I want to take my husband to Greece for a short break in June. I have been to Greece and many of the islands but never this part. It's a short flight for us and I have found very reasonable flights. But this is a region I know noithing about.
We are a couple in our mid 30's we like short breaks where we can combine lively towns and cities with good eating and shopping with a nice beach too and a bit of history and culture. So destinations like Kyrenia, Antalya and Istanbul have been good for us.
We would arrive on a friday night and leave sunday night.
I like the look of Le Palace hotel. It's the kind of place I would normaly go for but I don't think we'd be close to a nice beach from there. So my first question would be can we get a bus from that hotel to a nice beach and is it regular and reliable?
Is there a resort in between the airport and the city that would be better?
I have also considered Halkidiki but I think we'd need a taxi due to the time we land which is very pricey to any of the islands.
So another option may be to go to one of the islands. Would it work spending one night in the city then getting a ferry somewhere else for the second night? Is there an island that's close with a very cheap ferry. I have done this from Pireaus before and considered going to Mykonos or Santorini instead of this trip but the ferries take too long and cost too much.
We're also open to traveling by train to anywhere that's a short hop.
In short how can we get the most out of 48 hours in this region?