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Explore the North Aegean for an alternative holiday experience

Chios ● Ikaria ● Lesvos ● Samos ● Thasos ● 26 July 2017
If you are looking for a different approach to explore the Aegean Sea, then the North Aegean is where you should be travelling to. This side of the Aegean Sea includes a variety of interesting islands that will win your favour. You must pay a visit to the north-eastern tip of the Aegean, the archipelago that gave birth to the European civilisation if you want to see evergreen mountains and taste some of the best products the Greek soil (and sea) can offer! Key point locations, even from the ancient times, which defined the borders and other ways of communication between Europe and the East.
The Islands of Lesvos, Chios, Ikaria, Samos, and Thasos make up the scene for your ideal holiday in Greece.


Lesvos is the third largest Greek island after Crete and Evia. The harbour stays the busiest area of Mytilene, the island’s capital, with its plenty cafes and restaurant choices. On the paved streets, which lead you from the harbour to the inner part of the city, you can find a variety of taverns, bars, and shops. Pay notice to the beautiful architectural structure of the buildings, do walk around. The scenery is colourful and can be much enjoyed during day and night! Places of interest: Eressos with its endless beach as well as the Petrified Forest, make a stop at the traditional Agiassos for a refreshing Greek coffee, visit Plomari village which is famous for its “ouzo” to grab a bite. Don’t miss the picturesque and cosmopolitan Molyvos with its imposing castle. Ask the locals about Agios Rafail and Mantamados, many pilgrims visit those locations and offer gifts to the well-known churches. 

Molyvos in Lesvos


Chios is not such a popular summer destination among the foreign tourists, at least not yet. This fact has helped the island to keep its authenticity, as Greeks are the ones who choose it mostly for their holiday. Explore the island by boat or by car and you will find some astounding beaches to relax. Its villages have remained untouched and authentic, offering you a satisfying experience. One of the most important products of Chios is the renowned mastic! Mastic is used to make chewing gums, but it can also be found as an ingredient in many beauty products. Most of the locals make their living from fishing and farming, while others work on boats (sailing). In Chios, you will see Greece’s traditional side to the best extent possible. Must see attractions are the medieval villages of Pyrgi and Mesta. Pay a visit to the village called Kambos, and don’t forget to dive into Vroulidia and Mavra Volia, some of the best beaches of the island.



Ikaria is one of the most alternative destinations one can find in Greece. Its inhabitants will say the word "relax" and they will truly mean it. The rhythm of life on this astonishing island is slow, and the smartest advice we can give you is to adapt to this lifestyle while spending your time there. Its shores unfold particularly natural landscapes which will be appreciated especially by those who are looking for low-key and tranquil holiday breaks. Dare to stay close to nature, the lush vegetation, pine forests, gorges, rivers, and streams following the various trekking routes add a special touch to the scenery. Walk in the streets of the picturesque settlements, admire the architectural styles of the tiled roofs and the stone mansions with the aristocratic finesse, and enjoy the healing qualities of the hot springs which you will discover in many parts of the island. Best beaches: Seychelles, Nas and Mesakti.

Seychelles in Ikaria


The birthplace of the mathematician Pythagoras and the astrophysicist Aristarchos is the nearest to the Asia Minor coastal island in the Mediterranean! It's famous not only for its wine but also for its monumental vegetation. Dive into the glorious waters of Tsamadou Beach, visit the village Vourliotes for the panoramic view, ask about the Mikro Seitani. Finally, combine fresh fish and other fantastic seafood delicacies with frozen ouzo at the harbour of Karlovasi.


Endless forests with pine trees, plane trees and chestnuts, a charming landscape that spreads from high mountains to infinite turquoise beaches. The road network is good, you can find cheap food and beautiful hotels. Thasos, hides secret corners that allow everyone to find their own personal paradise. This place is more than just a summer destination. It is an island that is hospitable all year round! Some of the best beaches to visit are Giola and Saliara.

Where to Stay

Hotel & Appartment in Samothrace, Greece Archondissa Boutique Beach Hotel
Archondissa Boutique Beach Hotel
Therma, 68002 Samothrace, Greece

Archondissa Boutique Beach Hotel is located in Therma, Samothrace, just a minute's walk from the beach. Kamariotissa port is 15 km away while Chora, the capital of the island, is 14 km away.

Studio & Appartment in Ikaria, Greece Studio Froso
8.4 10
Studio Froso
Chrisostomos, 83300 Ikaria, Greece

Studio Froso is located in Chrisostomos, an 18-minute drive from Agios Kirykos Port. Evdilos Port is 20 km away.

Hotel in Samos, Greece Mirini Hotel
8.2 10
Mirini Hotel
Kallistratous Str., 83100 Samos, Greece

Hotel Mirini is located in Samos town, just 3 minutes walk from the beach and within a 10-minute walk from the main port of the island. The hotel offers sea view accommodation with many traditional taverns, shops, cafes, supermarkets in close proximity.