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Where to base myself in Crete?

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Where to base myself in Crete?

I am coming to Crete for 10 days in August and just can't work out where to base myself. I want to see the main o museums/archeological sites and will be spending maybe 3 days at Heraklion to see Knossos at the end of the trip before flying back. But, from what I've read, the city isn't the most relaxing place, and I would also like to spend most of the time somewhere pretty, not a package holiday resort, with beaches and enough in the vicinity to see and do. I'm planning to travel around by bus and am happy to do daytrips.

I thought maybe Rethimno, but am worried it is too far from sites like Phaestos/Gortys. All suggestions welcomed.

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1. Re: Where to base myself in Crete?

Have a look at Panormos which is about 45 minutes west of Heraklion and 15 minutes east from Rethymon and it also has good bus links.

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2. Re: Where to base myself in Crete?

For more on Panormos have a look at angelfire.com/super2/…panormoscrete.html

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3. Re: Where to base myself in Crete?

Thanks goanjock. I'm think Panormos would be a bit quiet for me to stay in, but I'm glad you bought it to my attention as it looks great for a daytrip.

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4. Re: Where to base myself in Crete?

In that case go for Rethymnon which is just 15 minutes further west and is a lovely town with a great old town area https:/…

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5. Re: Where to base myself in Crete?

Gortyz is fairly close to Rethymnon. Bring lots of water and expect top spend 2 to three hours there. Be sure to wander around the surrounding olive Groves. There is a whole Roman city scattered around the area.

Gortyz https:/…72157666456665788

You may need to take an organized tour for Gartyz or be prepared to rent a car to do Gortyz and Phastos in one day.

Crete Archeological sites https:/…

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