We're ging back for our 2nd visit in October - and we normally like quiet islands that DO involve a ferry journey!
Myrtos on Crete - 1.5 hours transfer but worth it - an absolutely lovely place.
I think that depends on which flight and aircraft type as we flew back from Skiathos this month with Excel and refuelled at Limnos - which added over an hour to the journey - but it's fine. However, I did note other flights that were direct - around half in fact. So just check it out before you book. Skiathos is fantastic and worth the stop anyway.
We stayed in Samos Town which was about half an hour from the airport but Pythagorio is just minutes away.
Samos does not attract the 'lager lout' brigade so retains it's Greek charm especially if you get off into the interior mountain area.
If you put Samos into the search bit above you will find quite a large forum on the island.
I would recommend Lesbos as a perfect alternative. We stayed in Molyvos, an absolutely beautiful place to stay, the only negative is the beach. However the resorts of Petra and Anaxos are close by and have good beaches. It is a big Island so plenty of places to discover. The best beach is down at the south of the Island at Vitara. The prices seemed to be very cheap when compared to other Islands we have visited recently...Kefalonia, Samos, Corfu and Zante. The people are friendly and you don't feel like your in an area dominated by English tourists.
Therefore highly recommended, ENJOY !
We stayed in Anaxos last year. It is a very realxed quiet place with a lot of Greeks on holiday (rather than full of British). It is beautiful, clean and charming and yes, cheap!
The transfer time is two hours because of the dropping off of tourists en route but it passes quickly as the scenery is spectacular!
Sure you'll love it.
Lesvos also was a lovely place but did find the transfers very long well worth it when you got to your destination, Skiathos was ok if you are a beach person still some nice resorts on Corfu but steer clear of Sidari if you want it peaceful I'm afraid the chioce is yours what suits some does not always suit others
Stayed at Grape Vines Apartments, Alykanas, Zante. Check out Hotel Report, also Resort Report under both spellings, Alikanas and Alykanas. We went with First Choice Holidays.
Sorry, forget to tell you about the transfer, it is one of the longest you will have. If you stop in Molyvos you will be the last to be dropped off... 2 hours a typical transfer. However last year our coach broke down half way to the resort. Our Manos rep did not speak Greek and the driver did not speak English.... problem. Not a bit of it, drivers were constantly stopping and offering drinks of water and helpful advice to the driver as we the passengers relaxed by the side of the road in the Pine Forest. Eventually a rep from another company turned up with the spare part required by the driver. The driver fitted the part and the unscheduled 1 hour stop was over. The friendliness of the people stopping to see if we were alright was refreshing to see and matched at every point of our 3 week stay there. Can't wait to reurn soon.
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