Where to rent and where to see?

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  • #157807

    kolofarthos
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    Homeric

    I’m looking for some input and advice on locations and accommodation so any comments or input, sensible or of the usual variety are welcome. (might as well ask for the latter as I know I’ll get them anyway!)

    Well, after much ‘discussion’ with Mrs Kolo it looks as if we might, at last, be heading to Greece for a few weeks in September. That was her “decision”…..

    Break to Greece is Long overdue IMHO and so I hope to make it more than just a couple of weeks to make up for missing last years ‘tour of Europe’. September has been about the only option owing to personal circumstances and an unrepeatable offer on flight prices from Easyjet Edin-Athens. I said unrepeatable so ….. you know, a member of the KP school of paupers…….

    Prospective plan, amongst other things, is to visit, perhaps Sounion; Delphi; Kalavrita via the railway from Diakofton (it was Kaput the last time I tried); and some of the archaeological sites around the Pelops that we have not yet seen such as yonder lumps of stone just outside Argos; and having been on South Evvoia might try a look further North! You can see from that how fixed our plans are already!!. Wouldn’t plan to go further North this time, maybe next year.

    Can anyone recommend other places of interest, off the beaten track is no problem or comments on the above. Seen quite a few of the major historical/touristic sites in the Pelops already such as Epidavros, Olympia, Ancient Messini, Mycenae, Uncle Nestor’s hut, Isthmia bridge, Monemvasia etc. Have not yet visited a winery ( nearly did in Nemea); have heard Ancient Koronthos is worth a visit? Nothing against those we have already been to (might even go to some again) but would like to see more.

    Also will be looking for some places to rent/stay, one/two nighters in small hotels and perhaps a week or two or more in rooms/studio/appartments etc. whilst we chill out from our usual laid back life :roll: So if anybody knows of rental places or good places to stay in the above mentioned locations or Messinia or deep Mani (will be avoiding Stoupa in all likely hood but have a contact with property there anyway) then please post or feel free to pm me. (Thanks Kiwi but I will not be doing a house swap and will not be looking to camp out owing to advancing years and wishing for just a tad of comfort – , but would be willing to dog/house sit!!). So non of that falls into the long term rental category but do not wish to be completely surrounded by other tourists either so Tolo for example is out for starters but would probably still go to some of the non organised locations for at least part of the break!

    ….and I give you fair warning KP that if we pass anywhere close to you penthouse village I’ll be calling in for that ouzo you owe me! Stock up now just in case! [Would also be pleased to meet any fellow posters on the ‘tour’ but maybe all that is a bit premature yet! 😉 ]

  • #190667

    kiwi
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    Aristotelic

    Wow farty! Great news. reb_bravo It will take a bit of time to digest all that but am sure we can all come up with some suggestions. September is nice anywhere because most of the tourists have gone and the locals have finished their hols and put away ice creams and summer clothes on exactly the 1st of September. Even all the aircon on the busses gets turned off no matter if it’s steaming and 40 degrees.

  • #190668

    The Grocer
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    Kolofarthos,

    On the route call in at Loutraki (near the Corinth Canal / Google it), nice seaside town, good promenade and eating places. Good cheap and clean hotel is HOTEL BARBARA right next to the spectacular casino.
    Most people see the Corinth Canal from the main bridge..looking down into the canal. On the way to Loutraki go to the other end of the canal and watch the bridge that takes traffic over the canal to the town of Korinth. The way it sinks into the water to let ships through….

  • #190669

    sundodger
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    Homeric

    If you are passing this way be glad to host you for a couple of nights – pm me if it suits.

  • #190670

    kolofarthos
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    Homeric

    Thanks guys. Food for thought already.

    I”ll add Loutraki to the list as it will no doubt be on the way to Delphi along the Northern coastline and it’s good to be recommended the hotel, Ta, Grocer. I agree with your opinion of the canal and have seen the bridge – was so entranced by it had to see it a second time! Any idea if any of the cruses up and down the canal are worth it? They seem attractive for a lazy few hours but have thought just watching two walls for a while might get a bit boring!

    Very kind offer Sunnyboy, may well be not far from you as I feel I cannot miss Messinia.

    40°C sounds attractive (for a while!) but perhaps a bit much if on a bus w/o aircon! Have been around in Sept before, as you say nice when all the vast hoards have gone home and saw some impressive thunder storms!

    Please keep suggestions coming in!

  • #190671

    Ian
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    Homeric

    @kolofarthos wrote:

    40°C sounds attractive (for a while!) but perhaps a bit much if on a bus w/o aircon! Have been around in Sept before, as you say nice when all the vast hoards have gone home and saw some impressive thunder storms!

    Please keep suggestions coming in!

    £20.- a day and you got youself a AC-ed car… :nod:

    Just how far up north do you think you might be going on Evvoia?

  • #190672

    kiwi
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    Aristotelic

    I plan to visit Salamina this summer, as a friend has a summer house there and says it’s a nice place that is so accessible to Athens. Ferry from Pireaus takes about 20 minutes and is dirt cheap, I think they said 2.8 euros, and if you get the ferry from Elefsina just around the corner from Pireaus, its even cheaper and they have a car ferry.

    I reckon that would be a nice few days and if you really are interested i can get my friend to give me some hotel names. The other way of doing it is as a day trip only. I have been told it has changed a lot in the past years and is gaining popularity.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salamis_Island

    (Yes I know am meant to use the clever linky thing that ian taught, but can’t remember and would have to go back to the thread :retard:

  • #190673

    KP
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    Aristotelic

    really wouldn’t recommend the Peloponnese at all…. :roll: And definitely shouldn’t go anywhere near that Kalamata place! :roll:
    I hear that the prices have gone sky high and the whole Messinia region has run out of ouzo, wine and everything else you might think you like! All the hotels are full as well!
    So I’m so incredibly sorry to hear that we’ll be missing you coming down this way then! :unibrow:
    Perhaps catch you another time? :mrgreen:

  • #190674

    kolofarthos
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    Homeric

    …and if I am there you’ll be out,KP? I can take a hint. And there I was thinking of bringing some single malt with me. Oh well……

    Ian, no idea how far north but if you’ve any good suggestions for places to visit? Crossed over on the New Bridge a few years back, went down the Southwest side and stayed in Karystos for a few days then back on the Marmari-Rafina ferry. I gather the North and East is more picturesque but also more touristy in places? Are there many historical sites there?

    Car rental is planned as being essential for a trip like this for me (and the boss) so thanks for the link. Have you any experience of a Dutch firm that has a web site http://www.holidaycars.com . Their prices seemed very competitive but I was put off them as it was via a link from another rather dubious looking site that led me to them when considering hire cars from Patra Araxos airport – hire to/from here was discussed on another web site that a few of us will know about.

    Kiwi, yes please any info is very useful. I had bypasses that island (and some others) in any itineraries just because it is so close to Athens I expected it to be virtually commuter land (so conveniently placed for that) and possible heavily frequented by the capital’s dwellers and therefore pricey (I will be looking at the more budget end of the market!) but anything that is suggested will be considered – I’ve an open mind this year – and the Southwestern end looks a lot less populated. I’ll not be spoiling the barrel for a ha’peth of tar!

  • #190675

    Alien
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    Wow Kolo, sounds great!
    Up north to Evia is not all that far 😉 September can be very busy though with Bandi “coming up” and me there :nod:

    I was never down south to the Peloponnese, but was nearly tempted a few times and then thinking of Lakonia and then the ferry to Kythira. Also never been to Kythira, but all the Dutch are more than positive about it! Seems to be beautiful.

  • #190676

    Ian
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    Homeric

    Don’t know about the site. 😕

    The north is definitely picturesque.
    Tourism is actually very limited (slightly more on the Aegean side, we don’t have sandy beaches on the gulf side) and mainly consists of Athenians or other mainland folks.
    If we get a hundred foreigners passing by the 30 or so Km coastline here (between Limni and Aidipsos) in a full season that would be considered a lot!
    There are a few historical sites but not many (and not that sensational either, mainly some stuff from Venetian times) but nature is very impressive almost everywhere as soon as you come north of Psachna.
    For what places to visit, that’s purely a matter of taste of course.
    Personally I’d definitely include Limni and Oreou (have a fish meal at ‘To Steki’ at the Oreou harbour :nod: ).
    Aidipsos is the ‘tourist’ place, mainly due to the volcanic hot water coming up there (known as a health spa since the ancient Greeks).
    Prokopi is worth a visit (the church of Saint John the Russian is there – including his mummified corpse – if you’re into that sort of thing.)
    Istea has an attractive platia.
    Still, to me the mountains and forrests are what defines North Evvoia.

    As an afterthought: Limni (Elymnion) is reputed to be the location where Zeus married Hera.

  • #190677

    KP
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    Aristotelic

    it was ‘single malt’ you said then did you kolo my boy?
    Dear, dear, chap…. I can’t imagine why you would possibly think that I wouldn’t be there if I knew that you were coming down our way? What’s wrong with you, send your single malt… sorry, I mean, bring your single malt and come on down! You know that you’re always welcome! :mrgreen:

  • #190678

    kolofarthos
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    Homeric

    Thanks Alien and Ian for the (additional) info.

    North Evvoia does sound like somewhere to visit from what you both say.

    Will there really be room for others if Bandi is there too? ic_shock 😀

    Walking is very attractive and have done a lot of it in the past but Mrs Kolos knees (and the whole of my body) aren’t as good as they could be so strolling on relatively flat territory is more usual for us these days but looking is still a great pleasure plus taking the odd snapshot or two! So it’s down on the list as one of the potentials!

  • #190679

    kolofarthos
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    Homeric

    ……… 😕 …….there can’t be two people posting as KP can there………they seem like chalk and Tiro :nod:

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