The Greek Islands have a charm and allure which draws repeat visitors year after year. The white-washed buildings with their distinctive blue-green shutters, beaches, tavernas and nightlife all combine to offer a relaxed holiday. The islands are grouped geographically and combining two or more islands within the same island group by ferry and hydrofoil, is a great way to create your own “island-hopping holiday”.
Located between Greece and Turkey, these are probably Greece’s best-known islands. In total 56 islands make up this island group. The most popular islands are:
Mykonos: Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece and is well known for its dominant blue domed churches, beaches, relaxing atmosphere and exciting nightlife. The beaches of Platy Gialos, Agios Stefanos, Psarou, Kalafatis, Ornos and Elia are popular with families. Soak up the sun on the clean beaches, go windsurfing or jet skiing, try the local cuisine at the seaside taverns or pub bars, dance to loud music, visit the monasteries and churches or take a leisurely boat ride to Delos, the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. Mykonos offers it all...
Santorini: Santorini is distinguished by its wild beauty and volcanic landscape. The island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in antiquity, but what remains today is a submerged volcano and a Caldera (crater). On the western side of
the island, there are breathtaking views of the extinct crater, now engulfed by the sea.
Marvel at the villages built along the edge and appreciate the architecture. Kamari Beach, with its black pebbles, is popular with sun-worshippers, and many claim that watching the sunset from Oia is an unforgettable experience. Explore Santorini’s historical sites, the ancient Akrotiri and the exceptional museums located in Fira, the island’s main town. Take a cacique ride to the volcanic island of Nea Kamini and swim in the hot spring. Unforgettable memories...
Paros: As you approach the port of Paros (Parikia), you will be greeted by the sight of a large Cycladic style windmill, magnificent traditional whitewashed houses and a long seaside promenade. Parikia is a wonderful town to stroll through, to take in the island’s atmosphere. Paros has many significant archaeological, historical and natural sites.
You will be rewarded with scenes of extreme beauty, olive groves, vineyards and orchards situated in rolling hills. You should not miss the small village of Naoussa and the magnificent beach at Kolymbithres. Another option is taking a short boat trip to Antiparos island to see the famous Antiparos Cave. Paros is an island that offers solitude and serenity...
Naxos: Naxos is the largest of all Cycladic islands and has inherited many monuments from different eras of its rich history. A Venetian castle dominates its capital on the west coast, a more noticeable characteristic of the island is the huge doorway of the 6th century Apollo standing on the islet at the entrance to the harbour. It is the nuptial isle of the god Dionysus and has the highest mountain of the island group, Mount Zas. With so many charming mountainous villages, green landscape and numerous sandy beaches, Naxos has managed to keep its authenticity and natural beauty. This versatile island will please the sightseer, the nature lover, the party-goer and even the laid back tourist.