I have been trying to get Greek ferry schedules for early April, and they just don't publish them too far in advance. At least not for the island we wanted to visit. SO I am trying to build an alternative to the island we had planned on visiting. Any recommendation for a Greek coastal village big enough to have a restaurant or two, but not large enough to have a tourist advertising budget? I see car rentals are very inexpensive, so we could drive to a small place and hang out for five days. wayne iNWI
Thanks for the two quick replies. Really, thanks. After looking a Google images, I would say...Too large. No cruise ships, no fancy harbors for plastic boats. I really mean small, with maybe ONLY a restaurant or two. wayne iNWI
Wayner OK, how about Plaka just below Leonidio? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonidio Alan
Check out Neapolis, in Lakonia.
Wayner You might consider Ermioni on the east coast of the Peloponnese. We were there in March a couple of years ago and had a good time. It is a good base for exploring the region, and you can reach it from Piraeus by dolphin if you don't want to drive down. http://www.ermioni.info/ Alan
Thanks, That looks like our kind of town. And thanks for the wiki link as finding it other wise, is not really easy or maybe not possible. My kind of place. I can't find it with out help. Anybody else have a suggestion? thanks,
Galixidi - just west of Delphi on the Gulf of Corinth. It's a pretty small town with a decent amount of tourist support but it won't be overrun in April. Plus it's close to Delphi for a day trip, and the drive west along the Gulf is scenic. There are other scenic drives in the area too, including to the Byzantine monostary of Hosias Lucas. FYI - Greece requires an International Drivers Permit and the rental agencies enforce it.
Alright! Galixidi looks very nice. Thanks, it might be our home for a few days,
You can check Loutraki. It's close to Corinth so you can add a visit to the Corinth canal and Ancient Corinth if you are interested.
Oh man. The Corinth Canal. I had forgotten about that. College was a LONG time ago. Thanks for the idea of Loutraki. I bet Rick is taking notes. wayne iNWI
I had an overnight in Galaxidi last May and stayed at Filoxenia Studios. Great little hotel with wonderful views over the Corinthian Gulf. We enjoyed the town and I think it could make a great home base from which to explore the nearby sites.
Wayner Re-reading your original post I just thought it was worth checking you knew the weather wouldn't be that warm in early April? Sorry if that's self evident but I just wondered if you wanted somewhere small for a beach holiday. Also, given you initially wanted an island I wondered if you had considered one nearer the mainland. In particular I was thinking of Chora on Andros which is certainly smaller than Galaxidi and is reachable by daily ferry from Rafina. Rafina in turn is easily reached from the airport. Some of our comments, and a couple of photos, of Chora are here http://www.greekramblings.org.uk/Andros.html It's a small town with a walled pedestrian section. It also has three or four restaurants down by the sea, a couple of beaches, and good walking. Alan
wayner, This may be too far along the Pelopponese, but you might have a look at the tiny town of Limeni in the Mani area. There is at least one restaurant there (the Umbrellas in the photo are at the restaurant - great food!). I believe there are a few hotels nearby. Have a look at the website for Hotel Mavromichalai for one example. Happy travels!
Hi, Hit Istanbul today. Yes, it will likely be too cold for swimming in early April. I am really appreciating the suggestions. Keep them coming.