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Top off-the-beaten-path Greek islands according to travel bloggers and media worldwide

Astypalaia ● Kastelorizo ● Kimolos ● Nisyros ● Schinoussa ● 27 August 2017
 

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. The structures are undeveloped in Schinoussa, so be prepared to walk, since there are no taxis, no car rentals, and roads are minimal. However, by walking, you may explore the fantastic coastline of the island and feel like an explorer in a yet undiscovered place, where this small discomfort is part of the authenticity you can experience there. It is not a coincidence that Forbes suggests it as one of the 6 "must see" destinations in Greece!


Astypalaia

Famous travel bloggers and international media suggest Astypalaia as the hidden gem of Greece, which is the top destination for this year. Trivago gave Astypalaia the silver medal in its competition for the best islands in Europe, while American Express Essentials subsumed Astypalaia in the 41 must see international destinations for this year. The German newspaper Die Welt considers Astypalaia as a hidden gem, which is charming because it is unspoiled by the mass tourism, and travel bloggers all over the world adore it. European Union declared Astypalaia as ambassadress of Greece, and the island was awarded for its cuisine in the famous international gastronomic exhibition of James Beard Foundation in New York. The authentic is what the visitor of Astypalaia searches, and the authentic is everywhere on the island. Flowered balconies, strolls around the ruins of the castle, rakomelo (warmed raki with honey) and smiling people are the essentials of unforgettable vacations. The windmills at the entrance of Chora will impress you with their beauty but also with the fact that the residents of Astypalaia cared about them like being their children. They are not only well-preserved but also house interesting exhibitions and libraries with books in many languages to attract foreign visitors. Can you think about anything more interesting for you seeking alternative experiences?


Kastellorizo

According to Telegraph, Kastellorizo is one of the least populated but prettiest islands in Greece. Kastellorizo is a tiny island with only one village and without beaches, but this fact should not discourage you because Kastellorizo is a mythical place and has stunning caves, where you can swim. It is the easternmost Greek island, literally closer to Turkey than to Greece. The architecture of the port has Italian and Ottoman influences, offering its visitors a surprising mixture of these civilisations. On this island, it was filmed in 1991 the Oscar-winning movie Mediterraneo.


Kimolos

Guardian suggests Kimolos as one of the best options for alternative and budget holidays in Greece. Kimolos was basically, million years ago, part of Milos, and thus, it has the same impressive landscape as well as volcanic and mineral earth, which gives Kimolos its natural product, the chalk that is also the name of the island (Kimolos comes etymologically from the word kimolia, which means chalk). Imposing rocks, turquoise waters and a colourful scenery together with a white, lovely capital is what Kimolos has to offer to its visitors. An off-the-beaten-path paradise, an authentic oasis that is a hidden gem, predestined to attract people, who search the true beauty of a blessed place.


Nisyros

New York Times made Nisyros popular worldwide thanks to the article about this amazing island with the active volcano. Nisyros is a volcanic island with wide caldera. Its volcano, the youngest volcano in Greece, is currently active but not erupting, so you don't have to worry about that. If you want an undeveloped and peaceful destination, Nisyros is an exquisite alternative. You can stay in Mandraki or Nikia, which are picturesque villages that can offer you the calmness you are looking for.


Where to Stay

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Marirena Hotel
Marirena Hotel
120 Andrea Papandreou str. & 8 Naxou str., Amoudara, 71414 Heraklion, Greece

Marirena Hotel is located in the popular tourist destination of Ammoudara, only a 3-minute walk from the beach. Heraklion city centre is 4 km away from the property. Heraklion Port is 7.9 km away and Heraklion International Airport is 12.6 km away.

Hotel in Nafplio, Greece Hotel Soleil
Hotel Soleil
3, Kastrakiou Str., Tolo, 21056 Nafplio, Greece

Hotel Soleil is located in Tolo, just a minute's walk from the beach. Nafplio town is 10 km away.

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.


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