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fcblackpool Posted on 14/02/2020 21:40
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Crete has LOADS but is very big. I think the west is better. You can fly to Chania and as the hedgehog says the Gorge is in that area. Lots to do. We've stayed at the same Villa east of Chania near Kalives on an olive grove, walking distance to town, no near houses . You can drive north to south down the old roads which are funny and a bit scary, like the road has been half lost and the road sign have bullet holes the size of your fist. An area where the Greeks defended successfully the Turkish invasion.

From there KNossos is 1hr. Spinologa (the former lepar colony) would be a further 1hr and then Ag. Nik. another 1hr, then Via beach (scene of the Bounty ads offa the 80s) anoth....you get the picture.

A lot depends on what you want really. Last year we did 5 days in Athens in an apt., the ferry to Kea for a week in a villa, then back to Athens for the flight back.

You may wish to look at Islands like Andros if Athens takes your fancy. And it should. Sooooooooo much history[;)].

A ferry and a villa to Aegina may suit.

Skathios and Skopolos are gorg. but not really historic. Kefalonia the same.

Corfu ha some of the ticks, but for two weeks??? Not sure.

In short:

2 weeks.

Athens few days, an island the rest (Crete is reachable)

Rhodes (never been) but looks to do some of what you need. Rhoses town is the oldest medieval wall or somert...

Crete. Good but choose your destination carefully, otherwise driving could be your main memory.

The Athens thing could be a problem if in high summer.

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MACSEASIDER Posted on 14/02/2020 21:44

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Stayed in the Chania old town harbour. Absolutely stunning. One of my favourite spots in the world.
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cromwell Posted on 14/02/2020 22:58

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Been to Crete but Rhodes for me any day
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Bloodtangerine Posted on 14/02/2020 23:07

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Flatulent OP my friend.....not concise enough to invite discourse 👀
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dodgy_surname Posted on 14/02/2020 23:07

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Athens was a game place, Oouzo
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TwelveAngryMen Posted on 15/02/2020 11:26

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Cheers FC
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Raging_Bull Posted on 15/02/2020 11:52

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We've done Rhodes and Mykonos and had two fabulous holidays both times.
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BadaBing Posted on 15/02/2020 12:26

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Went to Crete last summer and stayed in a great Iberostar hotel.
Got eaten alive by Mozzies; was so bad I had to get a doctor to visit.
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bendit_like_suddick Posted on 15/02/2020 13:24

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Ferry from Crete to Santorini.

One of the most, if not the most beautiful place in the world.

Unbelievable views, great wine (Santo Winery), and probably the best Greek salads anywhere, if they use the Santorini dried tomatoes with the normal ones.
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Geestar Posted on 15/02/2020 16:25

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Some of my best adventures have been in Greece. We used to fly to an island, spend time exploring on trial bikes as well as usual beach stuff. Then would go over to the mainland to watch the Acropolis Rally. We would hire a car and live rough in the mountains north of Athens. That area is so beautiful. The roads were so rough and the hire car would get a total battering! So many amazing incidents on the trips that I will never forget. The Greeks totally loved Colin McRae. He was known as Crazy Colin. My favourite island is Skiathos. Love watching the planes land there. Got married and all that stopped.
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bisphamboy Posted on 17/02/2020 19:50

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Thassos every year since 2000.Love Greece and now speak it after 3 years of private tuition[^]
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scratchingshed Posted on 17/02/2020 20:08
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Do you sing like Demis Roussos in the shower?
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bisphamboy Posted on 17/02/2020 20:18

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More like Nana Mouskouri.[;)]
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bendit_like_suddick Posted on 17/02/2020 20:27

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More like Stavros Flatley
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insider Posted on 17/02/2020 21:28

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Did a twin centre of Athens and Kalamata last year but only 7 days. Flew to Athens had 3 days there (which is enough) then drove to Kalamata. Lots of big archaeological sites in that area. If you are looking for a beach break look at Stoupa which is like a Greek island on the mainland.
Flew back from Kakamata.
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bisphamboy Posted on 18/02/2020 08:47

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Whilst on Thassos,a local waiter told me that he had played pro footy for POAK and his manager was Les Shannon.
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22abus Posted on 18/02/2020 20:27

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Another vote for Thassos.

Arrival by boat sets the tone for a chilled holiday.
We stayed in Skala prinou
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fcblackpool Posted on 18/02/2020 20:32

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I liked Thassos too. The approach from Kavala on the ferry is a good start as 22a says.
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ArchibaldKnox Posted on 19/02/2020 19:02
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I spent 3 months on Crete in Spring 1980. It was virtually undeveloped. We returned about 5 years ago to find the island transformed.

Chania was a small working fishing port and all the restaurants that now line the harbour were small dingy warehouses with one tiny bar. The roads were indescribable and the local bus trips ultra-scary. Aghia Galini was the cutest tiny fishing village with two bars and a restaurant/guesthouse. Now it stretches way up the hill with big concrete hotels.

In 1980 Heraklion did not even approach the motorway that runs south of it; now the sprawl stretches miles beyond. The valley near Phaestos is covered with polytunnels now and all the little windmill waterpumps on the Lassithi plateau have gone, having been replaced by electric pumps.

But it's still a great place - the people are lovely. Heraklion Museum is as quaint as ever, with the added bonus that they now have a huge Minoan gold ring from a Bronze Age tomb near Knossos that had been found in 1928 but then kept by the local priest for decades.

And the stories about the Greek resistance to the German occupation from 1941-45 are both inspiring and chilling. There are many German soldiers who have never been found because the Cretans dropped their bodies down potholes in the limestone mountains.

I too liked the West part of Crete. The beach at Elafonissi is one of the best in the world with pink sand due to crushed shells in it. And the remote Milia eco-village in the western chestnut forests is a great experience - although the road into it is one of most unsettling in the world - especially if you are close to the unguarded edge on the right with a taxi driver determined to force his way past you on the inside cliff face.
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