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Hotels, restaurants, is there enough to do?

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Hotels, restaurants, is there enough to do?

Hello, I have a question for anyone who has spent vacation time in Santorini. My girlfriend and I plan to spend about 5 days there and we wondered if that was too much, if we might become bored. Are trips to to other Cyclades islands easy to book. We will be there the end of April, right at Easter so we are hoping it will not be too crowded. Also can anyone suggest a good hotel, good restaraunts etc. We are thinking we would spend about 70 to 150 euros, but would love a great inexpensive hotel. Also how easy is it to book flights back to Athens? Thanks for your suggestions, Michael

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1. Re: Hotels, restaurants, is there enough to do?

Hi. My boyfriend and I went to Santorini in June 04 with the intention of island hopping, but we liked it so much that we only got to Ios and back again.

We found there was plenty to do. Fira in Santorini is beautiful and Oia is also well worth a visit. You can spend a day walking from Fira (the main town) to Oia if walking is your thing, otherwise the buses are cheap and frequent. We would also recommend red beach which is quite dramatic.

We spent our time in Fira at the Studios Caldera ((0286) 25166) at a cost of 50 Euros per night. This place was excellent. They have 7 rooms (the most expensive is 80 Euros per night). The owners and staff were very friendly, it was extremely clean with fresh towels everyday and the view was spectacular. It is also well-positioned for the main town and peaceful at night. Other options on the Caldera are:

Porto Fira ��� nextdoor to Studios Caldera. Decked areas and a pool. We were offered rooms for 100 ��� 180 Euros per night, based on winter rates.

Panorama Hotel (not apartments) ��� This had a pool and self-catering facilities. The rooms were very nice and quite spacious. Price 140 ��� 180 Euros per night.

In terms of restaurants in Fira we would recommend the Aris Restaurant, with views over the Caldera, and the Naoussa Restaurant, located in one of the small back streets. The latter is very authentic and was recommended to us by Greeks.

We hired a motorbike for one day to see the Island at a cost of 25 Euros and had a scooter for the rest of the holiday (10 days) at a cost of 10 Euros a day. We hired the bikes from Tsavdaridis Bros who have offices in Fira and Kamari. They were excellent. The bikes were in a good condition, they were very helpful with local information and when we got a puncture at the south of the island (red beach) they came and replaced our bike within 30 minutes at no cost to us. They also do airport transfers and Island tours. Tel & Fax 22860 23915. E-mail adonispa2003@hotmail.com

We had planned to go to Folegandros but the ferries (at sensible times of the day) were not really regular enough to get us there and back in the remaining week of our holiday. Instead we elected to go to Ios.

Ios

We took a High Speed boat to Ios at a cost of 12 Euros each plus 5 Euros for our scooter. We got permission from the bike hire people to take it to another Island. It took about 45 minutes. Ios is very different to Santorini and has a reputation for being a party island, especially in high season, even though it has no airport. However, as we found out, although it clearly attracts a younger clientele (18-25 years) you can find peace and quiet.

We headed for the beach of Milopotas, which is a long stretch of golden sand. There is accommodation in Yialos, near the harbour, but we didn���t think the beach was anywhere near as good. There is also accommodation in the main town, Hora, where most of the nightlife and restaurants are but we were concerned about noise and most people took the bus from there to Milopotas in the daytime. The buses were frequent. Having said that, Hora was quite pretty with little back streets and restaurants, although it didn���t quite compare to Fira in Santorini.

Although Milopotas beach is beautiful, it is not the most peaceful as there are a number of bars, volleyball and football pitches nearby that generate a fair bit of noise, but not until the afternoon when the younger visitors arise. Having said that we found a fantastic room at the farthest end in the Dracos Apartments, at a cost of 35 Euros per night, although they were only just opening for the season in June. We had an uninterrupted view looking out to sea and the owner was very accommodating. We found the rooms to be perfectly peaceful at night. There is also a family restaurant beneath the apartments, on the quayside, selling fresh fish and other nice food. It is probably the best in Milopotas.

In terms of beaches there was another further away at Manganari, but we decided this was too far to travel on a bike as the road was not fully completed. We loved the beach at Ayia Theodhoti at the north east of the island, which took about 30 minutes to reach on the scooter. The journey there takes you through beautiful countryside. The beach itself is much quieter than Milopotas and while it has loungers there are no other facilities so you do need to take food and water. We snorkelled here and although the water was a bit cold for me there were some lovely fish to see.

We had a lovely holiday and enjoyed both islands for what they had to offer.

Hope that helps.

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2. Re: Hotels, restaurants, is there enough to do?

I��m going myself this summer and have spent a lot of time on internet looking for hotels...In that pricerange you can check these out:

www.chelidonia.com

www.hotelketi.gr

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3. Re: Hotels, restaurants, is there enough to do?

We spent 3 days on Santorini last May. Another day or possibly 2 would have been nice, but we managed to see the main sites.

We stayed at the Blue Dolphin apartments in Firostefani

http://www.bluedolphins-santorini.com/ The studio cost 70E/night and included breakfast and a car rental. Breakfast was on the terrace, overlooking the caldera, breathtaking.

The only inconvience is that it is about a twenty minute walk from Fira, and there is quite a long flight of stairs from the parking lot to reach the rooms. (the hotel is on the cliffside, but below the crest of the island) Would definitely stay there again.

ios greek island...
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4. Re: Hotels, restaurants, is there enough to do?

we stayed in ios hotel hermes was alot cheaper than santorini hotel was fantastic and only 20euros a double in april www.hermesio.gr