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Where to stay in Crete for three lady artists?

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Meeteetse, Wyoming
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Where to stay in Crete for three lady artists?

Kalispera!

Kalimera!

I am organizing a 'ladies' painting trip to Crete, this May 9-14, 2007-

We need advise for what would be the most picturesque and

charming cities to stay? I am suggesting we fly into Chania from Santorini, spend three days and (somehow) travel to the Place of Knosos and fly out from Heraklion....

We need a suite that accommodates three of us- preferring separate beds...or maybe even separate rooms?

in:

-Chania (or a coastal village near there?)

-Keraklion (or a smaller town within distance to Airport)

Also- On previous trips, we have already seen Paros, Delos, and Mykonos, Naxoz and Santorini- would you reccommend Crete as the next artistic frontier for five days..or another region of Geece such as Lesvos?

Many many thanks!!

"Artist who loves Greece'

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Devizes, United...
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1. Re: Where to stay in Crete for three lady artists?

Hi

Well, most of Crete is very picturesque save for one or two very over-commercialised resorts such as Malia and Hersonissos. Chania and Rethymno are both lovely, with lots of Venetian influences including the harbours and fortresses and both cities also retain Moorish, Roman, Byzantine and Dorian features as well. Of course, it's not just the cities that are attractive - there are hundreds of small towns and villages all across the island but if you are staying on the north coast, there are Sissi and Milatos, both close to Agios Nikolaos and both very peaceful and pretty. Neapoli is very charming as is the town of Kritsa. Many artists do visit Agios Nikolaos to paint the lake Voulismeni from one of the many high vantage points around the lake.

To get to Iraklion is easy from Chania - the E75 north coast highway links Chania to Rethymno, Iraklion, Agios Nikolaos and Siteia with a fast, regular and inexpensive bus service. It takes about 2.5 hours to get to Iraklion from Chania and the one way fare is about 11 euros.

To get to Knossos from Iraklion, take the # 2 bus from bus station A (the one by the ferry port) - it takes about 15 minutes and the fare one way is about 1.50 euros. The bus drops you right by the entrance and runs every 20 minutes or so. The bus back picks up outside one of the big tavernas outside the entrance.

Royal Oak, Michigan
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2. Re: Where to stay in Crete for three lady artists?

Try the Pension Lena in the old town in Chania. It is a very old house divided into four or five rooms, with tremendous character. Despite that, it has the conveniences you want, such as air conditioning. It is inexpensive enough that while I don't believe it has any suites, you can probably have separate rooms for each of you. It is hard to find even on the internet, but as of Christmas time, Lena's e-mail address was lenachania@hotmail.com (she e-mailed guests a holiday greeting).

Chania is far more picturesque than Heraklion. We did not stay in Rethimno, although from pictures, and the bus window as we traveled through Rethimno on our way from Heraklion to Chania, Chania appears to be the more interesting place. Heraklion was heavily damaged in WW II, and the post WW II architecture is not very appealing. We stayed there for two days, and it did seem to grow on you, so don't totally give up on the idea that Heraklion is worth visiting aside from Knossos.

In Chania, if you are the California girl outdoor types, you may want to take a day to hike the Samaria Gorge. It is a strenuous hike, and perhaps not as spectacular as Yosemite. But it is interesting not just because of the Gorge itself, but also because of the village at the end (Agia Roumelli) where you will want to recover with a Mythos overlooking the Libyan Sea, and the hour or so boat ride up the coast on your way back, followed by a bus ride through the mountains and small villages, all of which add up to an experience you will long remember.

I also made a recommendation regarding a hotel in Heraklion on your posting regarding it.

I hope you have a great time and I wish I could hear about your travels after May.

Austin, Texas
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3. Re: Where to stay in Crete for three lady artists?

Hi Artizan, we just returned from Crete and loved it. Our first visit. My husband is an artist and he went nuts on Crete. We were advised to stick to the south coast of the island. It is much more wonderful, although all that we saw of the island is good. The south coast, Chora Sfakion, Loutro, Plakias, Mirthios, Preveli, etc. was out of this world. We stayed at Anna Apartments in Mirthios (near Plakias) and loved it. It's a smaller family-run place and Anna's family is the greatest. They treated us with lots of TLC. Yiannis, her older son, lives in Chania, but promptly replies to all emails. He was wonderful and he speaks English very well. Their website is full of photos and good info about the area. I vote for Mirthios, because it is accessible from Chania (directly south of Rethimno) and the landscape is SO beautiful. Have a great trip!! KR

Greece
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4. Re: Where to stay in Crete for three lady artists?

Hi Artizan

Having lived in Crete for three years up until recently, my wife and I had the pleasure of staying in many places on the south of Crete for a couple of nights here and there(we lived on the north coast near Gouves).

Our favourite places (not mentioned above) were Sougia and Lendas. Both have the same kind of counter-culture feel to them, neither with more than a couple of hundred beds to rent, both with great tavernas, friendly locals and nice beaches/sea. Lendas is less than 1.5 hours from Heraklion, whereas Sougia would take about 3.5 from Heraklion and 1.45 from Chania.

I am sure you would have a great time in either place!

Patrick

London
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5. Re: Where to stay in Crete for three lady artists?

I think the best thing is to stay outside Chania. It gives you the freedom to drive around and see the real Crete. Thy Stavros Villas in Gerani www.stavros-studios.gr I amsure you will have a great time.

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