This is a great budget hotel in Rhodes Town with a good restaurant and a wonderful Bar for people watching. The staff are, without exception, friendly, helpful and hospitable and the breakfast is great (full English buffet). The hotel is two minutes from the town beach and a pleasant stroll away from the amazing Old Town.
City Center Hotel
2 Iroon Polytechneiou
Set up 14 years ago by Vassilis Gialamarakis (ex Strathclyde University) this fabulous four-star hotel caters for independent travellers aged 20-80 with the bulk of guests aged 35-65 years. The fare is half board and the evening meals are wonderful.
While Patmos is one of the most beautiful of Greek islands, the port of Skala is a scruffy, utilitarian port with few tavernas and little to recommend it.
This website gives an honest opinion that you won't find in any of the tourist brochures and many of the tourist websites for that matter.
Pieria mountains are roughly in the middle of the Greek mainland and just beside Mount Olympus - the well known mount of gods from mythology. They are beautiful and green.
A hotel which has a great view of Mount Olympus is the Semeli Resort. It's small but cosy and is beside the forests. Great walking opportunities, birdwatching, mountain biking, skiing - when there's snow.
In 20 minutes' drive you can visit Dion, Vergina in one-hour drive, Thessaloniki with a vast collection of Byzantine churches and ruins, museums and the beach is 20 minutes' drive. I love this area - beautiful mountains, small villages with simple but genuine life. It is worth visiting.
Instead of staying in a hotel on Rhodes, I'd suggest renting an apartment. The town of Lindos is particularly pleasant and I recommend a company called Luxury Lindos Villas. Their apartments are very stylish and have their own pools.
Luxury Lindos Villas
+ 44 (0)1234 823 274
Athens got its own 'In Your Pocket' city guide this month. Like every other IYP guide around Europe, it is packed with useful, timely and accurate information about accommodation, restaurants, nightlife, sightseeing, shopping etc.
If there isn't one in your hotel room, you can buy it at foreign press news stands for just €2 or simply download it for free.
I stayed there with my family, and found it very relaxing - especially as we knew the kids were safe around the private pool. As it is difficult to choose a villa from the many on offer, I think it is worth mentioning the good ones.
Kalymnos is located in the Dodecanese between the islands of Leros and Kos. Mountains ideal for rock climbing, crystal blue waters for swimming, fishing and scuba diving.
The capital of the island is Pothia, worth seeing are the villages of Vathy, Masouri and the small island of Telendos. You can get there by ferry from Piraeus or by plane via Kos or Rhodes.
This is a bar when you can happily spend the afternoon without a care in the world. The drink is cheap, the food is great (all freshly prepared, which is more than can be said about some of the places close by), and the staff are friendly!
Dorieos Square (think that's the way to spell it), it's off AG Fanourio, Old Town, Rhodes, 00 30 22410 74293. Mixture of gates close by - San Francisco, Red Gate & Kolona
One of the best places to enjoy a good meal in the promenade of Aegina. Its specialities are grilled octopus, shrimps, grilled meat balls and of course Ouzo and wine. Huge portions and very reasonable prices.
A jewel in the Aegean, the easternmost of the Cycladic Islands, it has an evocative beauty, and is remarkably unspoilt. Swimming and plenty of remarkable walks, which give you views to the smaller Cycladic Islands to the north and west. It is a dreamy place, a place to rest and let yourself be taken by a traditional, intimate and quiet life of the island.
Small apartment block with own swimming pool. Very helpful and friendly , welcomed me by my first name. We rented two apartments for the family.
The only negative is that it's too far to walk to Chania, take a five-minute bus trip or hire a car.
Greece has a strong tradition of open air cinema in the summer months, and Athens has a startling number of venues. They can often be a bit shabby, and you'd best bring your own refreshments but with the right movie it can be great. I saw Tarantino's Death Proof on a rooftop in Exarchia, and it's hard to believe it could be better viewed any other way.
Firstly Danielle's Pizzas are amazing. You might wonder why pizza in Rhodes, well, the Italians occupied Rhodes between the wars. I guess it rubbed off. Definitely the best pizza you will get anywhere.
Also in Afandou Theo's Taverna is a small fish taverna set in the traditional village house that Theo the owner and chef was born in.
Wonderful food prepared by the whole family, try the prawns in ouzo sauce. Theo is a fantastic character who wants all his customers to enjoy the real Greece.
Both in Afandou village.
Danielle's is just off the square in the main street.
Theo's is up a side street opposite Eleni Restaurant.
It's a private villa in a really small quiet village called St. Spiridon, in the north of Corfu. What I really love about it is it's still home to many locals, so you can experience the true Corfu, as opposed to today's tacky modern complexes.
Close to small tavernas offering delicious locally cooked food, and just five minutes' walk from St. Spiridon bay, a gentle beach, perfectly clear for snorkeling.
I found it browsing through the search engines, it's shown on www.villas-in-corfu.co.uk
The island has so many sights and things to do. From restaurants to museums, from day trips to sunbathing, it's all in there. This island has so much to offer and is so versatile, this is a useful website for finding out what there is to see and do.
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