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Dan Butuza  Identity Verified
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May 7, 2007

Well, it's final!
I chose Greece as my destination for holiday this summer!
Such being the case, after searching the internet, frantically collecting information and reading opinions, I came to the conclusion that no one can tip you better than greeks themselves. Yes, my Greek fellow-translators, it's you I turn to, now that I'm even at a greater loss than before...
Please, help me with some inside information, what would you recommend for a couple and a child (2 1/2 years old). I'm looking for a place with exquisite beaches, places of fun for children and some holiday animation around: shopping, tavernas, places to see. I know that it's hard to choose, even for a native, but just write what it comes to your mind about places you know best and you'd like us to know about it.
I'm interested in everything: accommodation, routes, prices, places, tips, local tradition, the islands, you name it...
I know this is hardly related to translation, but you are virtually (sic!) the only Greeks I know, so it's you that I'm asking...
Until I hear from you, a glad-hand from Romania,
Dan


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Maria Karra  Identity Verified
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Great! May 7, 2007

Allow me to say that you made an excellent choice

FYI: I moved this topic to the Greek forum.

Maria


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Dimitra Karamperi  Identity Verified
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Parga - Prefecture of Preveza / Crete May 8, 2007

Hi Dan,

As you already written, Greece has many places to go.
One of my favourite places is Parga; I have spent there my summer vacations for 4 times. It is an excellent place, you feel like being to a Greek island but you are not.
The sea is excellent, although a bit cold for my taste I must admit. It is a place for youngs/families/children equally. There are many places to go and see, facilities, tavernas, sea sports.
You can go on excursion to Paxoi/Antipaxoi (small wonderful islands) or to Kerkyra (Corfu, the famous Ionian island).
Unfortunately I cannot give you exact information regarding hotels/rooms etc. I always stayed in a camping near Parga, in Lychnos beach if I remember well.

Crete is also wonderful. I have lived there for a whole summer, although a long time ago. Chania is a wonderful city. Of course, you should not miss the Faraggi of Samaria (Canyon of Samaria). 6-7 hours walk and then a bath to the Libyan sea. Excellent experience
Crete is a very tourist region, many hotels of all categories, rooms, villas, facilities of all kinds. You can find many things if you search on the net.

These are my suggestions.
Have a great time wherever you go.
All the best,
Dimitra

[Edited at 2007-05-08 12:24]

[Edited at 2007-05-08 12:44]


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Dan Butuza  Identity Verified
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Thank you, Dimitra! May 8, 2007

Thank you, Dimitra! I jotted this down, and I will search the internet for further info, I'm feeling better already

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Evangelia Mouma  Identity Verified
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Hi Dan,
Let me first agree with Maria that you have made an excellent choice.
There are plenty of places with wonderful beaches in Greece. Everywhere. So many that I do not know which to suggest. Since you have a little child I would say that you should stay on the mainland to be near a big city. So Chalkidiki would be ideal, I think. Great beaches, infinite stretches of golden sand, shallow waters (for the little one). Luxury hotels, rooms to let, or camping sites, whatever you wish. Tavernas by the sea.
In case you want a change one day and you decide to broaden your cultural horizons, you can go on a one-day trip to Vergina and see the museum there with treasures from the age of Alexander the Great.
You can visit www.gnto.gr, the site of our National Tourist Organization and check for prices.
Maybe it is better to book before you come and definitely do not come around the 15th of August: you won't find anywhere to stay and there will be hords of people everywhere.
I really do not know what else to write. If you want a quiet place, you can find it; if you want a place with lots of action and adventure, you can find it. If you want to combine mountain and sea, there are plenty of nice places. Put on your big smile and get ready.
I hope I have helped a bit.
Evangelia


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Diamantis Konstantinidis
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A couple of suggestions May 8, 2007

Hi Dan!

You can't go wrong with Greece. As suggested by E. Mouma, Chalkidiki is an excellent choice. Perfect, island-like beaches, very green surroundings, a lot of facilities. May I suggest the village of Afitos, which is a picturesque village at the NE of the Kassandra peninsula of Chalkidiki. It is less than 1 hour's drive from Thessaloniki Int'l Airport, so you won't have to go very far. The sea there is amazing, there are many choices about where to stay and eat, and the village is buzzing with concerts and theater plays all summer. I could find some info re: hotels / rooms if you are interested. If you rent a car, you can visit the rest of Makedonia, incl. Mt Olympus and many other places.
Another choice would be Rhodes, one of the southeasternmost islands. More beaches than can count, a beautiful town and fortress, for which 1 whole week is barely enough.
My favorite island though is Corfu, at the NW, which has it all. Very relaxed, great beaches with either sand or pebbles, a wonderful town where you can drink your coffee underneath the trees and set the kids free to play as much as they want in an immense park right next to you. You must expect, though, to pay a bit more than the rest of Greece. The place is popular and the locals know it.
Crete is a safe bet. Very big, numerous things to see and do, but it takes at LOT of time to see just a small percentage.

In general, if you have more than 1 weeks' holidays, I suggest someplace in continental Greece (Chalikidiki or Parga, suggested previously), where you will be able to spend every day a bit differently than the previous. Absolutely rent a car and absolutely be careful on the roads.

Make the most of it!


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Dan Butuza  Identity Verified
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Funny... May 8, 2007

Halkidiki was my first choice last year, but I never made it...Things happened and we had to postpone. So, I'll look again into Halkidiki info. After extensive search, it was Sani resort which caught my attention. What do you think?
Thanks Dimitra and Evangelia,
Dan


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Dan Butuza  Identity Verified
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Thanks, Diamantis... May 8, 2007

I'm narrowing it down, you know...thanks to you!
Halkidiki (Afitos) or Corfu.
Diamantis, if it's not much, I could ask you to find prices for accommodation, it's better from the source. Just throw in a few info, in the medium range, so to speak.
Thank you all,
Dan


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Diamantis Konstantinidis
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Alright then!! May 9, 2007

Hi Dan!

Just gimme a couple of days before I come back with some accomodation info on Afitos. In the meantime, check this page: http://www.gto.gr/eng/accomm/loc/tlist.php?loc=Afitos&prov=CHALKIDIKI .

Regarding Corfu, the choice is immense. It has many hotels with anything from bare essentials to the highest possible luxury. If you prefer going around on foot, without the hassle of searching for a parking spot, then you might choose a place in the town. Though this may prove more expensive and you'll have to take the car to go to the beach. Check this site http://www.gto.gr/eng/accomm/loc/result.php?loc=KERKYRA (all of Corfu island). It has a lot of choices, and here http://www.gto.gr/eng/accomm/loc/tlist.php?loc=Kanoni&prov=KERKYRA (Kanoni area, at the southern tip of the town), you can find some near the town with more amenities. Here http://www.gto.gr/eng/accomm/loc/tlist.php?loc=Dassia&prov=KERKYRA (Dassia, a place about 15 minutes north of town) is a place with many different hotels - stay away from the one called "Telemachos". The areas Kommeno and Kontokali (at the left column of the webpage) also are beautiful, but a bit expensive. Good choices though and not too far from the city.

I 'll be back with some more (useful hopefully) info!!


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Assimina Vavoula
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Holidays in Greece May 21, 2007

Preveza Prefecture:


PARGA: Full of vegetation Parga is resting in the crystal waters of Ionian sea, amphitheatrically built towards the sea leaning to the island of Panaghia (Virgin Mary). It is in a distance of 494 km. from Athens. It is a calm place, a location with a lot of alternations of landscapes surrounded by olive groves and lace-like seasides. A series of green islets decorate the gulf of Parga. You can wander in the picturesque narrow streets of the city as far as the top of the Venetian Castle that stands there imposingly gazing the opposite of it islands of the Ionian sea. You can visit the Monastery of Panaghia Vlachernon built in the beginning of the 12th century, on the marvellous beach of Valtos. By boat you can go to the caverns located in the gulf of Lychnos. You can also go on daily excursions to the around area where many historical monuments of the past are to be found giving the visitor the opportunity to get to know the ancient Greek civilization. As for your night amusement Parga has a lot of picturesque taverns, restaurants, bars. The innumerable popular art shops offer a variety of souvenirs.

http://greece-holidays.sunvil.co.uk/Parga/default.asp

SIVOTA: Sivota is such a beautiful place, it is quite conceivable you may wish to come back and stay forever. Accommodation here is of a high quality; we offer a number of personally selected self catering studios, apartments and a superb friendly hotel, located either near the harbour or around the coves just a few minutes from the harbour. Such a stunning and relatively unspoilt place is hard to find but Sivota, facing the islands of Corfu and Paxos from the Epirus coast, fits that bill perfectly. Arriving at Sivota from either Preveza or Igoumenitsa (flights to Corfu and short ferry) you will pass through the lush, undeveloped Epirot landscape with small villages, deserted beaches and a dramatic mountain backdrop. There are a number of excellent and great value tavernas on the harbour front as well as grills (Psistarias) and other restaurants further back along the 'main road'. If you are self-catering there are two good bakeries, a greengrocer and a few supermarkets to obtain quality, fresh food. Sivota is not a large resort although it does have a few shops for holiday items and gifts. Sivota is ideally located for twin centre holidays with the nearby resorts of Parga and Lefkas.
http://greece-holidays.sunvil.co.uk/sunvil/home/destinations/Greece/Sivota/default.asp
http://www.rediscover.co.uk/sivota.htm


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Dan Butuza  Identity Verified
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Much obliged, Assimina... May 22, 2007

I'm still considering any info I can get, as I'm not leaving yet!
Thank you, Assimina, for your suggestions.
I will check those links and add them to my favourites!
Thanks again,
Dan


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Assimina Vavoula
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New tips May 22, 2007

Dear Dan,
I send you these links for Chalkidiki, Skiathos (I have there two years ago with my husband and my two kids ---- my daughters loved this island), SKOLELOS and ALONISSOS (two islands close to SKIATHOS) and CRETE:

1. SKIATHOS
http://www.teletextholidays.co.uk/WebEditorial/Homepage/QuickGuide.aspx?area=overseas&Dest=Skiathos
http://www.holiday.gr/place6.php?place_id=484
http://www.windmillstravel.com/destination.php?type=island&id=28

2. SKOPELOS
http://www.skopelosweb.gr/skopelos.html
http://www.skopelos.net/index.htm
http://www.greekhotels.gr/greek_islands/skopelos.asp?

3. ALONISSOS
http://www.alonissos.gr/
http://www.alonissos.gr/en/home.asp
http://www.alonissos.com/index_en.htm

4. CHALKIDIKI
http://www.ellada.net/chalkidiki/
http://www.in-chalkidiki.com/
http://www.halkidiki.com/
http://www.chalkidiki.com/

5. CRETE
http://www.crete.tournet.gr/index-en.jsp
http://www.explorecrete.com/
http://www.creteisland.gr/
http://www.greeka.com/crete/crete.htm


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Evi Prokopi  Identity Verified
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hmm Jun 20, 2007

Hi Dan,

If you choose Parga, you can combine it with other nearby places, such as Igoumenitsa, Corfu and Paxos. But get ready to be burnt by the sun and possibly be beaten by transmutated mosquitos!! It is terrible. I studied somewhere there for four years, and I know!! In general, all those places are quite calm for family holiday and apart from Corfu which is rather big, don't expect to see anything impressive, apart from the sea!

In general, Greeks who don't live in Greece or foreigners tend to have a beautiful image for Greece. They appreciate it more than Greek residents. Indeed, Greece is a beautiful country (as a land), but Greeks really disappoint me v ery much every time I am there.

My suggestion would be Paros, which is my favourite island and I've been there 7 times so far. It is an island that combines absolutely everything and the best: REALLY NICE PEOPLE (rare for Greeks). There is wind (so it won't be very hot), it is for family, there are places with beautiful view and you can do everything you want -have fun, relax, feel peace-. Mail me if you need any info or visit http://www.paros.gr/default.asp?mediaid=71&rootcatid=4873&defaultcatid=4873&?novalue=1

I wish you the best,

Evi


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Assimina Vavoula
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Greeks are not rude... Jun 20, 2007

I do not like people saying that...

There are rude people everywhere...

However,. if you want to visit the Cyclades, I would suggest Naxos. It's much better compared to Paros.

Anyway, by going to Naxos, you may visit Paros as well.

See this info:
NAXOS
http://www.naxosnet.com/
http://www.naxos-greece.net/
http://www.naxosgreece.com/
http://www.mlahanas.de/Greece/Cities/Naxos.html

PAROS
http://www.aegeanstyle.com/paros/indexgr.html
http://www.parosweb.com/


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Evi Prokopi  Identity Verified
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hm Jun 21, 2007

I didn't say rude, necessarily... I don't really like Naxos, but this is a personal view!

[Edited at 2007-06-21 09:35]

[Edited at 2007-06-21 09:42]


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