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    inturkey
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        Hope to get a few replies from this. We have just sold our house here in Turkey after 8 years and are moving back to Greece, we lived in Poros for 10 years before coming here. Which is the best area to start to look at? we have been to Chania a few years ago and do like that but have never been to the Aghios Nicholas side. We will not be buying a car as 8 years of driving here has indicated to me that I don’t enjoy driving abroad anymore, so wherever we settle shoud have a good bus route to major towns, good internet connections, and hopefully a good maket, veg and fruit etc.
        In anticipation Thank you

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            Aghios Nikolaos in Eastern Crete has a very good public transport service for it’s surrounding areas. It’s a busy tourist town in the summer season but still lively and open all winter. My opinion is that Eastern Crete is more scenic and has a drier climate. The beaches, in the main, are uncommercialised and natural and there are plenty of beautiful surrounding villages that have tavernas and kafeneions open during the winter months. Also there are plenty of things to do, set up by the ex-pats for the quieter winter months. It’s certainly worth a look around the area and with Herakliion Airport situated around one an a quarter hours drive away on the main highway, again it is well placed. Having lived here for over 5 years now, I would always advise anybody that is thinking of coming to live in Crete (or anywhere else come to that) to rent something for at least a year, preferably two before putting their roots down. Send a private email (on the PM function) if you would regarding property, rental or to buy as I may be able to point you in the right direction, depending on what you are looking for. Good luck with the move!

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                I agree with Fowles, rent somewhere for a while especially out of season to see what it is like when the tourists have left, and it would enable you to have a look around for your ideal property.
                I have holidayed in the Ag Nik / Elounda area countless times since 1982, I agree it is lovely but have never seen it from Oct to March.
                I am currently living in the Apokoronas region between Rethymno & Chania, as I understand it, there are far more properties available for rent around here than the eastern end.
                If you are relying on public transport, I think the north of the island would be a good place to start, maybe around Rethymno as you would be mid-way between Chania and Iraklio and have good access to both airports.

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                    I would agree with Fowles that the east is drier but I think the north-west has fantastic scenery.It’s very mountainous and foresty which is why its wetter I suppose.You don’t have to go too far from Chania to get this beauty and I also think it is less touristy than the east.

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                        As you might guess from my pseudonym, I love Agios Nikolaos and we have an apartment there. We come out summer and winter and the town is still lively in December with plenty of cafes and bars open, plus several restaurants. There is good public transport with a large bus station, the next largest hospital putside of Heraklion, a weekly market which is excellent and other decent infrastructure. I’ve only been to Chania as a summer tourist and it is beautiful, but I’d pick Ag Nik every time especially if you aim to be there all year.

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                            Thanks everyone for the information, all comments greatfully received. I am sure they will help with our decision making. Thanks

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                                18333C372626370D053A3B2637520 wrote: As you might guess from my pseudonym, I love Agios Nikolaos and we have an apartment there. We come out summer and winter and the town is still lively in December with plenty of cafes and bars open, plus several restaurants. There is good public transport with a large bus station, the next largest hospital putside of Heraklion, a weekly market which is excellent and other decent infrastructure. I’ve only been to Chania as a summer tourist and it is beautiful, but I’d pick Ag Nik every time especially if you aim to be there all year.

                                Funny, you have only been to Chania in the summer but would pick Ag Nik every time especially if you aim to be here all year? how can you advise that without experiencing other places all year??

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                                    7659485E5D5B4F0D053C0 wrote: and I also think it is less touristy than the east.

                                    Have you been further east than Ag Nik?

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                                        I also did not agree with ganesh’s comment about it being more touristy up East! The biggest tourist town is Aghios Nikolaos with Elounda a close second but apart from that the East is very low key regarding tourism.

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                                            I’m sure you’re right about the general areas,and no,I have’nt seen the whole of Crete,or judged it by it’s more rural areas during the whole year.I was just comparing a couple of the main tourist resorts East and West and pointing out that the west has fantastic scenery.I was just making a comment on the ‘Eastern Crete is more scenic’ remark which I would still disagree on.I’m sure there are beautiful areas all over the island and maybe I was a bit defensive-don’t want to start a civil war over it though :)

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                                                I have lived here for ten years and have never owned a car here .
                                                We use taxis and public transport and have never had any problems with either.
                                                I have visited most areas of Crete but we decided to make our home here in the East mainly because of the well developed infrastructure, services and  hospitals etc.
                                                we have mains drainage, no problems with water supply , which can happen in some areas, and no problems with phone line availability or internet problems.
                                                my favourite town is Neapoli, about a quarter of an hours drive west from Agios Nikolaos
                                                It is not touristy, although tourists do come to visit the beautiful church there, but a typical Greek town, it has all the facilities, banks ,cinema ,even a small hospital .
                                                The Post Office and the IKA Office are rarely crowded,  and both  give you good service. the people are very friendly and the whole place has a very relaxing feel about it .
                                                The town Gardens are cool and beautiful especially in the Summer, (if we ever get one this year).
                                                Buses connect the town to all parts of Crete also they have a fleet of taxis and a small hotel .
                                                The only drawback is that you are in the mountains so no view of the sea which is about 10 minutes drive away

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                                                    6C455D464F592A0 wrote: My opinion is that Eastern Crete is more scenic and has a drier climate.

                                                    ganesh – note how I started this sentence, perhaps if you had started yours with the same two words, yoru comment would have come over as less defensive!

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                                                        I think you will see that the comment you are talking about started with " I ALSO THINK that the east is more touristy"which is pretty similar to "my opinion is" which is how you started your sentence! I don’t know why you are getting agressive over an opinion or ‘picky’ over words.I was just commenting and now I AM being defensive!

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                                                            I’m not getting aggressive believe me and by your own admission you were the one defending your comments. I can find much more serious topics to become aggressive about and the scenery and surroundings of the area I know and love is not one of them.

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                                                                Come on boys play nicely lol

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                                                                    The best thing to do is come out and sample all sides of the island.  Spend time in the East and the West and you’ll soon discover where your heart wants to live.  It’s then down to your brain and the practicalities of your heart’s choice.

                                                                    We first went to Agios Nikolaos (on holiday) in 1988 and have been back many times, although only for a day or two at a time because we now live near Chania.  Ag Nic is  a great place to visit but having never lived there for any length of time I can’t really comment on how it works year round.

                                                                    We chose the West because we fell in love with Chania.  We also wanted to live here permanently and did not want to be counting the days until spring arrived again i.e. Chania is a working town and is still alive and busy over the winter months.  In fact, Chania is better in the winter because it’s quieter, the locals are out and about – instead of working 14 hours a day – and the atmosphere is relaxed and less hectic.

                                                                    The East is drier but then I’m quite partial to some rain after the long summers we have across here.  More to the point, so is my garden which becomes an extended living room for anyone moving over here permanently i.e. you tend to live outside during the spring, summer and autumn months. 

                                                                    The only place I’ve never really liked on Crete is Heraklion.  It always seems like they’re repairing, building roads and the words mess and turmoil comes to mind when I think about going there.  Some parts are delightful but in the main it looks like it was built with no thought i.e. it’s not laid out like Chania is.

                                                                    I also like the drive from Chania further west to Kissamos.  The fauna is beautiful (green) and coming from Scotland that’s something you miss.  (I’ve just returned from a week in Aberdeen and you forget just how green it is over there – and that’s after the driest April on record.)

                                                                    So, look with your heart and plan with your brain and you will find the right place to set up home.

                                                                    Jon

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                                                                        Girls actually! I always play nicely ;)
                                                                        Also she started it by criticising how I expressed my opinion.

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                                                                            PS.I think you should have said ‘in my opinion’ Chania is better in winter’,Jon,rather than ‘in fact’ .
                                                                            It may be though that Fowles will pick you up on that ,or it may be that she doesn’t like me :'(
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                                                                                ooops my bad! sorry ladies….just trying to lighten the mood lol

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                                                                                    58637C687E656060697E0C0 wrote:   The fauna is beautiful (green)

                                                                                    ……do you mean those iridescent lizards, Jon! Sorry, couldn’t resist…..I agree with you about Heraklion – it is rather a mess. The further east you go the better it gets, as far as I’m concerned. We live just outside Sitia – the town works all year round; the tourist industry is small, and well controlled, and the locals are very, very friendly.

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