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Few ideas on location please?

wirral
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Few ideas on location please?

We are considering hiring a villa but we have never been to Crete before so some advice would be appreciated please.

Our ideal location would be just outside either a low key beach town or a village with a handful of tavernas. As we will have children with us it must also be within 15-20 mins drive of a beach, preferably sandy.

For anyone who knows other areas, we loved Alykanas in Zante, and Pollenca old town in Mallorca.

Many thanks

London, United...
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1. Re: Few ideas on location please?

Hi

Take a look at Kolymbari.Small village right on the sea with a beautiful little fishing harbour.There are maybe half a dozen tavernas,some of them the most fantastic fish dishes and veiws.It is about an hour or just over from Chania airport,easy drive.You have Afrata beach,a small sandyish cove about 10 mins drive away or 15/20 mins away you have Falasarna beach(one of the best in Crete).The village of Kolymbari is not really too geared up for tourist,why i like it,but everyone speaks English if you have no Greek.

You may find it a little too slow having kids with you,depends what they like.They have a small market there every friday,usual tat but pleasant enough.Kissamos is 10 minutes away with is a larger Greek working village with quite a few shops and a nice little shaded square to enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by.Hope this helps.

Martin

Devizes, United...
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2. Re: Few ideas on location please?

Hi there

I take it your home airport is John Lennon or maybe Manchester? If so, then firstly it would pay to see whether you can fly to both Chania and Iraklion from there. Nothing wrong whatsoever with choosing a resort in western Crete, but no good doing that with a flight to Iraklion as it would be a massively long transfer. The last thing you need after a 4 hour or so flight is another 3 hours at least on a transfer coach, especially with children in tow.

So see whether you can fly to Chania from JLA, if your only option is Iraklion, then you really need to look at finding accommodation in a more central/eastern part of the island

New York City, New...
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3. Re: Few ideas on location please?

Chania and Rethymno, Crete are full of small villages that are close to wonderful beaches and tavernas. I would suggest the south side of Rethymno, Crete. It's full of amazing beaches and the view is breathtaking. There, you can also find a lot of villas to stay in. The only problem is that the capital, Rethymno city, is 1 hour by car/bus....

S.

wirral
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4. Re: Few ideas on location please?

I have looked at the flights and there are flights to Chania from Manchester with Jet2 and I can also fly charter into Heraklion. I like the sounds of Kolymbari but I cant find any villas in this area. I presume we can fly into either airport? I have found some villas in the hills surrounding Rethymnon which look lovely. Is this area relaxing as we dont want anything too over commercialised?

Thanks so far

Devizes, United...
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5. Re: Few ideas on location please?

Hi again

What is the location of these villas please? It's pretty rural to the south of Rethymno which is fine if you just want to chill out, but not much good if you want to get out and about and there are no bus services into/out of your location.

Yes, you can fly to either airport but it's far too long a transfer to Kolymbari from Iraklion, way better from Chania.

Weesp, The...
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6. Re: Few ideas on location please?

check these out, www.ansovillas.com/lodging/adonis-villa.html

wirral
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7. Re: Few ideas on location please?

holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/rethymno/10895

This is the link to my favourite so far. Would appreciate any views thanks

London, United...
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8. Re: Few ideas on location please?

Have a look at Freelance Holidays. They have nice villas in the Chania area:

www.freelance-holidays.co.uk/

London, United...
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9. Re: Few ideas on location please?

Hi,try jamesvillars.co.uk or ariadni-villa-crete.com

Edited: 2:42 am, August 14, 2012
Surrey, United...
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10. Re: Few ideas on location please?

Hi there

Another good company are Villa Plus...havent used them for Greece, but used to always use them for both Portugal and Spain...beautiful villas - not a huge selection for Crete but may be worth a look :-)

villaplus.com/crete/…villalists.aspx