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5 reasons that make Greek islands so unique

Aegean islands ● Cyclades ● Dodecanese ● Ionian islands ● Sporades ● 08 July 2017
 

Why are the Greek islands so unique? Why do so many tourists from all over the world come to visit Sporades, Cyclades, Dodecanese and Ionian Islands? The truth is that the islands of the Aegean and the Ionian Sea are considered among the best destinations worldwide. Is it their atmosphere, their crystal waters, the hospitality of the locals or something else? It is difficult to explain in exact words their beauty and popularity, but we can try describing you some characteristics that make Greek islands so charming.

1. Traditional villages and towns

The villages of the Greek islands are one of a kind. Neoclassical towns amphitheatrically built on the slope, such as Ermoupolis Syros, Symi and Skiathos Town, seaside villages with white-washed houses and chapels, such as Mykonos Town or Naxos Chora, cosmopolitan well-preserved towns surrounded by lush greenery, such as Corfu Town or Fiskardo in Kefalonia, medieval towns and Venetian castles, such as Rhodes Old Town and Kastro in Sifnos, or elegant white villages at the edge of the cliff, such as Fira Santorini or Folegandros Chora, create a scenery you have never seen before. 

Ermoupoli in Syros

2. Natural beauty

The natural beauty of the Greek islands is unique and has great variety. Rocky coves, long sandy beaches, volcanos (in Santorini, Milos and Nisyros), gorges, high mountains, rivers, lakes and cliffs create a landscape of extraordinary beauty.

Sarakiniko in Milos

3. Different styles

The Greek islands offer an amazing variety in every field. Rocky, sandy or green beaches, secluded or organised shores, small or large islands, islands for couples, for families or for partying, landscape with lush greenery or wild, dry beauty, elegant Choras and crowded resorts are only some of the different things a Greek island can offer to you.

4. Significant historical sites

The Aegean Islands were home to important ancient civilisations. Ancient Kamiros in Rhodes, Akrotiri Minoan Site (Santorini), Portara in Naxos, Delos or Asklepieion in Kos are just a few paradigms of the numerous archaeological sites that especially Cyclades and Dodecanese have.

Portara in Naxos

5. Island-hopping

Island-hopping is an experience every traveller should live in Greece. Actually, it is an experience that you can only have in the Greek islands thanks to their location and the special conditions of the Aegean and the Ionian Sea. Greece is blessed with thousands of islands of every kind.  Beautiful islands, located in a very close distance to each other, are waiting for you to explore them and see a different island every day.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Corfu, Greece Eros Beach Hotel
Eros Beach Hotel
Benitses, 49084 Corfu, Greece

Enjoying views of the Ionian Sea, the family-run Eros Beach Hotel is located just opposite Benitses Beach in Corfu. The picturesque capital of the island with many historic buildings and the main port is at 14 km and Corfu International Airport is 11 km away.

Hotel in Zakynthos, Greece Sofia's Hotel
Sofia's Hotel
Kalamaki, 29100 Zakynthos, Greece

Sofia's Hotel is a family run business situated on the main road of Kalamaki, 10 minutes walk from the beach. The historic and picturesque capital of Zakynthos and the main port are at 5 km. Zakynthos International Airport is 3.5 km away.

Pansion in Arachova, Greece Arahova Pansion
Arahova Pansion
Agiou Georgiou, 32004 Arachova, Greece

Arahova Pansion is located in the village of Arachova. It is 7 km away from Parnassus.


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