Message posted by Elaine and John on 11 January 2009 at 9:18pm - IP Logged
Elaine and John
Hi, We are new members living the dream in Slovenia with roots in Cheshire. Time for a holiday though, a week or 2 maybe 3 to escape the minus conditions. We thought March time. Has anyone experience of the drive from northern parts. Ferry, etc. For thawing out purposes where is the best weather to be found on the island and what's the weather like in March? Then we need accommodation when we get there, somewhere with a sea view maybe. Nothing fancy, self catering..apartment..just the 2 of us. We've never done Corfu so every bit of info helps. Who knows..we might make a habit of it. Many thanks, Elaine and John.
Message posted by Terry and Julia on 13 January 2009 at 11:13am - IP Logged
Could you drive down to Venice and catch the ferry? As for accommodation, if you are self-catering in March you will need somewhere with local shops and a few places to eat. March is pretty quiet but you may find somewhere close to Corfu Town, or in Acharavi. I think Lefkimmi in the south is also "open all year."
Hopefully someone will have some suggestions soon. All I know of are a few hotels.
Message posted by maxholland on 13 January 2009 at 12:06pm - IP Logged
We are making our second drive down in Feb. Last time we used the route through Switzerland to Venice. We found this to be a fantastic route scenery wise and not too tiring but given the time of year and possible weather problems are considering other options. Any suggestions would be appreciated?
Message posted by Robin Hood on 13 January 2009 at 3:08pm - IP Logged
Message posted by alisnik on 13 January 2009 at 6:13pm - IP Logged
I drove down to Corfu from Cheshire, quite a few years ago, and back some years later. The drive was fantastic, scenery brilliant. A cost cutting idea: use an autoroute and ask for no toll roads. It takes you slightly off the beaten track and through some lovely small villages. Time difference isn't all that much and you don't have to worry about paying for tolls, although it is easier now they all use the euro.
Message posted by Peter_S on 13 January 2009 at 9:07pm - IP Logged
We will be driving from Poland, embarking Minoan in Venice 04.02.2009 14:00
Plan B - if we get stuck in Alps and got late - is Anek, same day, at 19:00 to Igoumenitsa. The last leg would be by local ferry to Lefkimi or Corfu Town - research in progress.
Message posted by Elaine and John on 14 January 2009 at 6:32pm - IP Logged
Elaine and John
We very much appreciate your replies. A slight change of plan however. We will now be visiting in April/May so presumably the facilities will be a little more open by then. We have some friends living in Vienna who go to Corfu regularly with a campervan and rave about the place, which makes us even more keen to go. But here's the thing..they also catch the ferry from Venice, the same as nearly everyone else it seems. But I don't get this..because (and it's only what looking at the map tells me) if you've just driven 1500 km from the French coast (or from wherever) why put yourself to the expense of a ferry when you could finish off the Croatian and Albanian coast for a fraction of the cost and in about 12 hours (from Trieste). Elaine and I have driven UK to Slovenia a good half dozen times in the past 2 years so if anyone needs any tips on that route we'd be pleased to help. Kind regards.
Message posted by MartynG on 14 January 2009 at 6:56pm - IP Logged
I suspect why people (including me) don't drive down the Croation/Albanian coast is largely historic. The Croatian war situation wouldn't have helped of course, but the major issue would have been the fact that, for so many years, Albania has been a closed country, so you have had to drive around it.
Although I haven't researched the matter, I suspect that you might have underestimated the driving time from Trieste to, say Igoumenitsa. Must look at this one!
Message posted by MartynG on 14 January 2009 at 7:11pm - IP Logged
As above you cannot drive through Albania! And I wouldn't drive through the former Yugoslavia unless I really had to. And you can forget 12 hours from Trieste to Igoumenitsa! No one in their right mind does that drive!
Also weatherwise, April/May a far better bet than March but you could still have a lot of bad weather (heavy rain etc) in Corfu in April or it could be OK.
Plus you could easily be driving through snow in northern Greece as well in April time so that needs to be taken into account if you did decide to ignore all this advice and go that way.
Message posted by ecotrails on 14 January 2009 at 8:07pm - IP Logged
From my points of view...
I used to do the old Yugoslavia run before the war, fairly enjoyed it but as things hotted up it got a little scary wierd at times, I suppose the different factions didn't feel they could trust strangers anymore at the time.
Never went through Albania though cos as Martyn says it was pretty much closed to through traffic.
Regards the ferry versus 1500km, I like driving but I also like the ferry which I can treat as a mini cruise, also travelling alone the cost of a deck passage + vehicle is about same as the extra fuel would be. Add to that if you can get by in Greek and approach the purser with the right attitude you can get a cabin upgrade for next to nowt with a little friendly banter and a little slight of hand if you know what I mean...
Message posted by Elaine and John on 15 January 2009 at 10:55pm - IP Logged
Elaine and John
Hmm! Ok, a lot to think about. Me and Elaine did Dubrovnik (half way to Greece) 3 years ago from Trieste in roughly 6 hours but then we're maniacs. It comes from having lived for 4 years in Spain and dealing with their idea of driving. Our friend who quotes 900 miles from Trieste is correct. It's actually 1260 km. But I didn't actually say we'd do it in one go. Regarding the potential of snow in Greece you should be in Slovenia now. Scarey!! but a lot of fun, if you've got the right tyres. I'll tell you what..we'll do it and report back on our return..if we ever get back..or get there indeed. Croatia is no problem. It's just Albania but hell they're just about to adopt the Euro so come on!! It's not such a bad world Spear Travel. Best wishes. Elaine and John.
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