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Lindos or Oia, Santorini?

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Lindos or Oia, Santorini?

I'm planning a 3 island, 3 week trip next June for 2 families (with kids ages 5-12). We've narrowed down two islands: Symi (my husband has always wanted to go) and Karpathos (for it's crystal clear beaches and it's off the beaten track). We want to incorporate a classic Greek whitewashed village into the trip and are deciding between Lindos and Oia, Santorini (staying on the caldera with a pool for the kids - Lauda Hotel).

Rhodes has better connections with Karpathos and Symi, but Santorini has the draw of it's famous, dramatic beauty that seems to be on everyone's "must see" list.

A little background, we went to Milos and Folegandros last year and loved them both... the kids only need a beach or pool to be happy, so I think both Lindos and Santorini will work for them.

Would love any and all opinions! Thanks!

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1. Re: Lindos or Oia, Santorini?

Oia.

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2. Re: Lindos or Oia, Santorini?

I second Oia.

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3. Re: Lindos or Oia, Santorini?

I say Lindos. Having said that, I've never seen Oia. Anyone got any photos?

Edited: 13 September 2010, 12:01
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4. Re: Lindos or Oia, Santorini?

Here is Oia (from where you find 80 % of the Greek postcards motives):

http://tinyurl.com/cq6dtp

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5. Re: Lindos or Oia, Santorini?

Thank you Eric, so that's Oia.. Picture perfect !

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6. Re: Lindos or Oia, Santorini?

Lindos and I have been to both

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7. Re: Lindos or Oia, Santorini?

I guess we are quite a few who have been to both up through the years, Lorielle - even several times to both - but each individual has his or hers own preferences.

:-)

Edited: 13 September 2010, 20:28
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8. Re: Lindos or Oia, Santorini?

hi, indeed been to both a few times,scenically both stunning, santorini ok for a few days imo black sand beaches dont do it for me. and if you thought lindos bevvie is dear try a night out in thira cheers

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9. Re: Lindos or Oia, Santorini?

For me, it would br Lindos. Once you have seen the dramatic landscape and views from Oia, you have more or less seen Santorini. Whereas, Lindos can be used as a base for exploring, the much more interesting island of Rhodes...just my opinion.

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10. Re: Lindos or Oia, Santorini?

Oia is far prettier than Lindos, but Lindos has the Acropolis & beaches.

Pricewise you can spend about the same (based on visiting both in the same year), as long as you avoid the really expensive options, but both are more expensive than your other 2 choices.

So, the clue to making your mind up is the prettiest (Oia) versus beaches & a better choice of other things to do (Lindos), as well as the consideration of making suitable connections.

Edited: 14 September 2010, 13:49