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An alternative winter destination


Don Madge

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After trawling around the motorhome forums it appears few people are looking for an alternative winter destination to the Iberian Peninsula.

 

We spent six weeks in Crete earlier this year (21 March - 30 April) and in our opinion would make an ideal winter destination especially for the loners/isolationists. The south of Crete is ideally suited for people whole like to get away from it all. There are a few all year campsites but the are on the expensive side.

 

It is not a cheap option, if you are on a limited budget it's not for you. Prices have risen sharply in Greece recently. Diesel went up €0.32 per litre while we were there from early Jan to late April.

 

The cost of the ferries can be kept down by using the short sea crossing from Bari/Brindisi to Igoumenitsa and the Minoan Lines day sailings from Piraeus to Heraklion on Crete.

 

Officially "camping on board" runs from April 1st until Oct 31st but Ventouris Ferries, Agoudimos Lines and Endeavor Lines will allow you to sleep in your vans on the night sailings on the short sea crossings. Don't contact the head office of these ferry companies's because they won't admit it.

 

Ventouris Lines Bari to Igoumenitsa.

 

Agoudimos Lines Brindisi to Igoumenitsa

 

Endeavor Lines Brindisi to Igoumenitsa/Patras

 

Full details of these ferries can be found at http://www.ferries.gr/

 

For details of the Minoan Lines day sailings see http://www2.minoan.gr/index.asp?a_id=608

 

Superfast Ferries also run a day sailing but only one way from Piraeus to Heraklion you have to use a night sailing on the inward leg.

 

For those wishing to drive overland to Greece it is a fairly straight forward drive without leaving the EU. One has to consider the weather when driving overland in the winter.

 

For full details of our tour of Crete see http://www.outandaboutlive.co.uk/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=19568&posts=3

 

Safe Travelling.

 

Don

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