Group of young girls traveling to Greece
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 18, 2012 1:13 PM Last Post By: astradenias
Nov 17, 2012 11:18 PM
Group of young girls traveling to GreeceHi everyone,
My friends and I are trying to plan a trip to Greece this summer, most likely in June. We're a group of four (potentially five) eighteen year olds, and we're looking on advice on where to stay. We love the idea of Santorini, but are worried it might be a bit too touristy. We would love to stay somewhere with nice, accessible beaches, some bars and clubs of some kind, a small amount of shopping, and outdoor activites of any sort. We'll be traveling on a tight budget, so we're looking at staying in a hostel of some kind. And being young adults, we'd like it to be somewhere that our parents won't worry about us.
I've heard Naxos is great, but I'm open to any and all suggestions! Let me know if you've been there, your experiences, or if you have any insights on where would be a good place for us to stay.
Nov 17, 2012 11:38 PM
Yes, Naxos would be good for what you are looking for, or Paros. You will find a lot of info about both islands here in LP thorntree! Search and read here first and then come back and ask if you have some more questions.
Nov 18, 2012 2:39 AM
2Young adult's aaaaaas. You're still kids.
Some are still kids when they're 28.
No offense. But then 18 year olds are like 14 year olds.
Just because they are not little any more they think they're grown. You are still naíve as Hell.
Europe pickpockets and snatchers, work in teams. They don't use violence unless you do. One distracts you for a second, like magic shows work. And polotics, with their false flag ops.
He hands it off to his partner, who disappears into the crowd.
So nothing can be retreaved or proven. Its an age old system.
As are the meriad of scams they can come up with.
Two guys on a "moto" or Vespa are something to cut a wide berth to.
Police reports are only good for insurance claims.\
Even if they catch the guy, tourists can't stay for a year, for the trial.
You as a group of gigglers, provide that distraction.
Finding beds for a group is mas complicado.
Reaching decisions about where to eat, etc can take till 8 o'clock. Restaurants in Spain, for instance, don't open till then anyway.
Seatin an instant banquit is a pace wrecker for restaurants. But Micky D's is your most likely target for belly inhansment.
I live in Seville, where I see lots of travel clusters. They rarely talk with "outsiders" so they learn nothing. Travel in packs is just a changing background for a continuous party.
The fewer the better. Tell 'em it'll cost about $75 a day. Not including getting there.
I tried to tell younger back packers and travelling families about pick/snatch stuf. I got the sassy fear based response of "Oh yeah? You're probly one of 'em!" Or Daddy thinking I was trying to hussle him.
When they'd pout about just being robbed, I couldn't help but say,"Did he get your money belt? Every guidebook says to use one."
This was years ago. Since then, I let 'em learn by their own example.
Nov 18, 2012 2:53 AM
Nov 18, 2012 3:17 AM
4Hi earensman !
You say sometime on June, but you do not mention for how long... Advice will vary if this is for 5 days or for say 3 weeks...
Your profile does not provide specifics as to where you are coming from and you do not mention this. In case you come from UK or a few other European capitals, there are a few direct flights to Greek Islands and mainland locations other than Athens. If not, quite possibly you will have to use Athens as your entry/exit point in Greece.
Asking in TT, I hope you are aimed on a DIY holiday rather than sort of a package deal or to go through a travel agent?
What your budget is (in Euros) and what it stands for?
The more specific info you provide for your selves the more suitable advice you'll get. I can only provide very generic advice here as you do not provide lot to work on...
So, for starters: Note that hostels is not a very popular concept in Greece. Your best bet for budget accommodation on the islands are cheap, spartan but clean and tiny rooms to let, those are en suite with very basic facilities, often coming with a small fridge and a couple of cooking rings so you may prepare a few basic meal and save on food costs. Count for around 15 euro/person on shared room as a bare minimum. There are some organized campings on the islands but you then look on an other concept of a holiday... If you find one that offers rooms/huts to let, this might do, you may save a bit on accommodation costs that way... but you'll add expenses to move around as those are usually located outside of places of interest. I am not very familiar with camping holidays, so other people might advice if you are interested.
Santorini is a volcanic island and offers mostly black grit/pebbles/rocky beaches. I would not think this is the first island that comes to mind when thinking of beach holidays... It is a very popular destination, and this reflects on rates too. Yes, it is touristy, although not sure what touristy means to you... If there are tourists, a place will be touristy anyway, wouldn't it? If you mean you are affraid of too many crowds, early June is not so bad on the beach resorts there. Naxos is one of my favorite islands for various reasons and I think it could fit the bill for what you are looking for (a bit of shopping, outdoorsy activities, beaches), it will be quiet and nice on June, but do not expect you'll be there alone. It is a popular tourist spot too. Good thing is that due to specifics such as no cruise port, small airport, size and geography, Naxos absorbs large number of visitors nicely and many locals are able to deal with other things that tourism, especially on the interior of the island.
Nov 18, 2012 6:07 AM
In that group of islands the obvious ones to head for are Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Ios. Mykonos in particular is expensive so that leaves you with the more reasonably priced Paros, Naxos, Ios.
Those three are connected by several daily ferries so no problem going to one or all three if you wish. They can be accessed by ferries easily from the airports of Santorini, Mykonos, Athens(Piraeus). From UK very easy with direct flights to all 3.
There are virtually no hostels in the islands. However that is of no consequence. The main form of accommodation is in 'rooms for rent'. Most rooms will of course be for 2 people but some places will have rooms large enough for 3/4 people you just have to ask. These usually don't cost anymore than a 2 person room, so they can be a good deal for your group.
All those islands are mainstream tourist islands, quite developed, Naxos is no different. To get bars and nightclubs you obviously have to have a touristy island there is no way around that.
Nov 18, 2012 7:04 AM
6Santorini has 3 hostels and a campground. Check Youth Hostel Oia, Youth Hostel Anna, Caveland Hostel and Santorini Camping.
Ios has several low-budget accomodations and is a very popular summer destination for 20-somethings.
If you do go to Naxos you can stay on St. George Beach in affordable rooms and just be a short walk into the heart of Naxos Town.
Paros is very similar to Naxos in terms of accomodations and nightlife. Antiparos is quieter than both Naxos and Paros but still offers a friendly and lively atmosphere at night.
Nov 18, 2012 1:13 PM
7Hello there. I am Greek and i've been to more than 70 greek islands ,through the years (a bit older than you,obviously).
Well I could not pick one as every single one is a gem and has something to offer ,but since I have been travelling from a very young age ,with my friends ,I would definitely seek for a safe place too. So for the last 6 years i spend my summers in Naxos (in Maragas Camping) where I found everything ,plus a huuuuuuuuuuge beach with incredible crystal clear waters (in June probably a bit colder).Paros is nice too but it's not even in my top 10 . Have fun anyway and thank you for coming to Greece!
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