I don't usually plan too far ahead but I'd pretty much decided I wasn't returning to Skiathos next year. I never used to go to the same place in successive years and I've now done Skiathos and neighbouring islands 3 times in a row and 6 times in last 8 years, where does the time go? so looking at alternatives even before the collapse of TC (the only company to fly from East Mids to Skiathos). I started doing some research and quickly decided it was about time I checked out Parga. The main reason I hadn't been before now is that there isn't a route from EMA to Preveza airport so I thought if mum might fancy a change as well and she jumped at the idea, though she has loved the last 3 Skiathos visits.
We are going for 10 nights but I have arranged an interesting diversion halfway through. Our 6th night will be spent at a hotel in another region, allowing us a bit of a look round in more leisure than trying to squeeze it in as a day excursion, which tbf looks knackering as its 3 hours drive each way. With any luck we should get to see a bit of this in person :
Kev, that takes me back and I’ve just realised it takes me back 50 years to when I drove all the way to Greece, camping. (Triggered another memory that one night we stayed in a room at Zagora and I didn’t know of Skiathos just across the water). At that time in Meteora, my heights phobia was much stronger so I stayed away from the steps, whilst my wife and daughter went. They had to hire ‘decent’ clothes to cover up, enormous elasticated one size fits all skirts! I can’t recall enough to offer any information, only that Meteora is very impressive.
Ah, the good old days, petrol 4s 6d a gallon, French francs and drachmas!
its good to try somewhere else, pargas nice but very busy beach, sivota nearby is nice peaceful, also do day boat trip to paxos. i think you would like stoupa, all packages were TC but lots independent flights easy jet from several airports and BA from heathrow, loads places to visit from there including ancient olympia, messini, monavassia, you can hire bilkes or walk coastal path to Ag nic no crowds or crushes even on the buses!
Thanks for the info, I will look into that at some point. I will probably be back in Skiathos in 2021 (depends who else might be along for the ride maybe from facebook groups)so unless I start trying, or being able to afford, to cram in 2 holidays per year it could be 2022 before I can try somewhere else new. I'm hiring a car for the full 10 days in Parga so if we turn up somewhere and it looks too busy it will be easy to just move on elsewhere. It also gives some flexibility about the return transfer to the airportr as I will be picking up and dropping off from there. With the flight times I will have to do the inbound transfer drive to hotel in the dark on unfamiliar roads which might be 'interesting', especially with that toll tunnel just after you leave the airport. Fortunately its nearly all on google streetview so I can do some of it as a 'virtual driver' to get familiar with it in advance, I've found this very useful going to other new areas before that have been mapped like this.
from what i remember ita a fairly quiet road . We used a great taverna there near to where we stayed well away from the ones round the harbour, called perivolos ask anyone where it is, was best we tried. we are trying a place called Leros next year have to fly to kos stay overnight then ferry to leros with olympic holidays fairly quiet place recommended by a friend who likes all the same places as us.
Think I've found it, Perivoli ? If so it's near the 5 Senses which also gets good reviews and was on my 'to explore' list so we might do them both on different nights, there's parking nearby on some rough land within walking distance of them both.
As I'd already made my arrangements for next year I did a little 'what if' excercise yesterday and went on Loveholidays site (who are usually pretty good on pricing packages). Obviously theres no service yet from EMA so I picked Manchester as my airport and checked how much a week at the Morfo would cost (this is a low grade hotel, nice though it is, it is at the budget end of spectrum) for the equivalent week I was there this year. With Tui flights, a sum of £931. I'm not even sure if that included hold luggage.
Flying out of Athens to neighbouring nearby islands is straightforward enough but you need to be prepared for fairly early morning flights and be a bit bullish checking in bags as they sometimes give a tight window between checking in and flight time when a) the security can be a bit slow and b) the 'puddle jumper' flights are from so called bus gates which can be a fair walk from security control.