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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.

Hydra

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.

Ermoupoli

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.

Corfu

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.

Folegandros

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.

Symi

Where to Stay

Hotel in Chania, Greece Halepa Hotel
9.4 10
Halepa Hotel
164, El. Venizelou str., 73133 Chania, Greece

Halepa Hotel is located in the well know, quiet area of Halepa, just 1.5 km from the city center of Chania. Koum Kapi Beach is at 700 m. Chania International Airport "Ioannis Daskalogiannis" is a 15-minute drive away, while the port of Souda connecting Chania with Piraeus, Athens is at 7 km.

Boutique Hotel in Athens, Greece Anixi Boutique Hotel
8.7 10
Anixi Boutique Hotel
17, Marathonos Ave., Anixi, 14569 Athens, Greece

Anixi Boutique Hotel is located in Athens, 26 km away from the city centre. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 36 km away and Piraeus Port is 34 km away.

Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Arabas Studios
Arabas Studios
28, Sahtouri Str., 54632 Thessaloniki, Greece

Being located in the historic part of Thessaloniki, so called Old or Upper Town (Ano Poli), Arabas hostel is an ideal place for backpackers, groups or individual travelers looking for budget and quality accommodation in a great location. The center of the bustling city of Thessaloniki can be reached within 15 minutes on foot. The train station is at 1.5 km, while the Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 20 km. Many shops, traditional taverns, bars and the historic monuments located in the center of the town can be reached within short walking distance.


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