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West Crete this time round

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I am contemplating returning to Crete after having visited nearly 2 years ago when I stayed in Gouves, to the east of Heraklion.

I actually wouldn't mind returning to Gouves again however I'd like to experience the west side and visit places like chania and rethymno. Can anyone recommend an area to stay in west crete that would have good access to these places via the public bus network for day trips. Ideally I'd like a laid-back place on the coast like gouves that was great to unwind in the evening with plenty of restaurants and so on. Would be great if it had good beaches and access to some hiking trails. I wouldn't be interested in visting the capital again so would rather be stationed on the west within sight of the main cities and airport.

As I won't have my own transport I will value highly the ease of public transport (I was impressed by the bus network during my first visit when I visited ag nik and heraklion).

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Have a look at Georgioupolis which would be perfect for what you are looking for https://youtu.be/78pFlkT7Npw

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As you enjoyed Gouves then I also think Georgioupolis would be a good choice this time.

Edited: 22 August 2021, 03:38
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Yes, I agree too.

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Have a look at this website for a good description of Georgioupolis and the other coastal resorts, towns and villages in western Crete.

https://www.west-crete.com/holidays-georgioupolis.htm

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Yes agree with the others that Georgioupolis would be a good choice for you

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Great shout everyone, Georgioupolis. Seems to tick all the boxes. Many thanks.

Really looking forward to returning to the island but will leave any booking til nearer my holiday dates (potentially in October) and will make an assesment of the situtation then.

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You’re welcome Mr M - enjoy your trip!

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You are very welcome :-)

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Yes, have a great time! Georgioupolis is a very pleasant place to stay, and it's easy catching buses both eastwards and westwards.

If you travel in October, I suggest you go in the first half, before places start shutting down. The hotel I'll be staying at next month will close on October 17th. But perhaps others will stay open longer in order to prolong the season that started so late this year?

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Some do stay open until the end of October Catwoman even in a normal season.

Edited: 22 August 2021, 22:17
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