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5 reasons that make Greek islands so unique

Aegean islands ● Cyclades ● Dodecanese ● Ionian islands ● Sporades ● 08 July 2017
 

Why are the Greek islands so unique? Why do so many tourists from all over the world come to visit Sporades, Cyclades, Dodecanese and Ionian Islands? The truth is that the islands of the Aegean and the Ionian Sea are considered among the best destinations worldwide. Is it their atmosphere, their crystal waters, the hospitality of the locals or something else? It is difficult to explain in exact words their beauty and popularity, but we can try describing you some characteristics that make Greek islands so charming.

1. Traditional villages and towns

The villages of the Greek islands are one of a kind. Neoclassical towns amphitheatrically built on the slope, such as Ermoupolis Syros, Symi and Skiathos Town, seaside villages with white-washed houses and chapels, such as Mykonos Town or Naxos Chora, cosmopolitan well-preserved towns surrounded by lush greenery, such as Corfu Town or Fiskardo in Kefalonia, medieval towns and Venetian castles, such as Rhodes Old Town and Kastro in Sifnos, or elegant white villages at the edge of the cliff, such as Fira Santorini or Folegandros Chora, create a scenery you have never seen before. 

Ermoupoli in Syros

2. Natural beauty

The natural beauty of the Greek islands is unique and has great variety. Rocky coves, long sandy beaches, volcanos (in Santorini, Milos and Nisyros), gorges, high mountains, rivers, lakes and cliffs create a landscape of extraordinary beauty.

Sarakiniko in Milos

3. Different styles

The Greek islands offer an amazing variety in every field. Rocky, sandy or green beaches, secluded or organised shores, small or large islands, islands for couples, for families or for partying, landscape with lush greenery or wild, dry beauty, elegant Choras and crowded resorts are only some of the different things a Greek island can offer to you.

4. Significant historical sites

The Aegean Islands were home to important ancient civilisations. Ancient Kamiros in Rhodes, Akrotiri Minoan Site (Santorini), Portara in Naxos, Delos or Asklepieion in Kos are just a few paradigms of the numerous archaeological sites that especially Cyclades and Dodecanese have.

Portara in Naxos

5. Island-hopping

Island-hopping is an experience every traveller should live in Greece. Actually, it is an experience that you can only have in the Greek islands thanks to their location and the special conditions of the Aegean and the Ionian Sea. Greece is blessed with thousands of islands of every kind.  Beautiful islands, located in a very close distance to each other, are waiting for you to explore them and see a different island every day.

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 Aegina, Greece Plaza Hotel
Plaza Hotel
4, Kazantzaki Str., Aegina Town, 18010 Aegina, Greece

Plaza Hotel is located in the centre of Aegina Town, just 1-minute walk from the beach. Aegina Port is a 4-minute walk away. Agia Marina is 13 km away.

Hostel & Appartment in Kalambaka, Greece Hostel Meteora
Hostel Meteora
51, Tiouson & Papagou str., Trikala, 42100 Kalambaka, Greece

Hostel Meteora is located in the heart of Trikala city, 20 km east from Kalambaka village and famous Meteora monasteries. There is bus and train connection every 1 hour and it takes only 15 minutes to reach the Holy Meteora. Another places of interest in Thessaly region such as Delphi, Mount Olympus and Kissavos Beaches are easily accessible from lively Trikala city. Trikala is 328 km from Athens and can be reached with a bus or a train within 4 hours.


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