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Southern Crete

Harlow, United...
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Southern Crete

Hi, I am hoping to visit Crete in September 2017 and am looking for recommendations for resorts/areas. We are wanting to stay on the south coast of the island and will be flying into Chania airport. We have lived in Kalyves/Almyrida and are looking for a similar sort of area on the south coast with a selection of restaurants, tavernas and bars but nothing clubby or too loud. A sandy beach with good snorkelling would be ideal as well !! Would also preferably like somewhere not too hilly or at least with shops and restaurants on flattish ground but any suggestions appreciated. Many thanks

The Stunning...
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for Scottish Highlands, Crete
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1. Re: Southern Crete

Paleochora would tick all your boxes https://flic.kr/s/aHskDLqegX

Chania Prefecture...
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for Almyrida, Crete
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2. Re: Southern Crete

South-West?

If so, then in size, from largest - Paleochora - a much bigger resort than Kalyves or Almyrida, a long sandy beach, main street is nice at night in high season when the traffic is stopped. Lots of holiday-makers love it & return year after year , however personally I find it a bit soulless for my taste.

Then Plakias is the next size down - a bit bigger than Almyrida - has a good choice of restaurants, more hotels & fewer apartments. Flat around the bay, where the tavernas are. 5-6 big sandy beaches within a few mins drive. Easy access to Monastery Preveli & the palm beach, pretty inland etc. Some very nice hotels here. I also like that it is close to lovely Spili village & the tiny beaches & bays just to the East, places like Agia Fotia, Triopetra, Ligres, where you could spend some good days snorkelling & relaxing as these are very very quiet.

Then Sougia is smaller again - a wonderful huge beach never busy, but small shingle rather than sand (by the way, better snorkelling tends to be on rocky places not sand). It's a small village resort, very lovely, relaxed homely feel. & some really lovely villages inland. But much smaller than Almyrida

Or smaller again, you could look at Hora Sfakia, only a small beach but boats available to the amazing Sweetwater bay. & ferries to Loutro etc. Then along the coast further is Agia Roumeli, smaller still, probabaly too small & too quiet for you.

Hope that gives you some info to research what is right for you.

The Stunning...
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for Scottish Highlands, Crete
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3. Re: Southern Crete

It's all about opinions but we loved Paleochora and thought it had a great atmosphere with a real end of the road feel to it. Whereas we thought Plakias was just okay and we wouldn't choose to stay there.

The Stunning...
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4. Re: Southern Crete

p.s. Paleochora itself has three beaches, the long sandy beach, a stony beach and also a really small pebble beach and cove which is great for snorkelling. There are also several beaches and coves within very easy reach. It's also a working town with a local population as well as an ex-pat (and other nationalities) community as well.

Harlow, United...
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5. Re: Southern Crete

Thanks very much for all the info and the lovely pics - Paleochora looks lovely so I am going to have a look at some places to stay there

The Stunning...
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6. Re: Southern Crete

You are more than welcome. We'll be there in September next year as well and have already booked up :-)

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