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


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.


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.


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.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Faros II
Hotel Faros II
117, Kolokotroni Str., 18536 Piraeus, Greece

Centrally located in Piraeus, Hotel Faros II offers accommodation just 10 minutes walk from the port and from a metro station. The center of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes from the nearest railway/metro station (Piraeus). Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is at 40 km and a bus stop for the X96 bus connecting Piraeus and the airport is a 5-minute walk away.

Hotel in Patmos, Greece Skala Hotel
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Skala Hotel
Skala, 85500 Patmos, Greece

Skala Hotel is located in Skala, Patmos, just a 4-minute walk from the Port. The nearest beach to the hotel is a 5-minute walk away. Chora is 3.9 km away.

Hotel in Chios, Greece Esperides Hotel
Esperides Hotel
Agia Foteini Beach, 82100 Chios, Greece

Esperides Hotel is located just one minute's walk from Agia Foteini Beach. Chios town and Chios Port are approximately a 20-minute drive away. Chios National Airport is a 16-minute drive away.


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