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Greek Islands First Timer - So many questions! Help

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1. Posted by Rover (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Hello everyone.
I will be headed to Santorini, Mykonos and later Athens from September 23rd to October 7th, and wondering so many things - does anyone who's been there before have any suggestions? I've been reading the travel guides and so forth, but have a few questions:

(1) What is a good (reputable) budget hotel in Fira or Oia? I've heard Villa Rena, but it seems a bit pricey 50 Euro for one person a night!

(2) Which has the best beaches - Mykonos or Santorini? I'm not going to party, I just want to relax...

(3)Sailing Tours - are there any less touristy sailing opportunities around the Cyclades?

I want to make the best of my time there, and any advice you have would be very welcome and appreciated.

Many thanks,
Rover
Nfld, Canada

2. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Quoting Rover

(2) Which has the best beaches - Mykonos or Santorini? I'm not going to party, I just want to relax...

It's been many years since I went to Santorini but I seem to remember the beaches not being up to much. Volcanic, so black sand. Mykonos is probably your best bet for beaches.

The scenery in Santorini is fantastic though - lovely white buildings perched on the edge of towering cliffs, plus beautiful sunsets!

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

I've been to Mykonos but not Santorini.

The only thing I've heard about Santorini is that the villages are up quite high away from the beaches, and thus it's a bit of a trek to and from most beaches.

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

You will find some useful information about Mykonos beaches at:

http://www.greeka.com/cyclades/mykonos/mykonos-beaches.htm

..and Santorini beaches at:

http://www.greeka.com/cyclades/santorini/santorini-beaches.htm