DH and I want to go for a week to a Greek Island, with DD who will be 2.
Anyone have any suggestions for a cheap holiday location, somewhere were we can chill out, enjoy some local scenary, do a bit of sightseeing perhaps, but not much needed, more about relaxing. Needs to be child friendly but would prefer not large resort.
Are you absolutely dead set on an island? if not, have you considered the mainland? You can fly to athens and drive or fly to a local airport, depending on where you go. But it's very reasonable as the tourist prices aren't as steep, avoids ferries (which with a 2 yo I'd be keen to get away from) and offers lots of flexibility.
The peloponnese are amazing and you can fly to Athens and drive or fly to Kalamata which is the capital city of the region. I believe some places in the North are nice too, but haven't been there and didn't research as closely.
www.holidaylettings.co.uk/index.htm is a great website for self catering options - we found a lovely cottage on here which was everything it promised in a lovely town, gorgeous beach, kiddie friendly etc etc etc.
But if you're absolutey keen on an island, here's a great website with pros and cons on most of them: www.greekisland.co.uk/
Smurfgirl - I am not too bothered about exciting, with a two year old, just getting up and dressed can provide entertainment enough...I am not up for planning big trips out, just something local will do me. I go to USA once a year to see family and that generally involves running around like headless chickens, I am quite happy to do less of that this time, relax with my little family.
If you want quiet, then I definitely reiterate my mainland suggestion. tends to be locals - Greeks from the cities - mostly, so not the mad tourist partying you see on some islands. But I imagine if you want a resort, then you'll probably do better on an island or in one of the bigger towns/cities if on the mainland - like Kalamata. I seem to recall Thomson had some pretty good offers for nice looking hotel resorts that were family friendly on some of the bigger islands.
I absolutely love greece. Have only been twice but DP has greek family and speaks the language so hopefully we'll go more often in the future. The food is amazing, everywhere is beautiful and it's just an amazing chilled out place. [except for drivers on mountain roads - they can be a little frightening!].
Skiathos would be good - fly into the island, so no long transfers. We went there the August ds was 11 months old - a Manos holiday, staying outside of Skiathos town - althugh there were plenty of buses and/or taxis into the main town. We really enjoyed it.
Put it this way: I already loved Greece, but dh didn't (not that he's ever been ) - but this converted him to Greece and we have been back many times (although not actually to Skiathos). I love the Ionian islands and Skiathos, although in the Aegean, is still very green and covered in pine trees.
We've gone to Meganissi for the last 4 years with Ionian Island Holidays: a great wee family run hotel which is "Greece like it used to be". Nothing to do but relax Maybe not as cheap as you are looking for - but they may be be doing deals!
The service from Ionian has always been excellent - thatr's why we've been back 4 times. (And that includes the first year when, on a 1 week holiday, we were delayed 30hours getting there - Aestreus', the airline's fault - and they no longer use them)
Not been to Corfu with them - but it looks like one of quieter unspoilt bits of Corfu.