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Santorini and one more island. Which one?

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Santorini and one more island. Which one?

We will be going Athens to Santorini next September. We would like to do another island that will give us a different Greece experience, when we leave Santorini. Or we could do it prior.

Suggestions?

Thanks much

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1. Re: Santorini and one more island. Which one?

hi..naxos has a lot of fans here..it really is different from santorini(better beaches,less crowded,much much cheaper and more ''real''....santorini is one of the most beautiful places in the world,and naxos is just what you are looking for to combine a more ''greek feeling '' to your trip..

naxos trip rport and amazing photos(don't miss the photos)

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g189431-i1324-k6…

you will love both..

forgot to say they are easily connected with a ferry ,since they are at the same complex of islands (cyclades)..

two best sites for ferry timetables(too early for next year,but you can check the timetables history for 2013 summer to get an idea)

http://www.openseas.gr/openseas/index.html

http://www.gtp.gr/RoutesForm.asp

Edited: 24 October 2013, 02:24
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2. Re: Santorini and one more island. Which one?

How many days are you planning for the 2 islands? Naxos is a great suggestion, but if you only have a couple days in addition to Santorini, you could also look at Milos, which has some of the most impressive coastal rock formations I've seen.

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Thanks for the info so far....we would be looking at 6 or 7 nights total

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Hello from the West Coast.

In September on Naxos the tourist crowds will be thinned out there will be enough people around to make it interesting but all the hotels and tourist infrastructure will be up and running. Naxos is a perfect companion island for Santorini as it has the same white and blue buildings (but not the spectacular caldera views) It also has a waterfront promenade, twisty back alleys and topped by a kastro. It has mountain villages and beautiful beaches. Better yet it will be a fraction of the cost of Santorini and will give you a more authentic Greek experience. Here are some images to tempt you.

Trip around Naxos flickr.com/photos/…

Edited: 24 October 2013, 16:14
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5. Re: Santorini and one more island. Which one?

For 7 nights, you could look at 2 in Santorini, enough time to appreciate the spectacular caldera view and tour Akrotiri. Then 4 or 5 nights in Naxos, stay in Naxos town and rent a car to tour the island, returning to town for dinner. And be sure to take in a concert at the Venetian Castle - the setting, the courtyard of the 800 year old mansion - is magical and the entertainment memorable. It's one of the reasons I try to work Naxos into every trip I take.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWt5SClqrO8

And in September, you won't have to make reservations in advance; if you fall in love with Santorini, you'll probably be able to extend your stay with no problem.

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Thanks again.....would Naxos be too much like Santorini, as far as landscape and architecture? Should we look at somewhere like Crete or Rhodes for a completely different experience??

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7. Re: Santorini and one more island. Which one?

Naxos and Santorini would have similar white and blue buildings its the law in the Cyclades. A few pastels are also allowed. While Santorini is spectacular with its caldera view Naxos is quite different. It is mountainous with villages high up and of course already mentioned the great beaches.

Indeed Crete would be quite different. With only 4 or 5 days you can only look at one area as Crete is over 300 kilometers long so it is too big to see in a few days.

If you wanted to go there I would suggest you center yourself at Chania which has Venetian old harbour area. You can easily spend two or three days there just getting to know the old town. You can also rent a car and visit sites like Ancient Aptera or take the boat excursion to Balos and Gramovossa and climb up to a pirate fortress.

One nice thing about Chania is you can fly back to Athens with Aegean which has three or 4 flights a day. We have already booked our flight to Chania in late June so those flights are already up and are ready for booking.

Here are some images of Chania

flickr.com/photos/…

And the surrounding area including Balos and Aptera. This album was taken over 20 days so you should not expect to see anything on the Libyan sea as you don't have enough time.

Western Crete

flickr.com/photos/…

Personally if it were me I would do Naxos simply because it is the shortest ferry hop and once you arrive you are there. Chania is a 2.5 hour bus ride from where the ferry arrives in Crete.

Rhodes is a 12 hour ferry ride from Crete so not a practical option in my mind.

Edited: 25 October 2013, 00:25
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Crete is the way we are leaning.......but welcome more thoughts

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