Since 2012, veteran traveller Gladys Cable has returned to Santorini & Naxos an amazing six times, and has just booked her seventh trip for May 2016. We were intrigued about her love of the Cyclades archipelago and what draws her back time and again. Here’s what she told us.
“During the course of my long life – I’ll be 90 in October – I’ve done a lot of travelling, including a round-the-world trip with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays a number of years back. Since my husband died 20 years ago, I’ve tended to stick with RWH holidays, as you can be sure of the arrangements and know what to expect in terms of quality – that’s really important to an older single traveller.
We both really loved exploring Greece. But now I feel that I’ve done enough exploring, and Santorini & Naxos suits me down to the ground. I like everything about it – the climate, the scenery, the company, the hotels, the food. I find it really easy and relaxing – perhaps that’s partly because of the familiarity. There’s a great programme of walks, and Kathy, the tour leader I’ve most often been with, does a great job leading the group. But these days, I mainly do my own thing, leaving the younger ones to do the hikes, and at my age, I don’t need anyone telling me what to look at! I’ll do the easy walks, though.
On Naxos, I swim every day before breakfast and then again at 5pm. The food is great, but sometimes it’s a bit too much for me, so I walk into town and get myself something lighter from a local restaurant. On Santorini, I love to walk into the town near the hotel and sit with a coffee, watching the cruise visitors come and go. For me, it’s just perfect – why go anywhere else?”