Hi we have been coming to Corfu for 10 years now, we got married here 9 years ago so have well and truly fallen in love with the island. We stay in Kassioppi or Kalami when we visit and like early season when its not too hot. Every year we say we will try somewhere else, but in three weeks are back again. Do any of you have recommendations for other Greek islands or main land Greece? I have been to Zante that wasnt what I wanted out of an holiday, and Crete that I liked. Would like somewhere green and picturesque, laid back and not pretentious, quieter rather than full on. Yes somewhere just like Corfu!! Any ideas Ta Ann xx
We really liked Andros. Not too touristic as there is no airport but only an hour and a half ferry ride from Athens (Rafina). Popular with Greeks. Batsi has a sandy beach and some good restaurants. You can also get to Tinos via a short ferry ride.
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Message posted by daftbird on 14 April 2010 at 12:03am - IP Logged
I too have been going ten years, sometimes 3 times in one year if I can. This year hubby put his foot down, more to do with ex pats than the area we go to, so we are off to Santorini next month. Will let you know if it is a as pretty as the pictures show. I WILL be in Corfu for 6 nights this year at the least though, it is my drug.
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Hi. Try Leros. Short hop from Kos, although you can fly direct from Athens on a very small plane. I do not know of any British Company who do package tours now. It is easy to go across on the Cat or Hydro and with regular crossings (or sail yourself of course). I have stayed many years in Alinda at Hotel Angelika (or Angelika Studios) with Marcos and Areti. Lovely rooms with fantastic views of the bay and a very quiet, laid back way of life. Easy walks, cheap taxi in and around the Island. Car hire around the Island can be booked cheaply with one of Marcos brothers very cheaply! The Island is very much maligned by some Greeks because it houses the mental hospital at Xerocampos. The Island deserves a go - give it a chance!
Message posted by bobbo on 14 April 2010 at 12:14am - IP Logged
Paxos - a day trip from Corfu in 1984...it still sticks in my mind, six young girls (not rowdy) enjoying a couple of Greek salads (on a budget) shortly after we landed. I can still remember the water in Anti Paxos! Turquoise into deep blue - heaven to swim! I would like to return. A bit afraid it may shatter the memory - a bit like Corfu actually, however I am going for it in approx 6 weeks! M
Message posted by kassi on 14 April 2010 at 12:51am - IP Logged
Must have gone to the wrong part of Lefkas, we loved it. Mind you Paleo and Corfu town still have a hold on me, I have no doubt we'll return soon. But its Thassos this year. We long to return to Symi and Kalymnos.
I loved Lefkas, both times I've been there. Nydri is one of my favourite places although it had somewhat grown in the 6 years between my two visits! Megannissi is a favourite place, as is Porto Katsiki (although not by road! )
One day I would love to return to Ithaca. I only visited on a daytrip from Lefkas to Kefalonia and stopped off there for a while; it seemed so quiet and deserted back then in 1992!
However, as most of the people on this forum, we will be back in Corfu this summer. What is it about this island that keeps pulling us back?
Message posted by weshamers on 14 April 2010 at 10:09am - IP Logged
Hi all,thanks for the replies, food for thought whether I act on them or find myself back in Corfu next year, God willing, we will see. There is definatly something magical about this jewel in the Ionian sea. It is like a drug intoxicating you,in the best possible way. Only 3 weeks 1 day now to get my fix l o l Annxx
Message posted by Pegasus on 14 April 2010 at 4:34pm - IP Logged
We have been going to Corfu twice for a month in the Summer most years for the last ten years but in the winter we go to either Hong Kong, Singapore or Australia or all of them. I would obviously prefer there but I still love Roda in Corfu and always look forward to going.
With the downturn, for us it has been as inexpensive regarding flight to go to Asia and Australia than it has been to go to Corfu. It is a shame really.
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I first come to Corfu camping at Dassia 30 years ago & loved it then, it was along time for me to arrive back but I did. Now I'm comming back for the 5th year in a row & to me Corfu is special. I've been to other Greek islands but to me none havent got he ambiance of Corfu so if its not broken dont try to fix it stick to what you like weshamers CORFU
Message posted by spiros on 14 April 2010 at 11:20pm - IP Logged
Try The Peloponnese say around Pylos, best I have experienced all over Greece. The garden of Greece, food great and much (at least was) cheaper than the islands. Not overpopulated with tourists, lovely and often almost deserted beaches, good roads to get about and some marvelous historical places to visit.
I love Rhodes its small but lovely, and you can take day trips to Turkey if I remember right. This year I have been to Egypt on a Nile cruse followed by a week in Luxor fell in love with it, I'm going back to Corfu in May for 12 days and then back to Egypt in Oct for 2 weeks again. I'm finding its getting so expensive to travel to Corfu now I have started to look at other countries out of the euro zone, its a pity as I love Corfu so much, but I have to watch my hard earned pennies
Message posted by weshamers on 15 April 2010 at 6:35pm - IP Logged
Thanks again for the replies, I must admit I have been tempted with mainland Greece. Has any one done the boats that cruise round the islands? Not the big cruise ships, but the small ones I think they take about 16 passengers, would be a good taster to see other islands. Dont fancy the cruise ships, Im not a dressy up person, and dont do formal dining thats why I love laid back Corfu Annxx
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We've only been to mainland Greece once, to Halkidiki. We stayed in a very small village called Afitos, which is built on the edge of a cliff and looks out over a spectacular bay. The village didn't even have a music bar/pub when we were there a few years ago. Everyone congregated in the village square and bought their drinks from open fronted shop/bars. The atmosphere was fabulous. The village itself is protected and any building work (very limited) has to be done using the stone from old demolished buildings and in traditional style. The beach is beautiful, but is quite a walk down a steep track. We would love to have gone back, but never saw flights from Scotland again, and didn't have enough holidays to cover the extra travelling time involved in going south. Moyra
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