Mandraki is a must. The old town has its own charm but Mandraki represents the cosmopolitan Rhodes. There you will find everything. The Italian Art Deco buildings, the Agora with many shops and restaurants. Just at the entrance of the market there are kiosks with foreign books and newspapers.
On the promenade, visit the Zaharoplasteion Dimitriadis, one of the oldest pastry shops. Enjoy the view of the windmills and the two pillars with the deer at the port entrance.
Just behind the Taxi terminal inside the arcade there are some good old restaurants with very cheap prices.
The oldest cafe in Skala, the port of Patmos. Relax with the whole family and watch the nice view of the small bay. Recommended if you're waiting for a taxi, a boat or the bus to take you up to the monastery of St.John.
Panteli is one of the most picturesque villages on Leros. A traditional fishermans' village with fishing boats and a nice marina.
In Panteli, you can swim in the pebble beach with the crystal clear waters, enjoy the local specialities at the small taverns and relax with a coffee or a beer at the Cafe Kastelo right at the beach front.
Remember to get a free Kastelo T shirt as a souvenir.
One of the best sights in Rhodes with the famous spa, amazing Italian architecture, pebble mosaics, arcades and domes, palms and bougainvilleas completing the decoration.
The place has been used as location for many films, among them Escape to Athena, The Guns of Navarone, Triangle at Rhodes and many others.
If you stay longer in Rhodes, visit Lindos with the famous temple of Athena.
There are not any real sand beaches in Hydra, only pebble ones. Some of them are Spilia, Kamini, Vlyhos. Try the organized ones, Agios Nikolaos, Mandraki and Bisti.
Though Batsi and Chora are the most popular destinations, Gavrion has its own style. The beach of Agios Petros is one of the best. If you can, hire a bike or a car and go to Ano Gavrion.
In a family environment you can enjoy your holidays in Leros island. The studio apartments Vangelis located at Panteli very near to the beach. Excellent views from the verandas. Garden with olive ,fig , plum and palm trees.
Amorgos...what a natural paradise! It is off the beaten track, it is getting famous due to the fact that Luc Besson shot his movie Le Gran Bleu there. This kind of accommodation is perfect if you want to stay in the middle of the island.
GR-84008 Amorgos Greece
Gay-friendly hotel in the heart of Athens, with staff that really go out of their way to help you around this maddeningly fun city which is all Greek to me.
13 odyseos street ,Karaiskaki sq. 10436 Athens,www.hotel-rio-gr
If you're thinking of getting married in Rhodes, bear in mind that St Paul's has become so oversubscribed that as one couple is leaving the venue, another is arriving and a third waiting at the far entrance. Try Kallithea Spa - recently renovated and absolutely breathtaking.... it is also possible to have your reception on site.
Kallithea Spa, Rhodes, Greece
YH Plakias in the south of Crete is the number one party hostel in Europe. If you are single, eccentric, aged between 21 and 55 and like a chat, a shag and a drink, then this is the place for you.
The cult of YH Plakias has developed over decades as there are many "regulars" who come back year after year. Six marriages and five babies have resulted from relationships formed at the hostel. Chris the manager will make you very welcome. And all this at eight euros a night.
I am expecting a man shortage this year as I am coming back with five of my girlfriends so any eligible guys out there, hope to see you in May!
Mirthios 74060, Rethymno District, Crete, Greece. Tel. +30 28320 32118. The website is at yhplakias.com
nearest airport is Heraklion or Chania
There are 3 beaches in a line on the bottom of the island called Skinaria, Amoudi and Damnoni.
They each have something special. If you go to one and the sea is too rough, it would be fine on the next beach.
If you take the road to Plaxia from the village of Asomatos, the first beach you reach is Skiniria. This is a safe sandy little beach.
The furthest beach is Danmoni, it is a really long sandy beach where you can hire pedalos, and there is a great floating pier that you can swim from.
The best beach of all is called Amoudi. We call it the drop off because it is like the drop off in Finding Nemo.
It is a small beach with a river on one side, and what makes it really special is that you can walk out into the sea on a huge flat rock, and then jump into about 10 feet of water.
If you are wearing a mask or goggles you can see hundreds of fish. The last time we were there we brought some little bits of salami from our sandwiches
into the water with our snorkels on and all the fish went mad for the salami, and that is my favourite place to be.
On the road from Asomotas to Plaxia, Crete.
Delphi is usually the second point of interest on every traveller’s list when planning their itinerary for Greece. Second only to the Acropolis. 180 kms from Athens it is quite easily a day trip. The famous oracle of Delphi has a fascinating history. But how does one get there?
You could go on one of the tours. Or you could do what we did. You would need two things. A map of Athens and a metro map. Armed with that you head to the nearest metro station and head towards Kato Patissia on the Green line. You exit the metro station and head towards Terminal B on Liossion Street. It’s a ten minute walk at most. Ask for directions or follow the map. I find the metro a lot faster than the bus, but you could take a bus from Syntagma (the centre of Athens) to Terminal B. The bus terminal itself is more or less like an inter state bus terminus in one of our metros. If you are looking for great service and smiling personnel, take the tour from the city centre. At the terminal, go to the office and look for a kiosk marked for Delphi. There is a bus going every couple of hours or so. We managed to take the one that left at 10.30 am. The ticket was approx 10 Euros. Buy the return. Actually, decide if you would like to stay in Delphi or Arahova. If not, get the return ticket.
If you're looking for a special place to stay in the Greek islands, look no further. The Magic Hotel is ideally located and is superb in every way possible. Their rooms are luxurious, service is first class, food is scrumptious and the views are breathtaking. It is the perfect place to stay for a relaxing holiday.
Agia Paraskevi, 370 02 Skiathos, Greece
++30 24270 49453
In Athens, the most important map you will need is a metro map. You can get one there, but better to get comfortable with the places and the connections before you land there. It is fairly simple. There are only 3 lines and you cannot possibly get lost. There are metro lines and an ISAP suburban railway line. You will find a map on www.ametro.gr. There is a coastal tram and a convenient bus service in Athens.
Buses are the best way to get around mainland Greece. Fairly inexpensive, and a good network. There are 2 terminals in Athens, which service different regions of the country. There is also a good train network that connects the main cities. Two train stations — one for the west and one for the north.
The ferries to the islands would blow a considerable hole in the pocket, even if you take the slow ones. Schedules are fairly reliable so you need to check at a travel agent or head down to Piraeus and book tickets. You don’t really need to take a taxi except when you venture out at night. Public transport makes most places quite accessible. On the islands you could rent motorbikes for a day and that’s the best way to discover the place.
Hydra is a great place to visit if you like taking photographs. You would think that the entire island had been deliberately set up for the perfect photo shoot. You just can't go wrong. The colours, quaintness, odd little corners, the donkeys (there aren't any cars) and the reflections are gorgeous and that's just in the port!
I love going up the hills to get the best sunsets especially in the spring when there's still enough cloud about to make them interesting. And inland there are hundreds of pretty chapels normally stranded in the middle of a field that just beg to be snapped. Come with plenty of extra memory and batteries - you'll need them for sure.
One of the Greek Saronic Islands, 1.5 hours SW out of Piraeus, hugging the Peloponnese coastline.
Fly into www.AIA.gr
Take a taxi or the Express bus to Piraeus
Cross to the island with www.dolphins.gr or www.euroseas.com
And for comprehensive island information visit www.hydradirect.com
My family and I decided to visit Icaria after passing by some years ago on a Greek Island trip. We found Evon's Rooms in Faros, not too far from the airport with a beautiful beach.
The owner was very friendly and hospitable and the rooms were cheap, clean and very well presented. We stayed in their biggest room which had four single beds as well as our double and cost us only 60 Euros per night in October.
Icaria is a great place and Evon made our stay even more enjoyable!
Faros Beach, Icaria
Have just read that this is a new shop opening early in 2007 - and just perfect for ordering my wedding flowers as we are getting married at St Pauls church, Lindos in June. Cant wait! Apparently they will have confetti, balloons etc which we can buy there instead of taking with us.
It is a few doors down from the butchers in Lindos
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