Highlights from some Greek islands and why you should visit

Holidaying on Greek island is on the top of many peoples travel plans and rightly so. It is one of the best-developed tourist companies in Europe, boasts stunning coastline, incredible history and 0ver 2000 islands. You can choose a greek villa, 5*star hotel or almost any type of accommodation in between. The abundance and types of islands, activities and accommodation are enough to make your head spin. There are countless lists of the best islands, where to go and what to see and to this, I have added my own thoughts and inspiration to the mix. Here I have compiled a few of the main islands and the main draws which attract people to them. From this, you can come up with your own ideas of where you would like to go on holidays. Don’t forget though depending on the length of your time in Greece and around the island it might be possible to get a good mix of each ensuring you have the full island life experience.

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Crete:

To begin with, we will start with the largest of the Greek island which is Crete. Famed for its exciting nightlife, you might be mistaken for forgetting the important history of Crete which you can learn about on a visit. Crete was the location in which two tablets were found that contain the first written records of the Greek language, obviously, this is hugely important to the island and thus the discovery and history of the tablets can be uncovered in several museums on the island.

Following closely on from its famed history is food. With a whole host of local dishes such as Dakos, Crete is a food lovers paradise. Famed for its olive oil you will find plenty of opportunities to sample this along with wines, olives, cheeses and meats that are unique to the island. Once you have had your fill you can move unto the nightlife which is on offer along the main promenade of the city.

Rhodes island:

For the history lovers among you, Rhodes is the perfect destination to explore the medieval side of ancient Greece. Rhodes has over 300 sunny days a year allowing you ample time to explore the rich history that it has to offer before hitting the beach.

Rhodes history dates back thousands of years and like much of Greek history, it is tied into the mythology of the Greek gods. Some of the major sights include the Acropolis of Rhodes and Lindos, the castle of Kristina plus a whole host of museums which are scattered throughout the island. Even just taking a stroll through the streets will bring you upon something new to discover every few steps.

Not just content with beaches Rhodes has a beautiful centre full of tiny villages, beautiful parks and rolling hills all of which are open for you to explore. It is best to rent a car or if you are a large group possibly organising a locally guided tour will give you the best layout of the island and its history.

As with most of the Greek islands, it seems island life is party life. Rhodes is no different with some crazy clubs and cosy bars for all tastes. Grab a bite to eat and head to the waterfront for some fun and entertainment.

Santorini:

This one is definitely not for the group parties but for the couples who want to celebrate their marriage or more simply each other’s company. This picturesque island will have been on any brochure or website you have seen of Greece.

The whitewashed buildings and blue doors and shutters contrast perfectly with the sky and ocean which surrounds it. You can get lost in the cobbled streets as you search for the little café or restaurant you wish to spend the evening in. There are many trails and paths to take across the island in which you can search for the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic and watch the sunset over this majestic island. One of the most popular of the islands if you are planning a romantic getaway during the summer season ensure to book ahead to avoid disappointment. From here you can also take some day trips to neighbouring islands which will allow you to discover beaches which sadly Santorini is lacking.

Ikaria:

This one is for the nature lovers among us. Containing everything from forests to hidden beaches and coves and cliffs this island is longing to be discovered once again by new visitors. There are plenty of trails to assist you as you meander around the island and discover wildlife and dramatic scenery.

Along with the simple process of finding the beauty in nature, there is also a host of outdoor activities that you can get up to including hiking, cycling and of course swimming on the hidden beaches that criss-cross the island. A few days here is enough and then you can move onto another of the islands that scatter the area. Expect lodges or more basic accommodation for those on a budget and of course higher end for those without a budget.

These are just my pick and highlights of some of the island in the region some are famous, and you will know already while others are less so and therefore more fun to discover as part of an adventure. There is room for every budget, so you just need to find what will interest you.

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