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Greece is one of the most classy destination spots in the world. Many people are attracted to the islands that gave birth to one of the earliest civilisations. A holiday to the Greek Islands provides multifaceted experiences for the millions of travellers who travel there every year. From Athens to Mykonos, there is no shortage of exciting things to do on a Greek holiday.
There are literally thousands of islands in this part of the world. Even though the vast majority of the islands are uninhabited, you still won’t be able to experience everything that a Greek holiday has to offer. Here are some of the best Greek Islands to visit
Mykonos is popular because of its beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. The most popular beaches are located on the southern coast: Paradise, Agrari, Psarou, Kalo Livadi, Super Paradise, etc. Be sure to check at least one of these beaches out during your holiday.And then there is the Mykonian nightlife. There are hundreds of clubs and bars located throughout the island. If you’re into nightlife, you’ll have no limit on the number of fun clubs you can party at. Some of the famous beach resorts at Mykonos have their own lively beach clubs.
Along with Crete and Mykonos, Santorini has the highest rate of tourists to the area. Santorini is a series of tiny, volcanic islands, and is named after Saint Irene. If you’re looking for breathtaking volcanic views, then this is THE place to visit. If you plan to spend your honeymoon in the Greek Islands, head for the Oia, where you ill have amazing views of the Caldera. If you’re interested in the excitement of the city, head for Fira, the lively capital.
This northern island has a blend of cultures, ranging from Venetian to British. The old town is an UNESCO heritage site due to its two great fortresses. If you’re going during the summer and want to escape the heat, head for the eastern side, which is notorious for its freezing cold waters. Corfu also has some amazing Byzantine churches and whitewashed houses. In contrast to Old Town, New Town is quite cosmopolitan. You can experience the best of both tradition and contemporary attractions in Corfu.
Naxos lies at the center of the Aegean Sea. It’s one of the most fertile islands in the area. The landscape is versatile, ranging from rocky mountains to beaches. Whether you want to go hiking, surfing, swimming in abundant streams, or any other type of outdoor activity, Naxos is the ideal holiday spot. While you’re there, you might want to visit the Venetian castle, standing tall over the capital Hora. The villages in the area are as authentic as it gets – completely unspoiled by the increase of tourism over the years.
Plan on doing some island hopping? Paros makes an excellent base, due to its top-notch ferry connections. The beaches, accommodation selections, nightlife, etc… are all above average compared to many other tourist hotspots in the world. If you enjoy extreme sports, head for Chrysi Akti, where international windsurfing competitions are held on a regular basis. For nightlife, you’ll want to check out Naousa. Antiparos is ideal for a quiet and peaceful holiday.
Hydra Island is one of the prettiest islands in the world, with its unique architecture and picturesque harbor. You won’t find any cars or motorcycles on Hydra, due to the fact that the landscape and architecture are preserved. Mansions belonging to historic figures are located on both sides of the island. If you want to visit a beach on Hydra, you can hire a sea-taxi. The deep blue waters off of the harbour are where many people go to swim during their Greek holiday. There really isn’t much of nightlife on Hydra, making it ideal for a relaxing holiday.
The infamous Colossus is located on Rhodes. This island, also known as Rhodos, is marked by a medieval town, another UNESCO heritage site. Holidaymakers choose to arrive in Rhodes via charter flights since the ferry system is rather slow. There is a good choice of resorts, including four and five star luxury hotels. Rhodes offers a variety of attractions, ranging from museums to beaches. The downside to Rhodes is that the authenticity has gone downhill over the decades. There are still a few farmers here and there, but many of the Greek traditions are no longer present. These destinations should give you an idea of which spots to hit during your Greek Islands holiday. No matter what type of traveller you are, you should be able to find the right type of attractions and adventure to suit your interests.