We'd usually like to go on holiday as independent as possible. I think I mentioned in my original post that a villa near to the sea would be nice. I don't know what airport we would be flying into as we've never been before - hence the query! As I think I also mentioned that it would be next year probably around April/May time. I don't know anything about the Crete way of life, but would like to explore and hopefully avoid anything too touristy, but as we have older kids we have to think of them as well - so something to keep them amused would be helpful.
Santo and Pam - I will e-mail you personally for the details of car hire, villas etc. many thanks for your offer of help in this.
We're planning a holiday in Crete for next year for myself, husband and children(!) aged 18 and 21, as it is going to be a silver wedding (ours) I wonder if anyone can give us recommendations as to where to stay, we'd like a villa if possible, not into boozing and partying, but love good food, wine etc. also willing to hire a car to explore. We have never been to Crete before, but have been to the Peloponnese and loved the warmth of the people and the great food and would like to explore more places and hopefully keep everyone happy and have plenty to do. Any ideas would be welcome.