There are a group of 6 college kids going to Greece for 5 days. We are planning to spend the first day in Athens, to see ruins then head to the isles. We were wondering what the non-touristy islands are, what the ones are we need to see/have a lot going on, where it will be cheap to stay (good hostels?) on and/or near the isles, and then where to stay in Athens. We are going the first week in November. Thanks!
Jamie, you might have a look at * www.hihostels.com/dba/list.php?lang=E * OR * www.backpackers.gr/#1_0,0, * (cut & paste the links inside the asterisks). As I recall, the Athens Backpackers is close to the Sygrou-Fix Metro stop, so easily accessed from the airport. ¶ You'll probably find travelling in the islands in November to be somewhat "quiet", as lot of the tourist facilities close in the winter months. I'd suggest having a look at Matt Barrett's * www.greecetravel.com * or * www.greektravel.com * (they're different sites, but quite similar) for a description of the various islands. If you have any specific questions, I've found that Matt is very responsive to E-mails and he'd be able to provide the BEST advice. Happy travels!
Jamie, The other posters probably didn't want to rain on your parade, because u probably are planning this 5-dayer as a break from semester abroad and are dreaming of sun and fun and partying. But I need to tell you that November is rainy and rather chilly in much of Greece (NOT the same climate as Caribbean), and the isles will be almost shut down. None have "a lot going on." Athens will be about the only place with "action." I'm curious; who advised you Greece is good in November? If you are limited to Athens, would you go? If you want beaches in November in Europe, you need to look at Egypt or Israel.