so much!!!

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Itinerary to Visit West Crete
by: Katia, Anastasi, Apostoli

Yes, there are luggage storage options at the airport and the bus station in Chania. So you can take a load off then set off on your adventure around western Crete. You are really going to be pushed to see all three beaches of Elafonisi, Falasarna and Balos without a rental car. There are no ferries connecting up these beaches.

The bus schedules are good but the distances are large and you simply won't fit them all in. These are pretty remote and wild beaches. The best way to do it would be to rent a car. We have put a suggested itinerary down for you below.

Info about buses and timetables
Info about getting around in Crete including car hire

25 July - Monday
Arrive at Chania Airport in the morning (store luggage)
Take the bus from the airport to the city (or store luggage here)
Bus to Kissamos – boat trip to Balos Lagoon – these depart three times a day so you could get the afternoon one (departs 12.30) and be dropped back in Kissamos at 19.30, which has nice beaches
If you have enough time you could get a taxi over to Falasarna on the same day but it would be very tight
Stay in Kissamos
Stay Delfini Apartments at Mavros Molos Beach

26 July – Tuesday
Take bus or hire car to Elafonisi for the day
If you have a hire car you could see Falasarna on the same day
Stay in Chania Old Town
Stay Madonna Studios

27 July – Wednesday
Bus from Chania to Rethymnon
Walk around the Old Town
Enjoy lunch
Bus from Rethymnon to Heraklion
Stay in Heraklion
Stay at the Lato Hotel (convenient to bus station and port)

28 July – Thursday
8.30am - Depart Heraklion Port on ferry to Santorini

More information here:

Chania Region
Chania Airport
Chania Town
Balos Lagoon
Falasarna Beach
Elafonisi Beach
Rethymnon Town
Heraklion Town
Crete to Santorini

Bon Voyage
Rethymnon Town

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