Planning to spend a week in Greece, not very keen on spending hours on a ferry boat (sorry....sea sickness....) plus our deam island Santorini proved to be very expensive
So, which places would you recommend for a nice quiet time in the continent, close to the beach or an island which is not too far by ferry from Athens?
We will be spending a day or 2 in Athens and will hire a car; do you think we will survive reading the road signs and not get lost too much ?
All of the best places I can think of are a good ferry ride. Santorini of course has my heart...absolutely beautiful!!! Mykonos was a lot of fun, as was Rhodes. We did stop at some smaller spots: Ermoupolis, Gythion and Navplion. Navplion is a very nice place, nice shops, restaurants, not full of hustle and bustle. Ermoupolis is very small and very quiet, but still very pretty. Gythion...meh, it didn't do much for me.
The medication that they give out on the cruise ships for seasickness is meclizine, which I find works wonders, and doesn't make you as drowsy as other kinds (dramamine, etc).
Try Hydra or Spetses or even Poros islands. These are in the Argosaronikos gulf sea, just 1 hour or 2 the max from Athens by Flying high speed ferries. Hydra is excellent!
I would suggest you to travel to the North and visit Epirus region! Both mountains and sea shores - perfect sceneries, excellent accommodation facilities, perfect food .. practically everything. Ideal place for late September. Five hours driving from Athens to the North West. Visit Ioannina (capital of the region) and Parga (a city by the sea side - opposite to Corfu island). Besides, Greece is not just the islands !
p.s.: you will need a nice map - but don't be so scared about road signs ! Lately things are better !
Enjoy ur stay in Greece !
[ Edit: Edited at Aug 9, 2006 4:00 AM by atzim ]
Yeh we too, rented a car to drive all ard Greece.
well u just hafta beat ur sea-sickness, cos its all worth it i tell u!
we took an overnite cruise from Crete to Athens, which cost us only like 25euros, the cruise was good n steady, althou u dun have a bed to sleep on, it's gd enuff.
and Santorini is a must-go, it's too beautiful to be true
tranquility, peacefulness - just u and the sea.
u'r gonna hvae so much fun in Greece!