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4 Greek islands you didn't know they exist for the ultimate relaxation

Fourni Ikarias ● Gavdos ● Koufonisi ● Schinoussa ● 08 August 2017
 

Have you bored the popular Greek islands and you want an unspoiled heaven to spend your vacations? Do you want to avoid the all-inclusive hotels in Greece and the luxury facilities with thousands of tourists and instead to live an experience off-the-beaten-path, with cozy guesthouses, small rooms to let by the sea, traditional cafés with hospitable people and taverns with fresh fish? These 4 untouched Greek islands you didn't know they exist can offer you amazing moments of relaxation.


Koufonisi

Koufonisi is a complex of two tiny islands. Ano (=upper) Koufonisi has a small village (Chora) and astonishing beaches, while Kato (=under) Koufonisi is uninhabited, and has one exotic beach and a tavern. You can stay in Ano Koufonisi and visit Kato Koufonisi in a day trip by boat; it is less than half an hour. In this excursion, you can admire the coastline of Koufonisi, which is impressive, with emerald waters and caves standing imposing in the sea. The beach in Kato Koufonisi is a wild beach with big waves surrounded by impressive cliffs. It is called Nero (=water), is unorganised and one of the best spots in Greece for free camping. Koufonisi a safe choice for those, who want something in the middle. Authenticity and cosmopolitanism, calmness and fun, unorganised beaches, which have some taverns and beach bars. And of course, maybe the best crystal waters of all the Aegean Islands.

Koufonisi

Schinoussa

Schinoussa belongs to the island complex of the authentic and wonderful Small Cyclades. It is perfect for those seeking something different, calmness and extreme beauty. Wild landscape, great hospitality, unspoiled scenery and azure waters make Schinoussa a heaven on earth where you can explore something really unique, an undiscovered part of the Greek islands. It is not a coincidence that Forbes suggested Schinoussa as one of the 6 "must see" destinations in Greece.

Schinoussa

Fourni Ikarias

Fourni Ikarias is a tiny island with turquoise waters near Ikaria. On this isolated and untouched island, you can spend one or two days during your vacations in Ikaria or, if you are searching for peace and privacy, spend your whole vacation there. It is a remote, fishing island where you will be impressed by its emerald waters, the calm sea and the scenery, with the villages that look like coming from the 50's.

Fourni

Gavdos

The tiny island of Gavdos, which is located to the south of Chania, is an unexplored paradise between Crete and Africa. Gavdos is an exotic oasis, an islet that looks like belonging to Africa, with its free character and its nostalgic aura. The main beach of Gavdos is the beach of Ai Giannis (=Saint John), an impressive beach with cedar trees, dunes and soft, thick, golden sand. On this beach, rackets and every kind of noise are forbidden. You will see there only peaceful young people, with their guitar singing, laughing and having fun. On this beach, something else is also prohibited: the swimming suits. Ai Giannis is a nudism-friendly beach where all people feel free to be naked and experience the ultimate connection with nature.  Forget everything, forget modern civilisation and get lost on this island, which has as a trademark some goats and a chair on the top of a cliff, overlooking the Libyan Sea and the nearby island of Crete.

Gavdos

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Elizabeth Hotel
8.5 10
Elizabeth Hotel
46, Arkadias Str., 11527 Athens, Greece

Elizabeth Hotel is only 10 minutes away from Panormou Metro Station. Syntagma Square is just 4 stops away using the metro and the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport can be easily reached as it is directly connected with Panormou Metro Station.

Hotel in Chalkidiki, Greece Panorama Spa Hotel
Panorama Spa Hotel
Ouranoupoli, 63075 Chalkidiki, Greece

Panorama Spa Hotel is located in the beautiful village of Ouranoupolis, just a 5-minute walk from the beach. The port, where boats depart for Mount Athos is a 15-minute walk away. Thessaloniki Airport is 116 km away.

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Delfini
Hotel Delfini
7, Leocharous str., 18531 Piraeus, Greece

Hotel Delfini is located near the port of Piraeus just 3 minutes walk from the old electric railway station (Metro Line 1) and 5 minutes walk from the port, which has direct accessibility to all Aegean islands. The center of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes from the nearest railway/metro station (Piraeus). The Athens International Airport can be reached in 1 hour and 50 minutes with the bus X95 or in 1 hour and 30 minutes with the electric train and metro.


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