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Discover Greece and the Greek islands

greeceA holiday in Greece is full of pleasures and natural beauty. Although the association is Greece and summer holidays, the emotions and beauty last all year round and are offered generously, and there is always the ideal island for your vacation.

From rock climbing in Kalymnos, diving in Santorini, horseback riding in Crete or relaxing on the beaches of Lefkada, whatever type of vacation you are looking for, you will definitely find what you are looking for.

In the Greek islands you will find many suggestions for interesting activities, on each island separately. Many islands have very up-to-date museums with interesting exhibits giving you the opportunity to get to know the history of the island over time. Others have interesting archeological sites that are definitely worth a visit. Others have museums of folk art and tradition.

Whether you are traveling alone, with your partner or family, or with friends, on each island you will have the opportunity to find what you like and enjoy it to the fullest. Each island has its own beauty and charm and finding it is not at all difficult, quite the opposite.

greek islandEvery island of Greece offers the opportunity of strong emotions, natural beauty and modern benefits. Everything you need for an enjoyable vacation full of Greece. Take a look and just decide which island will be your next destination. Make your reservations regarding ferry and accommodation tickets and you are ready to leave. With beautiful beaches, clear blue waters, romantic sunsets, delicious food, islands and whatever else comes to mind, is the best choice

Holidays in Greece do not necessarily mean mainstream islands and beaches, noisy beach bars, famous taverns and cool island restaurants visited by famous people. They also mean the authentic side of Greece, tradition, history, love and passion.

Greek island holiday means relaxation in a traditional cafe and immersion in the ritual of good Greek wine, company, a few snacks and pleasant touch to the soundtrack of the landscape and the surrounding area, gazing at the sun and the sea.

greek seasThe seas of Greece teem with islands, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. But where is it worth going on holidays. Which are the most beautiful Greek islands and which are the liveliest ones, which are the Greek islands for all and which ones are perfect for children.

Wandering from one island to another in Greece is not easy and, as a rule, it is necessary to identify the suitable island or islands in good time. Between one and the other the most convenient way to get around is the ferry and transfers take time.

Once you have reached the chosen island, it is advisable to rent a bicycle or a scooter (or in the larger islands, such as Crete, a car for getting around.

Discover the Greek islands

Greek islandsThe islands of Greece represent the escape, away from the hectic everyday life, to find yourself in the world of small Greek island villages, with  white houses and the deep blue sea.
Our Popular islands list those in greatest demand. They usually have their own airport and plenty of tourist attractions.
The Peaceful islands tend to be off the main tourist trail and, while some have larger airports, others may need a ferry journey to reach them.
The Sleepy islands are well off the tourist track and may only be reached by ferry, with some a considerable distance from the nearest large airport.
The Offbeat islands are mainly for those seeking a more remote and authentic holidays in Greece.

Holidays in the Greek Islands are all things to all people. Head for a hedonistic party playpen or take in a tranquil backwater with a donkey ride to your hotel. The Greek Islands have an unrivalled array of ancient monuments and a grossly unfair share of outstandingly beautiful sights. Ferries make island hopping easy and there is diving, sailing and water sports galore.

Nowhere caters for so many different tastes in summer holidays than the Greek Islands. And most islands have something for everyone. Even package holiday staples like Corfu, Kos and Rhodes have their share of thrilling windswept sands and modest holiday hideaways.

Add some sensational scenery, beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, friendly people and a rich cultural history and the matter of finding your ideal Greek Island holiday is simply taking the time to search it out.

The Greek Islands fall into seven main groups. To the west are the green Ionian; the central Cyclades have archetypical sugar cube houses while the eastern Dodecanese follow the hot Turkish coast; the Saronic and Sporades hug Greece’s east shore and the north Aegean are gateways to the Bosphorus. And, of course, there’s Crete — the largest of them all with a culture and style all its own

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GREEK-ISLANDS

As an antidote to the usual gushing holiday brochures about Greece, we offer a more prosaic peek at holidays in Greece and travel in the Greek islands with unbiased reports and independent guides to the best Greek beaches,the warm sun that warms the heart and the golden countryside. The Greek islands capture our imagination to bring it back through the centuries.
They gather in one place the wonder of the world, its most ancient and brilliant history, simplicity, nature, tradition, perfection. The islands are divided into many small and large archipelagos, you can visit the whole group of islands or focus on the single destination of your trip

Cyclades islands

The Cycladic islands epitomise Greek island holidays with their sugar cube houses, ancient hilltop windmills and blue-domed churches. Good ferry links makes this a popular island hopping area. Windswept and exposed, Santorini and Mykonos are the most typical of the Cyclades while Paros, Naxos and Ios with their long golden beaches and groves of citrus and olive have their own special qualities too.

Dodecanese Islands

Located close to Asia Minor, they were an Italian possession during the Second World War.
over 20 islands are part of it including Rhodes, Symy, Kos, Leros, Lipsi, Patmos, Nisyros, Tilos, Karpathos, Astypalea,Kasos, Kastelorizo .All with fragrant lands to walk on, aromas to savor, feast of colors, unique and romantic landscapes, a precious mosaic in which East and West come together in a unique blend. Following the coast of Turkey, from Rhodes in the south to Samos in the north, with daily ferry links, the Dodecanese make for ideal island hopping holidays. At the point where east meets west the islands offer a wealth of archaeological treasures, from the medieval streets of Rhodes to St John the apostle’s cave on Patmos. Beaches are in no short supply either and variety is the key word for holidays here.

North Eastern Aegean Islands

The Northern Aegean Islands are scattered along the coasts facing Turkey. These islands tend to be less visited than other groups and will suit those who favour forested mountains, uncluttered beaches and good walking trails through lush scenery.  Samos and Lesvos are the big islands in the group with wide rolling landscapes and long, sandy beaches. The increasingly popular small island of Thassos, just off the Macedonian coast, is a great alternative.Fertile lands, with a mild climate and luxuriant nature, rich in history and myths. These islands have always been famous for the conflicts that have raged here for centuries and for being the birthplace of famous historical figures
This group includes some beautiful but not very touristy islands, perfect for those seeking relaxation away from the masses of tourists. Among the many we mention  Chios, Thassos, Ikaria and Limnos.

Ionian Islands

The closest Greek islands to the UK, the Ionian group lies off the west coast of mainland Greece. Well watered by heavy winter rains, the landscapes here are much greener than other islands. Good sandy beaches and shallow seas also help to make the Ionian chain very popular with families. Corfu, Kefalonia, Lefkas and Zante are the best known of them but the smaller islands of Paxos and Ithaka are also well worth a visit. The Ionian Islands are an idyllic archipelago of Greece and are located in the Ionian Sea. Except for some places that have opted for mass tourism, especially for young people, for the most part these islands are quiet and relaxing. Among the best known we mention Corfu, Zante, Kefalonia, Ithaca and Lefkada.

Saronic Islands

The nearest island group to Athens, the Saronic islands are not only easy to reach they also make a great base for exploring mainland Greece. Aegina, the nearest to Athens and within sight of the capital, attracts they attract many Greek weekend visitors along with foreign tour groups and independent island-hoppers. Other nearby islets like Hydra and Agistri offer peaceful pebble coves well away from the crowds.  Overlooking the Saronic Gulf, they are small gems quite close to Athens. Among the most popular are Poros, Spetses and Hydra.

Sporades Islands

Colorful and rich in vegetation, the sporodes are suitable for a holiday between sea and nature. Among the most popular are Volos, Skiathos and Alonissos. Mountainous islands scattered in an extraordinarily clear sea. The Sporades are all very rich in vegetation, are dotted with characteristic villages and obviously dotted with beaches and inlets. Small in number maybe, but this small clutch of islands off Greece’s east coast range more than makes up for it in variety and choice. Island delights range from large, busy, sandy, family friendly beaches of Skiathos to the charming hideaway pebble coves of Skopelos and the pristine natural beauty of Alonissos. Set in a protected marine park the Sporades islands can guarantee the clearest waters in the Aegean.

Crete

Crete is so big and diverse it can even be thought of as an independent island group in itself. Crete is not only very long it is also very popular and accounts for nearly a quarter of the entire annual tourist trade of Greece. A backbone of majestic mountains overlooks all variety of beach resorts, from the tourist heavy playgrounds in the north and east to wild, remote and windswept beaches of the south and west.

Weather in Greece

Most people associate Greece with hot sunny days. While that is indeed true during the summer months, the winter sees plenty of rain and snow. Greece’s wide geographical diversification means that different areas of the country see very different weather patterns.

The Cyclades Islands, Dodecanese Islands, Crete, the Peloponnese, and Attica experience hot, dry, sunny summers punctuated by strong winds in July and August called meltemi. In the winters these regions experience cold and rain, but very rarely any snow outside of the highest mountain peaks. In general, they experience a typical Mediterranean climate.

On the other hand, Northern Greece has hot and humid summers with freezing winters not too much different from the Balkans. The rainiest areas are in western Greece, the western Peloponnese, southwest Epirus, and the Ionian Islands.

The North Aegean Islands and Halkidiki experience a climate roughly in between the Mediterranean and the severe winters of northern Greece.As would be expected, the weather stays warmest the furthest south in Crete. In general, the rainy season lasts from mid-October until February

When to go in Greece

The busiest month to travel in Greece is in August, when almost every Greek and what seems like half of Europe is taking their own vacation in the Greek islands. That being said, the large cities are usually empty which can be quite a relief. But August is also the hottest month in all of Greece.

The high season is officially June through August, which means traveling from Easter to June and in September are great alternatives. Prices are a bit cheaper, room rates are more negotiable, airfare is cheaper, ferries are less crowded, and the weather is warm but not hot.

If you’re looking for winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, the season depends on the snowfall, but the best time to go is generally January to April.

From November until Easter it is very hard to find accommodation and services on the Greek islands. During this low season most hotels, shops, restaurants, and museums close their doors and rest.