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Topic: Help Me Choose A Different Island Please
Posted By: werangels
Subject: Help Me Choose A Different Island Please
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2013 at 9:36pm
Hi

We have visited Corfu for the last 8 years and I think I have decided that next year we should try a different island, just not sure which.

So far, we have been to Rhodes, Santorini, Crete and Paxos. 

On Corfu, we like the North East and usually stay in Kalami and want somewhere just as beautiful. We love good food on holiday and our favourite tavernas are Agni Taverna and Toulas and we would be disappointed if we went somewhere else and didn't find food as good as we get in both of these. We were disappointed with Santorini for this a couple of years ago.

So, good food and somewhere scenic is essential. Any suggestions please Smile


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Posted By: Bcfcbantam
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2013 at 9:42pm
Two other islands I've enjoyed other the years are:

Afitos - Halkidiki

Molyvos - Lesvos


Molyvos probably offers more sea views but both were great villages/resorts.


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Posted By: FrankthePlank
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 12:24am
We love Kassiopi~ were going for the 3rd year in September. It's beautiful with enough going on to keep us out of mischief! We went to Afitos in Halkidiki 7 Years ago and had a really enjoyable time there.

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Posted By: sedgi
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 12:29am
We are off to Rhodes this year staying in Pefkos village resort and booked for Zante next year then back to Corfu giving it a miss this year after 15 times not sure how i feel but know some of the magic was lacking last year not sure what still love the place!

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Posted By: rocdoc
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 12:31am
We are gradually working our way round and have enjoyed some gems, where next is always a dilemma. We also love great Greek food. I have a few suggestions for you to check out.
I agree with last post Lesvos is lovely and quite varied and you'll be spoilt for choice with the tavernas, we return for the 3rd time to Petra, just down the road from Molyvos in September, both are lovely.
Have just returned from Halki, it is tiny, max 300 people, just off Rhodes but a world apart, rugged and staggeringly beautiful, and so friendly, again great tavernas. Some wonderful mountain walks only 7 miles of road so no cars other than a few locals, and some lovely beaches with crystal clear water.
Would also check out Kalymnos which has breathtaking scenery, we stayed in Kantouni which is stunning. 
Lefkas (Lefkada) is also one of our favorites the west coast offering the best scenery, Agios Nikitas would seem a good choice for you.
Will leave you to check them out but if you need any info on any of them feel free to ask.Hug


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Posted By: fruityoghurt
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 1:01am
Try Kos, in particular Kefalos, a mix of restaurants, some on the coast, some in the village, lovely scenery, ancient sites, Kos town has its fair share of monuments including a castle & the famous plane tree where Hippocrates supposedly wrote the Hypocratic oath that doctor's swear to uphold up to the present day.
If you want beaches then you'll be spoilt for choice,if you want night life try Bar Street in Kardamena.Wherever you choose enjoy. Pat

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Posted By: rocdoc
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 1:16am
Hi Werangels if you go to the Aegean islands threads you'll find a couple of sets of pics of Halki.

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Posted By: flynnmo
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 1:30am
We loved Afitos in Halkidiki. Not an island, but beautiful. It's also a protected village a far as building is concerned i.e. no high rise, I think 2/3 stories is the max, and all building has to be done using the local stone. No music bars/discos, only (apart from the hotels) small bars surrounding the village square. And that's where people tend to sit - just don't dare take a seat until the locals leave to go home! Conversation is the order of the day!! We would have loved to go back there, but that was the only time we were able to get flights from Scotland. Now we have our bolthole in Corfu, so don't go anywhere else. Looking at this, I've just realised it must be  around 20 years since we were there! Wonderful memories. Good luck.    Moyra


Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 9:50am
I have friends from Karpathos which sounds stunning, though sadly have not visited it myself yet.  Symi is also beautiful, Kythera has lots of admirers...the list could go on and on!

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Posted By: MartynG
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 11:42am

Hi Werangles

As you like the northeast coast of Corfu so much and are looking to find somewhere comparative, here are a few Ionion suggestions (in no particular order):

Sivota/Mourtos - this is the Greek mainland, opposite the southern tip of Corfu (and is part of Epirus). The layout of the quayside is a bit like Lakka (Paxos) but bigger with plenty of bars and restaurants on the waterfront and wonderful scenery.  You also have access by car to the Epirus mountains for some variety

Ithaca (Kioni) - A beautiful little bay on the east coast of Ithaca - a little like san Stephanos (N/E) but smaller and with steeper hillside.  A goods selection of tavernas to choose from.

Cephalonia (Fiskado) An upmarket resort and one of the very few villages to survive the 1957 earthquake.  It's very pretty and there is a wide variety of places to eat and drink.  For something a little quieter, you could look at Assos - this is at the head of a small inlet on the N/W coast - it is very small and only has a couple of tavernas (but it is a beautiful spot)

Meganissi (Sparthori) Another small island and village with a small harbour and a couple beachside tavernas (excellent food, but basic).  The jewel in the crown is Spartahori village itself, which has a smattering of bars and tavernas and some of the best views in the Ionion, looking towards the mainland mountains, Lefaks and Scorpios (the ex Onasis private island).

As you may have guessed, these are some of my favorite spots;  we love visiting these places when we are sailing but it may be that some may be a bit small for an extended stay.  That said, there is usually the option of a hire car....


Martyn




Posted By: lily's gran
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 12:02pm
These places all sound delightful. I would add Agistri to the list but it is many years since we were there so it may not be so idyllic now

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Posted By: joefish
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 5:43pm
If you particularly like the area around the North-East I'd suggest Kefalonia.  It's like that but lots more of it.  The main perimeter road of the island runs around the edge of the hills, just like from Nissaki to Kasiopi.  It has its good beaches, but you'll need your own transport to make the most of it.  I've only been there for a day, but it seems to me to have a similar feel.

There are plenty of small villages and the capital, Argostoli, is a bit more sophisticated than Corfu Town and in a prettier setting.  Plus it's still Ionian, so you know the good climate and warm welcome.  Inland there are two particularly impressive caverns to visit, one used for opera and the other flooded so you're taken round in boats.

Kos is nice but I don't think it's much like the North-East of Corfu; more like the South-West.  Kefalos is nice enough, but a bit isolated.  Kos town to the north is interesting to visit but full of identical average restaurants serving exactly the same short-order dishes at exactly the same prices.  Oddly all the best beaches, up the eastern side of the island, have no accommodation nearby.

I found Santorini a bit cliquey and unwelcoming, which I wondered may be indicative of the type of tourist they tend to get.  I also found Crete just too big and industrialised, at least the middle third.  It was a long journey to see any other part of it.  Though I would like to visit the western part.

I did enjoy Skiathos, but with all the Americans flocking to nearby Alonissos the prices for anything but May / October are sky-high.  Though that's not to say I wouldn't mind going back to Achladias in late Spring, just not on Olympic's current pool of fly-by-night airlines.


Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 6:07pm
I love the Aegean islands- such variety. Hydra, beloved of weekend Athenians, nearby Spetses, Poros and Aegina, Patmos, so many islands, so much to see and not enough time.  I think as long as you are prepared for a complete change I would head for the Aegean, just don't expect greenery!
I like real villages which is why I personally would give Sivota a miss- 40 years ago it was a jetty with a general store come taverna...now it is a whole village, very well done, but not for me! 

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Posted By: SusieH
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 7:44pm
A lot of my favourites have already been mentioned but I would put a word in for Leros, lovely villages, very green, great beaches and friendly locals, and...

Skiros, hardly commercialised at all and the view if you make a trip to Rupert Brooks grave is amazing. The old town is very unchanged but mind the tortoises joining you on the climb up through the tiny lanes. The minature ponies and the equally minature horse racing course is something totally different Some good beaches and some totally deserted areas

Lastly the Cyclades. 

Syros, got a tad busier in recent years but still great with its mini classical theatre in the old town together with its two cathedrals (Catholic ad Greek Orthodox)  top the two white cube dotted hills. Lovely villages and beaches and a one way bus round the island - road are too narrow to let two pass!!

And Finally Naxos, lovely town with a mixture of ancient and less so, good eating on the front, various villages inland and round the coast, all with something different to see and experience. Oh and Naxos Town has one of the longest beaches in Greece I believe!!

Sure you will find something from all our offerings!!

Susie


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Posted By: rocdoc
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 8:57pm
Could always go to Thassos, Janmanessi, thats green and beautiful. Lots to see and do too and great food, and if you go to the Aberdeen studios, a completely crazy host.

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Posted By: werangels
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 10:13pm
Wow!  Thank you so much everyone.  I will look through everyone's suggestions over the next few days and no doubt come back with questions.

From what I have read from you all, I think we are looking for the greenery and mountains that the NE of Corfu has.  So, probably sticking with the Ionian islands.  I have looked at Kefalonia (thanks Joe Fish) and am drawn to it and also drawn to Meganissi and Lefkas and will look through all the suggestions.

No-one has really mentioned food which is just as important for us.  We would hate to go somewhere where all the tavernas offer the same bog-standard menus and are mediocre at best.  As mentioned, we spend most of our holiday money at Agni Taverna and Toulas because we think the food is rather special!! 

So, any food suggestions would be great too.

Thank you.

Suzanne


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Posted By: leelee36
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2013 at 10:47pm
I would definitely stick with the Ionian islands for the best food. Kefalonia is stunning and dramatic. Don't think we had a bad meal in Kefalonia, we stayed in Lassi and all the restaurants were great. Argostoli also had really good restaurants. Had the best frappes in Kefalonia. Good luck deciding!


Posted By: SusieH
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2013 at 12:00am
You will not find standard Greek tourist fayre on Leros, and the island is very green to and while it may not be mountainous it certainly has steep hills and very deep fiords.

The food we sampled on every visit was more cordon bleu than Greek, but with a Greek twist

But then Leros does not need tourists, a lot of tavernas are open all year round - for the locals

Most of the villages are real places, with the possible exception of Alinda and even there it does not shut down totally in the winter






Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2013 at 1:53am
For good food I reckon the further east you go the better! I love the 'Corfiot "Venetian' food but if on holiday the Arab influence- cumin especially- is my favourite.
Did you know that Cypriots love coriander (my favourite herb after basil) whereas the Greeks hardly touch it, and most actively dislike it?

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Posted By: rocdoc
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2013 at 2:33am
Agree with you Janmanessi, I find the Eastern food more interesting and less touristic. Having said that I have eaten wonderful food on Corfu and Lefkas. Kef was a bit disappointing but that may have been down to our choices.

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Posted By: oldie
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2013 at 8:33pm
Karpathos is big and beautiful (allegedly some of the best beaches in Greece), traditional and excellent tavernas.  Kassos, a small island is very unspoilt (I think it's the least visited of all the islands in Greece) and it has one of the best tavernas in Greece!!  However, both are a bit difficult to reach from UK, which to us adds to their charms.


Posted By: cathy c
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2013 at 9:52pm
One place worth looking at is Stoupa in the Mani area of the Peloponnese. The food is some of the best I have eaten in Greece.
There is a main beach in Stoupa and another one just out of the village called Kalogria. A 45 minute stroll along the coastal path in the other direction brings you to the picturesque small fishing harbour of Agios Nikolaos, with a handful of small tavernas.
 
Also in the region is the village of Kardamyli, where Patrick Leigh Fermour, the famous travel writer, chose to make his home. It is a fabulous area, green in places, and very wild and rugged too.
 
I love it Wink


Posted By: flynnmo
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2013 at 10:59pm
If you would like more info re: Cathy C's post - read "Greece My Palm With Dreams" by Michael Saunders. He and his wife settled there, and their story is full of information about the area, including the food/restaurants/tavernas/interesting places to visit in the surrounding area. It's also a "laugh out loud" read in it's own right! Good luck.    Moyra



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Posted By: oldie
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2013 at 2:23pm
Flynmo, thanks for the posting re the book - never heard of it but will look it up now - as will many others I imagine!


Posted By: Josefina
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2013 at 3:53pm
Got to agree with Cathy...Stoupa...fabulous. The food is fantastic. The Ag. Nic. walk is beautiful along the coastal path with a Taverna half way.

Not seen that book Cathy will take a look.

JoseFina


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Posted By: alehouse
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2013 at 3:56pm
To get the true taste of Greek food you really need to visit the non tourist parts the little villages off the beaten track, the little hamlets of two or three houses. I always fid the food there very Greek as they would eat

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Posted By: cathy c
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2013 at 1:09am
Originally posted by Josefina Josefina wrote:

Got to agree with Cathy...Stoupa...fabulous. The food is fantastic. The Ag. Nic. walk is beautiful along the coastal path with a Taverna half way.

Not seen that book Cathy will take a look.

JoseFina
 
I'm glad you agree Josefina, there is something magical about the Mani.
 
Actually it wasn't me that recommended the book, thanks Moyra, I'm going to have a look for it too Embarrassed


Posted By: maryg55
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2013 at 10:43am
The book mentioned is available on Amazon , I am reading it now.


Posted By: flynnmo
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2013 at 12:46pm
Hi Cathy C, after reading your post I ordered Patrick Leigh Fermor's book, Mani, travels in the Pelopponese, as well as his biography written by Artemis Cooper. I wanted these for my Kindle.. They've jut been delivered by post - must have pressed the wrong button!! Will have to return them and re-order, idiot! Thanks for the tip though, I had never heard of him, but sounds fascinating.  Moyra


Posted By: werangels
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2013 at 12:55pm
Thank you everyone, so many choices makes it so difficult.

I have googled all the places mentioned and like the look of Symi, Fiskardo on Cephalonia, Meganissi, Alonissos, Spetses and Stoupa so will start here looking at accommodation and reading restaurant reviews, etc!!

What fun!!

Again, thank you.


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Posted By: rocdoc
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2013 at 1:09pm
Is that book only available as an e-book or can you buy a printed version?
Sounds like you have several trips to plan, we are attempting to do one new destination and one we have visited previously each year... I need more annual leave!


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Posted By: Elliemay
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2013 at 1:27pm
Hi Rocdoc,
Amazon have both available. x



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Posted By: flynnmo
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2013 at 3:47pm
Apologies everyone - I must have been having a "senior moment" or two! I confused two books - Greece My Palm With Dreams is about Crete - not Mani. Must have my head examined!  Moyra


Posted By: cathy c
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2013 at 11:19pm
There is a new book wriiten about the Mani area 'Things can only get Feta' by Marjorie McGinn, has good reviews on Amazon.
Moyra I'm sure you'll enjoy Patrick Leigh Fermor's MANI, I've just ordered his autobiogarphy as well!
 
Werangels you are spoilt for choice but hopefully have many more years to visit them all.
 
I just read a preview of the Michael Saunders book where he says 'were we sprinkled with fairy dust immediately we stepped off the plane' and I think maybe we were Smile


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Posted By: oldie
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2013 at 12:46pm
I have just finished reading "Things Can Only Get Feta" (via the Book Depositary who sent it out immediately it was published); excellent, enjoyable reading.


Posted By: lily's gran
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2013 at 12:58pm
Where do you fly to to reach the Mani area, especially Gythion, which we visited on a cruise and promised ourselves we would spend a holiday there. Just lovely unspoilt Greece.



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Posted By: cathy c
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2013 at 4:16pm
The flights are to Kalamata.
There are several trips that you can go on from Stoupa, and one of them goes to Monemvasia, which is fabulous. We stopped at Gythion on the way back and it was beautiful (except for the toilets where we had our icecream - one of those where you have to aim down a hole in the ground).
 
You can also visit the Diros caves, which is an incredibly surreal experience. The archaeological site  Mystras is also a must to see, with a visit to Sparta as well
 
Cathy Smile


Posted By: cathy c
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2013 at 4:19pm
Originally posted by oldie oldie wrote:

I have just finished reading "Things Can Only Get Feta" (via the Book Depositary who sent it out immediately it was published); excellent, enjoyable reading.
 
Thanks Oldie, must get that one too  Wink


Posted By: frilly
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2013 at 4:32pm
We had several lovely holidays in Samos before we discovered Corfu. We stayed in a quaint village called Limnionas which is SW of the island and would love to revisit one year. Also had nice holidays in Kefalonia but found life busier there ...stayed in Skala and Lassi but know they have become more touristy now...good luck with your hunt for a new destination let us know where you choose.

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Posted By: Keppi
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2013 at 10:22pm
Molyvos, Lesvos every time. We have visited a few Greek Islands and this place is one we will return to again and again. The restauraunts, the Castle, the shops down the vine covered streets, the Olive Press...it is a little bit of paradise. The sunsets are to die for too. This has made me realise...we must get another trip booked here ourselves soon. lol, Keppi.

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Posted By: Mr-Mythos
Date Posted: 25 Jul 2013 at 10:25pm
Surely Crete needs consideration. It is in many ways a microcosm of Greece as a whole. Ancient sites, bustling towns, mountain villages, some superb beaches and rocky coves a plenty. Personally, I think that Cretan cuisine is on a par with that offered anywhere in Greece and better than the average Corfiote fare.


Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 26 Jul 2013 at 5:42pm
Flynnmo- read all you can by and about Patrick Leigh Fermor- an amazing man and brilliant writer- not just about Greece! You will love it, and him!


Posted By: joefish
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2013 at 3:07am
Originally posted by Mr-Mythos Mr-Mythos wrote:

Surely Crete needs consideration. It is in many ways a microcosm of Greece as a whole.

I wouldn't call it 'micro' myself.  From one end to the other it's the breadth of mainland Greece.  I remember that just Heraklion to Ag. Nik. was two long hours by local bus.  Unless you're happy to drive for an hour or two every day I don't think you're going to see much of that variety.  There are some great sights and sites to see, like the original maze of the minotaur and prison of Icarus - Knossos Palace, the sunken harbour and beaches at Oulos and the deep gorge to the west (though that's strictly for hardcore hikers) - but they're hundreds of km apart.


Posted By: janmanessi
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2013 at 9:53am
Don't forget Phaestos- more magical than Knossos where Evans arrogance over-restored it I think. Xania harbour and its Venetian architecture, Spinalonga- the leper colony, Lassithi with its windmills, Anogia with its tragic history...I could go on. Yes it is a large island, but great for a low season holiday when you want to explore. Samaria is not such a difficult walk that you need to be a 'hardcore' hiker, just reasonably fit and with the right pair of shoes!

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Posted By: sedgi
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2013 at 11:11am
Hi off to Rhodes this afternoon, we took the plunge on not going to Corfu this year, must admit a bit apprehensive. Will let you know on return if it was the right decision. All of you off to Corfu in the next couple of weeks enjoy.

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