If you are considering taking holidays to Greece, the Greek islands can offer a huge variety of great experiences for young and old alike. There are buzzing, cosmopolitan resorts and quiet villages where time has stood still. Whatever your preference you are sure to finds a host of possibilities to choose from.
Corfu for everyone
In many ways Corfu is like the Greek islands in miniature. An ancient and tumultuous history has seen this island on the Ionian Sea visited by the legendary Argonauts and ruled by the Venetians and British amongst others. Today Corfu of course is a far more relaxed island and popular destination for those taking holidays to Greece. Younger visitors in search of nightlife might choose Sidari or Kavos. Then there is the history and atmosphere of Corfu Town. With its two castles and narrow winding streets it is one of the few walled cities in Greece. All across the island you will also find smaller, more relaxed resorts. Kassiopi in the north is a good blend of lively resorts with a more laid-back atmosphere. In the South, St. George provides a quieter atmosphere. Nature lovers and hikers will find that Corfu is greener than you might expect and the temperature, while hot in the summer, averages a cool 9 degrees in winter. The island is large enough to absorb the tourism industry without losing its charm and you can enjoy everything from fabulous water sports, night life and clubbing to more gentle walking and cultural tours. Restaurants offer everything from traditional Greek cuisine and seafood to more international fare.
Just be Kos
The island of Kos shimmers in the south Aegean sea and is one of the Greek islands closest to the Turkish coast, being only 4km from Bodrum. The history of Kos goes back to ancient Greece and beyond and it is thought to be the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Indeed even today you can visit the ancient plane tree in Kos Town where he is said to have taught. The island’s coastline is rugged and spectacular, offering beautiful beaches and hidden coves. Venture inland and you will find sleepy white-washed villages and great hiking country around Mount Dikeos. The island offers lively nightlife in Kardamena, sophistication in Kos Town and quieter resorts like Psaladi. In the restaurants, try the famous local almonds, figs, olives, and tomatoes; and the wine for which the island is justly famous.
The explosive beauty of Santorini
Fancy a trip to Atlantis on your Holidays to Greece? Around 3,600 years ago the ancient island of Thera, now Santorini, experienced a terrible volcanic eruption which tore the island apart, causing a huge tsunami which swamped the Minoan civilisation to the south. Some say this is the basis for the legend of Atlantis. These days Santorini is much more peaceful and that ancient cataclysm has left a beautifully rugged landscape with villages clinging to the edge of the old volcano caldera. Santorini is a haven both for those keen to explore the archaeological wonders and for those too who enjoy the quieter and more traditional culture of the Greek islands. The towns of Thira and Oia feature white and pastel-washed houses with blue-domed churches and a spectacular view of the Caldera below. Perissa offers a spectacular beach with its dark sand dipping into azure seas. The rich volcanic soil of Santorini results in prized produce such as tomatoes, cucumbers and aubergines which can be sampled in the local restaurants. Along with visiting the ancient ruins and hiking in the dramatic volcanic hills, you can enjoy varied water sports or simply relax and soak up the uniquely Greek culture of the island.
Nightlife, history and natural beauty in Crete
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and also the most southern. Being so large it has its own culture and history and was once home to the famous Minoan civilisation. Today Crete offers you everything you could possibly want on your holidays to Greece. If you enjoy clubbing and nightlife you will love the buzz of Malia and if your interest lies more in archaeology and sight-seeing, you will be overwhelmed by a visit to Heraklion and the palace of Knossos. Couples visiting Crete will enjoy romantic Koutouloufari and if you prefer more physical activities, a hike in the world famous Samaria Gorge is not to be missed. Crete enjoys long, hot summers and is the perfect spot for your Greek holiday.
Choosing holidays to Greece
Greece provides the perfect backdrop to your ideal Mediterranean holiday and the islands in particular are ideal. A wonderful climate of hot, sultry summers and mild winters combines with a sense of history and strong culture that is hard to match elsewhere. Resorts can be as lively or laid-back as your mood, offering something for everyone who visits these island jewels. We at Flysunways.com believe we have the perfect range of destinations to make your dream Greek holiday come to life.
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