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hi im going to sidari in july im worried now as ppl are saying its like blackpool great noty help is this true and if so how far to the nxt village resort which is better???

please reply otherwise ive spent 700 pound on a shite holiday

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Hi

Sidari has become a lot like Blackpool in the sun but only on the main strip through the town, the only accents that you hear are from the either cockney or scouse bar reps pestering you to go into the bars. But dont worry the nearest resort is called Roda and it's only a short bus ride away and it 's a very nice place with a good beach and nice tavernas, you can also go on very cheap trips (dont book through the reps book through the companies on the main street) to places of real beauty like Kassiopi and Paeleokastritsa, hope this helps and have a good one

Richard

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We stayed at the west side of Sidari near the Canal D' Amour coves and this is where you need to head for if you aren't already staying there.

The beaches are clean and slope gently into the sea- brilliant for children. The nightlife at this end of the resort is varied, but there's quieter restaurants and livelier bars, so something for everyone. We didnt find any yobs at this end of the resort , there were mostly families and couples.

We only went up to the main street in the centre once, decided it was too busy and noisy, so didnt bother going again! We found plenty to occupy ourselves at the quieter end.

The next village Peroulades is worth visiting in the evenings to see the sunsets ,and in the daytime as a typical sleepy Greek village.It is walkable or hire a bike as we did.

We had a great holiday and I'm sure you will too! Enjoy!

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Sidari sold its soul to rampant commercialism many years ago. It is not like Blackpool, but only because there are no trams or a pleasure beach...yet!

The town is brash, noisy and about as authentically Greek as Las Vegas, but is saved by the character of the locals, many of whom are still friendly and relatively uncorrupted by Mammon.

Beaches are OK, but not wonderful and IMO, the Canal d'Amour is vastly over rated. Much of it collapsed during storms some years ago anyway.

All is not lost, there are plenty of nicer places to escape to. The nearby village of Peroulades has some spectacular sunsets and a 'barely' acceptable beach. However, the best destination is probably the nearby resort of Ag Stefanos (North West), which has a pristine golden beach. A Km or two further on is Arillas, an 'end of the line' beach resort, laid back and casual with good restaurants and surprisingly good bar-based night life.

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so if i hire a bike am i able to visit these other destinations?thanks for your comments ppl

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If you hire a motor bike or scooter, please be careful and DO WEAR A HELMET AT ALL TIMES. Watch out for gravel on side verges and hairpin bends. Bicycles would be OK, but the area is quite hilly once away from Sidari

Ag Stef is 8Km from Sidari, you can do it in 15 minutes. Arillas is 3 Km further. Roda and Acharavi are similar distances but in the other (eastward) direction. Beware on this busy main road if you venture that way.

Just because you are based in Sidari doesn't mean you are stuck there. The surrounding countryside is lovely and you can also escape from the razzamatazz by walking out towards Peroulades for a 1/2 mile or so. there you will find quieter and more sophisticated bars and plenty of restaurants.

If you go to Arillas, pop into the Malibu Bar, ask for George and tell him that Paul the oldies DJ says Hi. He is an old mate. He also runs a brilliant restaurant/pool complex on the beach.

Also try www.agni.gr

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karengis I went to Sidari last year in May and I'm going again in May.

Don't take any notice of the melodramatic posts from some people. Sidari is lovely, it's not San Antonio, Ibiza but it's not Barbados either. The bars aren't in their hundreds and usually shut off at around 12am anyway. There are some lovely restaurants and nice bars but you'll never come across yobs or blasting music of nightclubs.

We went with a large mixed group and not one person complained about the area. Canal d'Amour is better for beaches and the road rules are somewhat elusive but do not panic about Sidari.

Lovely people, fab food and it IS still greek. If you're looking for a nice place to eat try The Rock, based in the Socrates Hotel, just down the lane from Churchills. It's the best around and it's reasonable - plus Tuesdays are normally Greek night.

Hope this helped!!

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Sidari obviously has some fans or it wouldn't be so popular. Quite why that is remains a mystery. Sidari is not representative of Greece. It is a poorly planned, scruffy, jerry built, honky tonk commercial community. Thankfully, the noise from bars is restricted by law, as in all of Greece, but the overflow of tacky souvenirs, ranks of karaoke bars, and serried rows of pasty white Brits toasting on the so-so sands is enough to deter all but the most hardened package tour addict.

There is little problem with bad behaviour form the young, most of them are in Kavos or Malia. You are more likely to be amused/appalled at the sight of middle aged couples screaming drunken abuse at one another in the street when the bars close.

For commercial reasons beyond the scope of this thread, British tour companies tend to concentrate customers in this area at the expense of the rest of the island. This is a pity, because it gives a false impression of one of the most beautiful islands in the Med.

There are better, cleaner, cheaper and nicer resorts within a stone's throw of Sidari.

This is not a melodramatic, knee-jerk reaction from a one time visitor, but a considered post by someone who has lived and worked in Greece for almost 30 years.

I remember Sidari in the early 80s, before the rot set in. Gorgeous, idyllic and peaceful. Scratch the surface hard enough and you will find that most locals are still warm and friendly. That is what saves Sidari,...just.

Visitors will make up their own minds of course, but I will be interested to see just what karengis thinks of Sidari and how much time she actually spends there.

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Addition to above....

Out of high season ie May June and September October tend to be quieter. In additrion, the overall decline in package tours to Greece means that this season may be the slowest for many years.

Great for the average holiday maker, but worrying news for our Greek friends who depend on the tourists.

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Just want to agree with Mr Metaxa Sidari is probably the worst resort that I have had the missfortune to stay at, it used to be nice before it turned British (it even has a Red Lion pub)and if you stay at the wrong side of the resort you have walk through the main strip every night trying to avoid loud mouthed bar reps trying to get you to go into a bar that you would have gone into had they had kept there mouths shut anyway.If you want to go experience Greece go to another resort

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Sorry to hear about your torrid stay in Sidari Richie, but you must have known what Sidari was like before booking? Why didn;t you go to one of the many other resorts in all the Greek islands? there are thousands, 90% of which have no nightlife..