My husband and 3 of our young adult children will be traveling to Crete May 2020 for 5-7 days. Among the things everyone wants: water sports (windsurfing and snorkeling), hiking (easy) and archeology. Crete seems to fit the bill for all of those but I am struggling to figure out where to make home base, accommodations, car or not and how to narrow down which places to go and how many days to stay. We are not big partiers and prefer less crowded places.
I think the ideal would be
1-2 days in Herklion (flying in from Munich where we are visiting friends). It's easy to choose places here.
2-3 days either on western or southern shores-if I could find a bus tour with accommodations figured out that would be my preference.
2-3 days in Palekestro (there doesn't seem to be much hiking in the area but lots of water sports)
I have never planned an overseas trip and I'm a bit overwhelmed. Crete in particular seems difficult to figure out-often different names for places, etc.
Thanks for any help.
Kate in NC