If you are searching for a relaxing holiday, this are the top 5 Greek Islands for having a great and peaceful vacation.
MILOS – The most easterly of the Cyclades, revealed early in the first guides, Coleurs Le monde en Grèce of the year 1952. This jewel of the Aegean attracts and seduces, forged as a large horseshoe where colorful villages sprouting here and there directly on the shore, and where you’ll find rocks and ravines turning pink and cherry red at sunset, shaped by deep erosion of chalk and sandstone falling directly in the crystal clear waters. The island boasts the most beautiful beaches of the Aegean, talcum powder beaches with amazing shades, perfect to enjoy a holiday surrounded by great sea and lush nature. The south coast is a string of seabed sand, turquoise waters and painted rocks: white, pink, yellow… Another great location on the south coast is Paliochori, a sequence of lonely bays perfect for sunbathing and great fish taverns to taste the best seafood. Spend the afternoon on the long postcard beach of Firiplaka, a mix of streams of rock pinnacles and impalpable sand.
The northern coast is a succession of bays, fishing villages like Firopotamos, Mandrakia; Heree is a must a visit to the crescents moons of sand of Mikitas, Aghios Konstantinos or Pachena Beach, or the ones closed between “lunar rocks” in Sarakiniko, with ravines that open gently toward the sea allowing you to dive without any problems. Apollonia is the perfect evening setting. The cafes and taverns surround the waterfront offers the opportunity to spend a great night.
How to get to Milos: Take a flight to Santorini and then fast ferry to Milos
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SIFNOS – A wave of white houses rising on a slope and slides into the valley and then climb again a second hill. It is the village of Apollonia, 5 km from the sea, in the heart of the countryside of Sifnos, the island of potters, pure architecture and an anthology of styles from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. People come here to admire one of the most beautiful medieval villages, the Kastro, until the nineteenth century capital of the island which today boasts charming hotels and houses on the sea and inland. The beaches have to be explored in the morning; beautiful and lonely are those of Vathi and the bays near the village of Pharos, with many studios and small hotels to book also for just a few days.
How to get to Sifnos: Take a flight to Athens, and then from Pireus Port you take a 2 hour bat trip to Sifnos.
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ASTIPALEA – Just an hour of flight from Athens, this butterfly-shaped island has a long history to tell and has a tourism of habitué conquered by beautiful traditional houses overlooking the walls of the Kastro and kafenion (traditional taverns) restored according to tradition. The ancients called Astipalea land of fire due to the mustard color of its land, but it hides reddish soil fertile valleys and the Venetians, who occupied it from 1207 to 1522, left an unmissable Kastro, softened by the white domes and bell towers of livadi beac and Evanghelimos, two churches set in the fortress. The island has more beaches than towns; Analipsi overlooks the bay and from the pier begins a path along the coast which cross all the beaches and small bays where everyone can find a quiet place to stay. In Livadi the beach is family-friendly, equipped with all the facilities. But It’s only by boat that you can reach the top beaches of the island: Kaminakia, with a tavern, and Vattes, famous for a cave located one kilometer from the beach. And more, Skinosa, on the southern coast, with sand, rocks and tamarisk trees to make shade. But the best place to land is Koutsomiti, uninhabited island of turquoise waters. It can be reached in summer with the little boats departing from Analipsi.
How to reach Astipalea: it is just one hour of flight from Athens.
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ZANTE – Also known as Zakinthos it has 123 kilometers of coastline and it is very mountainous with fantastic green valleys, one of the best of the Ionic Islands. Its shores are steep and rocky in the north, very sandy, forming several bays of various sizes, in the south. Around the island there are numerous other small and lonely islands. This island combines traditional and quiet life with the most cosmopolitan tourist atmosphere. The lush vegetation, the variety of beaches and historical remains are the perfect blend to enjoy a great holiday. In the southwest of the island is located the National Marine Park of Zakynthos island with the famous turtles of the island, the loggerhead sea turtle, one endangered species found mainly in the Bay of Laganas. Zante, in the south south of the island, is an unusual city for these islands, as it is a newly built city after being destroyed by an earthquake in 1953. The city has beautiful neoclassical buildings, a fortress, famous churches, museums, beautiful squares and streets. Just 3 km out of the capital is Argasi, one of the most touristic coastal towns on the island.
From there you cannot miss a visit to the monastery of the Blessed Virgin Scopiotisa on the top of the mountain. Vassilicos is another town with a very long sandy beach always visited, as long as the beach of Kamari, very near. Other well known beaches are in Laganas, Argasi, Keri and Vassiliko. Other very special ones are the Maurantsis, Gerakas (where you can see the turtles, if you’re lucky) and Aguis Nikolaos. And finally you cannot miss a boat trip to the surrounding small islands of St. John and Plemomari, San Salvador, Maratonisi and Peluso.
How to reach Zante: from Athens by plane of from Patras by boat.
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AMORGOS – Wild, remote, but with the allure of the wilderness, where we dropped anchor for walking and discovering one of the secret gems of the Aegean, the Monastery of Hosoviotissa, millennial, perched like an eagle’s nest on the mountain, very white and crushed against a wall of dark rock, a thousand feet above the sea, that can be reached just after a long series of stair. The island is a retreat that attracts English ladies who read essays about the Mare Nostrum, painters looking for inspiration and lone travelers on the trail of enclaves and Byzantine churches. Outpost for the discovery of the island is the hotel Aegiali on the north coast, overlooking the crescent moon-shaped beach of golden sand reachable in about ten minutes by foot. From here you can get lost with pleasure along mule tracks that run along the vineyards along the slopes that go into the blue, crossing through stone houses where the kasseri, cheese of island, is prepared.
Liotrivi tavern is where you can taste kasseri, located in an alley in Chora, the medieval village dominated by the ruins of the Venetian Kastro. Under Chora you find a maze of cobbled paths, Byzantine churches and stone arches, an extraordinary painting. In the morning you go to explore the pebbled beach below the church of Aghia Anna, embedded in a set of rocks and islets, or Muros on the east coast, with clear and smooth pebbles, with crystal clear water that fades from green to blue, while Aghios Pavlos is a sand spit jutting into the blue.
How to get to Amorgos: You fly to Mykonos, Naxos or Athens, from where you should take a quite long boat trip.
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