Message posted by Guest on 23 October 2009 at 8:07am - IP Logged
2 posts at the moment running the same type of question "where to stay?"
Got me thinking as to where (not nameing specific hotels ) did you go and where so dissapointed with the total package that you wished youde stayed where you were happy with , even on the same island .(any of the Ionian }
This year we went for 3 days to the north and loved Roda.where we stayed on last minute booking but were completely shocked by Sidari from what wede seen 15 years ago (and we go to kavos to see friends from 30 years ago every year)
we also love Kassiopi for an evening out some great tavernas but have to be honest if you a "beach bum"not the best beaches locally
Message posted by Guest on 23 October 2009 at 9:52pm - IP Logged
Is everyone worried they will upset some one?
Message posted by ele 56 on 23 October 2009 at 11:59pm - IP Logged
We honeymooned 29 years ago in Glyfada and took our kids back their for our 20th anniversary (but stayed in Agios Gordios). The kids (then aged 13 and 9) said they were so glad we hadn't stayed in Glyfada (Louis Grand Glyfada which was an all inclusive hotel) and happy we had a little apartment in Agios! We still go back year after year to Agios, they go by themselves with friends and love AG!!!
Must admit, Glyfada doesn't have the charisma of Agios Gordios!!!
Message posted by Graham T-A on 24 October 2009 at 8:53am - IP Logged
Brian, you do seem to be attracted to the busier more commercial areas. Personally I would even find Roda too busy for me,let alone Kassiopi and Sidari, but each to their own. You do need to visit some of the small villages around the north and not just drive past them on the coast road.
I believe that you would soon jump to the defence of the south of the island if I said I had visited Messongi and Kavos which I didn't like, so in future I'm sticking to the north. The truth is, there are lots of very nice small villages all round the island if you take the troube to actually visit them and before you ask, Yes, I have been to your village. Over the last 5 years I am pretty sure I have visited almost every village on the island, some by car and others by boat.
Message posted by sooz on 24 October 2009 at 12:26pm - IP Logged
Not on Corfu (have never been disappointed anywhere we have stayed) but on Zante we booked a last minute deal in Argassi - never again! Definitely not a quiet resort but didn't even have the charm of Sidari (and I have only passed through of an evening). The beach was non existant and the room left a lot to be desired.
Message posted by tully on 24 October 2009 at 1:45pm - IP Logged
Graham, i agree with you, the villages away from the coast are beautiful, with their alleyways and glimpses of courtyards, our own village has spectacular views, but the tourists just drive straight through to get to the beach, their loss, our secret
Message posted by elizajay (Moderator) on 24 October 2009 at 1:58pm - IP Logged
Well, (prepares to be shot down in flames).....my husband was very disappointed with Kalami when we stayed there a few years ago. I liked the place.....BUT, I think my husbands view is clouded by the fact that he was very ill for most of the time he was there (kidney infection). I dont drive abroad, and so I was taxiing it into Kassiopi for medication etc on a regular basis....and it IS hard to get taxis...there seems to be only one or two who do the trip between Kass and Kalami.....so we did feel very isolated.
It has put him off ever going any where quite so remote/inaccesible ever again to be honest....he likes to know there is a doctors etc on hand, just in case....
Message posted by Graham T-A on 24 October 2009 at 2:12pm - IP Logged
As I said Elizajay, it's each to their own. I can assure you that more people holiday in Sidari, Kassiopi etc. then ever do in the small villages so I would guess thats what the majority want , especially when only going on a one or two week holiday. Just think how many people go year after year to places like Benedorm. I just like the village way of life even though I have to travel over 2 miles just to get a loaf of bread or a bottle of milk. Just because it suits me dosn't mean it's right for everyone.
I would like, however, the rain to stop now as it's getting pretty boring. 11 power cuts yesterday evening while trying to cook dinner and another 3 this morning. Thats in between having to unplug the telephone and internet due to the lightning which seems to have not stopped for several days now.
Message posted by elizajay (Moderator) on 24 October 2009 at 3:12pm - IP Logged
Graham, strangely enough...my husband just checked the BBC teletext weather.....and informed me that its hot and sunny all week in Corfu....
I assured him that it most certainly was not! LOL!
If I was to choose somewhere to live (as opposed to holiday), and I was then used to the driving....my choice too would be a village. (we live very close to the countryside here in england, nearest town is miles away.....)
but the experience of being very ill and therefore 'trapped' was I think a bit scary for my husband.
But as you say, good job we dont all want the same.....otherwise those quiet villages would become mighty crowded
Message posted by Guest on 24 October 2009 at 4:26pm - IP Logged
our greek home is in a very small village not far from lefkimmi, population 300ish i think,. but we did the northern trip this year because we had friends staying in our villa so we became tourists for a few days.(thanks easyjet for fri/mon flights from manchester)
around us we have about 7 small villages and each has its own character even lefkimmi 7000ish population because of the kavos/port by-pass second largest town on the island still has kept the true greek feel about it as there isnt much accomadation there (around it yes but not lefkimmi itself)its a working town .
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