8 stunning Greek islands you need to discover
Because the summer months are quickly approaching we turn our attention to Greece: White-washed houses, romantic sunsets, Greek cuisine, mythological references, olive groves and green-blue waters as far as the eye can see…With more than 5000 Greek islands it is extremely difficult to decide where to go. To facilitate your choice we present you our 8 favourites…
Mykonos is part of the Cyclades and lies between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. You will find picturesque streets, white houses, peaceful chapels and beautiful windmills. At the same time exceptional night life experiences can be made on the island, many archaeological sites and monuments can be visited and many different water sport activities can be tested.
Lefkada (or Lefkas) is an island in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece, connected to the mainland by a long causeway and a floating bridge. The island is ringed by electric blue water and shimmers in varying shades of green thanks to all the olive groves and cypress trees. On the west side you can find a couple of the best beaches in the world. A strong wind blows in the area, wherefore the island is ideal for kitesurfers, windsurfers and sailors.
Alonnisos, also transliterated as Alonissos or Alonisos, is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. After Skiathos and Skopelos it is the third member of the Northern Sporades. In case you are looking for a peaceful and romantic spot to rest you should make a stopover at Agios Dimitrios Beach. Also recommended is the Greek restaurant Ostria in Patitiri, the main port of the island. TheCreative cuisine, excellent food presentation, professionally served and prices similar to a small greek tavern.
Lying just off the Turkish coast, Samos is one of the most beautiful Aegean Islands. In addition to the few picturesque resorts and the lively capital Vathy, there are numerous remote beaches and quiet spots in the refreshing, forested inland mountains, where traditional life continues. Samos is also historically significant and famous for its sweet local wine.
Corfu is an island of endless natural beauty and inspiration and combines cosmopolitan and traditional elements. In Corfu you will find mountains studded with cypress trees, coves with cobalt-blue water and fertile interior full of olive groves and picturesque villages. There are some overdeveloped resorts, particularly north of Corfu Town and in the far north, but the Greek island is large enough to easily escape the crowds.
Zákynthos (or Zante) is a verdant island endowed with fertile valleys and blessed with a temperate climate. The island has a landscape diversity and different types of bays to offer. In the south-eastern part you will find sandy beaches in secluded coves where the tranquil waters are deep blue. The western part of the island gives you the possibility to discover rugged cliffs and an interesting underwater world.
Far from becoming home to overcrowded beaches and foreign bars, Skopelos has maintained a refreshing authenticity. For many visitors it represents the perfect and typical Greek islands holiday destination. Unspoilt island life, quiet beaches, paths through a green landscape, local food, simple accommodations and the possibility to completely remove the stress of modern life.
The only centre of any size is Skiathos Town: A city full of narrow streets, sunlit waterfronts, stylish bars, restaurants and boutiques and a pretty harbour with some graceful and elegant yachts. The south coast of Skiathos is blessed with some of the Aegean’s most beautiful pine-fringed sandy beaches. There are also beaches accessible only by boat, especially along the north coast. One of them is the exotic Lalaria beach.