Ideas on Greece, summer 09?

Old Nov 27th, 2008, 02:51 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2,026
Ideas on Greece, summer 09?

Well, in our ongoing, changing summer trip we got a great deal on airfare and hotel in Athens, so we have decided to spend 9 days in Greece. 4 days of it will be in Athens. This is after we will have spent 7 days in Bavaria.

With the understanding that it will be hot (we are from Florida though, so not that much different) we have decided to not do the islands, but instead to spend 5 days driving around the mainland, somewhere. West or North of Athens, not both. We have 5 full days, as day 6 is driving back to Athens for afternoon flight to Paris.

What we like to do is find a centralized place, usually rural and then "star out" from there, each day driving somewhere different. The options I am finding are mind boggling, so I decided to come back to my dear friends here.

So, dear fellow Fodorites, where should we go and what should we see?
We are both history, art and culture nuts. We are not big on fancy resorts or hotels. Should we go north or west? Have you got a favorite town you have stayed in?

Thanks in advance,

daveesl is offline  
Old Nov 27th, 2008, 03:03 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 348
hi Dave

For me it would be Nafplio in the Argolid. About 3 hours driving time from Athens.

A beautiful town crowned by an enormous fortress high above it.

From Nafplio you can easily have great leisurly driving trips to Epidauris, Mycenae, Delphi and many other beautiful historical places.


joe4212 is offline  
Old Nov 28th, 2008, 01:29 AM
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,175
I have to agree, Nafplion is around a 2 and a half hour drive from Athens and within reach of many fantastic sites.

North western Greece, to my mind is more suitable for a fly/drive than a based holiday. We spent a week exploring Delphi, Meteora and Zagoria this year but needed 3 hotels and a reasonable amount of driving between.
Maria_H is offline  
Old Nov 28th, 2008, 11:39 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 558
I agree that Nafplio sounds like the best bet for you. You can visit many interesting places from there - historical sites, countryside and even an island or two (Poros is a good option).
Alternatively, you could consider Galaxidi, a small coastal place on the mainland which is popular with the boat crowd. It is very beautiful and from there you can visit Delphi and the area around there.
Nafplio is bigger, a beautiful Venetian style town. A very good base, especially if you are interested in history.
Galaxidi is smaller and has more of a village feel to it.
Carolina is offline  
Old Nov 29th, 2008, 04:51 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2,026
Yes, Nafplio or somewhere in that area may be a winner. I checked out Galaxidi and it was really interesting too. Do you have any idea on the cost of the ferry and can it carry a car?

Thanks, dave
daveesl is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Mar 22nd, 2015 05:52 AM
Mar 21st, 2012 03:02 AM
Feb 25th, 2007 09:42 AM
Apr 15th, 2004 11:25 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Do Not Sell My Personal Information