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6 Greek islands for travellers with high standards

Hydra ● Koufonisi ● Patmos ● Paxoi ● Spetses ● Tinos ● 09 August 2017
 

There are some Greek islands that are ideal for those travellers, who want all-inclusive hotels and numerous touristic facilities, like Rhodes or Zakynthos. There are some other, which offer luxury hotels, internationally awarded restaurants and famous celebrities, who spend their vacations there, like Mykonos and Santorini. There are Greek islands perfect for partying, with vivid nightclubs, cheap hotels and hostels in Greece for young people. Other islands are ideal for families, couples or peace and privacy. In addition to these categories of islands, there are also some Greek islands, which are the ultimate destination for those travellers, who have high standards, are demanding and want something more than the usual. These travellers don't care so much about the touristic facilities, but they search for good food, traditional guesthouses, hospitable people, elegant restaurants and bars as well as other visitors with good taste. These 6 Greek islands will meet your expectations, and after your holidays, you will feel that you have spent wonderful moments away from mass tourism.

Hydra

Hydra belongs to the Saronic Islands, located only 1,5 hour from Athens. The picturesque architecture of Hydra Chora, with the huge stone-built mansions and the elegant houses of the traditional and protected settlement, which looks like being hidden in its natural harbour, make you feel like seeing a wonderful painting. The houses are standing amphitheatrically on the cliff, and the harbour is full of lovely sailing boats, local shops, restaurants by the sea and bars with cosmopolitan character. This little oasis is ideal for having a stroll inside its paved streets, buy elegant things and souvenirs, eat seafood, drink your cocktail and generally relax.

Hydra

Spetses

Spetses is one of the most elegant Saronic Islands, all of which are perfect for a weekend from Athens thanks to their closeness to the Greek capital.  Spetses is considered to be the counterweight to Mykonos, concerning the nightlife, the luxury shops and restaurants and the cosmopolitan character. The old port and Dapia (the modern port0) are the perfect places to have a walk on foot or by a carriage with a horse. The scenery is lovely, the neoclassical houses are impressive, well-preserved and beautiful. Taverns by the sea in front of the pedestrian give you the ultimate feeling of the island, but the old port is not always calm and peaceful. In the old port, beats the heart of Spetses nightlife, and you can have fun there, in the cozy small bars until the dawn.

Spetses

Tinos

Apart from Tinos Town, the whole island of Cyclades is the ultimate elegant destination. Every village is charming, with typical Cycladic white-washed houses, local shops and pebbled streets, and cafés and bars have a beautiful taste that you have never met before. Pigeon houses are everywhere, designed with the traditional architecture and made from the local marble of Tinos that is famous all over Greece.

Koufonisi

Koufonisi is a tiny island of Small Cyclades that will impress you with its turquoise waters and golden sand of the astonishing beaches. Furthermore, its Chora is a traditional Cycladic settlement with narrow pebbled streets, elegant shops with local products, clothes and jewellery as well as cafés and bars, where people are truly relaxed and you can easily make new friends.

Koufonisi

Patmos

Patmos is not only a summer destination of the Dodecanese, with wonderful beaches and impressive medieval villages. Thanks to its reputation as the place where Saint John wrote the Apocalypse, it is a popular religious destination for pilgrims all over the world. If you are interested in this strong spiritual character, visit Patmos and feel the quiet and mystical vibes of the island.

Paxoi

Paxoi is the only small island of the Ionian Islands. Full of trees, green nature and the most impressive, turquoise waters in Greece are the characteristics of Paxoi. If you love the lush greenery, the Italian-style towns and the peaceful aura of a small island, then, Paxoi is the ultimate destination for you.

Paxoi

Where to Stay

Hostel in Athens, Greece Athens International Youth Hostel
7.8 10
Athens International Youth Hostel
16, Victor Hugo str., 10438 Athens, Greece

Athens International Youth Hostel is a friendly, budget hostel located in a quiet residential street, close to the historic center of Athens and just 3 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 1.5 km, while the lively Monastiraki Square is at 1.3 km. Plaka, the historic and picturesque part of Athens with narrow cobblestone streets can be reached within a 18-minute walk.

Studio & Appartment in Lipsi, Greece Michalis Studios
Michalis Studios
Lipsi, 85001 Lipsi, Greece

Michalis Studios is centrally located in Lipsi town, just a 3-minute walk away from the port. The nearest beach is a 6-minute walk away.

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Klonos Anna
Klonos Anna
48, Kazantzaki Str., 18010 Aegina, Greece

The family run Klonos Anna hotel is located 5 minutes walk from Kolona beach and 1.3 km from the main port of Aegina island and the center of the town. Aegina can be easily reached with a ferry boat from Piraeus (Athens), or Agistri and Methana islands.


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