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Crete or Lesbos

by crazyh »

Trying to determine which would be the better option for an Oct. visit in 2014. Crete obvious is much larger than Lesbos and would have more to do. However, Lesbos seems to be more intimate and more "Greek", especially away from Mytilini. Not looking for nightlife, shopping, or a lot of beach time, more interested in the people, land, food, and less touristy feel. Got some good offers for accommodations, especially in Hania which I would stay if going to Crete. Thinking of Mytilini/Molyvos for Lesbos.

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RE: Crete or Lesbos

by Ramblinman »

I think both are good choices.  Lesbos will be less touristed, especially once you get off the beaten track.  I've posted in another thread somewhere here why Mytilini town isn't the best place to stay.  AndMolyvos itself is vey touristy.  Crete will probably be warmer in October, and will offer more opportunities to combine seeing sites and museums with the kind of trip you describe.

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RE: Crete or Lesbos

by ChinaDave2 »

My wife and I are going to Crete for 3 weeks in October.  We rented a condo on the North central part of the island.  We just want to melt into the culture and enjoy the local markets  (we love to cook) and love good food in nice restaurants or just a hole in the wall with good food.  We  are seniors but want to know the sights we should see but don't need to be entertained.  We like to relax a bit and not looking for a full blown tour.  This time of year is our kick back and enjoy time of the year!!!   Your input will be appreciated, Ramblinman!!!   Thanks,  Dave and Nancy from Seattle

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RE: Crete or Lesbos

by Ramblinman »

It's hard to answer so open ended a question, but here are a few general comments from my experience.

Crete (and I speak as someone who uses alternative transportation whenever at all possible) is one place where you really need a car if you want to see it extensively.  It's certainly possible to get almost anywhere most people want to see by bus (I've done it,) but it takes a lot more time and planning than going by car. 

One question to ask yourself is, how interested are you in Minoan Crete.  Of course everyone should go to the Heraklion Archeological Museum and the Knossos site, but there are a great many others which are worth going to if you're interested in that culture, but probably not worth it if you aren't.

Another question is how interested you are in hiking.  Crete has some spectacular landscape which you can see from car or bus, but it's worh getting out into if you are fit for it.  The one great outdoors attraction is the Samaria Gorge, which any guidebook will tell you about.  Other walking opportunites abound, from casual walks around villages to strenous cross country hikes through rough country. 

 

 

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