Getting closer to booking our holidays and we are thinking - Greece or Spain
(Tenerife / Lanzarote)
I have been to and loved the Greek Islands - Santorini / Ios etc.
We are looking for a chilled holiday, we are not into bars etc but do like to explore and eat out. We have a wee lad of 8 and he loves to swim in the pool or ocean. My wife and I are keen photographers and my thoughts are pulled towards Greece for that. Prefer a holiday that we don't have to hire a car.
Any input or suggestions appreciated.
Interesting, friends of ours mentioned Zante and they have two wee boys and said it is very peaceful. We don't mind going into town but really want to chill.
Where do you stay when are there?
Do you book a package deal or?
We would prefer self catering as my wife is on strict diet (organic) but even B & B. Like to have a pool at the accommodation but also like to swim in the ocean,
Do you need to rent a car there?
Many thanks for your input, really appreciate it as it is rather daunting booking a holiday over the internet. Had a holiday once in Vanuatu and it was a nightmare.
Rhodes is a great family island, something for everyone, nice beaches, Rhodes old town is amazing, even a water park if you (or your children) like that kind of thing but it might not be quiet enough for you, the buses seemed to be quite good though whereas in Kefalonia I don't think I saw a bus the whole 2 weeks! We are off to Samos this summer and have heard great things about it
You can book direct with them and get your own flight in which case the price of the air conditioning, fridge, safety deposit box is included in the price. However, it worked out cheaper for us to book a package and pay extra for those facilities mentioned, due to the cost of flight only from our local airport.
All the islands we have been to have their own particular beauty, as does the mainland. We have been to Samos (twice) Thassos, Kefalonia, Corfu, Crete and Parga on the mainland. We always go self catering, don't believe in cooking on holiday (used to be a chef!) and go to a quiet resort on a package.....as has been mentioned, the flights can be expensive unless you are going to somewhere the budget airlines go. This year, as we don't know when we will next get away, we splashed out on a villa in a wonderful wooded valley...great for photos...with a large pool, bliss! But expensive.
My MIL is a coeliac, and when she went to Thassos she printed a card, in Greek, explaining what she couldn't eat, and it was very helpful as there was no room for misunderstanding. A lot of Greek grown food is organic, but whether it's "certified" as such I don't know, on holiday I try not to worry too much (I'm a veggie) about tiny details, but if your wife's diet is very strict, a similar card might be a good idea so there are no misunderstandings.
Sorry to waffle! Enjoy your holiday.
Other islands i've been to include zante,kefalonia,crete,kos,corfu,symi,tilos,delos,halki,nysiros,lefkas,karpathos,kassos,evia,aegina and a few others,and also a lot of places on the mainland,especially in and around athens and thessaloniki and i've got to say that despite many similarities every place is truly different. Crete is different in it's own way in as far as it's like it's own country.
I've been to spain/canaries many times,including the costas blanca,del sol and brava,tenerife and last year lanzarote,if i'm honest the costa blanca has seemed the best of the lot and the only one i'd go out of my way to return to(going in september) you can avoid the madness of Benidorm and head for altea,albir,denia etc. Lanzarote was a bit run down and past it in my opinion,but not in that charming way like greece is,everything just seemed very 1970's,very concrete and brutal in design and a bit neglected,we went to PDC but also saw other resorts and it was much the same everywhere,almost every retaurant seemed exactly the same as the last apart from the higher end establishments,which were few and far between,it just lacked the charm and character of greece and mainland spain.
Tenerife was.....i can't really find any other word so i'll say it....a complete c*** hole.
As for tenerife,las americas was always going to be rough and ready from the word go but from what we experienced los cristianos,costa adeje and somewhere else a few miles away that i cant remember the name of were sadly for much the same. never been to the north of the island,looked into it a couple of years ago but was told the weather is very hit and miss that end of the island.
gotta reiterate what i said before,mainland spain wins hands down over the canaries,but greece to me is number one,not just out of loyalty as it's home but also as a tourist.
horses for courses
I would imagine there's been a lot of changes in the last 33 years.
By coincidence I was chatting to my dentist today about Zante and he said it is very much a party island and that is what we are
looking to avoid. Don't want to go on a holiday to be surrounded by youth that have no interest except booze.
I agree with the comments that the Greeks are great folks and I fell sad for them that they have to put up with a whole bunch of visitors that are only interested in boozing.
I also don't want to say that all the youth are bad but everything in moderation.
Now we need to decide -
WHERE IN GREECE ?We have a wee lad so we don't want to be totally isolated. If he is swimming he's totally happy but we do want to explore too.
Thanks again for all the great input.
Have a great weekend.6
We have a 5 yr old and we always have a summer holiday in Greece in part because the people tend to be so lovely and are so welcoming to children, but there are many other reasons besides.
Our first Greek island experience was Rhodes and it does really offer something for everyone. The waterpark is great- we took our then 2 yr old there and the little childrens section is great. There are lots of safe beaches, historical sites. We stayed in Lindos but Pefkos might suit you. If you go to the other less touristy side of the island there are empty beaches and mountain villages, just beautiful
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