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6 Greek islands to visit if you are completely stressed out

Arkioi ● Gavdos ● Koufonisi ● Paxoi ● Schinoussa ● Tilos ● 18 September 2017
 

We all know the feeling. The daily routine is exhausting, and our obligations are so demanding that the only thing we can do is going from one work to the other, watching our clock and hoping to be on time. Under these circumstances, in our vacations, we just want to relax, stop being so stressed out and find the peace away from the crowds. On these 6 islands from all over Greece, you can forget everything and enjoy moments of total 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 or spend the night in Kato Koufonisi as its impressive beach called Nero (=water) is a popular free camping spot for being ultimately in contact with nature. 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 in a tiny island, which can be explored on foot.


Paxoi

Paxoi is the only small island of the Ionian Islands. Lush greenery and the most impressive, turquoise waters in Greece are the characteristics of Paxoi. If you love the green nature, the Italian-style towns and the peaceful aura of a small island, then, Paxoi is the ultimate destination for you, which is at the same time an elegant and cosmopolitan island in order not to get bored.


Arkioi

Arkioi is one of the smallest and least populated islands of Greece with only 44 people. It is located near Patmos, and when you visit this totally untouched island, you will feel that you have travelled back in time. The small port welcomes you, and the people there appreciate every single tourist, who takes the boat from Patmos and visit their island. In Arkioi, you will find unbelievable serenity, you can discuss with the hospitable people there, eat fresh fish at amazing prices and forget the noise and the expensive prices of the crowded islands.


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, 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.


Tilos

Tilos is a tiny island near Rhodes with a wonderful beach, Eristos, which attracts the fans of the free camping. The favourite destination of students and backpackers, Tilos is one of the islands near Rhodes you should definitely visit and an alternative destination with secluded beaches and small villages. The most touristic place is the port of the island, but you will be impressed by the village Mikro Chorio, a ghost village with abandoned buildings


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 away from the mass tourism. Plus, you can find there many cheap Greek hotels and have the opportunity for more days of vacations than usual.


Where to Stay

Appartment in Heraklion, Greece Matala Dimitris Villa and Hotel
Matala Dimitris Villa and Hotel
Matala, 70200 Heraklion, Greece

Located 12 km from the ancient city of Phaestos, family-run Dimitris Villa Hotel is on the coast of Messara bay, surrounded by trees, just 8 minutes from Matala beach.

Hotel in Messinia, Greece Porto Marathos
Porto Marathos
Nikolaou Spentza & Metaxa, Marathopolis, 24400 Messinia, Greece

Porto Marathos is located in the seaside village of Marathopolis, a 7-minute drive from the lovely, sandy beach of Lagouvardos. Kyparissia town is approximately a 30-minute drive away. Kalamata International Airport is 55.6 km away.

Villa in Naxos, Greece Naxian Utopia | Luxury Villas & Suites
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Naxian Utopia | Luxury Villas & Suites
Stelida, Agios Prokopios, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Luxury villas located on a rocky hill 2 km from the popular beach of Agios Prokopios, 5 km from the capital, Naxos Chora, and 2,5 km from the Naxos airport.


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