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Family trip in August

Hello
We are a family from New York City coming to Greece for the first time for 10 days in late August. We will do 2 nights in Athens to start and one night to end so have 7 days to play with. Here is what I'm debating

  1. Split time between Paros and Naxos
  2. Split time between Milos and Folegandros
  3. One week in Crete

Could someone weigh in on the best combination for a family looking for a place that is not overly touristy. Looking for an authentic place to stay with beautiful beaches and good restaurants and ideally a flat or apartment or en-suite hotel with a nice view. Would love to avoid renting a car but I know that's impossible on most of these islands. Def want to explore some - we love active things. Snorkeling, biking, hiking, kayaking, day trips, etc...
Would love to hear your thoughts!

Posted by
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From a logistical standpoint, I would suggest all your days in Athens be at the end. Saves making one extra hotel transfer to be back to Athens for the flight home.

Posted by
1082 posts

You do want to do all of Athens at the end. It is an hour from the airport into Athens and much more efficient to do it once. 3 days also allows you to rent an apartment which you may enjoy with a family. That is what we did.

That means you want to fly to the island of your choice on the same day you arrive. We bought tickets on Aegean airlines scheduled a couple hours after our international arrival. It also is nice to get over jet lag on an island.

The only island of the ones you are thinking of I have been to is Naxos which would be a great choice. There are lovely beaches and hiking. We stayed in st george beach adjacent to naxos town. It was not the best beach (shallow) but convenient to other things. Naxos has a tourist infrastructure but I found it quite charming. Now we were there in May not August but people really went out of their way to help.

We hiked to the top of Mt Zas which is the tallest peak on Naxos. One thing that is lovely about Naxos is that there are beautiful beaches and mountains too. We visited other beaches, towns, and historical sites. There is a company that rents bikes but we never made it there as we were too busy (we were there four nights) with other things.

We rented a car for two days and didn’t find it that difficult to drive or find our way around. Parking was nearby our hotel.

My son told me that people he met said Milos was their favorite island.

I don’t think you could go wrong!

Posted by
186 posts

You do not mention which 10 days in August you will be there. Aug. 15 is a religious holiday in Greece and many families take that time (week/weeks/month) to go on vacation and/or visit family at their home village. This could make some of your travel "touristy" with Greeks on vacation. Some places may be booked up well in advance because of this holiday as well. Just something to keep in mind.

Posted by
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We will be flying into Athens August 25 and leaving Sept 4. So I was hoping some of the hordes of visitors and tourists would be clearing out by then?

Another important question is are any of these islands more affordable when it comes to accomodations than others? If so, that would make the decision easier!

Right now I'm leaning towards going to Naxos and Antiparos OR Milos and Folegandros.

But if someone makes the case for going to Crete for a week and can tell me the best base (since I know it's huge) and a good place to stay I'm all ears!

Posted by
186 posts

Yes--you will be there after the height of the summer season so you should be fine.

Given the time you have, I would recommend Crete--more sites to see and more variety of things to do. The islands are more for recreating and relaxing imho.