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Southern Crete 3-night village base - Plakias vs Agia Galina vs Matala

We will be spending 3 nights in southwest/south central Crete as part of an 11 -night itinerary. Other bases are Hania and Herkalion. We would like to see Phaistos/Gordys while we are there, and explore some of the beaches. Which of the villages is most charming? Hotel suggestions? We will have a rental car. I thought The Palazzo Greco in Agia Galini looked like a nice place to stay - comments?

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Plakias is more centrally located compared to Agia Galina and Matala since you’re also going to Chania and Heraklion. Furthermore, Agia Galini is a one-hour drive from Plakias and Matala is 1h 30m making them both good day trip options.

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We have done this tip in the past. You are going to see some amazing sites.
Here is Chania

From Chania drive to Rethymnon and then head south to Plakias. Its a nice village with an amazing beach over a kilometre long.
There are several other beaches in the area as well and mountain villages in the area. We always stay at Geo Ma. It is a nice hotel and all studios have ocean view.
Here is what you can expect.

From Plakias drive along the coast of the Libyan Sea. I would spend the night in Matala.

From Matala head north to Heraklion. On the way visit Gortyn/Gortyz there is a whole Roman buried city in the olive groves. This is an amazing site. Bring water as there are no services and expect to spend 2 to 4 hours exploring this expansive site.


Phastos is nearby and you can do both in a day.

Find a hotel in Central Heraklion. Its a very busy city but the old town and Venetian harbour area are fun to visit.
Castello Heraklion

Frankly I think you might want to add a day or two to the South coast. Three days for all this will be the absolute minimum to visit this area.

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We enjoyed spending a few days in Loutro and at the villages near Chora Skafion.

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I forgot. For a good hotel in Plakias check out Geo Ma it is a hotel plus a popular taverna. We have stayed there several times.