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getting around and day trips

At the end of September, me and my wife will be travelling to Crete and staying in Heraklion for several days (at the Lato), before going to Santorini. I was looking for suggestions for "must see" sites and day trips that can be taken from the Heraklion. Also, is a car rental necessary to properly explore Heraklion and the surrounding area? Is it is possible/convenient to get taxi service from Heraklion to Rethymon or to other areas of Crete and back? How hard is it to get around by car and would a GPS unit be useful? thanks.

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Hi there

As far as Iraklion itself is concerned, it is a compact city and all it's sights can be walked to comfortably within 1-2 days. Invest in a good giude book - they all have walking itineraries for the city to ensure you see everything. The only main sight not walkable is Knossos - for this you can take a cab or jump on the # 2 bus from the Bus Station A on Koundouritou which runs every 15 mins or so, costs around 1.5 euros and takes 20 mins. It'll drop you right outside the main entrance to Knossos.

DEFINATELY hire a car - it gives you complete freedom to explore at your own pace and with most organised excursions costing at last 25 euros per person, it's cheaper too. It is possible to get cabs to Rethymno and so on, but it's much more fun to travel via bus or in your own rental car and miles cheaper than cabs.

Driving on the island is easy - at least you guys already drive on the right which is the main issue for us Brits. There is a good, well surfaced highway that runs the length of the north coast and links all the towns, cities and resorts. From Iraklion you can head south on good roads to Agia Galini and the Minoan site at Faistos and the Roman site at Gortys. East of Iraklion is the very under-rated Minoan sit at Malia and whilst Malia as a resort is awful, the archaeological site is wonderful.

From Agios Nikoloas you can head south to Ierapetra, Europe's most southerly town. Basically, all the main and secondary roads are fine, good blacktop surface with the occasional pothole to be wary of. It's only when you get into very rural areas that the "roads" become loose dirt and it's best to avoid those anyway.

Another great trip from Iraklion is to drive up to the Lassithi plateau, it sits 3000 feet up in the mountains and will take 75 mins from Iraklion via Hersonissos. Quite steep and twisty but just take your time and enjoy the incredible views.

If I can assist any further just shout....

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