Dear Fellow Travelers,
My wife and I are traveling to Crete (on a budget) from Oct 2 - Oct 9. I have been driving quite a bit for past few months on our short trips/vacations and for a change would like to see a place where I don't have to drive. From my research, I understand that buses take time - Chania to Elafonisi lagoon is over two hours but driving would easily take 1:30. I am willing to trade some time for convenience of not requiring to drive (especially after a few drinks!). I hope exploring Crete by bus makes sense (based on what we want to do - see below).
We are looking for recommendations on where to stay. We are very interested in spending 3 - 4 days on beaches (only stunning beaches need apply! also I am a sucker for calm, crystal clear waters). From what I understand beaches west of Chania are much better than say Rethimno (is this true?). The remaining days we plan to spend exploring the towns/villages and absorbing local delights (food, drinks and so on) and possibly do a hike in a gorge. We love walks in the old parts of the town and narrow alleys. Considering this, I get a feeling that Chania is our best bet. One option would be to stay four days in one place (close to nice beaches) and three days in another.
Please advise :)