Greek Islands: a perfect holiday destination
Sparkling blue water, spectacular weather, beautiful beaches, delicious Mediterranean food, activities and experiences for all ages make the Greek Islands a popular holiday destination for everyone. You can explore as a family or go there with your partner, the choice is yours, that’s the beauty of the Mediterranean, no matter how varied your interests, these island beauties will impress! When visiting the Greek Islands, you definitely won’t run out of new places to explore and there is an abundance of history, unique architecture and legendary stories that all will appreciate.
It is easy to travel between the islands by either ferry or jump on a quick flight.
When deciding on where to stay, come and have a chat to us as accommodation options are plentiful. You can opt for a hotel room in what the Greeks call a Pension or book a large, luxury villa with plenty of room for the whole family to relax in, here you will have the perfect privacy of a home base while you travel around. Many villas include a private pool for you to sunbake by and read that book you’ve been meaning to read all year long as well as have absolutely stunning views of the Mediterranean. Whatever the style, we will find it for you!
Now, let’s take you on an Island hop with our first stop, Mykonos! Known as The Island of Windmills, this gorgeously picturesque island is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets with quaint little Greek Mama’s in the shop windows working away charming the tourists as well as the gorgeous white washed buildings, exactly like the picture! Yes, that beautiful! It is a busy tourist destination and offers easy access to the beaches, rolling hills and Old World Mediterranean architecture. The streets are full of life with art galleries, cafes, bars, and restaurants. At one end of Mykonos town is “Little Venice,” known for its charming medieval houses which literally hang over the edge of the sea. The sunset here is renowned and is the perfect backdrop to sit and drink your favourite ouzo while watching the sun go down. While on Mykonos don’t forget to visit the capital of Hora. There you will find the Archaeological Museum, Folklore Museum and Maritime Museum, all of whose titles are self-explanatory! There’s even a castle for you to explore! If you want to get away from everything, go to Ano Mera, a small typical Greek village in the centre of the island which has a monastery and a few tavernas.
Our next stop is the gorgeous Island of Santorini! Santorini epitomizes the Greek islands with its white-washed houses, churches and blue sky. The island was created after a huge volcanic eruption, so there is a beautiful blue lagoon in the centre, and steep cliffs on three sides.
Oia is a very pretty village, again situated high on a top of a cliff overlooking the sea, with cave houses and restaurants built into the cliff edge. This is a place for white-washed blue domed churches and charming, traditional houses. One of the most popular attractions in the town is hiring a quad bike and trekking up to a sunset viewing. A special event every evening watching the sunset as it bathes the houses in glorious, golden light… take a donkey ride to the top of the cliffs for an extra special vantage point.
Now let’s go to Crete which is the largest Greek Island and is accessible by ferry or plane ride. It has ancient archaeological sites, great beaches, and superb scenery ranging from mountains to green valleys and steep gorges. The history of Crete is endlessly impressive, and there are so many beaches to choose from. Some of the best beaches include Elafonisi, with its white sand tinged pink by coral, Matala Beach, and Falassarna, with its large sandy beach, again ideal for families.
Our last stop is Rhodes or as the Turkish and Greeks say, Rodos!! This gorgeous Island has a lot of history and culture about it being that it’s so close in proximity to Turkey in the 15th Century it was even ruled by the Ottoman Empire! Fascinating. It’s only a 60 minute boat ride from Marmaris and when you do arrive on Rhodes, you will find gorgeous cobble stone streets that date back to before 15th Century BC! Hard to imagine. When looking for accommodation in Rhodes, make sure you check out a family run hotel that is embedded into the old stone walls called In Camera Art Boutique Hotel. The owner is a famous photographer who has themed each room up from his travels around Greece and his children run the hotel which is great for when you’re sitting down at the bar and want to hear some great tips and history of this great Island Rhodes!
There are over 200 inhabited islands in the Greek Archipelago (of a total of 6000!) The Greek Islands will provide you with a wealth of experiences and travelling to the region for a getaway will provide you with a lifetime of memories.