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3 wonderful islands at the edge of Greece

Fourni Ikarias ● Gavdos ● othoni ● 10 October 2018

Are you looking for some truly undiscovered islands in Greece to spend your next summer vacation? We gathered for you three islands that are literally at the edge of Greece and can offer you isolation and contact with nature. Enjoy! 


You are at Europe’s edge, in the last inhabited island of Greece, a heaven in your dreams. Take a journey in this paradise on earth, and you will see the difference. With amazing contribution to ecology, together with the nearby tiny islet of Gavdopoula, Gavdos is a migratory bird stop as well as a shelter for endangered seals and caretta-caretta turtle. Gavdos is an off-the-beaten-path Greek island for those who love nature, a peaceful stay and good food. In its well-made paths, you can take gorgeous walks and get drunk with tsikoudia, the tsipouro of Crete. At the endless beaches of Gavdos, you will enjoy the best sunrises of your life. The beaches of Agianni and Sarakiniko are tempting, but don’t miss also Kastri, Ampelos, Kedres and Korfo. If you like the ultimate privacy, Pyrgos has two wonderful secluded beaches. In Karave, you will find traditional Greek taverns with excellent food, as Gavdos is famous for its fresh fish. You can go to Gavdos by boat from Sfakia or Palaiochora in Crete. 



It is not a coincidence that the island of Fourni, near Ikaria, was the island of pirates. Here, time stops, and the blue of the sea mixes with the green of the island and the white of the white-washed houses. Beauty surrounds you everywhere, and if you want to swim in the clearest sea waters you can find in Greece, just pick a beach. They are all gorgeous, but be prepared to walk as there is no access to the beaches by car. If you have time for an excursion, take the boat and get to Chrisomilia to have enough of sea, sun and verdant nature. You can go to Fournoi by boat from Piraeus or Ikaria or take the aeroplane to Samos and then by boat from there. 



At the far end of the Ionian Sea, Othoni is the largest of the Diapontia islands (the other are Ereikoussa and Mathraki), where the legend says that Calypso kept Odysseus imprisoned. The island has two settlements, named Ammos, and one mountainous called Chorio. The most beautiful beaches are Fyki and Aspri Ammos (=white sand). In Ereikoussa, which took its name from the shrub reiki and is the northernmost island, impressive is the beach in the settlement of Porto. You can go to these islands by boat every day from Corfu.


Where to Stay

Studio & Appartment in Messinia, Greece Theoxenia Hotel Apartments
Theoxenia Hotel Apartments
Chranoi, 24010 Messinia, Greece

Only a 5-minute walk from a long, sandy beach in Messinian Bay, Theoxenia Hotel Apartments is located in Chrani village in Messinia. Kalamata International Airport is at 27 km, while the center of lively Kalamata city is at 35 km.

Hotel & Appartment in Leros, Greece Hotel Marilen
Hotel Marilen
Alinda, 85400 Leros, Greece

Hotel Marilen is located in Alinda, only a 10-minute walk from Alinda beach. Leros Municipal Airport is 4.2 km away while Leros Port is 6 km away.

Hotel in Kos, Greece Tropical Sol
Tropical Sol
Tigaki, 85300 Kos, Greece

Tropical Sol is located in Tigaki, just a 5-minute walk from Tigaki sandy beach. Kos town and Kos Port are a 15-minute drive away. Kos International Airport is a 20-minute drive away.