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I have heard some horror stories of driving in Greece, but many of these stories took place in cities like Athens. Is this observation true?

The reason why I am asking is because I am going to be visiting Tinos soon and would like to rent a car to explore the island. I heard that this was a fantastic way to get around. Tinos is small, and to me this means the driving might not be bad.

I had a bad driving experience in Italy while in Rome, but once leaving Rome and entering the countryside it was totally fine. I'm hoping Greece is like this, too!
 

Luana

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People in Athens are terrible drivers. They park anywhere they want, including sidewalks. There are traffic circles which are difficult to maneuver. No one seems to understand what the "right of way" means, though that may be an American concept. Countryside is better, mostly because there's so much less traffic. I would imagine you'd do fine driving in Tinos, especially if it's off-season, which I believe it is now. Enjoy!
 
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MatWatkinson

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I have heard some horror stories of driving in Greece, but many of these stories took place in cities like Athens. Is this observation true?

The reason why I am asking is because I am going to be visiting Tinos soon and would like to rent a car to explore the island. I heard that this was a fantastic way to get around. Tinos is small, and to me this means the driving might not be bad.

I had a bad driving experience in Italy while in Rome, but once leaving Rome and entering the countryside it was totally fine. I'm hoping Greece is like this, too!
 

MatWatkinson

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People everywhere are bad drivers. Italian motorways are terrifying. Corfu, where I am isn’t particularly different. Drivers use mobile devices all the time. They drive recklessly, trying to beat everyone else. Why? Because they’re stupid. Dangerous driving causes horrific crashes, but still they go, crossing double white lines in excess of the speed limit, often on blind corners. Scooterists travel with a tray of coffee in one hand & a child on their lap. Why? Because they’re stupid. So, set off earlier, idiots. But when places don’t have enough policing, what do you expect?
 
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Hash

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I have heard some horror stories of driving in Greece, but many of these stories took place in cities like Athens. Is this observation true?

The reason why I am asking is because I am going to be visiting Tinos soon and would like to rent a car to explore the island. I heard that this was a fantastic way to get around. Tinos is small, and to me this means the driving might not be bad.

I had a bad driving experience in Italy while in Rome, but once leaving Rome and entering the countryside it was totally fine. I'm hoping Greece is like this, too!
No worries in Tinos....I assure you, it can be a little congested at the port with ships arriving and departing.... once you are a few kilometres outside you will be fine..... many villages to look forward to... not possible to drive fast anyways..... Enjoy your time.... try to go to Syros if you can..... another level of experience awaits you!..... Kalley Mera!
 

Hash

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People everywhere are bad drivers. Italian motorways are terrifying. Corfu, where I am isn’t particularly different. Drivers use mobile devices all the time. They drive recklessly, trying to beat everyone else. Why? Because they’re stupid. Dangerous driving causes horrific crashes, but still they go, crossing double white lines in excess of the speed limit, often on blind corners. Scooterists travel with a tray of coffee in one hand & a child on their lap. Why? Because they’re stupid. So, set off earlier, idiots. But when places don’t have enough policing, what do you expect?
Good morning from Thailand Mat.... you summing up about scootertists made me laugh 😂...... here we have up to 5 on a motorcycle ..... feel sorry for poor motor bike.... you surprise me about Corfu!....I would have thought being a bigger island with wide roads drivers would be sensible which is not the case....In my years, living in Mykonos I have witnessed the most horrendous and horrific accidents and casualties....I personally had to assist in injuries!..
 

k_tsoukalas

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People in Athens are terrible drivers. They park anywhere they want, including sidewalks. There are traffic circles which are difficult to maneuver. No one seems to understand what the "right of way" means, though that may be an American concept. Countryside is better, mostly because there's so much less traffic. I would imagine you'd do fine driving in Tinos, especially if it's off-season, which I believe it is now. Enjoy!
Ugh - I fell into hot tailpipe on a motorcycle once in Athens and burned my leg. The driver had parked on the sidewalk and I tripped into a hole and fell on the bike. I would never drive in Athens, but I have driven in the countryside and on the islands and it's been fine. It's just Athens that's a nightmare!
 

Parnassos Ski Resort in Greece

Believe it or not, I find skiing in Greece to be pleasant. I know Greece isn't thought to have a climate good enough for skiing, but it's good enough. I have to go to Greece soon, and this is one of my favorite places to ski:

The resort offers outstanding skiing opportunities for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced skiers. With over 40 kilometers of marked ski slopes, Parnassos Ski Resort is equipped with the newest and most advanced skiing equipment to ensure that customers enjoy an unforgettable experience.

There is also a place to stay here, which is nice, plus activities other than skiing to please the family.

What to pack for an early spring trip to Greece?

I am going to Greece in April. I have only ever gone in the summer. What's the weather like? I'll be in Athens and on Crete.

I am thinking the weather will be on the mild side, so I should pack light layers. Like a light jacket, short sleeve shirts, maybe a few long sleeve.

Is it suitable weather for sandals and the beach?

Do they get rain? I am trying to figure out if I need to buy a light rain jacket. I know it doesn't rain that much in Greece.

Thanks in advance!

Canyoning Bled Slovenia

Hi guys!!
I'm planning to take a group canyoning Bled but apparently, it is obligatory to use a local guide. I am a canyon instructor (caf and ffme), is this enough to supervise without anyone else? I have several years of experience (climbing and canyoning) and it is obvious that I will not be able to offer this destination if it is not possible.
Thanks in advance

Pack List for Trip to Greece in Spring

I have a trip to Greece planned in the spring. Mainly, I want advice on the weather. In the meantime, I made my best guess and came up with a list. Anything to add or subtract?

Clothing
  • A light rain jacket or windbreaker: For the inevitable April showers
  • A couple of long-sleeve shirts: For those cooler mornings
  • A lightweight sweater: For layering when temperature changes
  • A pair of comfortable pants: Think breathable fabrics like cotton, and a pair of jeans.
  • Shorts and a sundress: For warmer afternoons
  • Comfortable walking shoes: You’ll be exploring villages and ancient ruins, so cushioned soles are a must.
Accessories
  • A versatile scarf: Can double as a shawl on cooler evenings
  • A wide-brimmed hat: For sun protection
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen: Essential for beach days
  • Reusable water bottle: To stay hydrated without contributing more waste

Itinerary for self-planned yacht trip through the Greek islands

I am working on planning a yacht trip through Greece. I live it because I am in total control of the itinerary and what goes on, unlike booking a cruise or something. There's enough of us in the group to make this a super affordable trip.

I am developing am itinerary - thought I'd run it by you:

  1. Athens to Mykonos: Begin in the historic port of Athens and make your way to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. Dock at Agios Ioannis beach and take a stroll through Little Venice.
  2. Mykonos to Naxos: Naxos awaits, with its marble gateway to nowhere and beautiful beaches. Try the local kitron liqueur for a true taste of the island.
  3. Santorini: Sail to the iconic island of Santorini, where the sunset from Oia is second to none. Enjoy a swim in the hot springs of Palea Kameni and taste some of the best wines in Greece.
  4. Ios to Folegandros: Keep the vibes high in Ios known for its lively atmosphere, then find tranquility in Folegandros, where the untouched Mediterranean prevails.
  5. Return to Athens: Wrap up your adventure with a pitstop in Syros, the capital of the Cyclades. Its charm lies in its austere yet handsome neoclassical buildings and the stunning Aegean views.

What do you think? Anything to add or subtract? I have about 10 days.

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