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Going to Greece
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We are traveling to Greece this summer with our 8 and 11 year old children.
We have traveled to Greece before, but not with children. Any suggestions
on incredibly wonderful places to stay or sights to see would be appreciated.
Since we fly into and out of Athens, any recommendations for hotels would be
welcome. Thanks, Melissa
We took our 11 year old daughter to Greece last year and enjoyed a
wonderful time. From Athens an easy day trip is to the little-known but
nearby island of Anghistri. It is an unspoiled gem about 2 hrs by ferry
from Piraeus. Book your trip at the port of Piraeus (downtown ticket
agents do not sell these trips) and once on Anghistri take the lone bus to
Dragonera beach. Wow! great for moms, dads, and kids alike. For a little
longer (land) journey, try visiting Ancient Corinth and Acrocorinth by bus
and taxi from Athens.
We took our 10 year old daughter to Athens last Fall. It is a
fascinating city. I can't recommend a hotel but I can tell you
not to stay in the Aphrodite Hotel in the Plaka area. They were
particularly unhelpful and unfriendly.
The Plaka area is the ancient marketplace area with winding street
and lots of shops and restaurants. The kids will like that. It's also
pretty easy to walk to the Acropolis from there through the ruins of
the Agora. The Olympic stadium is fun too. The day trip I liked best
was to one of the small islands (Angistri). Swimming in the skyblue
water was relaxing after several days of intense sightseeing.
Also, be aware that the taxis will refuse to take you if you're not
headed in their direction. They will also pick up others along the way.
It's a very interesting culture to learn about. Unfortunately, the Greeks
have Tourist Police for a reason. Be careful and recheck all reservations
and tickets. Enjoy!
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