I am planning a trip to Greece for our family that includes 22 and 16 year old boys in mid-June. We've been to Greece once and visited part of the Peloponnese (Napflio, Montemvasia, Mystra), Delphi, Meteora, Athens, Naxos and Santorini).
We are looking for a combination of great and uncrowded swimming beaches and nature in general, as well as old towns & historical sites that we can explore. We have 2 to 2.5 weeks. I was thinking about going to Crete, but not sure what would be the ideal time to spend on Crete in order to be able to explore and enjoy both west and east Crete but have enough variety for a 2-week or so vacation.
Could you please advise? I was also wondering if it would be a good idea to combine Crete with one of the following - another island in the Cyclades (hard to get to?), the Dodecanese (crowded and hot?), Ionian, Peloponnese (hot?), or northern Greece (Ioannina, Zaghoria, Meteora).
My hesitation is that I would prefer to spend most of our vacation in places that are not crowded with tourists and feel real. I would really appreciate your advice on the itinerary for Crete and beyond, places to stay (we prefer apartments, not resorts) and things to do.
Thank you so much!
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