After driving East as far as Sitia and staying there a couple of nights, we'd like to continue westwards from Matala. We think the main road down from Iraklion to Matala area would be best as time is limited . We can go back to see Festos and Gortys etc. as we drive on from Matala in a couple of days if necessary .
How long would this take to drive with a few rest stops and lunch if needed along the way?