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Places to stay in mainland Greece

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Places to stay in mainland Greece

Hi, I am looking for some holiday advice. We are looking to go to Greece in September and will be going into Athens and taking day trips to Delpi and Olympia. We didn't really fancy staying in Athens though as it all seems a bit hectic. Does anyone know of any quite resorts quite nearish Athens area, a beach would be nice. The only beach places iv found on the forum so far are quite expensive, and we are on a tight budget.

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1. Re: Places to stay in mainland Greece

hallo!

how about loutraki?!

http://www.city-of-loutraki.gr/

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g644224-Loutraki_Pelo…

or corinth?!

sacred-destinations.com/greece/corinth.htm

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g189484-Corinth_Pelop…

both places are 0ne hour or so away from athens...

gia sas (bye!)

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2. Re: Places to stay in mainland Greece

Loutraki and Corinth are a bit far for seeing the sights in Athens... what about something in Piraeus or the coastal suburbs?

Can you tell us what amount per night, in euros, would comfortably fit your budget?

Happy Travels!

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Hey and welcome emmaukYorkshire:-) Although there are some nice areas in the suburbs around the Glyfada, Vouliagmeni areas..IMO, you'd be much better off basing in Athens since it's so much easier getting to other places especially for day trips! You can always head out to the beaches in these areas for a day! As for getting to Delphi, definetely do-able in a day..on your own or very popular day tour as well! Olympia is a bit too far to accomplish in a day and get anything out of it really;-) If you're considering renting a car, you can certainly manage both in a couple of nights..at your leisure! There are also the tour companies (don't know if they'd interest you) but there are numerous tours that include both places..Take a look at www.chatours.gr/ www.keytours.gr/ www.gotours.gr/ for further info! You don't mention for how long you're going..but bottom line, staying in Athens is a great experience, notwithstanding the hub for transport..and a fantastic City you'll surely enjoy!

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4. Re: Places to stay in mainland Greece

peter's suggestion re-Loutraki is very practical. Easy proximity to Delphi via the old national road, turn off next to Elefsina / plus Olympia not too far away, and Arcadia prefecture at your "feet", not to mention the eastern sites of the Peleponese, Mycenae,Epidaurus, Tiryns, Nauplion, Nemea, etc.,

excellent base.

However, if you need to get into Athens with provate car this will be the hard thing. Easier to get to the sites mentioned, than to travel into Athens this way. On the other hand, if using public transport, a short taxi ride from Loutraki will take you to the nearest proastiakos station {Corinth}, getting into Athens via one change of trains at Ano Liossia,

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5. Re: Places to stay in mainland Greece

You don't need to change at Ano Liossia if you're going to Athens, there are direct trains from Korinthos to Athens (Stathmos Larissis) - from there just hop on the metro to the city centre, which is only a couple of stops away.

Personally I would either stay in Loutraki or Athens - Korinthos is a dump.

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6. Re: Places to stay in mainland Greece

Finding economical beach resorts near(ish) Athens is a tough one. Especially over the weekends, some Attic beaches are much busier than ones on some islands.

Don't you want to consider getting totally out of Athens, rather than taking day-trips to Delphi and Olympia? As was already pointed out, Olympia is too far for an easy & relaxing day trip, and making a round trip of Delphi & Olympia makes more sense. If you have your own transport, you can stop at excellent beaches along the Korinthian Gulf and Ionian Peloponnese.

Good luck!

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7. Re: Places to stay in mainland Greece

yes your'e right Tinsey., going from airport-Corinth needs the change, not Corinth-Athens {enroute to Piraeus that is}. Get off Station Larissis as you say {or sometimes referred to as Athens}. Even better..

and if you need to go to Piraeus, just one simple straight route to Piraeus from Corinth for an island get away.

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8. Re: Places to stay in mainland Greece

Everyone on here has been so helpful, thanks!

Will defiantly look at Loutraki some more. I did like the look of Poros but decided taking the ferry onto the mainland would prove costly for the amount of time we would be doing it.

We have two weeks off in Sept so are fairly flexible on dates but will probably be looking at 6 or 7 nights. Don’t really want to spend more than £1000 for both flights and hotel – ideally about £800.

If we stay in Athens are there any quieter more relaxing areas we can stop?

The other thing I was thinking about was booking a package holiday to Crete (cost about £700 for 7 nights) then spending one or two nights in Athens and getting a day trip to Delpi. I would have to get a return ferry for this as iv looked on the different flight websites and that works out about £300 return for two people, which is a bit costly. What are peoples thoughts on getting the ferry, is it easy to sleep on it? We basicly want a weeks holiday in Greece were my priorities are seeing the Parthenon and Delpi (basicly historical sights, not nightlife), but keeping the stress levels down as the boyfriend is diabetic and struggles with busy cities. Thanks again!

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9. Re: Places to stay in mainland Greece

What is it that bothers your boyfriend about busy cities? Staying in the centre of Athens (Plaka area) can be very relaxing. It's noisy, but not as hectic as London, and you can walk practically everywhere as the centre is very compact. Plenty of pedestrianised areas too. If you need to use public tranport this is an extremely efficient and pleasant way of travelling outside the rush hour.

Staying in a quieter area of Athens and travelling into the centre can be much more frustrating that staying in the city centre, plus if you're not near a metro stop you have to contain with road traffic which can be horrendous.

Are you planning to rend a car while you're in Greece? If so, check this place out, it's near Korinthos and we sometimes stay there when we're in Greece as it's so peaceful but still easy to get to. It's not fancy but it's near the sea and the rates are very reasonable. http://www.kalamakibeach.gr/

Or you could stay in Aegina - catching a ferry into Athens for sightseeing, although seeing Delphi and Olympia would be trickier.

Other than that, perhaps you could get a package in Crete and fly over to Athens for a day just to visit the Acropolis?

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10. Re: Places to stay in mainland Greece

Tinsey raises a good point about the old quarter {inner central Athens area}-

The Phidias hotel is a simple basic hotel, located on the pedestrianized path, Apostolou Pavlou, by the base of the Acropolis, across from the Ancient Agora, Stoa of Attalos. The pedestrian path reaches all the way to Thissio station, then you can continue the path and walk to Kerameikos Ancient site {and even the lively area of Gazi if you like...} or turn directions, and then walk into the normal streets {with cars that is..} to Monasteraki area and Plaka, where the streets are narrower, cars fit in some alleyways, in others, don't. Thus,enjoying the old quarter, combining a day trip to Delphi either DIY or organzied [there are lots of posts about visiting Delphi on your own..},