Post by Penny
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Post by BrritSki
Any suggestions welcome please for Greek Islands to visit this summer.
We're looking primarily for a beach holiday, very quiet, primarily a
nice sandy beach (ideally with some rocky headlands for snorkelling and
some natural shade).
Simple village rooms preferable rather than a fancy hotel and we're
quite happy to provide our own meals, at least for breakfast and eat out
at other times, so a choice of a few restaurants would be good.
Not interested in any night life, but of there are some cultural things
like galleries, museums or ruins to visit to make a change from the
beach, that would be nice...
I think you'd need a time machine for any places I can recall which might
provide what you are after - but the restaurants weren't available then...
I'm afraid Penny's right. You could try Syros, which I think has extremely basic
accommodation and restaurants but nice beaches, I believe - I haven't been there as it is
deemed too steep for me to attempt, but daughter and her friends love going there, staying
with family friends. Nothing particularly cultural, though (probably a nice old church or
two). Most beach places in Greece have long been "developed" now, though. We went to Naxos
and found some of what you would like there, but that was 20 years ago. Corfu and Crete
are also over-developed; I'd have said Zakynthos, but the last time we went there, about
15 years ago, it had been spoilt. Maybe Kefalonia (of Captain Corelli's Mandolin fame) is
still unspoilt, I don't know. Oh, Samos, whence you can see Turkey, is rather nice, though
I'm not sure about the beaches. But a lot of the popular Greek islands, which were once
visited by back-packers looking for simplicity, nice peaceful beaches and village rooms,
have become victims of their own popularity, I think, and are not that pleasant to visit
in high summer.
Mykonos is still my favourite Greek island, but I would only go there out of season and
I'm not sure how many village rooms would be available, as "hotel resorts" seem to have
been built all over the island. We have friends who own a tiny "studio" in the heart of
Mykonos Town itself but I'm not sure if they rent it out, and anyway Mykonos is the still
the summer playground of any remaining wealthy Greeks, so is the most expensive Greek
island, to the best of my knowledge.
That's just off the top of my head. You might want to look up Anafi and see if that
interests you. Too far away from the mainland to have made it as a tourist destination, I
Anne, Exceptionally Traditionally-built Dumrat