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Posted by chinaik89 on
Category: Athens General
We (as a couple) travelled to Santorini and had a very good stay there. After that we stay in Athens for 5 days. The city feels unsafe with people touting and looking at you with a very weird manner. We even received €50 fake note from a restaurant at Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaka. The entrance fee for Acropolis is €20 which is not worth the price, too many people there and you cant really enjoy the place. Other tourist attractions are also very expensive. There's only few places you can visit in the city and they look about the same. Regret for going to Athens. The people are not nice to tourists. Should have visited Italy (Venice) or Istanbul as they are not too far from Santorini.
Posted by neville55 on
Category: Zakynthos General
Depending what you want in a holiday, zakynthos can be the best place or it could be the worst. Having visited the island about 15 years ago and again in September 2017, it was sad to see the mess the built up areas are in. The scenic areas are still some of the most breath taking views to be had, the farming and farm products are there to be bought on the side of the road, the food, the bread is all beautiful and worthy of a mention and recommended. However the other side to the island, the exploitation of the natural resources is shocking. Litter everywhere, fly tipping everywhere.hundreds of boats daily taking tourists out to see the poor turtles, how many turtles are injured by propellors, the oil and fuel from the boats on a busy day floating round the coastline sticking like black glue to some unsuspecting snorkelers or swimmers and I'm one of them. The town of Lagana, well depends what you want in a holiday but when I go to Greece or a Greek island, that's what I want to see, not a boozer and sex shop industry with drunken Brit's embarrassing all from the UK. Greece where is your pride? Are there no Greek environmentally proud groups wanting to clean up the island or try educate their own, yes the tourist is guilty for some of the filth but I saw Greeks on the beach on family day Sunday leaving their rubish on the beach. Go diving and what you see happening on land is happening in the sea, there is not only tourist related rubish but rubish from years of exploitation. Greece where is your pride. Having visited a few islands now and the mainland it's the same. Yes greece is going through a tough time but this has been happening for many decades. I find Greeks and the Greek culture a wonderful experience. Greeks are proud to be Greek but not proud of Greece or interested in looking after what is their inheritance, use it, make money out of it.it's not our problem oh and allowing the tourist free destruction rights. Sorry to say all this but it disturbed me to see it happening to such a beautiful island. For the scenic part it excellent.I say no more
Posted by khm106gma on
Category: Folegandros General
We visited Folegandros in July this year, and we were amazed by how beautiful and raw this island was.
Having just come from Mykonos, the calmness of Folegandros was very welcome.
We stayed at Pavlos x 2 apartments which were sweet, simple and affordable, just what we were looking for, and just 5 minutes walk from Chora.
The Chora is one of the most beautiful small "towns" (not exactly a town but more like a big village) we have visited - with stunning colours and very well taken care of. There are some great restaurants, and lovely bars to visit during the evening (Rakentia bar was our favourite - also great for brunch).
Some lovely beaches, although as this island can get very windy, choosing which beach to go on the day does depend on the wind direction.
Our apartment receptionist advised us every morning on which beach to go to on that day.
We visited Agios Nikolaos beach by getting a little boat from Agali beach. You can also walk but probably not advisable in the heat.
Agios Nikolaos was stunning, with a cute little restaurant (yummy food).
We chose to walk back to Agali and at a slow pace it took us a little while (45 mins or so) - but we stopped many times for photos and videos as the views are incredible.
On our second day we visited Katergo beach, by taking a boat from the port area Karavostasis. We stayed there for 3 hours, and the boat picked us up at around 6pm. This beach is also stunning but doesn't have any restaurant or facilities, so it is completely raw :) As it can get very hot, we would definitely recommend taking an umbrella. There is shade under the rocks but only from around 5pm. Definitely a must visit beach with beautiful clear waters (great for snorkelling!). Make sure to check the boat times maybe from the day before just to be prepared.
On our last day we visited a much smaller beach called Puntaki (close to the port area). A very cute little private beach, but beware it is a nudist beach :)
We parked the car on the main road and walked down the steep hill to the beach.
We spent all our evenings in Chora and on the last evening my partner walked up to the Monastery to see the sunset - he got some awesome photos, and I do regret not going up now! Definitely worth a visit.
We have actually made a short video to show how pretty Folegandros is:
This so far is our favourite Greek island (Ithaki is our second favourite), and we already want to go back - hopefully next year!!!
Posted by tanja30 on
Category: Corfu General
It's better to travel around Corfu by motor, not car. The experience is totaly different. We stayed in Moraitika last year, so the prices for scooters were from 90 to 120 euros rent for the first 9 days in august. In 2015, in Ipsos, scooter rental was 50 euros for 7 days, but in September. Drive safely, very upside down roads from Paleokastrica to Sidari. A lot of mountains there. The roads are very good in the south of the island.
Posted by puddpirt on
Category: Santorini Other > Take A Donkey Ride
It’s Cruel to the Mules…
I have personally witnessed handlers severely mistreating the donkeys. PLEASE, do not support this!
The abuse takes several forms. The donkeys are forced to climb up and back down a pathway with around 600 VERY STEEP steps, making as many as seven trips a day between 9 o’clock in the morning and sunset. Often, the animals are required to carry tourists who, putting it bluntly, are obese and may weigh considerably more than the donkeys themselves. And the mules must do this exhausting, grueling work in blazing sunshine and searing summer heat, often with unsatisfactory food, water and rest periods, plus few if any breaks in the shade. To add insult to injury, they may be wearing ill-fitting harnesses that inflict cuts and sores on their bodies, while their owners or handlers may frequently strike them with sticks to make them move or hurry up. In short, they toil under cruel and deplorable working conditions.
Posted by roadified on
Category: Corfu General
Extremely crowded with people and tourists. Nice roads and vegetation. Also many nice beaches. The style of architecture is very similar to Italian, especially in the center. Take care with driving as traffic is very intense with locals driving fast.
Here is one of videos I made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc3tF5KLJc0
Posted by roadified on
Category: Amorgos General
This island is very wild in comparison to others I visited in Greece (There are more wild goats than people living in it) . After you get out of the boat, you could almost smell the goats! It is also pretty windy there all the time. There are no trees or vegetation, its mostly rocks and wildness. Some roads are in very poor condition so be careful driving deeper into them. And finally I would especially recommend to get special water slippers as it is only one beach in the island, other places are very rocky!
Here is one of videos I made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1eczKnpgtY
Posted by roadified on
Category: Kos General
I would recommend to stay in Kefalos side of island as it is less crowded, and there are more wild things to explore. The island itself is big in size and lots to explore if you don't follow what the official guides advice to visit. Locals also will not say some interesting things about island. I recommend to rent a bike and go exploring, getting lost to see most interesting things as boat/shipwrecks, WWII tanks etc.
Here is one of videos I made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMqONXwkP3U
Posted by annaanna on
Category: Kythira General
I wrote separate reviews for all the beaches, villages and sightseeing points I visited. Here, I would just like to add beaches not listed on Greeka, which I find worth visiting, and add some pros and cons of Kythira.
- Tens of beaches to visit. You can go to 2 different beaches every single day. The other thing is whether they are all great or not.
- Extremely peaceful. This will go into cons as well, but for pros - quiet time at the beach, nice and relaxed sleeping.
- Easy to get from Athens (I didn't understand the negative comment saying it's difficult, because the planes are regular).
- Sort of, sort of "mostly asphalt" roads. This is, on the other hand, also the biggest con.
- Very clean. Just that, the end. No garbage, the water and the beaches are clean. The island as well.
- People and residents are nice.
- The roads. They are mostly asphalt, but also extremely narrow and dangerous, because Kythira roads are turn after turn after turn.This will leave a tourist in shock, but on the other hand, no tourist is driving fast and this saves the day. Expect having to stop many times for the car from the other direction to pass. Just drive very slowly, be attentive and you won't find this a con.
- Most wild beaches are pebbled. City beaches are mostly sandy, but I don't go to city beaches. Again, this is not really a con. Just take some swimming shoes with you, and you'll be fine.
-If you go in September, you can expect pretty much "dead" island. To be clear, I looooove peace and silence and go just to such places where I will be on quiet beach and be able to sleep at night. However, when I go out at night (and I'm not talking about clubbing, no interest in that, I'm talking about a stroll at 8 p.m. and a dinner in the restaurant), I expect to see people strolling the streets and enjoying. I hope not to sit alone in a restaurant with 100 tables, sourounded by deadly silence. I want to see people enjoying the island. And it was deadly dead during night in September. Chora was a ghost town. Agia Pelagia and Livadi are better. So, I think it's better going during summer or I hope more people will visit in September. :)
For the end, I want to suggest visiting Melidoni and Fournoi beach, because we had the nicest time there. They are sandy and very pleasant. Be careful about Kaladi, which is wonderful, but dangerous to access, and each year there are tens of broken legs.
Posted by annaanna on
Category: Kythira Sightseeing > Cave of Agia Sofia
There are three caves of Agia Sofia on the island, but the cave near Mylopotamos is certainly the best. It is a very large cave and it is a wonderful experience visiting it.
The guide narrates extremely interesting stories (historical and legends), and there is no chance you could get out not amused.
Pay attention if you go in September, due to changes in working hours (not working every day).
And pay really really big attention on the road. It is asphalt, but very dangerous. Many turns, very narrow, and the very end can be tricky - the road ends just behind the turn. If you are fast, you are flying into the abyss.
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