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Which Greek island please?

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Which Greek island please?

We have gone to Kefaolnia for the last two years - fabulous hence wanting to return to a Greek island but somewhere different. Crete seems to be winning at the moment or Zante. Some of teh other islands have poor flight times or difficult airports (looking for Cardiff or Bristol). We are a 'young' middle aged couple who:

don't want to queue/'fight' for sun beds

want good sunshine

don't want a hotel full of children (sorry, no offence but we've done all that and now prefer a bit more peace and quiet)

usually go SC so that we can sample various restaurants in the night (but we are fairly open on this)

want a beach within a fair walking distance

don't want a 'posh' hotel and are flexible on prices (we were paying around £1100 for two weeks in Kefalonia SC and were very happy with the standard of the hotel/apartments - would pay more if hotel was the right one)

happy to walk to 'town' from the hotel - we stayed in the San Giorgio in Skala and it was a 35-40 minute walk into Skala. This was ok but we were fed up in the end. You could get a taxi but we felt walking at least gave us a bit of exercise after lying on sun beds all day. Would prefer less of a walk this year. San Giorgio highly recommended BTW

Like hiring a car for a few days and exploring other parts of the island

If anyone has hotel recommendations it would be appreciated.


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1. Re: Which Greek island please?

Hi there

Crete's a great idea - it is a large island and offers you everything you could wish for from a Greek island. There's bound to be direct flights from both Cardiff and Bristol. We have previously flown from Bristol.

This where we usually stay on Crete.......


It's the small, coastal village of Anissaras, just 20 kms from the airport, huge, sandy beach, a decent choice of bars and restaurants, a few shops, car hire, and the all-important ATM. Anissaras is linked to the next village of Analipsi by a flat, paved beachfront pathway, great for the pre-dinner stroll, plus there are additional places to drink and dine in Analipsi, takes about 15-20 mins at a leisurely pace.

This where we base ourselves...


Large, basic, but clean apartments that are a 20 second walk from the beach. Note the prices are per apartment per night and NOT per person. All have a balcony and there's a shop on site as well as a bar/taverna in front of the apartments.

Walk up through the village for 15 mins to the main road, where there are bus stops on either side of the road, should you wish to use the buses. Anissaras is ideally located to explore this part of the island, plus you can easily drive to the south coast to the likes of Matala plus the ancient sites at Faistos, Agia Triada and Gortys in 90 mins via the E97 route south of Iraklion.

Other great sights such as Spinalonga island, Malia palace, Milatos caves, the Lassithi plateau, Knossos, lovely inland towns like Neapoli and Kritsa, and all the wonderful sights in the capital Iraklion are within an hour's drive, and less in some cases.

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2. Re: Which Greek island please?

There are literally dozens of ways in which to spend two weeks in the Greek Isles, though if you want to stay on just one, Crete is a good suggestion. Where on the island you stay depends on your interests - Anissaras is great if the beach is your priority, but there's really no "town" there.

If you like a real town feel and also want to be near great beaches, Paleochora - I'd highly recommend Haris Studios http://www.paleochora-holidays.com/index.htm - on the southwest is nice.

If visiting ancient sites is important, then you could stay in Matala - I very much liked Hotel Nikos ( http://www.itanoshotel.com/ ) on the south coast, which is very convenient to Faistos, Agia Triada and Gortys...or Sitia - Hotel Itanos ( http://www.itanoshotel.com/ was good ), from which you could easily visit Kato Zakros and Gournia...or Rethymon which has a great old Venetian fortress and could be a base for seeing Knossos and Chania. Both also have decent beaches.

But wherever you choose, if you can go in May or Sept, you should have a better experience and avoid a lot of kids.

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