We are planning a trip Athens to Istanbul for next May. We will arrive into Athens from the US and want a few days to get over jet lag and then we will be on a cruise from Athens to Istanbul.
We are looking for either a very easy-to-get to island with frequent ferries or maybe just stay near Athens, in a beachy area. We do not want to drive / rent a car so if we stay near Athens we would need public transportation to get around.
Could anyone suggest a hotel near Athens on the beach with tavernas nearby for casual dining? Our budget is around $200 a night. We might want to go into the city for a bit of sightseeing but we have been before and have seen most of the "A" list sights. Thanks!