Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by vickster, 4 Apr 2015.
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As you were...
Kefalonia is my favourite. The town of Fiskardo is a lovely area, plenty of restaurants and bars, but not a clubby place. Lots of yachts come in and out of there and so it has quite an upmarket feel to it.
Is all of Zante scabby as all the decent places in Kefalonia and especially Skala are way over budget for 10/11 nights in September
Argassi in Zante sounds ok and away from the clubbing?
WHAT'S ARGASSI LIKE?
This village on Zante’s southwest coast is certainly not short on views. Here, in the foothills of Mount Skopos, pine forests, lemon trees and wildflowers dot the plains. But this place isn’t just about rural beauty – it offers bags of convenience, too. The main road through town is lined with shops, plus a surprisingly lively selection of bars and tavernas. And there’s a fine beach right on hand, too.
Never been. We stayed in Alikes which was a defunct salt pan- i got eaten alive by mozzies. The surrounding bits were a bit grim but we got a moped and found a couple of lovely beaches- Ag nick sticking in my memory.
As long as it's quiet enough with a couple of decent tavernas and a beach within striking distance you'd be fine.
Just trying to remember all the places I've been to in Greece, Crete (Stalis/Malia), Crete, (Rhethymnon), Kos, Kefalonia, etc etc....they're all (or were) a it scabby ...but that's part of the charm for me, that slightly unkempt look, lived in. No part of Greece I've ever visited looked like it benefitted from the money tourism has brought in. I love it all the same.
We stayed in Argostoli...an ok place, no more, but hired a car and drove up to Fiskardo and it has a completely different vibe, really relaxed and reputedly the visiting place for the rich and famous.
The absolutely highlight of that day however was stopping en route to a quiet village taverna, it was nearly empty and we just had a drink and some light food but were treated like royalty, by the owner couple, such a lovely experience.
The moral. If you find a nice looking quiet taverna...give it a try, the food was fantastic and cheap too. So much nicer than the usual holiday menu you get at resorts.
They even asked...why did you stop here ?...no holiday makers stop here.
Why not I replied but then I was used to being out on a limb working abroad. It's not something tourists do apparently....trust me, people should.
That's what it's all about.
Great stuff. I agree with argostoli, felt a bit run down and grotty, to me, but some lovely places to be explored around the island.
We’ve decided on a hotel in Argassi Zante. About £600 half board for 11 nights. Thanks all who’ve offered suggestions
Its nice to visit, especially late afternoon and early evening as the sun goes down. But like all tourist attractions, it is packed to the rafters and hugely expensive. We walked from Thera and arrived just before the sun set and got the bus back. A great place to visit and take photos though.
My choice for Greece would be Kephalonia. A beautiful place.
I've been to 3 of the Greek Islands. I would like to go back as two of them I was on lads holiday's and went to two terrible resorts, Kavos in Corfu, and Malia in Crete. I'm sure there are some nice places on these islands. I also went to Skiathos in the early 90's, that was a lovely small island. I'd like to go back.
Our very first holiday abroad was next door to Malia...Stalis, quieter than Malia. In May, it was ok, it was all quite civilised and quiet.
Some years later we went to Rhethymnon in August with my brother and his wife. We hired a car and one day we coast hopped and ended back at Stalis.
Kin ell !!!!!!!!! It was like a circus, quads, scooters razing all over the place, the streets were thronged with holidaymakers, it was utter bedlam. And that resort is (or was) quieter than Malia
The friend I’m going with went to Faliraki 25 years ago...she said it was appalling even then. One reason we’re not going to Rhodes
Malia was horrible, I was 25 at the time. We went for 14 days, I hated it after about 4 days. My mate booked terrible accommodation. There were 3 of us, 3 lads. When we got there the apartment had one small double bed and a single bed in the kitchen. We complained about it and were given a really cheap airbed. So we rotated the sleeping in a 3 night rota, one night in double bed, single bed, airbed on the floor. That was in 1995, I can imagine its worse now. I need to go back and go somewhere nice like Rhethymnon..
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