My wife and I are travelling to Crete in October for 10 days to explore the Chania prefecture with a view to renting for 12 months from Jan 2017. So if you are currently living in west Crete we are keen to know why you chose that region and if you have any recommendations re locations to live. We want to enjoy the natural beauty in a quiet location but not totally remote or isolated. We both drive so not an issue. The Mediterranean is important as my wife is originally from Barcelona so we do want to be close to the coast. This forum is proving to be brilliantly informative so anything about living in west Crete will be read with interest! Thank you :)
It’s me again, the one with the old camper. I have lived on Crete before but in the Extreme South East (Ierapetra), however I have been also researching West Crete as moving there permanent this year.
It’s a difficult one in a sense; when you say close to coast do you mean walk out of door go 50 meters and sit on beach or rather 5-10 mins in a car from your home? A lot of the villages set back from coast are fascinating places to live and of course are year round.
North or South – obviously in the South it’s a couple of hours drive to main hubs like Chania or Rethymno. Only year round on South coast I can think of is Paleohora.. I would choose North as you can run a day trip or a night over to the South anytime.
Lots of North coast slightly inland villages as said, coastal ones a good few small towns/villages also… Starting with largest Chania itself, then Rethymno then Kastelli Kissamos.
West of Chania mainly touristique until Kastelli area, East of Chania a couple of niceish spots around Souda bay that don’t close in winter.
Others will know better, get back to you on around Rethymno as better do some work now or will never get to Crete!