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 .
Message posted by Graham T-A on 24†October†2009 at 6:38pm - IP Logged
Elizajay, another 4 power cuts this afternoon but the sky appears to be clearing at last and the wind seems to be dropping. I told my Greek friends that the last power cut we had at our home in the UK was about 10 years ago and so it was probably the only one we had in about 15 years and they just couldn't believe it. Some of the villages suffer much worse than us. I remember Bob and Wendy having no electricity for 10 days while snow lay around their house.
Brian, our village is called Kandroma which means centre in Greek as this was the central village in the area. It has a population of 32.
Message posted by Graham T-A on 24†October†2009 at 7:15pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by elizajay on 24†October†2009
...my husband just checked the BBC teletext weather.....and informed me that its hot and sunny all week in Corfu....
'Scuse me whilst I pick myself up off the floor - fell over laughing there! I saw blue sky for half an hour this afternoon, first time in - umm - I can't remember, but several days for sure! We've had gale force winds, torrential rain and a massive hailstorm in the last week...
Meanwhile, I might get by knuckles rapped for this, but Brian did ask...
Personally I am not at all keen on Petriti. I went with my children on a school day trip there last year and was singularly unimpressed! Yes, it was very quiet and relatively unspoilt (which is the sort of place I like), but... It was rather smelly (in part I suspect to do with the fishing boats - I'm not criticising them, but the niff didn't lend anything much to the ambience of the day). The seawater was murky, (several of the Greek mums didn't want to let their children go in), the sand was grey and there was a large pile of something on the beach that even the local taverna owner advised we keep the kids away from. I also felt the prices in the tavernas were relatively steep.
Having said this I appreciate that the area is much loved by some and my comments are only about how I perceived it on one day in June. Not my first choice of destination though.
Message posted by Guest on 24†October†2009 at 9:54pm - IP Logged
the whole point of this thread is looking for the truth i like Petriti but for lunch sat over the sea and agree beach isnt the best but still better than north east coast up from kassiopi pebbles every where ille stick west coast from aghious mathious down to vitalades
Message posted by julesx2 on 24†October†2009 at 10:26pm - IP Logged
Brian leave the pebbles out of this,they are the best for snorkelling!!! ..julesxxx
Message posted by kassi on 24†October†2009 at 10:32pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by elizajay on 25†October†2009
yes but the pebbles hurt my sore tootsies
Buy some Crocs
Message posted by Guest on 25†October†2009 at 12:26am - IP Logged
jules stay in your resort thay got soft sand soft pebbles and maybe soft beers x x x x sorry jules not the same since we lost the chat room can only be sacarstic on a post ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, hope you ok cheers bri
Message posted by kassi on 25†October†2009 at 2:00am - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by Brian .Maureen on 24†October†2009
Know what you mean but guess 99% of holiday makers want sand between their toes not dry stone walls and would prefer sand in my bits than pebbles KASSI †
As a keen snorkeller I have always prefered pebbles to sand so there must be another 99 of you out there who prefere sand then? I'm just so supprised that so many come back to the N/E year after year when everyone loves sand so much. Brian, you really must turn off the coast road one day and visit some of the places you seem to dislike so much.
Message posted by tackou on 25†October†2009 at 12:09pm - IP Logged
To be honest i think most people like the places they return to year after year is because of the people they meet there and not the sand/pebble beach I have been over this island with Brian so in his defence he has turned of the coast road and seen alot if not most of the villages and resort towns but he has made so many friends in the south it feels like home to him and he prefers it but i know he dosent dislike the north he just prefers the south as I do (im bias as i live in the south) but having said that there are places Brian likes in the north he just went in the summer and didnt like where he stayed and wished he had kept to the south but in his first post he was only asking if people had decided to change where they usually stay for some where else and been disapointed
Message posted by TONYNEW on 25†October†2009 at 12:32pm - IP Logged
I guess its horses for courses i must admit we have enjoyed every holiday weve had in Corfu and make the most of them all, Sidari is not my cup of tea although we have been a few times but if you stay out of the center there are some cracking tavernas Orchard and Bovias spring to mind As for Kassiopi love the place but in general we go there for the odd day out San Stef and Arillas to me are brilliant just the right size with a great atmosphere
But like i said its hard earned cash to pay for the 2 weeks we get abroad so always make the most of anywhere we go its also good fun eeking out the more traditional Tavernas
Kalami was nice for a day out but i dont think i would spend 2 weeks there,we always hire a car or scooter and travel all over the island,i know not everyone likes to drive but at least you can stop and go when you want unlike some of the trips which can be a long wait to be picked up again
All i can say is roll on august next year we will be back in Arillas or San Stef after going to Alykes Zakynthos last year which we all loved and would not hesitate going back
The problem is too many places to visit and not enough time
Message posted by Graham T-A on 25†October†2009 at 1:43pm - IP Logged
Tackou, it was Brian himself who posted that he had never visited the villages of the N/E, only Kassiopi, so if he has visited them it must have been since he posted, I think, earlier this year.
Message posted by Guest on 25†October†2009 at 4:07pm - IP Logged
no i didnt say that.
I said I had stayed this year in the main resorts but after 30 years of going to corfu i have been of the beaten track north south east and west always enjoy the drive over the top to roda turn left of the kassiopi road and climb climb climb but dont meet anyone in the villages on a friday night after 9 pm all the cars dont have "reverse "
Message posted by Bill on 25†October†2009 at 4:32pm - IP Logged
Well, I am a relative newby - have now visited Corfu for 6 holidays. 5 of them have been in villas in Kalami/Kouloura, another up in the hills in Cremythas - all N/E. Must admit I do love Kalami.
But this summer we decided we really should visit the south, so off we went for a day drive. I know we didn't have time to see it all, but I'm afraid it didn't do it for me. The worst moment was when we found ourselves in the middle of Kavos - we thought we had avoided it, but somehow the road led straight in. Oh boy, was it bad! We beat a hasty retreat and went back north. Each to their own and I am sure there are some lovely places in the south - we just didn't find them.
Have visited Sidari and Roda, and again they are too busy and "English" for me personally. I like Kassiopi, and another discovery was Avlaki which has a lovely beach (though pebbles).
I agree, it's also the people you meet - and Kalami has some lovely people...
Message posted by Peter d22 on 26†October†2009 at 6:34pm - IP Logged
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