Here's what I'm looking for:
- an island or a place that has island-like qualities (know what I mean?)
- must have archaeological/historical site(s)
- must not be really expensive everywhere, because I am planning a dozen trips this year and don't want to spend all my money (haha) in the first two months!
- reachable with a minimum of fuss from Thessaloniki, rather than Athens (by whatever means)
We're two people (28 & 34) with very low standards, who, by this point, are going to be very tired and hot, and will need some relaxation, but beaches are not required. When in August is entirely flexible, anywhere from Aug 1 to Sept 1, and the length of time is flexible, from one week to over three weeks, I just have to work out what makes the most sense. We'll rent a car or bring ours with us if necessary; otherwise, we'll leave it at home.
I don't mind crowds but I'm hoping to avoid really high prices if possible.
Last summer we went to Limnos for our "summer beach trip" and that was perfect (although we went second half of July).
Currently considering: Lesvos, Samothraki (I've been before though), Skyros, Chios (these last two I may save for a very long and involved trip I'm planning in December though), Evrytainia, Parga, Kastoria....
Looking for more ideas... or opinions on these places.
Incidentally I will spend all of July in Athens and environs with no air conditioning so I really am leaning toward someplace COOLER (Samothraki?). Does that rule out places like Lesvos, Chios, Skyros? I've already ruled out Thassos. Ikaria? - too hard to get to from Thessaloniki and too hard to find a place to stay? Not sure...