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6 Greek islands renowned for their Chora

Corfu ● Folegandros ● Hydra ● Sifnos ● Symi ● Syros ● 13 July 2017
 

The most amazing thing with the Greek islands is that each of them has something unique to offer to you. Some of them, like Mykonos, Crete and Milos, are renowned for their beaches, some other, like Ios, Paros and Skiathos and of course Mykonos), are famous for their cosmopolitan character and their vivid nightlife scene, and some of them have an extremely beautiful capital, which makes the strolls in the narrow pebbled streets an unforgettable experience. They may have not so impressive beaches, but their stunning Chora overshadows everything. One thing is for sure: every single Greek island is a whole new world with unique things and pictures that will steal your heart.

1. Hydra

Hydra belongs to the Saronic Islands, the islands that are so close to Athens that are perfect for a weekend or even a day-trip from the Greek capital. The popularity of Hydra is a result of the extreme beauty of Hydra Chora, one of the best-preserved towns in Greece, with stone-built houses on a cliff. 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.


2. Sifnos

The capital of Sifnos is Apollonia Sifnos, which is built amphitheatrically around three hills. The village is picturesque, consisting of narrow, pebbled streets, elegant local shops, white arches and Cycladic houses with bougainvillea hanging on their walls. Chora of Sifnos is beautiful like a carte postal and interesting like a small town full of happy people. Early at night, there are many cocktail bars to enjoy romantic moments after having a stroll in the lovely streets of Chora, but after midnight, the scenery reminds of the liveliest islands in Greece, and the atmosphere is full of wild nightlife moments, alcohol and dance.


3. Syros

Syros is not typically Cycladic, but it distinguishes for its Venetian architecture. Ermoupolis Syros, the main town and harbour of the island, reminds more of Dodecanese than Cyclades, but it is one of the most beautiful and imposing towns of Greece. In Ermoupolis Syros, you may think that everything, every house and every mansion has the purpose to make the port even more stunning. The most impressive building and at the same time the trademark of Syros is the Town hall, which was built in the 19th century by the famous neoclassical architect, Ernst Ziller.


4. Corfu

Corfu Town is among the most beautiful and elegant cities in Greece, if not in Europe. Its traditional, Italian architecture, the neoclassical buildings and the well-preserved palaces give to Corfu Town a unique charm you will adore. The best spots in Corfu Town are the Spianada Square (Corfu), the Ionian Academy, the Town Hall and the Ionian Parliament.


5. Folegandros

Folegandros Chora, the capital town of the island, is built with whitewashed houses with colourful windows and bougainvilleas hanging on them that strongly remind of the traditional Cycladic architecture. The cobblestone streets lead to the village’s squares, where the traveller can eat in romantic atmosphere local delicacies. On the top of the hill, from where you can have a magnificent view of Folegandros, is located the impressive church of Panagia with a stone path leading to it.


6. Symi

Symi, the small island in a close distance to Rhodes, has an impeccable architecture and a beautiful promenade by the sea, near the colourful neoclassical buildings. Traditional taverns, alternative bars on the top of the cliff with magnificent view and adorable local shops make Symi the ideal island, if you want to relax and spend relaxing moments.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Acropole
Hotel Acropole
7, Gounari str., 18531 Piraeus, Greece

Hotel Acropole is located in the centre of Piraeus, just opposite the port. Within a 5-minute walk you can reach your ferry and the electric railway/metro station Piraeus. The centre of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes with the train/metro. Athens International Airport is at 45 km. A bus stop for the X96 bus connecting Piraeus and the airport is at 150 m.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Sparta Team Hotel
8 10
Sparta Team Hotel
21, Menandrou Str., 10563 Athens, Greece

Sparta Team Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 8-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station and Monastiraki Metro Station. The port of Piraeus is 11 km away.

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Faros I
Hotel Faros I
140, Notara Str., 18536 Piraeus, Greece

Centrally located in Piraeus, Hotel Faros I 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 3-minute walk away.


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