6 independent reviews for Greece walking holiday, Kythnos

Reviews for Greece walking holiday, Kythnos

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review 30 May 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

There were so many bits! The walks are great, it was good to look around the beautiful villages, and we ate very well in the local restaurants.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The walking is fairly tough - wear long trousers (because the paths are very overgrown, often with spiky plants) and be prepared for a certain amount of clambering over rocks and slightly insecure surfaces.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The local walking company is run by an English man who now lives in Kynthos. He works closely with locals - small hotels, local restaurants, a local guide who knows about the archaeology of the island.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

10/10

review 20 Mar 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The quiet seductive beauty of the island of Kythnos and the sea.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Donít go when itís too hot - spring or autumn ideal. I was there in October. A lot of things closed but enough open and easily warm enough to swim in the sea.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, all the places we ate in and stayed were very much local. Used water bottle and refilled from springs. Island needs tourism and very little known by non Athenians. Our walking the paths will help persuade farmers to maintain them and keep to the unique old ways of the island and prevents opportunistic hotels springing up - there is a wealth of archaeology and history you can only reach via these paths and thatís helping protect them, though they deserve to be better known and appreciated.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic - loved it. Such a beautiful place, the walks were lovely and Nigel was very organised and everything was clearly communicated and ran very smoothly. Perfect combination of walking, sea swimming, healthy eating, lovely villages and altogether extremely relaxing and invigorating at the same time. Senses working overtime while out walking followed by a great nightís sleep. Cannot recommend highly enough.

review 26 Oct 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Kythnos is a relaxed, relatively unspoilt island. The walking was enjoyable, not too arduous & included different places of interest on route & the opportunity to swim most days on lovely beaches, which were almost deserted in mid October- and the sea was quite warm. Nigel was very accommodating & flexible & took us to different tavernas around the island each evening. We enjoyed all aspects of the holiday, particularly the peacefulness. Nigel & Katerina were both very informative & good company. The highlight was probably the frescoes inside a ruined church up at Orias Castle with a wonderful view out to sea very unlikely to have found them without a guide. Also the elderly farmer who invited us in for ouzo & calamari - an entertaining meeting despite the complete language barrier- fortunately Nigel was able to translate most of the time!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Consider adding on the 2 day Athens extension. We found it really helpful having a guide there. A good contrast to the island & the hotel Euripides was in a good location & close to a vibrant area for eating at night.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We stayed & ate in locally owned apartments &tavernas. Nigel pointed out local artisans whose products we were able to purchase.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent. It was very relaxing having everything arranged together with flexibility.

review 9 Oct 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Exploring the trails and beaches of Kythnos with our Greek guide who has spent every summer of her life on the island since she was a baby.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If possible, avoid taking this hiking holiday in July and August when it is really hot.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Certainly we benefited local people by spending money there. Our guides have been involved in community recycling efforts and are very knowledgeable in conservation efforts on the island.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We loved our trip to Kythnos! Our host Nigel took care of every detail from start to finish - from organizing our ferry tickets, to booking our charming hotel room, to adjusting the program to accommodate our interests. We felt very welcomed. From the moment he met us at the ferry our week was completely care free. With our Greek guide Katerina, we explored Kythnosí Neolithic ruins, a Byzantine castle, a limestone cave, the thermal springs at Loutra and myriad churches. We learned about the flora and fauna as we hiked along back trails, sometimes enjoying wild figs and grapes that lined the trails. Katerina shared stories from childhood summers spent on Kythnos, giving us an insight into life on this authentically Greek island. Evenings included visits to an open-air concert and listening to traditional music in a bar, as well as enjoying delicious, fresh food at different restaurants. All of this came at an unbeatable price Ė we canít wait to return. Bravo to Nigel and Katerina!

review 6 Oct 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Trying to stop Nigel buying the drinks! Falling into the sea after getting hot walking.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Get to the bar before Nigel! The walking is surprisingly undulating for a relatively low island.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I would guess so, though the guide aims at that all the time.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A perfect short break, balanced walking, swimming and eating.

review 2 Oct 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

On the last night, a music night was organised in a local taverna, with two local musicians playing Bouzouki and violin, and it was well supported by people from the village. The locals joined in with songs they knew, and danced in traditional dances when the music moved them. Four children danced very energetically, wonderfully in time with the music , including the young lad who had been running round the taverna all evening, taking orders, delivering drinks and food to the tables. Everybody joined in clapping, foot stomping and singing and had a great time.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

It is possible to extend the holiday by going earlier as I did, or returning later, depending on which days the ferries are operating. It is best to plan for a night in Athens or elsewhere on the mainland afterwards, because the of the timing of the ferries. The paths are fairly clear in most cases, and it is possible to walk independently using the new 1 : 25,000 map, but the Greek maps are optimistic as ever in places. A compass may be useful to take with you if you are familiar with using one to navigate.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The holiday benefited local tavernas, cafes and hotels, because what little tourism they get appears to be concentrated in August.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The walking is relatively easy in terrain similar to the Yorkshire dales, with many old kalderimia still surviving, because when they made new roads for cars, they chose less steep routes and avoided the zig-zags and steps used by the pack horse routes. Because there is very little agriculture on the island, and the old drove roads and pack horse routes have stone walls either side or run along narrow terraces, they have not been widened for pick-up trucks and tractors like in much of Greece. The beaches are quiet, and most that we visited were sandy, shelving gently in to the clear warm sea. The hotel was well equipped and comfortable, and food in the local tavernas was traditional and tasty. The locals are very friendly, and nearly all greeted us as we passed along the roads.

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