Hello, I came across your site recently and saw the wonderful information you provide and hope you may be able to help my sister and me with our upcoming plans in Crete.
We have four nights in Crete, arriving from Santorini at 7pm in Heraklion on August 30th. We have been trying to decide between staying in Chania or Plakias but aren't sure which one would be better.
The beaches of Falassarna, Elafonisi and Balos look amazing and we are worried that we might feel as though we're missing out if we don't see them? However we have heard there may be a lot of tourists and this is slightly off putting as we are looking for something a bit more authentic.
Plakias on the other hand seems lovely and we would be able to see some nice beaches too. If we stayed here would it be possible to take an excursion to Elafonisi or Falassarna etc. from here or is it too far? We won’t have access to a car. We want to get a small apartment and would like to be close to a nice beach as well as market where we can buy food to cook. It would be nice also to have the option to go out at night to a nice restaurant.
We are both in our early 30's and love great food and beautiful beaches and nothing too touristy - what do you think might be the better option for us? Is it likely to be very touristy at this period of time? Would it be easy for us to get to either place by bus after 7pm when we arrive? I read it is possible to get a direct shuttle bus instead, is this true and are you able to provide any information on company and cost?
Another option is that we stay overnight in Heraklion and then travel the next day after seeing Knossos. I heard that Knossos may be closed but not sure if this is true? Can you recommend anywhere nice to stay in Heraklion?
We are leaving early morning on the 3rd September (have to be at the Heraklion airport at 10am) so would it be a problem for us to get a bus in the morning from either Chania or Plakias and arrive in time? Otherwise we would travel back the night before and stay overnight in Heraklion.
Finally, if you have any recommendations on where to stay or what to visit in either of these places it would be much appreciated.
Thank you so much and sorry for the long mail!!
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