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Discover the islands of Greece

Greece has over 2,500 islands, of which about 170 are inhabited. The Greek islands are scattered over the Greek seas, the Aegean, the Cretan and the Ionian seas. Large and small, inhabited and uninhabited, desolate and cosmopolitan, verdant and arid, known and unknown, lost in the foaming waves of the sea. 5,000 years of myth and history have passed.

Their remains can be seen, attesting to the culture, continuity and cohesion of the Hellenism of the islands, a vital, highly important part of Greece. There are countless examples like, the sacred island of Delos, Akrotiri on Santorini, Lindos on Rhodes, Knossos, Phaistos and Malia on Crete, the temple of Aphaia on Egina, the sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothraki and so many others.

Across such a great distance comes an incredible diversity of holiday options. On mountainous islands such as Crete you can be in chilly highland pine forests and then swimming in the sea less than an hour later. On other islands you might leave behind a busy beach resort and within minutes be hiking on an old Byzantine footpath. On others still you might learn to windsurf while your partner tries their hand at making the super-sweet baklava.

While major sites such as Delos or the buried city of Akrotiri on Santorini attract large tour groups from the visiting cruise ships, visit many other sites on the Greek islands and you’ll have the entire site to yourself.

For those who like their holidays on the more active side the Greek islands offer many great options. Sea kayaking and sailing lessons are available around many of the islands, while diving and snorkelling is extremely popular in the clear warm waters of the Aegean.

Islands such as Naxos are crossed by many miles of walking trails with horse riding also an option in many places. Choose your level of preferred activity and there will be an active holiday to suit you.

Food is guaranteed to be a highlight of a holiday on the Greek islands. With an emphasis on simple dishes made from the freshest ingredients, even the most nervous eater will find reassuring familiarity on offer within the average Greek menu.

Look out for the meze, a selection of many dishes that come without end to your table, allowing you to sample many examples of Greek cuisine over a leisurely evening. Dips made with aubergine, cucumber, chickpeas and garlic can be found across the Greek islands, but each region will also have its own specialities, linked to their islands’ traditional harvests. Olive oil is everywhere; hardly surprising given that Greece is the world’s third largest producer of olives.

And when you’re done with eating, don’t be surprised when the waiter offers you a glass of the local tipple – it might be raki or ouzo (both anise-flavoured drink, although the latter is generally more agreeable to the unseasoned drinker); it might be Kitron, a citrus-based drink popular in the Cyclades; these drinks are complementary and an example of the typically warm hospitality found around these parts. Whether it’s unspoilt deserted beaches you are looking for, or action-packed resorts lined with plenty of lively taverns and bars, no holiday is complete without spending time on the hundreds of quality beaches in the Greek Islands, many of which have been awarded the EU Blue Flag for cleanliness and excellence.

 

Almost every year the Greek islands are at the top of the world preference according to one of the largest travel magazines in the world. 2017 was another extremely successful year for the Greek tourism, in the markets of Great Britain and Ireland, Greece was honoured with significant distinctions, in two competitive processes, organised by renowned industry magazines in London, it is emphasised in an announcement of Greek National Tourism Organisation. In particular, the readers of the travel magazine (Conde Nast Traveler) vote the Greek islands as the top destination in the world.
At the same time, they voted Greece, as the second best country in the world for holidays with Italy at the first place.
Finally, Greece and the Greek islands was also named the second Best Destination after Spain for Family Holidays at the awards of the British travel agents and tourism professionals Star Awards 2017, which organises for more than 20 years the travel trade magazine Travel Bulletin.

Things to do and see in the Greek islands

Sports

As well as a haven for relaxation, the beaches in the Greek Islands offer plenty of sports and activities. From banana boat and jet ski rides, to wind surfing, water skiing, fishing, parasailing, surfing and kayaking, there’s something for everyone. Away from the beach, other activities to enjoy in the Greek Islands include mountain biking, horse riding, tennis and golf.

Sailing

One of the most popular ways to explore Greece is by sailboat, and there are ample opportunities for cruising the many islands whilst on holiday. The warm weather, clear blue seas and strong winds offer ideal conditions for sailing, and the islands offer plenty of sheltered bays, picturesque harbours and welcoming tavernas along the way.

Walking and Hiking

Discover the Greek islands whilst walking or hiking off the beaten track. With an abundance of natural beauty, many of the less developed islands are a haven for exploring on foot in the off-peak season, whether ii

The weather in the Greek Islands

Beautiful beach holiday weather from May through to October. Summers are hot and dry. Expect long days of uninterrupted sunshine and temperatures of at least 30º. July and August may see several days with temperatures in the mid-to-high 30’s. Romantically warm summer evenings see everyone eating and drinking outside.

When to Go

Holidays to the Greek Islands in early and late season will find very quiet beaches and a blissfully relaxed atmosphere. Spring is the perfect time to explore scenic islands like Kefalonia and Crete. You can expect lots of warm sunshine when the season begins in earnest in May. Town resorts on Corfu and Crete are rewarding in the low-season.

For the liveliest nightlife you should travel in July or August. June is a lovely optimistic time to arrive. September and October are exceptionally laid-back. If you hope to do some walking and touring we recommend avoiding the heat of peak summer.

Spring weather is ideal for holidays combining beach relaxation with walking and excursions. Temperatures are in the low 20’s as early as April. Sea temperatures remain beautifully warm into early autumn. Sunbathing weather typically continues into October. Winter sees plenty of sunshine but it can be chilly out of the sun and cold at night.

Cyclades islands

Amorgos
Amorgos has about 1,900 inhabitants and is located in the arms of the Aegean Sea, southeast of Naxos. Although a small island, it has nothing to envy from the other islands of the Cyclades.

The wild, mountainous scenery of the island, the crystal clear waters and the very friendly inhabitants attract many visitors who are enchanted by the peaceful atmosphere that prevails and become loyal fans of Amorgos every year.

Amorgos is an ideal destination for relaxation and experienced great growth during the Cycladic civilization. It has a lot to offer to the visitor and stands out for its folk architecture, archaeological wealth and interesting local customs.

It is no coincidence that the French director Luc Besson was enchanted by the imposing rocks of the island on its east coast and decided to shoot there the film “Le Grand Bleu” (The Infinite Blue) that made Amorgos world famous. Today Amorgos is a “trendy” island that is flooded mainly by French tourists who, in addition to vacation, are also interested in buying real estate and land.

Apart from the small but beautiful Chora, other picturesque villages of Amorgos are Aegiali, Katapola, Tholaria, Lagada and Potamos.

You can swim at the beaches of Agia Anna, Kambi, Kalotaritissa, Finikies, Agios Pavlos and many more.

Amorgos does not need advertising. Its wild beauty and inexhaustible nature keep the interest of every visitor undiminished.

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