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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!

Schinoussa

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?

Astypalaia

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.

Kastellorizo

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.

Kimolos

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.

Nisyros

Where to Stay

Studio & Appartment in Zakynthos, Greece Studio Stars
Studio Stars
Mouzaki - Laganas, 29092 Zakynthos, Greece

Surrounded by lush gardens with citrus trees, Studio Stars offers self-catering accommodation in a quiet location just 1 km away from the lively center of the cosmopolitan Laganas resort and 3 km from Laganas Beach. Zakynthos international airport is at 4 km, while the main port in picturesque and historic Zakynthos town is at 5 km. A bus stop with good service to the town can be found just a few meters away from the property.

Hotel in Argos, Greece Morfeas Hotel
Morfeas Hotel
2, Danaou str., 21200 Argos, Greece

Morfeas Hotel is in a central location in Argos, 14 km away from Mycenae and 12 km away from Nafplio. The property is close to supermarkets, shops and restaurants. The International Airport of Kalamata is 128 km away.

Studio in Karpathos, Greece Vardes Hotel Studios
Vardes Hotel Studios
Amoopi, 85700 Karpathos, Greece

Vardes Hotel Studios is located 500 meters from Votsalakia Beach and 700 meters from Pera Ammos Beach. Karpathos town and the port are at 6.5 km, while Diafani port is 53 km away. Vardes Hotel Studios is 12 km away from Karpathos Island National Airport.


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