Over winter Greece.

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  1. tony_g

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    A bit of advance speculative planning. I'm wondering if anyone has experience of travelling down through mainland Greece and the islands and finding somewhere to 'garage' the van over mid-December to mid-February, flying home and resuming a reverse trip in the Spring?
     
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    Need to check if your insurance will allow you to do that, most companies limit you to leaving the for a max of 36 hours when away from home without prior agreement.
     
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    Yes, had thought of that. Was thinking of researching proper storage facilities.
     
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    Have a look at magbaz travels. They have frequently overwintered in Greece and might be able to help.
     
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    @tony_g we are currently at a small family campsite in Ancient Korinthos and it holds around 10-15 vans. The owner is an old chap who still works the fields and so the campsite is just a little extra income for him. There is a German motorhomer who stays on the site all winter, so it stays open. Secure and someone present all the time...I could ask for you, if you like.
     
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    @The Dude can you give @tony_g any advice about Greece and the islands in winter?
     
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    Although we know quite a lot about travelling in Greece, I think @tony_g mainly wants to know where he could store his van for 3 months over winter, and unfortunately we can't help with this one.
     
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    @tony_g I didn't see the old chap yesterday but managed to 'sort of' speak to him this morning. He only speaks Greek and I only speak English, so it was fun! But through google translate I think the answer is yes, you can park over winter. However, I could not get a price for you, he just kept smiling. The guy is in his 80's and it was his daughter who sorted out the camping side of things and sadly she recently passed away. I think he is not sure what the right price would be, so affraid to name the price? The camping rate is €10 per day but clearly you could negotiate a good discount for a 3 months park up.
    It is a small family home with camping places and secure fencing. It is a quiet area on the edge of a village, so I would say it feels a good place to leave your vehicle. I will take a few photos for you in a minute.

    I was thinking of places last night for you. The other option, I am thinking of easy options for flights could be Parkopolis in Piraeus district of Athens. This is a secure site and the lady there called Marie allows people to store their motorhomes usually when people fancy island hopping without the motorhome. She speaks excellent English and is so friendly and helpful. Her contact number is tel:+308715660030 and you can see photo's on this website http://www.parkvia.com/en-GB/port-parking/piraeus-port/parkopolis-port-parking-piraeus.

    Obviously loads of places will offer the facility but I am just trying to think of places I have seen and where I feel I would leave our vehicle.

    Hopefully a couple of options for you to consider and will send over some photos in a minute x
     
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    A few photo's for you and a little bit more info. Parking up for 3 months is no problem, he doesnt know the cost because of the tax charges and he needs to ask his son for helps on this. There is already 1 motorhome here that is parked up for winter. He will also run you to and from the airport, sweet gentleman.

    The old Greek Chap, he says hello!
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    The contact number
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    The parking spaces - the motorhome on left is apparently parked up for winter
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    The house, entrance and reception area
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    Wow, thanks for all your work. Certainly interesting options to consider. The old gentlemans place sounds lovely but maybe the Piraeus one would suit the insurers more. As I said, still at the speculative planning stage. Will have to check out insurers and persuade OH. Recent acquisition of grandchildren means not being away as long as I might ideally like! This would all be an Autumn 2017/Spring 2018 trip. It's full steam ahead for Norway this Spring. Anyway, thanks again for the info. We're just on the ferry back from Bilbao. Time to regroup and catch up with your blog on full fat Virgin broadband back home for a few weeks.:)
     
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    Our pleasure, anytime.

    Enjoy the grandchildren, I am sure they will bring you as many happy memories as nights away in the motorhome.

    Safe journey home x
     
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    @tony_g 3 months parking charge is €3 per day.

    Hopefully the ferry sailing was a good one.
     
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