by Joan A
(Chicago, IL USA)
My two sisters and I are coming to Crete for the first time on August 1st though August 8th. We don't know where we are staying yet, but prefer to stay in 1 place and take day trips from there. We will be renting a car.
Originally we were thinking of renting a house/villa, but are open to other ideas since our earlier booking fell through. A few things to mention: We are in our 40's/50's, so a crowded, party scene is not what we are after. Would love to have 3 separate bedrooms, but 2 bedrooms might suffice.
We would like a pool, a/c, kitchenette, and a quieter ambience. We like to hike and enjoy nature, go to markets, swim, see historical sites and museums, and of course, eat.
We were thinking of Rethymnon because it is more centrally located, and then we can travel to Chania, etc.., but it is not essential that we stay in that particular prefecture.
Also, I've heard that it is very windy at this time in certain areas. Which beaches/areas are the windiest during early August? I prefer a sandy beach over a pebble one any day, but should any locations be completely avoided due to Meltemia? In addition to avoiding super windy beaches, we don't want our housing in a super windy area either.
Any direction/ideas you can give us are very much appreciated.
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