WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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We are a fam­ily of four, with chil­dren who will be 18 and 14 next sum­mer. We an­tic­i­pate that next year will be our last long fam­ily hol­i­day all to­gether and would like to spend a bit more than usual. We have all se­lected Greece – please can you sug­gest a des­ti­na­tion that mixes my mem­o­ries of is­land-hop­ping as a stu­dent with a self-cater­ing villa near the sea, and suf­fi­cient life for two teenagers with­out be­ing hor­ren­dous for us (the el­dest is a boy and not one who would go out club­bing). We like a good choice of restau­rants and bars. CHAR­LOTTE SHAW, SUT­TON COLD­FIELD

Dear Char­lotte

I’d rec­om­mend ei­ther Paros or Naxos, as they lie in the cen­tre of the Cy­clades, mean­ing you can make trips to sev­eral sur­round­ing is­lands, in­clud­ing Mykonos. Both have typ­i­cal Cy­cladic ar­chi­tec­ture – white­washed cu­bic build­ings draped in bougainvil­lea.

Paros is fa­mous for its long sandy beaches and ideal con­di­tions for wind­surf­ing. The main towns are hip Naoussa with its vi­brant nightlife, and Parikia, home to the fourth­cen­tury Byzan­tine Pana­gia Eka­ton­tapil­iani (Church of 100 Doors) and a host of bars and restau­rants. From Pounta, reg­u­lar boats cross to lovely An­tiparos ( jour­ney time 10 min­utes), much loved by celebri­ties in search of a low-pro­file es­cape, with some de­cent beaches, and a cave filled with sta­lag­mites and sta­lac­tites.

East of Paros, Naxos, the big­gest is­land in the Cy­clades, is green and moun­tain­ous, with yet more sandy beaches, and farm­ing vil­lages. You might hike to the sum­mit of Mount Zas (3,290ft) for fan­tas­tic views. Note that Naxos of­fers bet­ter con­nec­tions to the is­lands of the Lesser Cy­clades, such as Kou­fonissi, with its turquoise sea.

For fer­ries see Greek­fer­ries ( greek­fer­ries.gr). For vil­las, try HomeAway (homeaway.co.uk), or Greek Vil­las (the­greekvil­las.com).

Sea re­sort of Ei­lat; Wizz Air (wiz­zair. com) started di­rect flights there from Lu­ton a cou­ple of weeks ago.

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